HeyBabes, First of all this is my very first blog! I will get better at using WordPress, for now I hope you enjoy and find this blog inspiring! I’ll be sharing with you what’s on my Vanity Cabinet shelves, and the products that I love to use!🐞🐞
THE HISTORY OF BATHING!
But first here’s a bit of fascinating reading telling the history of baths and bathing and pampering!! It’s kind of an epic read Z but I promise you it’s fascinating , finding out about the origins of why people love cleansing and being beautifully clean !!
The first records for the use of baths date back as far as 3000 B.C. At this time water had a strong religious value, being seen as a purifying element for both body and soul, and so it was not uncommon for people to be required to cleanse themselves before entering a sacred area. Baths are recorded as part of a village or town life throughout this period, with a split between steam baths in Europe and America and cold baths in Asia. Communal baths were erected in a distinctly separate area to the living quarters of the village, with a view to preventing evil spirits from entering the domestic quarters of a commune.
The third millennium B.C. was the “Age of Cleanliness.” Toilets and sewers were invented in several parts of the world, and Mohenjo-Daro circa 2800 B.C. had some of the most advanced, with lavatories built into the outer walls of houses. These were “Western-style” toilets made from bricks with wooden seats on top. They had vertical chutes, through which waste fell into street drains or cesspits. Sir Mortimer Wheeler, the director general of archaeology in India from 1944 to 1948, wrote, “The high quality of the sanitary arrangements could well be envied in many parts of the world today.”Nearly all of the hundreds of houses excavated had their own bathing rooms. Generally located on the ground floor, the bath was made of brick, sometimes with a surrounding curb to sit on. The water drained away through a hole in the floor, down chutes or pottery pipes in the walls, into the municipal drainage system. Even the fastidious Egyptians rarely had special bathrooms.Not all ancient baths were in the style of the large pools that often come to mind when one imagines the Roman baths; the earliest surviving bathtub dates back to 1700 B.C, and hails from the Palace of Knossos in Crete. What is remarkable about this tub is not only the similarity with the baths of today, but also the way in which the plumbing works surrounding it differ so little from modern models. A more advanced prehistoric (15th century BC and before) system of baths and plumbing is to be found in the excavated town of Akrotiri, on the Aegean island of Thera. There, alabaster tubs and other bath fittings were found, along with a sophisticated twin plumbing system to transport hot and cold water separately. This was probably because of easy access to geothermic hot springs on this volcanic island. Both the Greeks and the Romans recognised the value of bathing as an important part of their lifestyles. Writers such as Homer had their heroes bathe in warm water so as to regain their strength; it is perhaps notable that the mother of Achilles bathed him in order to gain his invincibility. Palaces have been uncovered throughout Greece with areas that are dedicated to bathing, spaces with ceramic bathtubs, as well as sophisticated drainage systems. Homer uses the word λοετρά, loetrá, “baths”, later λουτρά, loutrá, from the verb λούειν, loúein, to bathe. The same root finds an even earlier attestation on Linear B tablets, in the name of the River Lousios (“bathing” [river]), in Arcadia. Public baths are mentioned by the comedian Aristophanes as βαλανεία, balaneía (Sing.: βαλανείον, balaneíon, Latinized as balneum, a “balneary”).
The Roman attitudes towards bathing are well documented; they built large purpose-built thermal baths, marking not only an important social development, but also providing a public source of relaxation and rejuvenation. Here was a place where people could meet to discuss the matters of the day and enjoy entertainment. During this period there was a distinction between private and public baths, with many wealthy families having their own thermal baths in their houses. Despite this they still made use of the public baths, showing the value that they had as a public institution. The strength of the Roman Empire was telling in this respect; imports from throughout the world allowed the Roman citizens to enjoy ointments, incense, combs, and mirrors.
Although some sources suggest that bathing declined following the collapse of the Roman Empire, this is not completely accurate. It was actually the Middle Ages that saw the beginning of soap production, proof that bathing was definitely not uncommon. It was only after the Renaissance that bathing declined; water was feared as a carrier of disease, and thus sweat baths and heavy perfumes were preferred.
In fact throughout the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, the use of public baths declined gradually in the west, and private spaces were favored, thus laying the foundations for the bathroom, as it was to become, in the 20th century. However in Japan shared bathing in sento and onsen (spas) still exists; the latter being very popular.
