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Achieving bliss is a lifelong quest and a daily shower is a beautiful step along that path. An approach to showering that engages all the senses is a way to increase in "feel-good" hormones like serotonin and dopamine,* aid in decreasing stress hormone cortisol in the blood, release mood-boosting neurotransmitters, such as endorphins, dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin and to unleash the power of the anandamide.** Increasing the circulation of anandamide in the bloodstream can reduce feelings of anxiety and release feelings of bliss.*** By combining aromatherapy, contrast hydrotherapy, andamine releasing (faah (the enzyme that breaks down anandamide) suppressing) plant ingredients like apples, aloe, berries and chaga, reiki and maitake mushrooms****, layering textures that awaken sensory release with high touch application techniques.

*Cathy Wong, The Health Benefits of Rose Oil, Very Well Health
**Nikolai A Shevchuk, Adapted cold shower as a potential treatment for depression Science Direct, National Library of Medicine, 2008. 
***Maria Scherma, Brain activity of anandamide: a rewarding bliss? Nature, July, 2018
****Mary Biles, Anandamide, The Body’s Own Antidepressant And How To Boost It Naturally, Medium, August 2017

a shower moment induces a euphoric glow. 

“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” Emily Dickinson

Yuzu Mimosa Sea Algae Wash (kaempferol, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, antioxidants, linoleic acid, whey protein, oat-based lactic acid, xanthine, niacinamide, vitamin c, magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins a, b and c, aloe - sea algae adaptogens vitamins a, c, e, b12 and marine minerals like magnesium, copper, calcium and a high amino acid content, it acts as anti-inflammatory and toner by regulating oil production and remineralizing the skin.)

Lymphatic Phytopower Sea Cleanser and Masque (beta-glucans, niacinamide, kaempferol, vitamins a, c, e, d and b3, vitamin b3, niacin, proteins, lipids, vitamins and amino acids, proteins (including ganoderma lucidum peptide), calcium, zinc, copper, iron and magnesium) 

Illuminating Rose Collagen Renewal Face Serum (sterolins, vitamins b1, b2, c, d and e antioxidant-rich berry complex, ellagic acid, omegas 3, 6 and 9 fatty acid) 

Bioactive Berry White Peat Exfoliant (anthocyanins, beta-glucans, niacinamide, kaempferol, vitamins a, c, e, d and b3, vitamin b3, niacin, proteins, lipids, vitamins and amino acids, proteins (including ganoderma lucidum peptide), potassium, calcium, zinc, copper, iron and magnesium, plant sterols, fibers and warming enzymes, noirmoutier sea salt minerals.)

Wild Cherry Blossom Rice Buff (Vitamin E, rehydrate and alleviate redness and irritation. Gamma (γ)-oryzanol, plant sterols, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, promotes circulation, Squalene,  aid in cell regeneration for a fresh, radiant glow, Ferulic Acid helps prevent free radical damage. Vitamin B, including thiamine (B1), niacin (B3),  niacinamide, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and B6. Vitamin B helps soothe the skin, alleviating rosacea, sunburn, eczema, and even evening out hyperpigmentation. Vitamin E, rehydrate and alleviate redness and irritation. gamma (γ)-oryzanol, plant sterols, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, promotes circulation, squalene helps improve cell regeneration, ferulic acid helps prevent free radical damage, linoleic and oleic fatty acids strengthens the skin’s barrier and helps reduce irritation and acne. oleic acid, omega-9 fatty acid, oleic acid protects the skin’s barrier, locking in moisture this anti-inflammatory fatty acid helps the skin retain its firmness and elasticity. 

Rose Camellia Plum Soft Water Mist (vitamins a and c, used to brighten dull skin. with every mist deliver intense sugar acids to tone and help boost cellular turnover to smooth skin surface and improve glow. rich in antioxidants)

Moonflower Cleansing Hair Wash & French Lavender Softening Hair Conditioner (panthenol pro-vitamin b5, b12, a, c and e, folic acid, choline, essential enzymes: aliiase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulase, lipase, and peroxidase.calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc) 

Flowers Hold Life Indian Jasmine Aromatherapeutic Body Oil (beta carotene, protein, lecithin, fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, and E)

Arctic Berry Cloud Milk Cream (omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acid, ellagic acid, contains more than twice the vitamin c of oranges and rich in essential fatty acids, carotene, vitamins a and e and antioxidant, “phenolic acids, especially ellagic acid, are known to be antioxidants, having antimutagenic, anticarcinogenic, hepatoprotective, and antimicrobial properties. cloudberry: an important source of ellagic acid, an antioxidant." - barbara thiem, marcinkowski university of medical sciences )

“If I look upon my whole life, I cannot think of another time when I felt more comfortable: when I had no worries, fears, or desires, when my life seemed as soft and lovely as lying inside a cocoon of rose silk.”  - Amy Tan

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A daily practice. 

