The Amayori Sento — Summer

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A Kyoto Summer Journey Part 1: A Summer Incense Tradition

Welcome to the first part in our Kyoto Summer Journey series. Today’s topic is the Japanese incense mosquito coil or, katori senkō . Since the 19th century, incense coils have been fixtures in homes and on the porches of Kyoto during summertime. Just seeing one will bring to mind memories for most Japanese and for many, nothing says summer like the scent of a lit coil burning in the summer air. Not only are summer incense coils aesthetically pleasing, but they contain ingredients that keeps summer pests away. Many homes in Kyoto are in the traditional Japanese style. That means no screens on the windows or air conditioning. Porches are used to stay cool and time is spent relaxing in the...

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Relax & Refresh: Kyoto Summer's Key Ingredients

I am so excited for you to experience our limited edition summer fragrance, Kyoto Summer. Fresh and clean with a touch of mystery that Kyoto is known for, this is an aromatic experience that will make summer even more special. This 100% natural blend will help you relax as well as keep you cool and refreshed during the summer heat. Below are a handful of Kyoto Summer's key ingredients. Lemon Verbena (Morocco): Brilliant and fresh, lemon verbena essential oil will awaken the mind and spirit. Lemon verbena is relaxing and is a natural sedative. At the same time, it is uplifting, will brighten your mood, and bring about mental clarity. Organic Lemongrass (Sri Lanka): I love to include lemongrass in Amayori's summer...

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The Summer Bath

Even though we are at the tail end of summer it seems as if it is hotter than ever. I have been trying to spend as much time outside as possible on the weekends and I often feel physically exhausted by Sunday evenings. Even though I drink lots of water, the sun seems to take most of my energy and leaves me feeling lethargic. Enter the warm weather bath. Many people tell me how they skip baths in warm weather because the thought of a bath makes them hot. I believe quite the opposite. A bath can be the perfect way to cool down and replenish your body if done correctly. This holds true for those living in year-round warmer climates.  I...

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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 Okinawa, The Scent of Summer Relaxation

 When I set out to create this year's summer fragrance I knew wanted something that would make me feel like I was on a vacation every day for the next three months. Even though I will be in New York the bulk of this summer, I want to feel as if I am on an island with waves crashing close by and the scent of exotic flowers linger in the air. The result is Okinawa, a gorgeous tropical fragrance that is truly is summer magic in a bottle and one of my favorite fragrances yet.  Beneficial to the senses, body, and mind, each ingredient has been selected to promote relaxation and to bring you the scent of summer. Below are three of my favorite key ingredients in Okinawa....

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