Being a city full of hammams or Turkish Baths, Istanbul claims its rightful place among the world’s top destinations for wellness. There are few things in the world that will make you feel as alive and well as a hammam session. Turks also have a long tradition of producing the most natural and highest quality wellness and beauty products. Whether you’re looking for high-quality, hand-woven linens and towels or beauty products made from essential oils and organic materials, Istanbul has many options to offer. They will complement your next hammam or spa session and they also make great gifts and souvenirs. So make sure to check out our tips on finding the best wellness and beauty products in the city.
Jennifer’s Hamam, Sultanahmet
Located inside the Arasta Bazaar in Sultanahmet, Canadian national Jennifer Gaudet’s shop has everything you need to bring to your next hammam or spa session. There is a wide selection of organic Turkish towels and peştemals (traditional loin clothes) hand-woven from cotton, linen and silk; robes, bed linens, scrub mitts, natural soaps and oils. The products are made from organic and naturally dyed materials using traditional methods, which makes them up to 6 times longer lasting than mass-produced products. Sultanahmet is the most touristic zone in the entire city and home to some of the most valuable Turkish properties.
Eğin Tekstil, Grand Bazaar
Welcome to the oldest store in the Grand Bazaar, owned by the same family since 1861. It is famous for regional hand printed cloths along with other weaved goods reflecting the cultural properties and beautiful traditions of the past. It is also the locals’ go-to destination to buy anything from towels to shawls, peştemals to bath robes and soaps. Be sure to check their website for discount days. Even seeing the oldest store in the Grand Bazaar is enough reason to visit this place, as finding a property let alone keeping it for over 100 years is no small feat in the busiest closed market in the world. Naturally, this makes the Grand Bazaar a prime location to invest in real estate in Istanbul.
Hamam, Address Istanbul
Located inside a huge shopping center dedicated to home decoration and textile, Hamam has a wide selection including all kinds of soap made from glycerin, essential oils and lotions, loofah sponges, scrubs, towels and bathrobes. You can also find bed linens, sheets and nightgowns. Address Istanbul is located in Şişli, not far from Cevahir Mall, in the middle of a residential zone full of some of the most valuable apartments and flats for sale in Istanbul.
Raen Spa & Natural Care, Maçka
Raen is a one-stop shop for all your hair, skin and body-care needs. The name comes from the latin word for “balanced.” Their products are all organic and optimized for all skin types, which means everyone can safely use them. From soaps to balms, shampoos to shower gel; almost all of their products are made using herbs and oils that are famous for their medicinal and therapeutic qualities. Located in the Maçka neighborhood of Beşiktaş, their shop is located among some of the most valuable luxury properties in the city.
The Spice Bazaar, Eminönü
If you want to get your hands on the most natural remedies and therapeutic beauty products, the Spice Bazaar in Eminönü may be one of the best places in the world. Here, a countless number of shops specializing in organic and natural products await you. Essential oils, soaps, herbal remedies and other traditional products can be found at this amazing, old bazaar.