Bitter Orange / Star Anise / Black Pepper / Cedarwood
Bathing in an ofuro (Japanese soaking tub) is not about getting clean; it’s about complete and total renewal.
Before moving to Colorado, I lived in Japan where I worked for the Yakuza (Japanese mafia) selling faux Rolex watches and Louis Vuitton handbags in Kabukichō (the red light district of Tokyo). I’d work all night, arrive home at sunrise, and wind down by soaking in my neighborhood Sentō (bath house). The hot water and steam washed away the grit of the night before, and the simple but powerful bathing ritual resurrected my spirit and body.
Later, when I bought my cedar A-frame cabin in the Rocky Mountains, my highest priority was to create a space where I could regularly experience the same feeling of renewal and peace. Though the cabin had green shag carpet, funky bathrooms, harsh lighting, and no outdoor space, my first upgrade was to build a cedar ofuro overlooking the creek that runs through the property.
Immersing one’s body in such a vessel is heavenly. It is a place where ritual meets ecstasy, nature meets devotion, and skin meets soul. Ofuro is the scent of chopping wood, lighting a fire, and immersing one’s bones in piping hot water while nestled deep in the cold, quiet refuge of the Rockies.
The warm comfort of Cedarwood, the bright expansiveness of Bitter Orange, the exotic depth of Star Anise, and the alchemical spiciness of fire-roasted Black Peppercorn will transport you to a dimension where transformation is not only possible, it is assured.