We spend a third of our lives asleep—that means our bedroom is the most lived-in space in our homes. It’s the room where we start and end our days, and that’s why the rituals that happen there are extra important. In The Wind Down, we’ll be exploring the nighttime routines of people we admire and taking their advice to make the moments just before bed feel our best.
Jen Batchelor doesn’t do anything halfway. At night, she doesn’t just moisturize, she gives herself an oil massage. Rather than light one candle, she lights three—plus the fireplace. And her nightcap? Forget whiskey or wine—the founder of Kin Euphorics enjoys gentle nootropics, balancing adaptogens, and replenishing botanics, all in the form of her chic, nonalcoholic beverages (which don’t taste like anything you’d call a mocktail). Consider them mood-elevating elixirs that can help you feel a little happier and more social (High Rhode) or ready for bed (Dream Light—the brand’s newly launched sleep support). Here, she shares the details on how she makes the most of the tail-end of her day.
Ease in: I like to eat a nourishing meal around 7 p.m. to give myself time to digest; 8 p.m. is when I really start to wind down.
Lighting cue: I have a lighting system that Dr. Dan Gartenberg recommended and installed for me. You can change the brightness and color on a timer, or you can adjust it based on your routine from your phone. In the evenings, I like to use red-toned lights because they help prepare you for sleep.
Muscle memory: My ideal night starts with drawing a bath. One of my favorite ways to prep for it is to do abhyanga, which is essentially a 15-minute, self-administered warm-oil massage. I use oils from Banyan Botanicals—the company uses the most medicinally rich herbs and they’re all organic. Abhyanga is about reconnecting the mind with the body and getting your circulation moving. I take two to five minutes per limb—it’s rigorous. What makes it really powerful is that you’re doing it before you start your cleansing process in the shower or bath, so when you’re in the water, your pores open up and get the benefit of the herbs that have been infused into the oil. To me, it’s one of the most beautiful expressions of self-love.
Bath time: I’m really into Gem & Honey bath salts; they have crystals and different essential oils in them. If I’m not doing a lunar ritual—a lot of them are centered around the cycles of the moon—I’m using one that’s lavender or eucalyptus-infused. They’re great for eliminating any toxins from the system. Depending on the night, I’ll also put essential oils in my bath—ylang-ylang or lately smoky vanilla. My bath is the first time I’m closing my eyes during the day and either putting on very, very ambient music or keeping it as quiet as possible to let my thoughts from the day settle. I’m not consuming: I’m allowing things to integrate. I pray and meditate for 15 to 30 minutes; I like being really luxurious about the whole process.
Drink up: I intentionally dry off and hydrate after that. Especially when you get it nice and hot, a bath is a great reminder to drink some water before bed.
Get lit From this point on, the only light I have is candlelight. D.S. & Durga’s Tomb of the Eagles and the Bel candle from 3rd Ritual are my favorites, and I have a massive Ritual candle in my living room. I’m also really lucky to have a fireplace. Then one candle on each of my nightstands really does the trick.
Skin saviors: In the winter, I put on a warming oil like Mater Serum; I had rosacea for many years, so I like anything I put on my face to be very soothing. Twice a week, I’ll exfoliate with a really gentle product—I love the one from Miranda Kerr’s line, Kora Organics. Sometimes I also use a facial steamer with a cold cloth afterward.
Nighttime elixir: Of course I love having some Dream Light. I drink it warm with oat milk to help me relax.
Calming convos: I reach out to someone whom I haven’t connected with during the day, who I can have a nurturing experience with at the end of the night—that might be my brother or my significant other, whomever I’d like to spend that time with. We talk through what we’re grateful for and the highlights from the day. It’s this kind of intimate conversation that I want as the last conversation of the day.
Write it out: Sometimes I do some gratitude journaling at night. In the mornings, I’ll write more stream of consciousness.
Perfect pj’s: I’m a freak about silk. I have a lot of vintage, but I also love Lunya, especially its shorts set.
Best bed: The Night pillow—it essentially has a built-in satin cover—is the best thing ever. I also love Matteo sheets and Italian linen. They get so soft in the wash. Around 1 to 2 a.m, I always get really hot—it’s at the height of the digestive process, when the brain is firing—so I like to have multiple layers: a really thin sheet, a quilt, and a duvet at the bottom of the bed in case I wake up freezing. I love white bedding—it feels clean.
Nightstand essentials: My nightstand is very clean—I just keep a lamp, a vase (it’s actually an old Kin bottle), a journal, a couple crystals, a few books, and palo santo there.
Lights-out by 9:30 (especially on the weekends)!
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