I write about this topic every summer. I just love it, and as the heat takes hold, the bath becomes my cooling oasis. When most people think of slipping into a bath at the end of a long day, they think heat and steam. The summer bath is so much more: it’s cooling, quenching, and rejuvenating. I have always believed that a summer soak is the next best thing to a refreshing dip in the ocean.
Here is how to take a cooling summer bath at home:
- Set Up: Get a cool glass of water ready and place it near the bath. Bring in your iPad so that you can listen to Amayori’s music playlists while you bathe. Turn down the lights and light a candle if desired. Low lighting helps us feel cooler.
- Shower First: Wash off using the Aromatic Body Wash of your choice. Take a moment to breathe deeply and connect with its fragrance.
- Soak: Here’s the best part. Fill the tub with tepid, body temperature water. A bath at this temperature is perhaps one of the most relaxing things possible. It’s so relaxing that I fall asleep in the tub every time. Take time to linger here. There is something magical that happens in body-temp water: you begin to feel lighter and every pore seems to be quenched and renewed.
- Yuagari (after the bath): After this soak you will feel mellow and renewed. Ease your way back into life slowly. Have a cup of cold tea, sit quietly for a bit. Enjoy your newfound relaxation.
My favorite aromatic collection this time of year is Rotenburo Air. I created this fragrance a few years ago during a stifling hot summer in New York City. Until I took my first Rotenburo Air bath, I had no idea what rejuvenation was or what the signs were that I may need to be rejuvenated.
The heat can take a lot out of us. It is up to us to use self-care as a way to replenish our bodies and therefore our souls.
Cool, calm wishes,