Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Romantic Moroccan Hamman & Spa...



Happy belated Valentines Day! I'm still in the mood for warm romantic baths and candles a day after the real Valentines day. Afterall, it's still winter, and you might as well make it cozy and romantic at home, if you can't enjoy being out in the cold.
I love baths, but I love bath more during these cold winter days.
Moroccan's are one of the most cleanest people I have ever met as a culture. People go to the 'Hammam' (similar to the Turkish bath hamman, where you can take a bath and wash in a proper room, and not in a tub) at a regular basis.
Married to a Moroccan, I've learned the beauty of their Hamman & Spa.

Inspirational Hammam-like bath, with Moroccan Lantern

Bathing in the Hammam is not your typical rub-a-dub-dub, the process involves different steps of scrubbing and soaking, drenching and dousing.

Here’s a run down of the head-to-toe scrubdown experience:

  • First, choose a spot in the hot room where you’ll sit on your matt. Now, the tayeba (scrub person)will apply sabon beldi (special kind of soap) all over your body and then alternate between scrubbing and lathering you thoroughly with the kese sponge and splashing warm buckets over you. If rhassoul (natural mud) is used, it will be mixed with water and applied all over your hair. Again, it will be repeatedly rinsed out, while combing from the roots until your hair feels silky clean. This process of cleansing, scrubbing and kneading will take about 45mins.

  • If you've never usded a Hammam before, it sounds painful with all the exfoliating scrubbing, but believe me, it is very relaxing, plus you will appreciate when you see all the layers of your skin peeling off! It's true, your skin will be looking and feeling exactly like a new born baby...lovely!!
The beauty is that, you can actually do this ritual in your own bath. Well, the space will be limited, as you need to do all the scrubbing and washing in your tub.
Just purchase one of the Moroccan black beldi soap and a scrubber and you will be coming out with baby skin everyone would envy...give it a try! Oh and yes, I always put lots of candles around the tube for the special mood...

Here is one place to purchase moroccan soup
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Moroccan-Natural-Olive-Black-Soap-Hamman-/330523403394?pt=UK_HeathBeauty_BathShowCons_RL&hash=item4cf4bae482


A beautiful idea, where the tube is next to the bed...so Romantic, so Moroccan!
Create a special atmosphere with candle lights and moroccan lanterns. It's never too late for Valentines!


it's like in the arabian nights...Imagine it with petals all around!


I love these moroccan inspired tiles...gorgeous!
A very sexy sink with elegance and mystic...

Get inspired and do something special to your bathtime. All you need is candles, incense, moroccan soap, scrubbing sponge, petals and you will be on your way...

from Marrakech, ya salaam,


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