The Lost Faucet is a contemporary sauna house, modeled after Finnish, Russian and German public saunas. Services at the Lost Faucet are largely self administered in the spirit that ‘you know you best’. Find your own sauna ritual – there is something for everyone. Currently PRIVATE, BY RESERVATION ONLY. Book here
The Sauna – Western cedar interior room with two large stoves reaching temperatures up to 85-90°C. Varying tiers allow heat-bathers to choose their comfort level with the hottest tiers being at the top. Bench width also allows either sitting or lying down at desired tier.
The Infusion – A complimentary service. Water or ice is infused with scents and is then placed over the hot rocks resulting in a glorious burst of aromatic humidity and warmth. Infusion aromas may including mint, lavender, pine, birch, rosemary, eucalyptus, and many more.
The Aufguss – A complimentary service. German saunas have perfected the art and ritual of Aufguss. Aromas infused water or ice is placed on the hot sauna rocks. The Aufgussmeister then wafts a towel dispersing the humid warmth around the sauna, increasing the overall heat. Repeating the addition of water on the stones during an Aufguss increases the intensity of the heat experience. This is a must have for all heat-seekers. Aufguss will happen peridocally through the opening hours. (currently unavailable)
The Venik / Vihta – This special occasion ritual entails soaking dried bunches of oak, birch, and even eucalyptus in water for re-hydration. The leaves of the bunches transform into a hot massage when brushed against one’s skin in the sauna. This Finnish and Russian ritual not only increases circulation and promotes sweating, but is also very aroma-therapeutic as different tree types have different beneficial effects on the user. Try a bunch for an individual experience or use two if you have a friend to administer a full body venik. Inquire before your session on availability.
The Bamboo Whisk – With its more durable qualities, tapping your sore body parts with a bamboo whisk offers a surprisingly effective massage. Work sore knots out by tapping the bamboo whisk in the sauna. Working with the heat to loosen muscles, this light massage provides a faint residual sensation after your cold shower.
The Wet Area – A vital part of the cycle. After you have heated up in the sauna, cooling off in one of our cold water options is a tried and true tradition that cleanses the body and jolts your full body into a cooler state and equilibrium. Today we call it ‘cold water therapy’. Choose from a gentle mister, a cool shower, a cold pull-chain shower, or an ice-cold bucket shower.
The Infrared Sauna – This smaller sauna encourages sweat by warming from the inside out. This technology allows sweating to occur at a lower ambient heat and is a great alternative for those who find the traditional sauna too warm. This sauna also has the option of colour therapy for those seeking to introduce a range of colours into their grey Vancouver Island palette.
The Foot Soak – A long-standing pre-sauna tradition. Soothing salts, oils, and warm water make a foot soak the preferred first step for many heat-bathers. Foot soaks improve circulation thereby expediting sweating in the sauna and afford heat-bathers a quiet moment to let go of their day before entering the sauna. An excellent lower heat option.
The Body Scrub – To complement the deep cleansing sauna, many enjoy a full body exfoliation. Since the body’s pores are opened by the sweating process, a natural scrub can provide an extremely satisfying clean. Just rub over skin, let the natural exfoliants do their work, and rinse.
The Facial Mask – A face that has been in the sauna will reap the benefits of a facial mask more than at room temperature. A variety of masks/scrubs are available for different skin types. A little extra special care for the most defining part of yourself.
The Refreshments – Both refreshing and calming drinks available to help hydrate, quench a sweet-tooth, or just pass the time.
The Rest Spaces – One of the most crucial parts of the sauna experience is to rest in between sauna sessions. Everyone has different ways of relaxing and sometimes a break or a quiet visit with friends is just what you needed. Chairs, tables, benches, and loungers are available at The Lost Faucet to help your body recover and prepare for the next cycle of heating, cooling and resting. Still too hot? Try relaxing on the outdoor patio.
The Shop – All our products complement your sweat. Take the warmth home with you. Imported soaps, shower mists, scrubs, and sauna hats are available to enhance your sauna experience or remind you of it at home.