Life in New York can be stressful, to say the least. I’d been in the same demanding career for decades and I felt the grind taking a toll on both my physical and mental health. The traffic and deadlines wore me thin, but my nightly bathing ceremony became my refuge. This ritual of creating a sacred space soothed me. Running the warm water, lighting a candle, pouring a glass of wine and filling the air with music. The aroma of bath salts and natural soap swirling in the air has long been my refuge when my daily tasks proved to be overwhelming. This was my time to unwind and relax and recharge myself and renew my spirit.
Eventually, I packed my bags and moved to North Carolina, in search of respite and an unhurried life. Though I’d been creating handmade soap for years, I really dedicated myself to the craft in my new home. I delighted in experimenting with colors and essential oils and trying to keep as close to natural as I could. The feedback from family and friends who received the bars was incredibly encouraging. I’ve always been “crafty”, but soapmaking allowed me to connect all of my passions: working with my hands, bathing rituals, and my love of Mother Earth. As the praise for my soap poured in, I began to imagine owning my own business and spending my days immersed in something I truly loved.
And thus, Ritual Waters was born. Each of my bars were handmade in small batches with love and an abundance of botanical oils, butters, herbs, clays and natural plant essences. My aromatherapy studies have taught me the art of blending beautiful aromas that delight the senses while delivering the natural benefits inherent in each plant. Along the way, I also discovered the powerful benefits of massage and soon I found myself working, making soap and attending massage school in the evenings (the oldest gal in class!). The very best part? I was busier than I’d ever been, but none of this felt like “work.”
In the course of my massage practice, I discovered the importance of “holding space” for my clients. I created a space in which they could relax and heal through my hands working on their bodies and their spirits. I’m thrilled to know that through my Ritual Waters products, I can hold this sacred space for people near and far who seek to create ritual in their everyday lives and a refuge from the daily toils.
Light a candle. Draw a bath. And let Ritual Waters hold space for you, too. I’d welcome the opportunity!