Prepare the Shower Moment Bliss! Unwind & Glow

Turn the shower temperature up to 120F to fully stimulate circulation and blood flow.

NOTE: Be generous with yourself and the amount of product you apply over the body.

Directions:

Light Icelandic Moonflower and Spanish Gardenia candles. Turn the shower temperature up to 120F to fully stimulate circulation and blood flow. That matters because improved blood flow helps reduce tension, muscle pain, helps flush the lymphatic system, revives the system to warm and give energy and brings oxygen to every cell in the body.


Focus on your product application technique daily. Start with a few deep breaths in the steamy air and some slow stretches. Then begin showering with a gently lathering and powerfully cleansing Yuzu Mimosa Sea Algae helps normalizes skin ph balance, combined with vitamin-c rich yuzu oil and skin-strengthening sweet-scented mimosa flowers to soften dry, rough skin, rich in sea algae that gives an incredible silky texture to washing while delivering penetrating. Combined with pink grapefruit is a reviving stimulant and a refreshing tonic that helps relieve tension. Always start washing skin from the very bottom of the feet in small circular motions up towards the heart and out the tips of your fingers. This method maximizes stimulation and blood flow.

Follow with an invigorating scrub. Place two tablespoons of Bioactive White Peat Exfoliant applies smoothly and most effectively in the vigorous circular motions including the back and neck in cross-motions. The exceptional exfoliating action comes from a superfine grain of certified organic sea salt. as the grains disintegrate on contact, they function like an instantaneous peel, removing dead skin cells and excess toxins while pulling moisture and minerals in. The soothing essential oil of the geranium treats dry skin, firms and helps balance oily complexions. hand-ground, non-abrasive berry seeds, aloe butter and algae provide a powerful antioxidant boost to restore a smooth complexion, keeping skin dewy fresh, energized and healthy. Berries are naturally high in  “Salt has a sort of instantaneous effect of taking dead skin cells off the surface of the skin. It does it very gently, leaving the skin smoother and more able to absorb moisture and nutrients. It's especially effective when combined with warm water, which increases circulation. One of the best ways to keep skin youthful, energized, and healthy is to increase blood flow while pulling moisture and minerals in. Salt converts the water that you put on your face to give skin a higher mineral content --and minerals are absolutely crucial to healthy skin." Rinse for 2 minutes under cold water. This further stimulates blood flow and circulation, tightens pores, firms skin, and is shown to balance hormonal shifts especially in pituitary gland imbalances such as thyroid disease and improves the effects of contrast therapy and tightens pores and best of can alleviate symptoms of melancholy and depression.

Exposure to cold is known to activate the sympathetic nervous system and increase the blood level of beta-endorphin and noradrenaline and to increase synaptic release of noradrenaline in the brain as well. Additionally, due to the high density of cold receptors in the skin, a cold shower is expected to send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which could result in an anti-depressive effect.” **


*April Long, Sea Salt Benefits, Elle Magazine.
**Nikolai A Shevchuk, Adapted cold shower as a potential treatment for depression Science Direct, National Library of Medicine, 2008.

Soak Wild Cherry Blossom Rice Buff under warm running water until it is completely soaked through and squeeze and tapote over feet legs upward in taps and sweeps toward the heart. Highly effective in smoothing skin, reducing redness, bumpy skin and irritated dry and damaged skin. So replenishing the results are immediate.  This extra-softening act feels so unusually marvelous as precious drops of rice bran extract are buffed over the body. Rice bran is one of the few forms of gentle exfoliation that can also trigger moisture in the skin as it smoothes away rough and dead cells. when soaked in water and squeezed over the skin, it produces a replenishing, silky texture, like rinsing in warm milk. The buff also delicately scents the skin and is as light and delighting as the ephemeral cherry blossom. Squeeze remaining liquid from buff over skin and hang to dry. 

Place about two tablespoons of Lymphatic Phytopower Sea Cleanser and Masque in palms directly after buffing to build on the moisture surge and deliver superior replenishment and brightening effects. Leave on the body, face and neck while washing hair.

Moonflower Hydrating Hair Wash is a low lather, high cleanse experience. Place a small amount on the ends of strands and massage intensely into hair and scalp. Take this opportunity to really massage your neck and scalp - this improves health and vitality of hair. Rinse and apply a generous amount of the Moonflower Smoothing Hair Conditioner to tips of hair and blend in-between strands buttery-like, totally natural ingredients add luster and shine. Rinse scalp and whole body with cold water to bind moisture to hair and lightly rinse off Lymphatic Phytopower Sea Cleanser and Masque further enhancing the blissful benefits of contrast hydrotherapy.

