5 shops to buy everything for an @home Turkish bath in Istanbul
1) Homemade Aromatherapy
Produced and sold in the Homemade Aromatherapy shop in Kuzguncuk, this beautiful boutique aims to spread its love for organic and cold-pressed essential herbal oils. Apart from the fragrant oils, you’ll also be tempted to envelop yourself in lavender water, goat’s milk soap, rose and geranium natural deodorant or coconut oil (just to name a few).
2) Eğin Tekstil
Thin yet highly absorbent and quick to dry, the peştamal towel is an essential part of the Turkish bath tradition. Head to the Grand Bazaar to seek out Eğin Tekstil, a local favourite for a wide array of high-quality peştamals in different colours and textures.
3) Abdulla Natural Products
At Abdulla you’ll find everything you need for a Turkish bath including hamam bowls, washing cloths, takunya (traditional wooden sandals), and peştamal towels, all from local and organic producers. Bulk buy their natural handmade oil soaps that come in many different fragrances.
4) Kiliç Ali Paşa Hamam Shop
You’ll be happy to know that one of Istanbul’s best hamams also has its own shop where it sells all the products used during the Turkish bath sessions inside. You’ll find everything from traditional hamam bowls and wooden takunya sandals to colourful peştamal towels and bathrobes as well as natural fabric clothing and souvenirs.
5) Jennifer's Hamam
This shop is named after its Canadian owner Jennifer Gaudet who supports and works with some of the last families in Turkey who continue the country’s weaving tradition on shuttled looms. Fluffy bath towels and peştamals, scarves, bed and home textiles are all made from organically sourced cotton and linen.
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