The Amayori Sento — Mindfulness

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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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The Plum Blossom: A Symbol Of Spring

Spring air — woven moon and plum scent. -Matsuo Basho   As I get ready for the launch of Amayori’s spring fragrance, Cherry Blossom, I have come across so many beautiful pictures of plum blossoms. Seeing these alluring flowers has reminded me of late winter / early spring in Kyoto. So much so that I felt a pull at my heart strings from not seeing the plum blossoms in person this year. I am also reminded of their beautiful symbolism, that like so much in Japanese culture, teaches a valuable lesson. In Japan and other parts of eastern Asia, the plum blossom is celebrated with almost as much enthusiasm as the cherry blossoms. The plum blossoms begin to bloom in...

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The Healing Power of Water

Without water there is no life. It is such a beautiful thing that something so basic and simple could be something so luxurious. There is not much that is more soothing, healing and relaxing than a swim in the ocean, a cool glass of water during summer, a hot steamy bath on a cold winter’s day, or a languorous shower before bed. Submersing yourself in water seems to make our troubles disappear. We are enveloped and soothed. A wave of calm washes over us and all seems to be well with the world. Physically, water quenches us, makes our skin beautiful and allows our bodies to move freely with ease. This simple, beautiful luxurious resource is at our fingertips every...

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Mindful Mantras for Positivity & Tranquility

I have to admit that the cold weather can get to me sometimes. This winter I intend to do everything I can to stay calm and positive. I put together some uplifting, positive mantras that I printed out and hung over my desk. I firmly believe reading and saying mantras and affirmations such as these can change your mood and your day.   Above are the mantras I am using right now. Feel free to print these out, share, Pin, Tweet, save to your phone, etc. Use them however is helpful. I hope that they bring beauty and stillness into your day.   Warm wishes,  

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Meditating In the Shower - My Shower Ritual

  I have always had an on / off relationship with what I call “proper” meditation. Though I have studied it and practiced it over the years, I have to admit that there are moments when I just can’t get into it. Like many, I find it hard to quiet my mind, especially when there are hundreds of wonderful things I could be doing.     When I was traveling in Japan and was introduced to bathing rituals, I felt like I had found my home. Bathing in Japan is considered a form of meditation and is treated as such. At the same time, it’s effortless. Being surrounded by water is calming, healing, and relaxing. With intentional bathing, it’s almost...

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