As I write this post, the temperature in New York City is 102 degrees. In weather like this, we'll all be bathing more often than usual, so we might as well make the best of it and try out some new body products, right? I've been taking advantage of these two-shower days to test a few things from Poetry, a small company that encourages the "Intimate Ritual" of bathing.
Poetry's bath-and-body line is available in two fragrance blends; I've been using samples of products scented with Verse 1, "a versatile citrus fragrance with notes of sandalwood and jasmine." (The other fragrance is Verse 2, "a potent scent of mint and balsam needle with a hint of grapefruit.") Verse 1 is strongly citrus, with intense, sunny notes of bergamot and lemon and a smooth woodsy base that suggests cedar as well as sandalwood. I don't really notice the jasmine, but that's fine, because the citrus-wood pairing has a cleansing, almost purifying effect on my mind as well as my body. It makes me feel more alert, and purged of all heat-related discomfort, at least for a little while.
The formulas for Poetry's products are simple but good quality, and they feel effective on the skin. One is a body scrub called Sand ($30 for 1.7 oz. and $45 for 6 oz.). It's a mix of turbinado sugar and jojoba oil, and its texture is pleasingly, well, scrubby. It perfumes the air while it's being scooped up and rubbed into arms or legs, and then it leaves just a trace of scent on the skin. (Just be careful afterwards, because it will leave the floor of the tub or shower feeling somewhat slick!)
After bathing, Poetry's Creme in Verse 1 is a refreshing treat ($35 for 1.7 oz. and $55 for 6 oz.). It's a medium-weight cream, moisturizing but not greasy, and it's a nice option for times when you want to wear just a light layer of fragrance without applying perfume. And Vellum, a scented body oil packaged in a decoratively trimmed glass bottle, is my favorite item in the line ($40 for 1.7 oz. and $85 for 9 oz.). It feels particularly soothing in the evening, when I've just rinsed off a day's worth of summer sweat and grime, and it absorbs cleanly into the skin as soon as I finish applying it.
Two other products in the Intimate Ritual line which I haven't tried yet are Immersion Therapy bath salts and Alight candles. Poetry also sells journals and a CD of guided meditation to accompany the bathing experience. The products are also offered in boxed gift sets. To order, or to find additional purchasing information, visit the Poetry website.