It seems that the bath and body industry is getting a bad name these days, but for no good reason. The other day a customer asked me if we had those bath salt you get high on. I had no idea what she was talking about. She was teasing, by the way – she didn’t really want them. So, I began searching the news stories only to find that some shady companies out there are selling a new drug on the street and have the nerve to place the words “bath salt” on the label.
An Associated Press article reported:
When Neil Brown got high on dangerous chemicals sold as bath salts, he took his skinning knife and slit his face and stomach repeatedly. Brown survived, but authorities say others haven’t been so lucky after snorting, injecting or smoking powders with such innocuous-sounding names as Ivory Wave, Red Dove and Vanilla Sky.
Some say the effects of the powders are as powerful as abusing methamphetamine. Increasingly, law enforcement agents and poison control centers say the advertised bath salts with complex chemical names are an emerging menace in several U.S. states where authorities talk of banning their sale.
From the Deep South to California, emergency calls are being reported over-exposure to the stimulants the powders often contain: mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDPV.
Sold under such names as Ivory Wave, Bliss, White Lightning and Hurricane Charlie, the chemicals can cause hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates and suicidal thoughts, authorities say. The chemicals are in products sold legally at convenience stores and on the Internet as bath salts and even plant foods. However, they aren’t necessarily being used for the purposes on the label. Instead, people are getting high on the so-called bath salts.
As someone who sells real bath salts for a living, I am not amused by these companies using the term “bath salt” in order to slip under the radar and sell their dirty product. After reading these news reports and articles, it triggered a memory. Just the week before someone had called our store and asked if we carried CLOUD NINE bath salt. Not knowing at the time, I told her, “No. We only carry our own brand of products.” Apparently, Cloud Nine is another brand of these faux cocaine packets of BS.
Searching for the Cloud Nine brand, I found a person saying this about the product: “I tried it. Its very good…the comedown is easier if you smoke it need to use foil or baking sheet…as strong as crystal meth. You can buy a quarter gram at the gas station near my house for $16.00 that includes tax.” Classy. So incredibly classy. Some former meth head is giving testimonials.
If anything, the pricepoint alone should let you know that it is not bath salt of the bathing kind. Other reported prices have been $25 to $30 for a tiny packet. Found in gas stations, head shops and smoke shops, other forms of these substances are also labeled as “plant food” and “laundry powder”.
These fake bath salts, commonly manufactured in China and India, are being marketed as bath salts and are being sold in individual bags on the Internet and in convenience stores and on the street by the brand names Ivory Wave, Ocean, Charge +, White Lightening, Scarface, Hurricane Charlie, Red Dove, Cloud-9 and White Dove.
These substances have already been banned in the United Kingdom and several other countries, including Israel, Australia and Canada. In the United States, Kentucky has already filed legislation to ban the substance and North Dakota’s Pharmacy Board has added several of these same chemicals to their state’s banned substance list.
I’ve always found drugs to be an idiot’s past time. But it really ticks me off when they give the bath industry a bad name with their illegal activity because, after reading many articles on newsites, it is apparent that people are only skimming the news about this topic. Many of them believe that people are actually getting high on regular lavender bath salts.
What is next? Bricks of coke wrapped in flowery paper and a ribbon then labeled “handmade soap”? I certainly hope not.