Scandinavian Bath Traditions
Updated: Mar 18
Norlii is about the everyday luxury of being in the present moment. The Nordic approach is to stay connected to nature, even in the cold winter weather. Your February Box about self-indulgence inspired by Scandinavian bath and sauna culture's quiet balance and sensuality. We have found soft textiles, Nordic nature, and delightful wellness scents for a relaxing break in your everyday life.
Nordic countries have a long tradition of using the sea as a source for good health. Natural minerals of the ocean favor the skin, making it soft, clean, and renewed. Most people will agree that a day on the beach in the summer is lifegiving - and the sea also brings joy during the north's long winters. The sea surrounds the Nordic countries, and naturally, Scandinavians, all the way back to the Vikings, have a close relationship with the waters. The winter sea is available to anybody seeking wellness of a shockingly cold dip.
Soft textile: VIPP Bath towel
Vipp towels are made of pure organic cotton for optimal quality, water absorption, and softness. The towels are fitted with a solid rubber strap, showcasing the sense of detail is in anything Vipp makes. The 3rd generation family company was founded in 1939. If you recognize the brand, you might have stumbled upon it at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, where VIPP's pedal bin is a part of the permanent architecture and design collection. The towel's design is simple and classic, and it can easily become your favorite towel for years to come; the fine weaved stripes in the soft textile, the sturdy rubber strap for hanging, and the fitted edges never go out of fashion. We recommend soaking your new towel in cold water without deterging for 12 hours before using it. Then wash at the recommended temperature. Note washing instructions are inside the rubber strap $58
Nordic Nature, Angan Skincare
Iceland is unique, with untouched nature, pure water, and geothermal activity. Coming from an island far out in the North Atlantic, the ocean and nature have always played a big part in Icelandic culture. The Icelandics have a strong relationship with the life-giving sea that has fed them and kept them alive through the centuries. ANGAN handmade organic skincare carries on the rituals of Iceland's love for the sea. The salt contains high magnesium and other natural minerals and is produced using only geothermal energy.
Seaweed bath salt: geothermal mineral-rich sea salt, hand-harvested seaweed, and therapeutic essential oils from Lavender and Geranium. $12
Icelandic Moss Salt Scrub: exfoliating mineral-rich salt scrub with handpicked Icelandic moss and a blend of nourishing and regenerative oils. $18
Wellness scents: ALTUM Spa candle from Ib Laursen
Ib Laursen’s spa and wellness series, ALTUM, is inspired by the tide revitalizing everything on its path in the Wadden Sea of southern Denmark. This circle of life, occurring twice a day, is the entire idea behind the Altum series. ALTUM is the Latin word for the tide. The scented candle revitalizes your wellness moment with the ancient and exquisite Amber bringing new life and nourishment to your mind and soul – just like the sea tide. The decorative candle creates a cozy atmosphere where ever you put it. The idea for this box is to light it in your bathroom. $15
Ib Laursen, Sandstone
Natural sandstone – as simple as that. Suitable and beautiful for your new salt scrub, soap, or maybe your scented candle. $13
In many Nordic cultures, the alternation of the hot sauna and the ice-cold water is a way to enhance wellbeing. A full sauna session includes 15 or 20 minutes in the heat followed by an ice-cold run outside, a dip in cold water, or a cool shower. The ice-cold dip and the hot visit in the sauna increase the heart rate, adrenaline, and endorphins to ease any pains and lighten your mood.
A spa-bath in your home will do wonders for your wellness. A warm relaxing bath, your new salt scrub, and the scented light are sure to relax and revitalize you.