What does it mean to love?
What does it mean to see another’s face and know that above all faces, we would choose this one to be before us? How do we show another, tender heart that it is theirs that we choose to honor, to find stride alongside, to soften with the giving of our palms?
The world has challenged us in the last two years to withdraw from that which is expected, that which is “normal,” and swim through waters previously untreaded. It has questioned our motives, our habits, our reflexes, and called us to see our intentions with unmasked honesty.
Perhaps pause – what images does Valentine’s Day conjure for you? Does it inspire feelings of joy and warmth, or perhaps anxiety, obligation, or banality?
While the origins of Valentine are many and varied, most of us can agree to greet this day as an opportunity to show our loved ones their dearness to us. Maybe this does not have to reside solely with a lover or romantic partner. The sphere of “loved one” is vast, stretching beyond who we see as lovers to those other loves that wrap their arms around our hearts: parents, children, friends, colleagues. Consider the loved one you have in mind – how will you choose to show them how truly special they are to you?
Give roses to those who beam at their velvet. A wildflower bouquet for the one who sprawls beneath the sun, or a cactus for those needing reminders of their resilience. From soaps, to favorite snacks, to incenses and gift cards, it is the intention that carries the magic. Remember that, when passed from one hand to another, even the smallest token, such as a colorful felt heart, represents much more than the sum of its materials – it represents the sentiment, “Here. I was thinking of you. I hope to keep close to you. I love you.”
Here are a few of our favorites to help you celebrate love this year:
B A T H S O A K S
Together or apart, allow the minerals and soothing oils of bath soaks to calmly lull your loved one into a state of relaxation in the cradle of a restorative bath. Indie Lee and Fat & The Moon both boast organic, all-natural soaks for a lovely addition to any bathing ritual.
M A S S A G E O I L S
From woodsy pine + cedar, to classic lavender, and herbaceous tulsi, we carry a variety of botanical body oils sure to calm anxious minds and restore supple nourishment to the skin. Oils can be enjoyed together or separately, a reminder of the loving caress we wish for our loved ones.
N O N - T O X I C C A N D L E S
It doesn't get any more classic than a candle. We have both pure soy and pure beeswax candles in combinations sure to transport the receiver with their lilting scents. Choose a glass-encased candle, a rose votive, or even a pillar inscribed with symbols of sacred geometry.
K A R L E K S P E L L K I T
Designed to draw love into your life, either by bringing forth your best possible partner, or to support self-love work. Each kit includes a tapered candlestick, a floral-infused balm, heart-opening insence, and wood + rosebud smudge wand.
F E L T H E A R TS + C H O C O L A T E S
Like we believe, small tokens echo powerfully. Handcrafted with 100% wool in Nepal, our "heartfelts" come in a rainbow of kissable colors. For the sweet teeth out there, you can't go wrong with a Mast chocolate - smooth, creamy, and made with all-natural flavors.
From February 1 – 14, we will also be offering sauna sessions for Buy One Get One F R E E! Use them in tandem for a heart-and-body-melting experience with a friend or partner, or use both for yourself – after all, who can be dearest to your heart than your own self?
Rest into one another. Rest into yourself. Love abounds.
Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!