Nabulsi Soap (صابون نابلسي) is a product of one of the oldest continuous soap-making traditions in the world, produced in the same fashion since before the 10th century in Palestine’s West Bank. Traditionally made by Palestinian women and dried in cavernous structures, Nabulsi Soap is made chiefly from olive oil, the main agricultural product of the region, and has no scent besides a faint suggestion of olives and earth. The industry was once one of Palestine’s strongest, and supplied soap to several countries in the Middle East and Europe (Queen Elizabeth I was a huge fan). Since the mid-20th century, Israeli militarization and checkpoints have created enormous obstacles to transporting materials, exporting soaps and getting workers to and from the factories. Only two of Nablus’ thirty factories remain, one of which has been turned into a Cultural Heritage Enrichment Center.
The family of one of our favorite philosophers of all time, Dr. Bronner, took the above photo recently in Nablus, illustrating the same elegant and otherworldly drying technique that has always been employed, as seen in the photo below, taken sometime between 1900 and 1920 by an American Colony of Jerusalem photographer. The Bronner family has been in the soap-making business for a century and a half, and recently posted some chilling evidence of their own experience with suppression of family tradition and craft — the letter sent to their ancestors by Nazis, announcing the forced sale of their company (seen below). As we all know, particularly those of us raised by hippies, who spent many a cold Pacific Northwestern morning in a handmade wooden tub on some straggled, underdeveloped land having our mind blown by the withered label on a quart bottle of Peppermint Castille, the Bronners are still going strong and making some of the best soap on the planet.
We post here a lot about the power and spirit of craft, and why it’s important to us. We believe that the human desire to create beautiful, useful things is stronger than any war and any fight for power, and is evidence of both our strong will to survive and our spiritual need to be daily surrounded by beauty. May each of us approach our own crafts with such steadfastness, strength and passion.

Nabulsi Soap (صابون نابلسي) is a product of one of the oldest continuous soap-making traditions in the world, produced in the same fashion since before the 10th century in Palestine’s West Bank. Traditionally made by Palestinian women and dried in cavernous structures, Nabulsi Soap is made chiefly from olive oil, the main agricultural product of the region, and has no scent besides a faint suggestion of olives and earth. The industry was once one of Palestine’s strongest, and supplied soap to several countries in the Middle East and Europe (Queen Elizabeth I was a huge fan). Since the mid-20th century, Israeli militarization and checkpoints have created enormous obstacles to transporting materials, exporting soaps and getting workers to and from the factories. Only two of Nablus’ thirty factories remain, one of which has been turned into a Cultural Heritage Enrichment Center.

The family of one of our favorite philosophers of all time, Dr. Bronner, took the above photo recently in Nablus, illustrating the same elegant and otherworldly drying technique that has always been employed, as seen in the photo below, taken sometime between 1900 and 1920 by an American Colony of Jerusalem photographer. The Bronner family has been in the soap-making business for a century and a half, and recently posted some chilling evidence of their own experience with suppression of family tradition and craft — the letter sent to their ancestors by Nazis, announcing the forced sale of their company (seen below). As we all know, particularly those of us raised by hippies, who spent many a cold Pacific Northwestern morning in a handmade wooden tub on some straggled, underdeveloped land having our mind blown by the withered label on a quart bottle of Peppermint Castille, the Bronners are still going strong and making some of the best soap on the planet.

We post here a lot about the power and spirit of craft, and why it’s important to us. We believe that the human desire to create beautiful, useful things is stronger than any war and any fight for power, and is evidence of both our strong will to survive and our spiritual need to be daily surrounded by beauty. May each of us approach our own crafts with such steadfastness, strength and passion.


We have a new series of Wellness Classes at Ace Palm Springs starting this weekend. To support and enrich all aspects of wellbeing, we’ve noticed it’s important to take a holistic approach. So here’s to cerebral, physical and spiritual betterment in equal force. This Saturday, join us in the Feel Good Spa for Strategic Intuition with our lead healer, Neysa, and check out the rest of the fall schedule of classes on our calendar.
As always, you can roll out of bed Saturday and Sunday mornings for Mellow Yoga and Water Aerobics (with the occasional informal water ballet thrown in), and commemorate each lunar grande finale each month at our community Full Moon Parties.
Keep up on all of this, as well as specials at the Feel Good Spa by signing up for Good News, and get a free hand or foot massage and 15% off any treatment. Services include crystal healing, raw botanical facials, clay bakes, deep tissue massage and other combinations of woo-woo and practical self-love.

