Supi Sauna Wax by Tikkurila

Untreated sauna benches and panel walls can be blackened using the Supi Sauna Wax by Tikkurila. This water-soluble solution with natural wax is colourless but it can be tinted black.

Birch leaves contain soap and that's one of the reasons why Finns started to use birch branches as bath whisks in ancient times | The Finnish way to sauna [sow-na]

Martta Wendelin was a Finnish artist whose work was widely used to illustrate fairy tales and books, postcards, school books, magazine and book covers.

Sometimes people make a vasta (or vihta); they tie together small fresh birch branches (with leaves on) and swat themselves and their fellow sauna bathers with it. Vihtas can even be bought from a shop and stored into a freezer for later (winter) use. Using a vasta improves blood circulation, and its birch odour is considered pleasing.

Sometimes people make a vasta (or vihta); they tie together small fresh birch…

Villa Yxlan, Erik Andersson05-2012

A big sauna with a huge window looking out on the forest and the outdoor hot tub that's big enough for many people to warm up from the cold. This could also be used as a cold pool for dunking after sweating in the sauna.


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