You've just arrived home from work. Summer sweat covers you in not a cute-and-dewey-sheen but a tired-and-hangry-shine. All you want to do is eat and sleep. But before you stoop over your kitchen counter stuffing cold leftover pieces of rotisserie chicken in your mouth and flop into bed, take a moment for yourself. A longgg, organic moment. One that involves not only cleaning your gross, smelly body but relaxing, pampering, and hydrating it.
Shower. (Don't wash your body in the same water you have to rinse it in. Eww.)
After getting that out of the way, exfoliate to slough off those dead skin cells that have been holding on for dear life. Use an all-natural scrub like Organic Bath Co.'s Stress Less Organic Body Scrub. It's concocted with almond, apricot, sunflower, and lavender oils to moisturize dehydrated skin, not to mention the Fair Trade Certified sugar that buffs away dead skin cells. It's the perfect first step in a calming and clarifying nighttime routine.
Get that bath running and amp up the relaxation factor. While your warm bath fills, pour in one of Ola Tropical Apothecary's Bath Rituals. These packets of natural sea salt from the Hawaiian island of Moloka'i are infused with plant extracts for a relaxing, detoxifying soak. Try their Coconut Bath Ritual to soothe sore muscles, hydrate skin, and unwind after a stressful day with a fragrant mix of coconut and lemon grass.
Olive oil isn't only for the kitchen folks. I'm mildly obsessed with it (look for a more in-depth post about why it's so amazing soon) because it's an all-natural, healing treatment for your whole body. After stepping out of the bath, apply olive oil to your still-wet skin to seal in moisture and provide antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nourishment to tired skin.
Now, you can sleep soundly, clean, calm, and oh-so-soft.
Photography by Gloria Cavallaro