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Soaks in the City: 6 Healthy Benefits of a Milk Bath

By Sabon NYC | August 22nd, 2012 2:26pm | 6 Comments

Healthy Benefits of a Milk Bath

Cleopatra wasn’t the ravishing beauty that Hollywood has made us believe – the Greek historian Plutarch describes her alleged exoticism as “itself neither altogether incomparable, nor such as to strike those who saw her” – but the legend of her radiant skin is anything but a myth.

To achieve such smooth, supple skin, Cleopatra regularly soaked in milk baths, a luxury befitting only a queen; in today’s economy, milk isn’t cheap, and very few people without claim to a throne, crown, and royal subjects can afford such an indulgence.

But even though a true milk bath is out the question for regular folks like us, the concept – and other all-natural ingredients with properties similar to skin-soothing milk – is not.

At our Sabon boutiques in New York City, we often recreate a miniature “milk bath” for our customers right in front their eyes so they can see and feel our products at work.

First we add a dainty scoop of scented bath salts, and as the water is running we drizzle in our bath foam and milky soap. Then, as the bath rises, we sprinkle about three heaping handfuls of mineral powder into the tub. The reaction is instant. Sabon customers watching the demonstration can see the mineral powder react to the warm water and then feel the creamy consistency of the bath that leaves the whole body moisturized, replenished, and silky.

Our milk bath, however, isn’t just about healthy, glowing, exuberant skin. There are other benefits to this decadent escape that only Cleopatra was privy – until now. Take a look at these six reasons you should enjoy a relaxing bath tonight.

1. Release Tension

When you can’t find a good masseur, a warm milk bath is the next best thing to release the bodily tension that causes soreness, tenderness, and other unwanted aches. The heat increases elasticity in your body, allowing it to relax and loosen up. When you’re ready to get out, gently stretch your muscles to take full advantage of this tension reliever before letting your pains slip down the drain.

2. De-Stress from the Day

It's common knowledge that a long soak in the tub allows you to relax and de-stress after a hard day, but did you know that the de-stressing effect of a warm bath is a scientific fact? A study from Osaka, Japan, confirms that after 60 minutes of bathing, subjects experienced a dramatic reduction in cortisol and chromogranin, two sensitive salivary stress markers. Of course, you may not have the time or stamina to soak for an hour, but if you take a shorter bath make sure that it’s uninterrupted so you can effectively find your happy place.

3. Induce Fatigue

If you have trouble sleeping, perhaps a bath before bedtime will help you drift off to dreamland. Fatigue is a common experience after a hot bath because when you’re in the warm water your body dilates your blood vessels causing less blood to reach your brain. In response, your heart speeds up to try to circulate your blood faster. Basically, this is your body’s attempt to cool itself when your body temperature rises, and the fatigue is nature’s way of telling you that your body needs to rest.

4. Expunge Toxins

Run bath water cool enough to prevent scalding but hot enough to make you sweat and you’ll release toxins from your body via perspiration.

5. Increase Circulation

When you bathe, the rate of nourishing blood cells traveling to damaged tissue increases allowing your blood to circulate more easily.

6. Boost Your Immune System

 Not only can the hot bath water potentially kill strains of bacteria that may be lurking on your body, but the stimulation of your vascular and lymph system will decrease the risk of colds and other infections as you wash your troubles away.

 

Have you tried a Sabon milk bath? We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below!

The Perfumes Are Back In Town!

By Sabon NYC | January 11th, 2012 10:17am | 0 Comments

Sabon Daily Perfumes

We know you’ve all been waiting for our Daily Perfumes by the amount of emails and letters we have received from you, begging to know when they will be back in stock. Not to mention all the people coming to the stores. Well, Sabon Daily Perfumes are back!!!! And better than ever!

Not only did we get ALL of them back, but we also got a brand new one – Noam. It is a gentle vanilla based perfume and it smells amazing. So when all of you are planning to run to the Sabon stores and pick up your Oneg or Zohar try a little bit of Noam. You won’t be disappointed.

We finally got the Daily Perfumes back to the stores on Christmas Eve. For us working that night it was like opening holiday presents. We all immediately put them and business in the Sabon stores literally stopped for 30 minutes as we all huddled around the perfume boxes.

It’s good to have them back. Good to smell like Sabon again.

To you who have only recently discovered Sabon and have never tried our perfumes; they are all Eau Du Toilette Perfumes with light and gentle fragrances for everyday use. The unique blends were created in Normandy, France, exclusively for Sabon and in cooperation with Daniel Gapso, the international fragrance specialist.

