Well we are at that time of year again where summer fades into fall. The weather here in Chicago has been ranging between 55 and 85. As Chicagoans we are obsessed with absorbing the last of those beautiful days – the sun and light. It starts me thinking about bringing some of the outdoors inside – for those cold dark days ahead. Here are a few things I start integrating into my home!!
First I will start with my bathroom
Turn your bathroom into a sanctuary!
Aromatherapy is a tool that’s been used to heal the mind since ancient times, and your shower space makes for the perfect place to use it. Hang freshly cut plants like eucalyptus, lavender, and lemongrass from your showerhead with twine. The steam from the shower will pick up the scents and carry them throughout the bathroom as they lift your spirits, calm your mind, and invigorate you
I add some nice white fluffy towels (a little better quality than my summer towels) you can spritz your towels with a nice lavender mist to add to your experience. (Link below)
As far as my skin is concerned I take extra time to pamper. We put our skin through a lot during the summer months between the sun and chlorine which dry out our skin. Here are a few things to help rejuvenate and hydrate our skin. Before my bath or shower I do a vigorous dry brushing (link below) this will remove the dead skin cells which will allow for a closer shave and better absorption of moisturizer
Than continue with your regular shower and while still damp I use a combination of oils and moisturizer.
DIY Body oil
- 1 1/2 ounces Organic Argan Oil (add more if you like)
- 6 1/2 ounces Organic Sesame Oil
- 48 drops Essential Oil (6 drops to 1 oz of carrier oil), consider Frankincense, Lavender or Lemongrass
- Pour all ingredients into a dark amber or cobalt blue glass bottle with nozzle. Store in a dark, cool cupboard.
- Shake before use. Apply liberally to skin.
Other ideas for a spa environment are to light some candles play soothing music and burn incense.