For many in Japan, bathing is a meditative practice - a time to renew, revive, relax and cleanse the soul. Beyond cleansing the body, the bath is viewed as a time and place to wash away the cares of the day.
Bathing is done in two phases. First, there is cleansing. Usually the cleanse is done in a small shower or with a Hinoki wood bucket before proceeding into the bathtub to soak. Soaking and relaxing in the bath is just that - pure enjoyment.
This is the same experience that we bring to you with our bathing rituals. Drawing on Eastern wisdom and capturing the beauty and mystique of Japanese bathing rituals, Amayori is not just a line of natural bath, body care and fragrance products, but an experience for your mind, body, and spirit.
Whether it be a bath or shower, bathing is an opportunity to nurture yourself, reflect and have a beautiful moment. Rarely are we alone without external influences. This is the perfect time to take advantage of your solitude. With an intention to relax, experience the beauty of Japanese bathing rituals at home.
Our Guide To the Perfect Bath
Set the Mood: dim the lights, light a candle, put on some soft meditative music if you'd like. Surround yourself with things of beauty that help you feel calm and relaxed.
Mist: spray the air with our Aromatic Sake Mist. This can be used throughout your bathing ritual.
Exfoliate: using our Japanese Dry Brush, detoxify and sooth while you stimulate your blood flow by dry brushing from toe to head in a sweeping circular motion.
Cleanse: take a hot shower using our Aromatic Body Wash. This can be as quick or as long as you'd like.
Prepare the Bath: let the bath water run while you relax.
Soak: slowly slip into the bath allowing your body to adjust to the temperature. Try to soak for at least 15 minutes. We recommend keeping a glass of water next to the bath to help you cool down when needed. You can also sit on the side of the tub to cool down and slide back in when you're ready. We also suggest keeping Aromatic Sake Mist close by. A few mists onto the shoulders is the perfect mid-bath refresher. Relax and let go of your thoughts and cares. Be present and enjoy the moment.
Exiting the Bath: take a moment to ground yourself. Feel both feet rooted firmly on the ground. Take a few deep breaths and splash cool water on your face. Drink a glass of water.
Nourish: replenish your skin with our Hikaru Multi-Use Oil. This aromatherapy experience is a treat for the skin and the senses. Slather it on and take time to connect with your body and nurture your skin. Pay extra attention to the places that need it.
Yuagari (After Bath)
Yuagari translates to "the moment after the bath". This is time enjoyed as a moment of luxurious tranquility and is also time to allow your body to cool down. This is the perfect time to do nothing. Enjoy your newfound calm. Sip some tea - hot in winter, cold in summer. Allow yourself to be idle and worry free.
Showering can be the same relaxing ritual experience with our Shower Mochi aromatherapy shower tablets and / or our aromatherapy Luxury Body Wash. Shower Mochi is the shower alternative to a relaxing, fragrant bath. Follow the same steps as above and use a Shower Mochi tablet in the place of a bath. Enjoy our aromatic essential oil blends as they disperse into the steam. Stop, relax, breathe and connect with yourself. Do nothing but be in the moment and enjoy your ritual. Exit the shower the same way you would the bath. Reconnect and take a moment before easing yourself back into the day.