We especially recommend Oneg, which is the closest to the Sabon signature fragrance – Patchouli Lavender Vanilla. It is a mixture of Patchouli and Vanilla sticks from Madagascar, with notes of chocolate, toffee and citrus extract.

The True Essence of Pleasure.

Always start by going through your closet for the perfect outfit and pair it up with some stylish shoes like a pair of Jimmy Chos or your newest pair of Manolo Blahniks. If you’re indecisive, leave a few outfits and shoes out on your bed and make the final decision when you’re ready to actually get dressed.

But before you do anything, make sure your purse is ready. Switch from your giant daytime bag to your glamorous much smaller nighttime purse. Fill it with all the necessities—gum/mints, cell phone, money, ID, make-up, condoms, keys and anything else you might need. Always make sure to pack as light as possible, though.

If you’re in a rush, go for a shower. But, if you have a leisurely hour or two before you head out, opt for a luxurious bath. My favorite thing to do is to throw in a Sabon Lilac Bath Ball or a dash of Lavender Bath Foam—it’s light and not overpowering and you can still dab on some perfume later. With a shower, you can use some hand-milled soap to smooth your skin and have a delicate scent—go for Bamboo, Grass, Green Tea soaps from Sabon. While you’re drying off, wash your face with Aloe Vera Cleanser, apply Seaweed Cleanser to a cotton ball to remove the remaining dirt and put some Seaweed Moisture Lotion to your face and Eye Cream under your eyes. Brush your teeth, apply your makeup and you’re done.

Once you’ve decided on the perfect outfit and have it on, add some jewelry and accessories like some faux flowers in your hair, a jeweled headband or a simple barrette. Understated is always best so everyone will be eyeing your clothes and more importantly your shoes. Dab a few drops of perfume on your neck and behind your ears, and you’re ready for a night on the town. Check your purse one last time to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything like your lipstick or eyeliner. And if you’re going to be walking a lot, you might want to throw in a pair of flats.

Luck be a Loofah (Soap)

By admin | February 28th, 2010 1:31pm | 0 Comments

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Sponge away impurities with our lemon Loofah Soap. The loofah is more soothing than traditional soap, and gives your skin better results. This only happens, though, if you remember to use it. And if you’ve ever felt the freezing water a loofah holds from hanging in your shower, you’ll know that sometimes using one is not as easy as it sounds. Enter the Loofah Soap combination—no more freezing water, and a quicker and better exfoliation for your skin.

The lemon scent is clean and refreshing, and your skin will appreciate the new found softness. First, wet the soap until it is soft enough to lather between your hands. Then apply it to wet skin over any spots that need exfoliating. Knees, elbows, and feet are great for this product. Gently scrub away the impurities while maintaining a comfortable smoothness. Rinse well once you’re done to remove any excess soap left behind.

Loofah Soap is also available in Amber, Lychee, and Lavender scents if you’ve already got the Lemon taken care of. Add to the life of your loofah by keeping it dry between showers. Sea sponges are also a great idea for guys, as it takes away the need for two products. Just lather and go.

Mud Masks for Deep Detox

By admin | February 26th, 2010 1:26pm | 0 Comments

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If you feel your skin has been looking not quite its best, the Mud Mask is here to take away the worry. Whisk away dead skin cells and improve your skins radiant appearance with this once a week regimen.

Our Mud Mask is a thick, rich, creamy mask full of minerals from the Dead Sea. The cooling effect will immediately wake up your skin, and since you leave the mask on for 10 minutes, you know by the time you’ve finished you will feel amazing. Diminish the appearance of large pores and give your skin the therapeutic detoxification it deserves.

First, make sure your skin is clean by washing your face. Dry gently, and leave your skin a little damp. Next, apply a thin layer all over, but avoid your eye and mouth areas. 10 minutes is the minimum to provide results, but feel free to let the mask sit for up to a full 20. Relax while you’re skin takes in everything the Dead Sea has to offer. You’ll start to look forward to this calming weekly ritual. After 10-20 minutes have passed, be sure to rinse the mask from your face thoroughly.

Your skin will be left feeling rejuvenated, and the minimizing of redness and sunspots will have you feeling confident again. The Mud Mask compliments greatly with the Seaweed Moisturizing Lotion for a flight and refreshing feeling.

 
 
 
 

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