I had forgotten how hot my region could be. I had forgotten how the coolest time of the day is right before the cock crows, and how, even the islands that do not sit on the equator can be boiling by morning.
It is a bit embarrassing, really. I am now one of 'those people' who return to the Caribbean wearing hats and sunglasses all day, airing themselves with handheld fans by night.
Still, I am made for this heat and my body knows it.
My limbs feel supple and alive. My hair shines, drawing every bit of moisture to it from the salty winds. I haven't seen myself in this particular shade of bronze since childhood; my skin rejoices for the release of sweat, even as I soak through a precious handful of cool shirts and sleeveless blouses.
But now, after days upon days spent alternating my time between the beach and hunting down Caymanite rock formations, (they are increasingly difficult to find here on Grand Cayman, and workable stones larger than the artisan-grade chips are a rarity) I feel the need for a small respite from the sun.
My essentials are few: something to soothe, a thing or two for calming, and a fragrant refresher. Ironically, they are more or less the very same things I use in the cold.
Albeit with slightly different applications ;)
Rose Quartz infused mask.
Mixed in water + applied to face.
Wait with a glass of wine in hand.
5-10 mins | Cool rinse.
Idil Botanicals by Nazan Schnapp | Renewing Pink Clay Mask
(Along with C+TB's indispensable Calm Essential Oil Roller)
In the cold, three to four drops.
For this heat?
One drop is quite pleasant.
And not oily, at all.
IDIL Botanicals by Nazan Schnapp | Celestine Face Oil
Taken from my Grandmother's playbook.
Kept chilled for extra cooling
Pure rose water for 'dousing the flesh.'
Her words. Not mine.
Santa Maria Novella | Acqua di Rose
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