A Little Bit About the Yankee that moved South
Life on Long Island was stressful for a single woman raising two kids. I’d been in a very demanding job for way too many years. Dealing with the traffic and tight project deadlines and the daily grind had taken their toll and worn me thin.
My refuge had been my nightly bath rituals. This was where I was able to shut the door on all the “out there” and create space for me. I lit candles, ran the water and added bath salts and sweet-smelling soap. Wine and music also if the spirit moved me. I was creating a ritual that I repeated many times and still do that helped me get through the week. This was my time to renew and recharge my spirit to meet the next day.
But, there comes a point in time when you just know it’s time to move on. When you feel your head hitting that wall so many times and enough was enough, so I did…I packed my bags and moved to North Carolina where I was looking to find and discover respite.
I had been making handcrafted soap for several years but now found I had more time to experiment. Creating soaps with colors from clays and herbs and the lovely aromas of essential oils became an obsession. I took some aromatherapy classes to learn more about how the blending of essential oils can create comfort and relax us. I delved deeper into soap making and shared my soaps with friends and family. Here I was combining working with my hands, bath rituals and colors and scents that drew me in. This was something I could make and connect with others and offer them respite from the overwhelm that seemed to infect all our lives.
And Thus Ritual Waters was born…
Each of my bars are handmade in small batches with love and an abundance of botanical oils, butters, herbs, clays and natural plant essences. I love the science of experimenting with various oils and butters to see how they will blend into the perfect bar for your bath. Playing with colors and essential oils spark the creative in me. I love trying to envision what the scented bar should look like with my palette of colors.
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 their daily toils.
Light a candle. Draw a bath. And let Ritual Waters hold space for you, too. I’d welcome the opportunity!