Tuesday, 8 March 2011
What's In My Shower?
Some people might know that I'm more of a bath person than a shower person, so this is a hodge-podge of bath/hair and shower products, but this is everything I have in current rotation - and more!
From left to right:
Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax bath/shower oil (just visible) - I adore this stuff, and have been through several bottles of it. I will never be without it again.
Ren Rose Otto Shower Gel & Bath Oil - I adore the scent of roses, and for me, it's hard to beat the scent of these items, sweet and heady these are my real "special occasion" treats.
Morrocan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner (back)- I've had these for a while now, and not got around to giving them a full review, but I think these are good all-round shampoos and conditioners, but they don't have anything particularly special to recommend them, to be honest. Rather on the expensive side, they're perfectly acceptable, but ... they're not something I'll re-purchase. I'm just using them up at the moment.
Connock London Comforting Body Wash - This is a pricey (£22.50), but rather wonderfully moisturising shower gel. I adore the subtly floral scent, and find that it really does leave my skin feeling softer and smoother after using it. It's full of papain, which I think explains why.
Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak - Love this stuff. It foams slightly in the bath, so it's a slightly different effect to my beloved Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax oil. Intoxicatingly herbal, and truly a relief for any aching bits you might have, it's a wonderful addition to any bathroom.
Elemis Sharp Shower & Bath gel - I've mentioned before my love of minty products, and this is a wonderful smell. I've only used it once though (it's a very recent addition to my collection!) so can't tell you how it works with my skin, but if you like minty scents, then you must try this.
Naked Rescue Repairing Hair Treatment - a hair mask. It's okay. It didn't really do what it said on the label, but ... it smells nice. I got it after a failed Keratin treatment last year that left me with crispy frizzy hair, and it left my hair a little softer, but didn't really treat the problem.
Haus of Gloi Bubbling scrubs - I love these, not having much experience with satisfying body scrubs, these were a revelation for me, and I love their squidgy texture, which is really satisfying to play with in the mornings. The scents here are Eggnoggin' and Snow Wolf, both of which I also have full-size pots of. Sadly, they were part of the Christmas collection so no longer available in those scents. I'm hoarding mine!
Body Shop Earth Lovers Shower Gels - in Apricot & Basil, and Cucumber & Mint. These are soap-free, 100% biodegradable, and contain no colourants, parabens or sulphates. And they're very nice indeed, they lather nicely on a shower lily, and smell delicious. Nice to know you're not harming your skin or the environment using these.
Shu Uemura Pleasure of Japanese Bath oil - I wish this stuff hadn't been discontinued. That is all. This is my back up bottle, and I shall cry - yes CRY - when it runs out.
Haus of Gloi Whipped Soap - Haus of Gloi don't always have this in stock, but it's worth grabbing them when you can. I use this as a shaving foam, and on occasion as a soap (who knew?) and they're rich and luxurious on the skin. This is Eggnoggin', which again, I have a back up for, as it won't be back until next Christmas.
Haus of Gloi Bathing Dust - Again, another discontinued product that I love. This is in the scent of Samhain, which is a glorious leafy scent that perfectly encapsulates autumn in a tub. Gloi have - currently - no ability to bring these scented salts back, which distresses me greatly.
Body Shop Spiced Vanilla shower gel - Another (sorry!) discontinued little gem. The warm scent of vanilla mixed with just a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg makes this a cuddle-some little bottle of love. I'm hoping they bring it back next Christmas.
Paul Mitchell Wild Ginger Awapuhi Shampoo & Conditioner - These are currently my second favourite shampoo & conditioner, but don't let that put you off, they're actually excellent. Very excellent indeed for sulfate and paraben-free products, it's just that I've found something which is unexpectedly better for my hair (and which I'll tell you about later). The shampoo lathers wonderfully well, which means I don't have to double-cleanse with it, and the conditioner - which is silicone free - has wonderful slip and leaves my hair soft, silky and very, very shiny. I adore the slightly spicy scent of ginger too. They're the best shampoo and conditioner on this shelf of my shower.
So, what's in your shower?
The Fine Print: This is a mixture of stuff I've bought, stuff I was sent by PRs, gifts, and stuff I've snuffled around eBay in a mournful manner for.
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