Unwinding in your hot tub is an experience for your senses. You see and hear the softly bubbling water, which encourages you to lean back and relax in its restorative embrace; you feel the massaging action of the jets against your skin as your muscles gradually let go of their accumulated tension. There's one more sense you can activate to immerse yourself even deeper into this tranquil escape: your sense of smell. By incorporating the benefits of aromatherapy—soothing scents with possible therapeutic effects—into your daily soak, you can add another sensory dimension to your hot tub experience.

Proceed with care, however. You don't want to trade the stress relief that comes from a relaxing and aromatic soak in a hot tub for the stress that comes from having your spa components damaged by improperly-used essential oils. Using aromatherapy in your hot tub requires certain considerations—but if you use the correct products, it's even easier than you might think.


While using your spa as a ready-to-go oil warmer and diffuser might sound like a good idea, hot tubs aren't designed to circulate and filter thick substances like oils. Before you drop scented essential oils into the water, consider the possible risks to your spa—and to your wallet, after you find yourself paying for hot tub repairs and replacement parts.

Considerations for How to Use Aromatherapy in Your Hot Tub

  • Today's best spa water care systems keep your water constantly fresh and clean without needing to be changed more than once every few months. However, adding oils or other substances that filters aren't designed to remove will lead to buildup and other problems over time. A good rule of thumb: If a product isn't specifically designated for use in a hot tub, don't add it to your water.
  • Apart from the risks they present to your hot tub components, not all essential oils are safe for direct contact with your skin. Homemade hot tub aromatherapy is never a wise choice. It's a good idea to choose an aromatherapy method that's free from potential negative side effects.
  • Follow the guidelines for maintenance of your hot tub water system to keep your water clean and clear—both for the resilience and long life of your tub and to avoid cleaning and changing the water more often than necessary.

Crystal clear, periodically circulating water is a vital component of your peaceful home spa dream. Essential oils and homemade hot tub aromatherapy don't play nicely with that dream. The good news is that there's a simple way to integrate aromatherapy into your hot tub usage without the risk of costly or damaging side effects.


Aromatherapy options specifically designed to safely interact with your water care system come in a wide variety of fragrances and forms, including hot tub aromatherapy crystals, liquids, salts, and capsules. Your trusted hot tub dealer will be able to suggest products that might work best for your spa.

Today's top spas now have innovative water quality systems that are cleaner and gentler on your skin, more energy efficient, and more flexible and convenient for your lifestyle. Along with features like easy do-it-yourself testing and maintenance, you can also enjoy aromatherapy products specifically designed to work with your spa's water quality system. Your hot tub dealer may recommend a product such as MPScents® non-chlorine oxidizer plus aromatherapy, which is designed for use with the EverFresh® water care system from Hot Spring® Spas. In addition to being a reduced-chlorine system, which makes it ideal for chlorine-sensitive hot tub users, MPScents features your choice of scents designed to create a soothing, inspiring home spa experience.

Look forward to an invigorating soak with the Citrus Blossom scent, or a relaxing getaway with Island Escape. Or maybe you want to refresh your mind with Spring Shower, or take a deep meditative breath with Zen Garden. Unlike essential oils or other homemade forms of hot tub aromatherapy, these ambient scent blends were designed with both your relaxing experience and your hot tub's superior performance in mind. Following the instructions on the bottle, add a cap-full or less of the granule to your spa's filter compartment before each use to refresh your water without adding chlorine, then unwind in the soothing, fragrant waters of your hot tub, confident your aromatherapy won't cause any unwanted side effects for you or your home spa.

The best place to find answers to your hot tub questions is at your local dealer. Plus, there you'll be able to sample these unique hot tub aromatherapy blends from Hot Spring Spas® and decide which best fits your home spa vision. You can also check out some of the other great benefits of the hot tub experience, download a detailed brochure, or request a price quote now.