THE TRADITION & ORIGINS OF THE HAMMAM
Hammams in Morocco consists of a similar 3 room structure and offer the same bathing ritual as the Turkish Hammam. Traditional Islamic hammams in Morocco have rooms that are lined with taps where running water can be drawn instead of bathing pools. As a result Moroccan hammams are hot and humid, rather than steamy. Traditionally, the heat for the Moroccan hammam was provided by the farnatchi, the man in charge of tending the fire beneath the bathhouse that heats its floors and walls. Moroccan Hammams have an additional step following the scrub and cleanse. A hydrating Rhassoul masque is applied to the body and hair. Rhassoul is a saponiferous clay found in the Middle Atlas, it is rich in mineral salts and draws toxins to the surface of the skin, tightening pores and regulating the secretion of sebum. The clay is usually mixed with a range of aromatic plants (rose petals, cloves, eucalyptus, lichens and chamomile, for example) and then made into a liquid paste with water for application. Once it is rinsed off, it is followed by an orange-flower water or lemon juice skin tonic.
Hammams Today Hammams continue to be a prominent part of social-cultural history across the Middle East and Northern Africa. While modern day Hammams can be found all around the globe today, the oldest hammams are found in countries such as Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Greece, and Cyprus.
- The ruins of the oldest Islamic hammam in Morocco can be found in Volubilis and dates back to the 8thcentury, when the Arabs arrived.
- The 1572 Mouassine hammam is the oldest in Marrakech.
- The oldest Turkish bath built in 1454, Ağa Hamamı,can be found in Istanbul, and is one of the many baths in Turkey frequented by locals and tourists today.
After experiencing the beautiful and revitalising Hammam cleansing ritual, we had to bring some parts of Turkey and Morocco home with us. We curated a list of our favourite ancient tools and ingredients used by Moroccan and Turkish women for centuries and worked to produce a range of the most effective and highest quality exfoliating, moisturizing and hydrating products that we will be releasing soon.
Exfoliating gloves originating from Africa and the Greater Middle East have been popularized in many central Asian countries as well. While Turkish bath exfoliating gloves can be picked up from any Turkish market or found on various sites online, they are often made ultra coarse with various textures of polyester viscose or harsh fibres which can be damaging to the skin over time. After trying and testing various exfoliating mitts from across the globe and not being satisfied, we decided to craft our very own natural mitt using the purest silk material that is non abrasive and leaves the skin feeling soft and silky.
Our first release, the Glow Away SKIN Exfoliating Mitt, which is handcrafted from 100% pure silk aims to provide you with a Turkish Hammam experience from the comfort of your homes. Keeping both body and spirit in mind, we aim to create a transformative ritual for our Glow Babes with our range of Turkish and Moroccan Hammam beauty products. The end result is radiant glowing skin and a revitalized mind!