The Science and Art of Bath Salts is colorful and steeped in ancient history. Bath salts were first used in China in 2,700 BC and quickly spread to the rest of the world. In ancient Egypt, Cleopatra soaked in the mineral-rich salt waters for the skin softening and smoothing benefits. In Rome, bath houses were built in which the elite could soak in communal baths. Hippocrates encouraged his followers to use salts for their therapeutic properties which began the rise of bath salts as a form of therapy. Bath Salts were seen as a magic elixir promoting wellness and balance. It became understood that as the pores of the skin immersed in a hot water and salt bath slowly opened to expel toxins and impurities, these salts gently replenished needed nutrients.