A Moroccan national once said "in every new district in Morocco, there has to be a police station, a mosque, and a Moroccan Hammam".
Although currently marketed as ‘spas’, Hammams were historically the most popular rituals during the Roman Empire in the Mediterranean. When the Ottomans took Constantinople (now Istanbul) from the Romans in 1450, they brought their traditions to the kingdom. Soon a new cleansing ritual was born when the Turk Ottomans merged their own bathing rituals with their own. The Turks called it Hammam, meaning “the spreader of warmth.” The Hammam or a ‘bath house’ is probably the oldest surviving bath tradition in the world and it has only gained enthusiastic fans in every corner of the world. Even today, many Moroccans attend their local Hammams regularly to cleanse from head to toe. A communal space, historically a Hammam has been a place to socialize, catch-up with the latest news, relax the body and indulge in skin care. A traditional Hammam has three rooms: a camekan, a hararet and a soğukluk. The camekan is a warm room that serves as an entrance. Guests are asked to change into a special, thin cloth to cover your body and a pair or wooden slippers. The next step involves the guest being escorted by the tellak (masseur) to the hararet where he/she lays down on the belly stone. The warmth opens the pores after which the masseur vigorously scrubs the body with a traditional soap made from olive paste. Once done, dirt and dead skin is washed away. This is followed with another scrub with a rough mitten called a kessa, followed by another rinse. In the end, the body is cooled in a soğukluk where he/she is given a drink and asked to relax. The result is silky-smooth skin and a refreshed feeling.
With authentic Moroccan and natural products, the benefits of this treatment are: • Increased blood circulation
• Slowing down ageing
• Deep relaxation and skin rejuvenation
• Decreases oil secretion in the skin & nourishing with moisture ALSO Removing tan and dead skin and making the skin smoother
You can bring the essence of the traditional Hammam rituals at home wherever you are in the world with these essential ingredients:
BLACK SOAP*KESSA*RHASSOULE*ARGAN OIL.