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If you’ve visited my recommended products page, then you know I’m a big fan of Dr. Teal’s Soothe and Sleep Body Wash in the lavender scent. A couple of weeks ago, I was shopping at Walmart, and I noticed the Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Body Lotion in several different scents. I was excited to try Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Lotion because it appears to combine two products that I absolutely love: Morton Epsom Lotion and Bath & Body Works’ Aromatherapy body creams. I recently finished up my last tube of body cream, so I bought Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Lotion ($4.87 at Walmart) in lavender as a replacement.My first impression of the Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Lotion was that it’s very similar to the Bath & Body Works body cream – but it costs about half the price! So far, so good! It’s very thick and emollient, and a little spreads a long way. I applied the lotion on two nights before going to bed, and it definitely kept my skin hydrated well into the next day.
The scent is fairly light, so it’s not overwhelming for those of us who are sensitive to fragrance.
The lotion contains Epsom salt, and the packaging says it “soothes aches and muscle pains.” I was in minor pain on the two nights that I tried this product, and I fell asleep pretty quickly both nights. Based on that, I can say that it helped relieve my muscle aches because I usually have a really hard time drifting off to sleep if I’m in pain and can’t get comfortable.
Now, for the downside: I tend to get hot when I sleep, and I awoke several times on both nights with my skin feeling sticky, as if I had just spent the afternoon slathered in sunscreen and lightly perspiring under the hot sun. That’s not how you want to feel when you’re trying to sleep! I found myself wiping the inside of my elbows and behind my knees with my sheets, trying to remove the excess product. Ugh. It was so sticky that I debated getting up and taking a shower to wash it off, but I was finally able to fall back to sleep.
I thought maybe my experience on that first night was a fluke, so I used it on a second night – this time being careful not to overapply and to make sure the Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Lotion was absorbed into my skin.
Unfortunately, I had the same result. I woke up feeling sticky!
So, big disappointment. I was really hoping this product was going to combine two of my all-time favorites into one product at a nice price, but alas that’s not the case. This one is going back to Walmart’s returns bin.
Have you tried any products recently that help with fibro pain? Have you had any big fails? I’d love to hear about them. Share your recommendations and steer-clears in the comments below!
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