While under hot streaming water mist hair, face and body with Rose Camellia Plum Soft Water Mist to increase cellular turnover, tone and anti-oxidize inspired by the steam-filled air of the bathhouse, this soft-water mist helps the skin to breathe by keeping pores toned, bringing deep hydration and replenishment. plum wine helps to anti-oxidize and reveal a fresh layer of skin, while soft-water, sweet-smelling camellia, rose and plum blossoms provide the pleasure of dewy fresh skin. high in vitamins a, c and e these blossoms help keep skin fresh and glowing. plum wine serum adds natural, gentle sugar acids that accelerate the skin’s cellular renewal rate and stimulates collagen and elastin synthesis. Helps reduce the effects of sun and aging while delivering sweet softness to the skin. Rich in rose hydrosol to help release “feel good” hormones gives the sense of uplift and relaxation. Inhale and exhale deeply to enhance the sensory benefits. 

Step out of the shower, the body will immediately cool but the heart energy and body temperature are warmed so a flush of contrast therapy takes further effect doing wonders to reduce pain, stress and insomnia. Massage Flowers Hold Life Indian Jasmine Aromatherapeutic Body Oil into the skin, while the skin is still damp (before toweling off) this will allow oil to penetrate quickly and retain skin moisture levels and will help lock in the maximum amount of hydration possible. Tap the body off with a towel. Open jar of Arctic Berry Cloud Milk Cream and appreciate the natural glistening with the rare and precious cloudberry that brings softening fatty acids and antioxidizing vitamins that encourage the skin's complete and radiant rebirth. Wrap in a large heated towel.  Remist the Rose Camellia Plum Soft Water Mist over face and hair. Comb fingers through hair and wrap in a towel then let air dry.  

Recommendations:

Remove petals from top of candles and place into a small bowl or sachet for lasting scent. 

Lighting an Icelandic Moonflower candle fills shower area with dream-inducing aromatherapy to transcend the mundane. Spanish Gardenia is a heady, exotic and deeply pleasurable floral. Lighting together creates a pairing that is like stepping to a midnight garden in full bloom. 

Uplift and relax the body and mind and bring softness and glow to the skin.

Inhaling essential oil and absorbing it through the skin transmits signals to the limbic system, a region of the brain responsible for emotions and memories and has been shown to reduce in blood pressure and increase in "feel-good" hormones like serotonin and dopamine. rose oil is able to decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the blood and stimulates the mesolimbic reward pathway in the brain. Rose oil delivers more intense feelings of relaxation that suggests a reduction in respiration rate, blood oxygen saturation, and systolic blood pressure during stressful situations.* The scent of rose is also considered a natural aphrodisiac and highly pleasurable.  

*Cathy Wong, The Health Benefits of Rose Oil, Very Well Health

Lift spirits, reduce feelings of anxiety, detoxify, restore energy, immune-boosting, improve heart health, improve blood flow, absorb essential minerals, increase blood circulation, promote lymphatic flow, unclog pores, invigorate circulation, exfoliate dead skin cells, stimulate the nervous system, feel better. Reduce the occurrence of common colds and cold symptoms. A shower can cure what ails you from the practical removal of dirt from pores to the more ethereal feelings of elation. Showering cleanses and tightens pores, removes dead skin cells, improves collagen production, dilates blood vessels, burns calories, improves metabolism, regulates hormonal imbalances, improves pituitary imbalances, restores moisture, cleanses hair and scalp, motivates creativity, reduces muscle tension, stimulates circulation and blood flow and boosts the immune system. Engage in a deep sense of self-care, total release and euphoria, skin is cleansed and softened to an abundant glow. 

Scent, detoxify and balance the skin, calm skin eruptions and environmental damage, moisturize, soften and illuminate skin, remove dead skin cells, moisturize and replenish skin, cleanse and detoxify, boost metabolism, improve elasticity, peel and improve surface, reduce appearance of varicose veins, reduce the appearance of dimpled skin. The soothing essential oil of the geranium treats dry skin, firms and helps balance oily complexions. hand-ground, non-abrasive berry seeds, aloe butter and algae provide a powerful antioxidant boost to restore a smooth complexion, keeping skin dewy fresh, energized and healthy. white peat organic material contains thousands of years of plant decomposition from the last ice age that is rich in nutrients, essential fiber, fatty acids, and minerals that produce warming enzymes on the skin. bio-active arctic berry seeds of strawberries and blueberries offer a surge of vitamin c and powerful omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, encouraging cellular turnover and increased blood flow. a type of essential fatty acid, omegas are acids the body cannot produce on its own and are essential to cellular functions and to promote healthy, youthful skin.

Abundance and bliss.

To bring the Shower Moment benefits fully to the face always apply a few drops of Illuminating Rose Collagen Renewal Face Serum to the face while skin is still damp.

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