A Bathing Ritual in Five Steps

Nov 28, 2018 • McKenzie Toma

A Bathing Ritual in Five Steps

A Bathing Ritual in Five Steps

A super stress melting bathing ritual in five easy steps.
I stupidly tried my first cigarette when I was a tender fourteen years of age. After studying abroad in Austria at 16, I began smoking regularly. I felt it was a romantic, mature gesture and I wanted to achieve that effortlessly chic aura of girls in Godard films. On my 24th birthday, it dawned on me that I would soon be a smoker of ten years, which seemed an impossibly long time considering that I couldn’t yet rent a car. When I decided to quit, I was a serious puffer, not a social one. On weekdays, half a pack. On weekends, countless. In the morning with coffee, at hour intervals, I smoked my way coquettishly through balmy NYC evenings, lit up after every meal, between drinks, if I was feeling blue; they punctuated everything. Basically, I had not really known life without cigarettes. Quitting was extremely challenging because I had to learn how to cope with stress in healthier ways. The one ritual I owe my success too, which has become a major part of my daily life since, is the bath.

Bath time is a magical time. It can be simple or luxurious, meditative or sensual. As a human living in 2018, we all need a little self-care and a loving little dip in the tub can go a long way. I wanted to share my super relaxing bath time ritual with you! Here is my recipe for the evening soak that will leave you feeling like a cloud.







Step One:

Light a candle and brew some tea. I like the Odd Woods Candle. The cedarwood melts with sandalwood and radiates warmth and comfort. Plus, at the end of your candles lifespan (after a million baths) you’ll have a very cool cup to hold your toothbrushes or pencils. Boil your water and pour it piping hot over your smoky Hu-Kwa tea leaves. Let steep for five minutes, then pour into The Perfect Mug








Step Two:


Draw the bath and wait. Some people jump the gun and get in while its running, I like to immerse in its fullness. Before you do whatever you do, dry brush. While dry brushing may seem like just another new-fangled health fad, it has legitimate circulatory benefits and feels so, so good. Use the Palm Body Brush before hopping in to sweep away dead skin cells, stimulate your lymphatic system and make your whole body feel like it’s smiling. If you decide to dry brush post-bath, pump a little Everyday Oil onto the palm brush beforehand, being sure to brush in upward circular strokes.








Step Three:


Slowly sink into the tub. Have your moment to breath and be enveloped. To rinse off the day, use Hiba Wood Cube Soap, which is as cleansing as it is moisturizing. The hiba wood oil will cleanse and soften, while the jojoba, blood orange and avocado oil will nourish and soothe your skin. Not using weird chemicals on your body is probably for the best.








Step Four:

Grab your favorite gentle face wash, and squirt a pea-sized amount onto the Facial Brush, made by Irish Hantverk. This oil-treated oak brush, with horse-hair bristles, is the aesthete-environmentalist’s answer to a Clarisonic. It looks beautiful on your bathroom shelf and dutifully sloughs off dead skin, especially with the help of your steamy bath. It’s gentle, but also provides a deep-pore cleanse and leaves your skin with a baby glow. While you're at it, give your feet some love, too. This Pumice Stone, smartly attached to a rope, will have your feet callus free in no time. Once finished, hang it from your caddy for proper drying. 








Step Five:


Now is my favorite time to read, ponder, stretch my legs, zen-out or even watch a movie (It’s extra, but I sometimes bring my laptop to the party and set it up on a chair for leisurely viewing). Once I’ve decompressed into as blissful a state as possible and get a little too hot, I know it’s time to leave my temporary little water womb. After toweling off, I like to immediately apply this Red Clay Halo Mask to my face while my pores are still open and face is damp. Let it sit until you look like a scary monster, then rinse away with lukewarm water, and follow with some Everyday Oil








At this point, everything smells heavenly, your mind is a cleaner slate, and if you’ve followed all the steps you probably can’t get much more relaxed. Now go cozy up in this slinky batik Kimono robe, you queen. Sweet dreams to you stress-less angel! 


Journal

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To prepare for our seconds sale coming up this Saturday at our new production space on Short McDowell, I chatted with Amanda, East Fork potter and Production Manager, about quality control.