Updated on 11/07/2022

What is spa aromatherapy?

Our sense of smell is heavily linked to the part of our brain that regulates emotion and emotional memory - ever smell something that brings you back? Pleasant scents can help boost your mood and guide you to your desired headspace.


Aromatherapy is a wellness practice involving natural aromatic plant extracts (often called essential oils) for therapeutic benefits - usually focussing on soothing through your sense of smell. Aromatherapy has been around for thousands of years. A common theme across aromatherapy is relaxation, mental clarity, and sleep aid - you’ll find some more detailed benefits below.


Spa aromatherapy involves using these natural plant extracts in your hot tub. You gain the therapeutic benefits associated with smell and absorption through the skin, which can help you detox, relax your muscles, and soothe your skin.


If you’re considering spa aromatherapy, you must use products specifically designed for hot tubs; otherwise, you risk damaging your hot tub’s plumbing or staining your shell.


How does it work?

Spa aromatherapy products typically come in a crystal or liquid form. Before you hop into your hot tub, add the recommended amount of your aromatherapy product - this varies across product lines. It’s important not to overdo it as some products can be potent, like PharmaSpa’s Original Crystals, a more medicinal product that uses Epsom salts.


What are the benefits?

The benefits of spa aromatherapy vary depending on product line and scent; however, a common theme is relaxation, mental clarity and aiding sleep. Many people like to use spa aromatherapy at the end of a busy day to help wind down for the evening or as a bedtime routine.


PharmaSpa is a popular brand for its natural medicinal ingredients and therapeutic focus. Here is a list of some of their popular blends and their stated benefits:

  • Articul-R
    A sharp and spicy scent with floral undertones
    Recommended for people with joint pain, aches, or muscle stiffness
    Eucalyptus, Ginger Root Extract, Glucosamine, Lavender, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E
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  • Energy
    A sweet and earthy scent with woodsy undertones
    Recommended for people looking to boost energy
    Ginseng, Juniper, Lemongrass, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E
    Learn more

  • Eucalyptus
    A sharp, minty and refreshing scent that opens your airways
    Recommended for people experiencing respiratory issues
    Eucalyptus, Willow Bark Extract, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E
    Learn more

  • Lavendula
    A soft, floral scent with woodsy undertones
    Recommended for people who struggle with restlessness
    Lavender, French Lavender, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E
    Learn more

  • Escape
    A lush, citrusy and sweet scent
    Pamper and refresh your body and mind
    Green Tea, Japanese Honeysuckle, Paradise Apple
    Learn more

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Crystals or liquid?

Both crystal and liquid spa aromatherapy products can provide a more relaxing and pleasurable spa experience; the most important thing is that they are hot tub safe. One noteworthy difference between the two is that spa crystals are often composed of Epsom salts which offer additional physical relief.


Does the aromatherapy product I use matter?

Yes, the spa aromatherapy product you choose must be safe for use in hot tubs; otherwise, you risk damaging your hot tub’s plumbing or causing staining.


What aromatherapy product is best?

Because spa fragrances come down to personal preferences and needs, it’s hard to recommend a catch-all. However, we do have some tips and recommendations.


If you’re looking for more medicinal use - to help with tension, sore muscles, congestion or anxiety - have a look at PharmaSpa’s Original Line.


If you want to pamper and refresh your body, you may be interested in PharmaSpa’s Nature Line. Both lines use an Epsom salt base to provide the most sensory experience.


If you’re looking for something more leisurely, we recommend checking out FunScents liquid aromatherapy, which offer unique and pleasant scents.



Spa aromatherapy can help take your relaxing spa experience to the next level - whether you like to use it on those extra stressful days or make it a wellness routine. There are many options to choose from, and although what works best for you will come down to personal preference, the important thing to remember is to buy a product that’s safe for your hot tub.

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