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The Ancient Spa Tradition Inspiring Our Morning Shower

When it comes to planning a pamper session, the morning might not seem like the obvious choice for scheduling in a little relaxation time. After all, most of us have our cleanse, coffee, keys routine down to a fine art. This month, however, I decided to take inspiration from Rituals (after receiving one of their beauty treats in my July Birchbox) as their pampering products are all about turning your everyday routines into meaningful rituals.

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Inspired by one of the oldest cleansing traditions in the world, The Ritual of Hammam Foaming Shower Gel aims to evoke the decadent experience of a spa retreat. To set the scene at home in the morning I’ll run my shower a little hotter than normal, allowing the steam to open up my pores and calm the senses – this replicates the same atmosphere of a traditional steam room.


The shower foam itself contains two key ingredients that mimic the purifying experience of traditional hammam while leaving you feeling energised and ready to face the day. Eucalyptus, which is beloved for its naturally healing properties and mood-boosting scent, and rosemary which soothes and revitalises your skin to leave it glowing.


Once I’ve hopped into the shower I’ll pump a coin-sized amount of the shower foam into my hand and massage into damp skin. I love how the fragrance is instantly refreshing – the perfect morning pick-me-up. Even better though? All of the Rituals Foaming Shower Gels transform from a a soothing gel into a luxurious foam on contact with water. Honestly, my morning shower has never felt so indulgent – and a little goes a really long way!


After rinsing my skin clean, if I’m feeling brave, I’ll finish by running the shower cold. Again, this mimics the traditional hammam ritual of finishing your spa visit with splashes of cold water to invigorate the senses. Of course, this isn’t always ideal on a winter morning but it’s a great energising tip during the summer months.

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