CREATE A SANCTUARY FOR YOURSELF AT HOME!
So peeps, now you know the history of bathing , yes LOL it was a lengthy read but how fascinating!! You can easily and cost-effectively create a sanctuary for yourself at home. You probably own most things at home already, but if not, you can pick them up at your local drugstore. Gather up a few of your favorite scented candles and bubble bath (lavender gives off a relaxing aroma) or a pack of Dead Sea Salts. For some, bubble bath products may be irritating, particularly if you have eczema or sensitive skin. Instead, pour whole milk into your bath to gently exfoliate the skin and provide hydration.
Also, slice up a cucumber for your eyes, brew some tea (or get a bottle of water or glass of wine) and select a soothing CD. For the finishing touch, before getting into the bath, make sure the lights are off or dimmed, leaving only candlelight. During your soak, you can also pamper and enhance your skin and hair. Elizabeth Scott, About’s stress management guide, suggests applying a nourishing hair treatment and a purifying facial mask, rubbing dry skin with a loofah and using a pumice stone to scrub away calluses. It starts with the essential luxurious Prada body scrub.
PRADA CANDY RANGE
The name Prada signifies luxury and style, designer handbags as well as extraordinary shoes, clothing and Prada perfume for women. Created around a century ago, The House of Prada is known around the world for its classy and elegant creations.
Prada was started in 1913 by Mario Prada. He fashioned and sold handbags, shoes, suitcases and trunks, and suitcases through boutiques in Milan, and eventually expanded across Europe and into the U.S.
Mario’s granddaughter, Miuccia Prada, took control of the company in 1978. She had previously worked as a mime spending five years mastering the art at Milan’s Teatro Piccolo. She also managed to earn a PhD in political science. Even with her eclectic background everyone around her could see that she had an impressive sense of fashion. Even though the company had run into financial difficulties over the years, Miuccia managed to help the company become a leader of haute couture.
Soon after Miuccia wed Patrizio Bertelli. Patrizio became Prada’s business manager, making it possible for Miuccia to focus her attention on designing and refining the fresh new Prada look.
In 1985, Miuccia unveiled the new classic Prada handbag which was sleek, streamlined, black nylon that quickly became an overnight success. The handbag was not only functional, it was sturdy as well as practical and stylish.
Prada struck the runway in 1989 with the spectacular prêt-a-porter collection that featured elegant, basic pieces that highlighted clean lines, lavish fabrics, and simple colors. The fashion community noticed and Prada’s global popularity went through the roof.
By the 90’s, Prada had become a major force in fashion. Their clothing and accessories were sophisticated, smart and top of the line quality. In 1992 she brought younger consumer’s an affordable line called Miu Miu and soon after she brought the world her sports line for both men and women. Then in 1993, Prada earned the Council of Fashion Designers award for accessories.
Then came the next inception, Prada perfume for women. Wonderful unique fragances that are richly scented and luxurious. Here are just a few of the most popular Prada perfumes.
MUSTELA BATH PRODUCTS
This stuff is perfect, especially if you have sensitive skin, or easily come up with rashes and allergy. It’s so divine and gentle, it’s worth it the little bit extra that it costs, about AU $15 and you can buy it from your local chemist.
Mustela’s beginning: Paul Berthomé, father of the current chairman, joined forces with a pharmacist to create Expanscience Laboratories. After talking to mothers and researching the baby market, they realized there was no alternative to soap for baby skincare. As soap can be harsh on the delicate skin of babies, they saw an opportunity to develop a “2-in-1” soap-free product with both cleansing properties and softening qualities. It was the first cleansing lotion specifically designed for babies in Europe: A complete revolution at the time!
NATURE PURE AND LUXURIOUS ROSEPETALS AND PURE HONEY
HONEY, HERBS AND ESSENTIAL OILS
I buy rose petals from a health food store in Newtown, the store sells all kinds of herbs as well as these loose rose petals, they are sold at a very affordable price, and the glass jar is provided by the store and you can take it back for top ups! These rose petals can be used drinking tea to adding to cosmetic oils, add to your bath with rose bubble bath.
