October 07 2017 – Mercantile London
The award winning apothecary collection Abahna was founded in 2005 by Claire and Ed Croft who took inspiration from the exotic bathing ceremonies and spas of India and the Far East.
Priding themselves on product formulations and design aesthetics they carefully choose English suppliers who can meet their high standards. Abahna is dedicated to a philosophy of nature, which ensures the products are as natural, simple and effective as possible.
Vetiver and Cedarwood boxed candle 180g £26
The ethos of the company, that plants grown without chemicals have far more benefits and as a consequence fewer harmful side effects for your skin and body. As a result, most of the natural actives Abahna use are organic, such as New Zealand wild flower honey, aloe vera, and shea and cocoa butters.
Frangipani and orange blossom eau de parfum £18.
The fragrances are created using therapeutic essential oils and the bases are derived from vegetable and plant oils. You will never find artificial colourings, mineral oils, paraffin, parabens, SLS and SLES and as importantly, Abahna are against animal testing. This philosophy of nature extends to the packaging too; with paper from FSC approved forests and inks and glues which are water-based.
White Grapefruit and May Chang eau de parfum £18.
We all know a bath is a quick way to relax but there are ways to enhance the ritual as Abahan, explains below.
Abahan’s Bathing Tips
- Do not soak for longer than 20 minutes at a time – extended wallowing can dry out skin and zap energy.
- Don’t soak for longer than 3 minutes in a cold bath
- Always wait until at least 40 minutes after eating before bathing
- We do not recommend bathing more than twice a day, it can strip your skin of its natural oils
- Try to avoid having a really hot bath just before bed as it increases your heart rate which can make it hard to sleep
Warning: If you suffer from a heart condition, high blood pressure, are pregnant or have any other medical condition, please consult your doctor before a hot or cool/cold bath.
Although there are mixed views on hot baths, research shows that once the water temperature exceeds a certain heat (40° C) it has a stimulating effect, i.e. It increases the heart rate, so it’s not always a good idea to have very hot bath straight before bed.
A bath of 40° C or more is fantastic for tight, aching muscles and because it increases circulation it’s great for helping to release toxins from the body. It’s good for the skin too; the steam opens your pores letting in warm water to flush out dirt and grime.
To compliment a hot bath we suggest the Abahan FRANGIPANI & ORANGE BLOSSOM scented tin candle £15 which has a intensely exotic floral aroma with a mix of heady sweetness and the faint zest of the orange grove which lingers long into the night.
Bathing in water between 38 – 40° C stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and increases the secretion of noradrenaline. In turn, this reduces strain and stimulation both physiologically and psychologically, bringing about a feeling of relaxation and well being.
We suggest the Abahan ROSE OTTO AND BURNT AMBER boxed candle £26 - heavenly scented, rose is grounded with the honeyed spice of resinous musk to produce a relaxing fragrance for the heart and mind. Smoky amber and relaxing rose essential oil work together to enhance your sense of well-being.
Immersing yourself in cool or cold water gives an exhilarating rush from your head to your toes. Water of between 16 and 27° C rapidly increases circulation and is said to stimulate the metabolism.
There’s no denying a cold bath wakes you up physically and mentally, so it’s great first thing in the morning or for when you want to revive yourself after a long, hard day.
To compliment a cold bath, we suggest the WHITE GRAPEFRUIT AND CHANG MAY scented tin candle £15 which is designed to enliven the mind and leave you feeling positive, cheerful and inspired. Even in the darkest winter the uplifting citrus aroma can evoke the summer to come.
The full Abahna collection is available in-store now.