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A Simple and Easy Ritual for a Peaceful Night's Sleep

  Like most people, my mind is still going by the time I am ready to go to bed. Over the past few months I have come up with a simple ritual that has helped me get a better night’s sleep. Beyond that, this ritual helps me wind down and shift gears so that by the time I get into bed, I practically pass out the moment my head hits the pillow. I do love a nice shower or bath before bed but sometimes that just isn’t in the cards. My new ritual is quick and easy and it works.   After I wash my face, while my hair is still up, I take a nickel sized amount of Amayori’s...

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How To Have a Beautiful & Mindful Workday

  Life doesn’t stop. The purpose of learning relaxation techniques whether it be relaxation through bathing rituals, yoga, or meditation, is to take the tools that we learn and bring them into “real life”.   One of the biggest challenges most of us face is bringing this sense of well-being into the workplace. Following are my favorite ways to bring a sense of beauty and mindfulness into my workday. Even the tiniest changes have huge results. Bring at least one of these rituals into your day and experience how much better the day flows.   Make Your Space Yours: Bring in a few things for your desk that comfort you. It can be as large or small as your office...

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Exploring the Beauty in Your Own Backyard: A Cherry Blossom Filled Weekend

    It is hard to imagine the visual and emotional beauty of blooming cherry blossom tress in Japan. They are everywhere and bloom for about two weeks inspiring viewing walks, parties, and overall happiness. Cherry blossom viewing originated in Japan and is known as “hanami”. The cherry blossom flowers serve as a reminder of life’s fleeting beauty. They are also the inspiration behind our latest season fragrance release, the Cherry Blossom Ritual.   Since I am in New York this spring, I am viewing Cherry Blossoms NYC-style. Normally I would head to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens which holds the largest, most celebrated cherry blossom viewing in the area. Though I still plan on going there next weekend, I decided...

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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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The Beauty of Dry Brushing

Dry brushing, or “body brushing,” is a wellness technique that has been around for centuries. In the past year it has received overwhelming attention from the beauty-wellness industry and has even been labeled as one of the top wellness activities of 2015 – along with other interesting  trends like bone broth and activated charcoal. As we just launched our Japanese-style palm bristle dry brush, I want to go over the many benefits of this wonderful, must-have wellness tool. 1. Detoxification: Dry brushing aids in detoxification on multiple levels. The skin is the largest organ on the body. Each day we shed millions of dead skin cells that we no longer need. Dry brushing loosens dead skin cells and removes them...

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