Just throw a handful of rosepetals into the bath tub … and if you’re like me you’ll have some LUSH bathbombs in there too, and ENJOY
Source: Vinaya Rose (scientific name – Rosa Rugosa) is not just a flower to decorate your room, give to someone you love or make your garden look beautiful. Rose is a medicinal herb, and many herbal remedies can be extracted from rose petal, root, stem or leaves. All rose petals are edible. Rose petals also make great wine, sherbet, jam or jelly. Rose water or rose essential oil can also be used in cooking to give flavor and aroma. Food and drink prepared from rose extracts not only taste great but also revitalize your body. A spoon of rose water in your bathtub will give you lasting fragrance. One of the easiest ways to benefit from rose is to drink rose petal tea, rose stem tea or rose petal sherbet. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet… and a rose by any other name would taste as sweet, too. Eating roses might sound a little odd to our modern palette, but they’ve been used in culinary applications for centuries. Roses were first prized for their medicinal virtues; early on, they were used as an astringent for skin ailments. The petals were used in rosewater and cream as early as the first century AD.
ELLE BACHE BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Madame Baché believed just as we are genetically different, the same holds true of our skin. Her skincare philosophy was based on the belief that “because no two skins are alike”, each client is a unique individual.
Madame Baché’s scientific understanding of the skin’s function, coupled with a great sense of passion and creativity led her to explore the individual benefits of many natural ingredients.
Madame Baché was one of the first to include ingredients such as tomato extract, vitamin C, nutrient rich algae and lanolin in her products. Each Ella Baché product was lovingly and time stakingly created and prized – they were “her children”.
It is the unyielding passion of this extraordinary woman, above all, that laid the foundations and guaranteed the enduring international success of the Ella Baché brand. The principles and commitment forged in the early days are just as fundamental to Ella Baché today as they were back in Paris in the 1930’s.
You can buy Elle Bache products in every David Jones Department Store, just head to the cosmetics section in the shop!
DIOR GENTLE CLEANSING LOTION
What it is:
A silky cleansing milk that provides the first step to skincare for fresh, clean, glowing skin.
What it is formulated to do:
This rich, velvety cleanser gently and effectively removes makeup and impurities from the skin while preventing inflammation. No makeup can resist its effectiveness—a surprising achievement considering its fine, soft texture. Its hydration and soothing properties are ideal for dry and sensitive skin.
DERMALOGICA BEAUTY PRODUCTS
The company we know as Dermalogica today, started its life as The International Dermal Institute. Founded in 1983 by Jane Wurwand, this postgraduate training facility for skin care professionals was originally centered purely around research and education. However, it wasn’t long before Jane noticed a real lack of results-driven products in the marketplace.
Dermalogica is one of the best known and well-loved skincare brands in the world. But why did it become so widely used and how does it retain its legions of loyal fans and evangelists?
Driven by a genuine passion for skin health, she decided to do something about it.Zoom forwards three years to 1986 and Dermalogica, the skincare company, was founded. The very first thing that set Dermalogica products apart from many existing skincare ranges was the ingredients they used in their products. Instead of opting for the artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, S.D. alcohols, lanolin or mineral oils that other companies were using, Dermalogica insisted on much higher quality ingredients – ones that would actually help your skin rather than harm it.
NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES
The Neal’s Yard stuff is magical, it smells like heaven, and all the products in the range are 100% organic.
Neal’s Yard Remedies (NYR) may be more commonly known as suppliers of alternative medicines and therapies (and getting into a spot of bother back in 2009) but they also do a fine line in organic beauty products. Celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, NYR was born when former teacher Romy Fraser opened a shop in the eponymous little square in London’s Covent Garden back in 1981
NEAL’S YARDFOAMING BATH WITH SEAWEED & ARNICA
HAWAIIN TROPIC SUNTAN PRODUCTS
Smells like a tropical wonderland, and this product is a golden shimmering lotion, its an after sun product, but I like to use it after my shower! You can buy Hawaiin Tropic suncare products online, they are really affordable! The sun protection factors ranges from SPF 50+ to dark tanning oils!Whether you use lotion or oil, it needs to be applied evenly and generously; when you are exposing your skin to the sun, it is best to wear a swim suit or outfit that exposes a good amount of skin and does not cause crazy tan lines; and although you should be comfortable, it is important to turn every so often to ensure that all of your skin is exposed evenly. Few things are worse than having a splotchy tan. Lastly, it is important to use aftersun lotion to keep your skin moist. For many people, sunbathing is a lifestyle, and one of the main brands that has cultivated this lifestyle is Hawaiian Tropic. Although Hawaiian Tropic may be known by many consumers as the brand that sponsors the annual Miss Hawaiian Tropic International pageant, it is known throughout the industry as the brand that has led the way with innovative tanning and protection products.
