Need a little pampering? DIY Hammam (Moroccan Bath House)
I had the pleasure of visiting a Turkish hammam a few years back. I was steamed, sudsed, scrubbed, massaged, and moisturized for one, blissful afternoon. I never thought to recreate that experience at home until I discovered the Amal Oils products. This amazing skin and bodycare line is made with 100% argan oil so it smells amazing and softens hair skin and nails from (literally) head to toe. Plus, all of Amal’s 100% organic argan oil is processed by Berber women in Moroccan communes, offering them a way to support their families and a sense of empowerment. Pure karma!
Amal Oils Moroccan Hammam Collection
We caught up with the founder of Amal Oils founder, Jalila Bouchareb to get a step-by-step guide to a DIY hammam. I highly recommend it!
Q. Catch us up here – what, exactly, is a hammam?
The hammam is a traditional Moroccan steam room where women and men go for a sensual, ritual-based body treatment that includes aromatherapy, detoxification, steam, massage, and relaxation. To destress and detox, there is no better way than to visit a traditional Moroccan steam bath and have a deeply relaxing treatment.
Q. How can I create an at-home hammam?
The Moroccan Hammam is such a wonderful experience that can very easily recreated with the Amal Oils line – actually pretty simply. It will take you about 15-20 minutes from start to finish – a reasonable treat every week or two for you and your skin.
- The best way to appoach it is to pretend you are creating a steam room in your bathroom – so the first step would be to allow your skin to get warm and moist and let your pores open up.
- Then it’s just a simple step by step application of products starting with Savon Noir, a natural black soap that is make from olives that softens the skin and swells the dead skin cells allowing them to be easily removed. Use the Exfoliating Glove (or Kessa) to lightly scrub your body from head to toe.
- Rinse with warm water.
- Next, massage Moroccan Rhassoul Clay mask into the skin. The clay is known for its ability to absorb 1.66 times its weight in toxins and oils and it is filled with amazing natural minerals. Let the clay sit for about 15 minutes. Keep your shower running for a nice, warm, steam room effect.
- Rinse and towel off to allow the pores to close.
- Then, apply the Rose Water Toning Mist. Moroccan Rose Water Toning Mist is a gentle, balancing toner that minimizes pores, calms skin irritation, replenishes moisture and increases the efficacy of moisturizers.
- Finally, apply a healthy dose of Amal Oils 100% Argan Oil to moisturize and soften the skin. This product is also great for moisturizing nails and cuticles and taming frizzy hair.