The Amayori Sento — Japanese Bathing Rituals


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Yusuzumi, a Summer Evening Ritual

If you were with us last year you may remember the word yusuzumi. This was the theme of our 2015 beloved Summer Breeze collection. The tradition of yusuzumi is so special that I love revisiting it every year. The meaning of yusuzumi is to enjoy the cool of the evening after a hot summer day. Japanese summers are notoriously hot and humid and yusuzumi is a relaxed reprieve from the heat. A favorite summer Japanese tradition of mine is taking a warm (not hot), early evening bath and then relaxing with a glass of sake or cold green tea. Right now I am obsessed with Amayori's Okinawa Luxury Bath Salts. I just slip into the bath and imagine that I'm at the beach with the...

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Discover Ambrosial Ofuro

In Japan a daily bath is akin to the western yoga class or perhaps a glass of wine at the end of the day to relax after work. The tubs that are in most Japanese homes are called ofuro. These tend to be a bit deeper than the standard Western tub. When I started working on Amayori's new fragrance, Ambrosial Ofuro, I wanted to make something special that could be used everyday to relax whether it be through a bath, shower or just a few moments of enjoying Aromatic Sake Mist across the shoulders. The result is a luscious fragrance that is such special treat that I look forward to using day after day. Discover a few of the ingredients...

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A New, Beautiful Hinoki Onsen

Sometimes (usually) life shows you the way you need to go. A few weeks ago I decided to do some fragrance blending late in the day on a Friday. I was tired and mixing fragrances, which requires ultra-precision, was probably not the best idea. Or maybe it was…. I was mixing a batch of the Hinoki Onsen when I realized to my dismay, that I had used the wrong Jasmine. I use three different types of Jasmine oil in Amayori’s fragrances. There are all very different (and beautiful) and all have their place. Hinoki Onsen had contained Jasmine Grandiflorum which is a lush, sweet version of the flower. On this particular evening I accidentally used Jasmine Sambac which is much...

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Early Evening Solitude: A Spring Bathing Ritual

I love early evening baths in the spring. Normally my fall and winter baths occur shortly before bed. As soon as the weather begins to warm up, I find the ideal bath time is as the sun is going down. I tend to be home by myself at this time. I usually will make dinner first so I can spend the rest of the evening relaxing. Right now I am finding so much happiness in Amayori’s Cherry Blossom Luxury Bath Salts. The fragrance matches the joy I feel when I step out the door every morning and realize it’s warm again. Cherry Blossom is also a tradition and when I breathe in the fragrance, I breathe in memories. I always begin...

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Sunday Evening Rituals

   There is something about Sunday evenings that is calm and serene. They are a time to wind down and connect with ourselves. Sunday evenings are a time to make peace with the past week while recharging ourselves for the new week ahead. I have always had Sunday evening rituals. Since traveling to Japan and discovering bathing rituals, my Sundays have become even more special and have been focused on my mind, body, and spirit.My Sunday evening ritual begins with an extensive dry brush session before a long soak in the bath with Amayori's Onsen Ritual Bath Salts. The Onsen Ritual is aromatherapy for deep, meditative relaxation. A bath with this aromatherapy fragrance relaxes me like nothing else. Hinoki essential oil, the main ingredient...

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