Walking into Perfect Potion tucked away on the bottom level of the QVB is always a relaxing and fun experience. Diffusers spread the beautiful scent of lavender through the air. A delicious pot of herbal tea is always on offer with lovely little ceramic mugs to drink it out of. The back wall has an actual live garden growing out of the wall. The staff are so friendly and helpful, and will advise you on how to use the products and learn about new products.
Salvatore Battaglia is the founder and owner of Perfect Potion. His book The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy is internationally acclaimed and used by many natural therapy colleges and aromatherapy training institutions worldwide. All the products are certified organic and certified natural and of course they are never tested on animals. They also sell fair trade products.
Perfect Potion’s essential oil blends are warm seductive blends which inspire a sense of euphoria and sensuality, keeping the skin soft and supple.
How to use:
Using long, smooth strokes and kneading movements, massage any areas of tension with care. May also be used as a body oil and applied where needed after showering or bathing.
I also like Perfect Potion’s essential oil blend called EROS it’s about AU $16 and you can buy it from you local Perfect Potion store.
A brief history: DOLCE & GABBANA
Dolce found a job as an assistant to a designer named Giorgio Correggiari. One night at a club, he met a kid named Gabbana. Dolce, quiet and shy, was impressed with Gabbana’s good looks and outgoing personality; Gabbana wasn’t so taken with Dolce, but he was happy to hear his advice on how to approach Correggiari for a job. Correggiari ended up hiring Gabbana to work on sportswear, and Dolce taught him how to sketch and the basics of tailoring, and in the process they became a couple. Soon after his hiring, Gabbana was conscribed to 18 months of mandatory military service, but in 1983, after his return in 1982, they had parted ways with Correggiari and were living together in a one-room loft in Milan. The room had a round, wobbly wooden table in the middle, and they would sketch sitting across from each other. If one erased too hard, the table would jiggle and spoil the other’s line. Dolce: “We always filed two different invoices for the freelance work we did, even when we were working for the same client.” Gabbana: “Our accountant said, ‘Why not just do one invoice for both of you? Put Dolce and Gabbana at the top.’ ” So the brand was born, the brainchild of a Milanese bookkeeper.
House of Chanel
Among the key designers who made a bold and lasting impression on women’s fashion in the twentieth century, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883–1971) deserves special recognition. Born in Saumur, in the Loire Valley of France, Chanel survived an impoverished childhood and strict convent education. The difficulties of her early life inspired her to pursue a radically different lifestyle, first on the stage, where she acquired the nickname “Coco,” and then as a milliner.
With the help of one of the male admirers who would provide key financial assistance and social connections over the course of her career, Chanel opened her first shop in Paris in 1913, followed by another in the resort town of Deauville. Selling hats and a limited line of garments, Chanel’s shops developed a dedicated clientele who quickly made her practical sportswear a great success. Much of Chanel’s clothing was made of jersey, a choice of fabric both unusual and inspired. Until the designer began to work with it, jersey was more commonly used for men’s underwear. With her financial situation precarious in the early years of her design career, Chanel purchased jersey primarily for its low cost. The qualities of the fabric, however, ensured that the designer would continue to use it long after her business became profitable.
My Demeter perfume is called Sugar Cookies! The Demeter Fragrance Library was set up in 1993 by Christopher Brosius and Christopher Gable. The pair created true-to-life scents, which evoked the scent of its title. For example, Dirt smelt like dirt, and Gin and Tonic smelt like a gin and tonic. In 2007 Demeter introduced of the Jelly Belly Collection–a group of scents inspired by Jelly Belly jelly bean recipes–as well as Crayon (“smells like that fresh box of crayons on the first day of school”), and Pure Soap.
VITAMIN AND MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS
It’s been so much fun for me researching for this blog, and I hope you enjoyed my first ever blog that I created and I also hope reading about the history of bathing has been fun and beneficial learning. I’ve shared my bathroom products with you too, I think I have some nice stuff, and it really does make me feel better! Go ahead, pamper yourself with body fragrances and creams and pampering oils and lotions! I hope some benefits and ideas spring from this for you peeps!
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KISSES AND ENJOY PAMPERING AND LOVING YOURSELF!