We have a new series of Wellness Classes at Ace Palm Springs starting this weekend. To support and enrich all aspects of wellbeing, we’ve noticed it’s important to take a holistic approach. So here’s to cerebral, physical and spiritual betterment in equal force. This Saturday, join us in the Feel Good Spa for Strategic Intuition with our lead healer, Neysa, and check out the rest of the fall schedule of classes on our calendar.

As always, you can roll out of bed Saturday and Sunday mornings for Mellow Yoga and Water Aerobics (with the occasional informal water ballet thrown in), and commemorate each lunar grande finale each month at our community Full Moon Parties.

Keep up on all of this, as well as specials at the Feel Good Spa by signing up for Good News, and get a free hand or foot massage and 15% off any treatment. Services include crystal healing, raw botanical facials, clay bakes, deep tissue massage and other combinations of woo-woo and practical self-love.


Join us for a renewing Wellness Weekend, January 7 - 9 at Ace Hotel Palm Springs. Restore your insides, your outsides and your breath. We have everything covered so you can let your mind go. Our special rate for the weekend includes holistic meals, elixir bar, sauna, and yoga, Pilates and tai chi classes.Friday, January 7 Evening refreshments and an orientation in the Commune followed by a healthy, holistic dinner. Take the rest of the evening to slow down and settle in. The pool and hot tub are open late.Saturday, January 8 Wake up all over at yoga with the Laughing Yogi, Yogi Ramesh of Universal Yoga, then nourish your body with a fresh breakfast spread. Get strong at Mat Pilates with Susan Salk of Pilates of Palm Springs, then create some alchemy at the elixir bar and take a dip in the pool. We’ll have a lunch buffet set up for whenever you decide it’s time for a bite. During the afternoon, take a clay bake in the yurts, have a sauna or give your body a treat at the Feel Good Spa. In the evening, we’ll have a healthy cooking demo so you can learn how to keep the good feelings going at home, followed by a casual dinner.Sunday, January 9 Get focused at tai chi with multidimensional wellness guru Scott Cole, and have a holistic breakfast at 9am before hitting the road (or the pool). Bring your health and awareness to your home and the people around you, and come back to see us soon. We’re honored to have a roster of masters teaching in their fields at this event. Learn more about them, and the event on our calendar.

Join us for a renewing Wellness Weekend, January 7 - 9 at Ace Hotel Palm Springs. Restore your insides, your outsides and your breath. We have everything covered so you can let your mind go. Our special rate for the weekend includes holistic meals, elixir bar, sauna, and yoga, Pilates and tai chi classes.

Friday, January 7
Evening refreshments and an orientation in the Commune followed by a healthy, holistic dinner. Take the rest of the evening to slow down and settle in. The pool and hot tub are open late.

Saturday, January 8
Wake up all over at yoga with the Laughing Yogi, Yogi Ramesh of Universal Yoga, then nourish your body with a fresh breakfast spread. Get strong at Mat Pilates with Susan Salk of Pilates of Palm Springs, then create some alchemy at the elixir bar and take a dip in the pool. We’ll have a lunch buffet set up for whenever you decide it’s time for a bite.

During the afternoon, take a clay bake in the yurts, have a sauna or give your body a treat at the Feel Good Spa. In the evening, we’ll have a healthy cooking demo so you can learn how to keep the good feelings going at home, followed by a casual dinner.

Sunday, January 9
Get focused at tai chi with multidimensional wellness guru Scott Cole, and have a holistic breakfast at 9am before hitting the road (or the pool). Bring your health and awareness to your home and the people around you, and come back to see us soon.

We’re honored to have a roster of masters teaching in their fields at this event. Learn more about them, and the event on our calendar.


FREE SPA TREATMENTS & RUDY’S HAIRCUTS AT ACE PALM SPRINGS

We’ve got a pretty incredible weekend coming up at Ace Hotel Palm Springs. We’re launching a whole new spa with a Full Moon party and spa blessing on Saturday. There will be free spa treatments, a live DJ set, drum circle, art show, pop-up wellness shop and delicious drinks. This kicks off a whole weekend of events. Late night Saturday brings our weekly party with a rotating all-star cast of Downtown LA DJs, Discothèque. And if you’re crawling back to the pool Sunday at the crack of noon, get your hair cut for free by the hair stylist gurus from Rudy’s Barbershop.

See more information about the launch party and art show on our calendar. To book a room for the weekend, visit our reservations page. See you by the pool, with bells on.


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