I love a good long hot shower, just standing under running water feels so decadent… Sometimes when you’re running around all day, rushing from point to point, trying to churn out blog posts in time for product launches and answer emails to PRs chasing you for reviews… a good long hot shower is what you need to get those kinks out. And to turn it into a complete pleasurable experience, here are a number of shower gels to consider.
Lierac is a French beauty brand that specializes in botanical active ingredients. Gel Douche Sensoriel is a soap-free cleanser with a gel texture that does not foam up very much. It is deliciously scented with osmanthus, amber fees, vanilla, precious woods and vetiver. It is very gentle on my skin and does not strip it of its natural moisture. Lierac also claims to provide antioxidant, firming and relaxing benefits, although I can’t quite see any visible improvements just yet. But the beautiful fragrance bouquet is certainly very relaxing!
Library of Flowers is a small batch perfumery house by Margot Elena in the US. It believes in crafting beautiful products that create memorable journeys through sight and scent. The Honeycomb Shower Gel is steeped in shea butter, bee balm and jojoba oil; despite all that, it is very fluid in texture and produces a lovely foam when mixed with water that promises to restore moisture to the skin. It is very lightly scented with notes of sugared fig, ambrosia honey and royal bee blossom. I loved the pump dispenser it comes in, and the charming letterings on the label.
The Body Shop Argan Oil Shower Gel was a recent permanent release which is part of the Argan Oil bodycare collection [full review here]. It is infused with wild argan oil sourced from the local Berber women in Morocco, and cleanses well without stripping my skin of its own moisture. It contains a gentle nutty scent which is very pleasant and soothing.
Cowshed is a beauty brand from the UK that believes in honest and natural products. The range uses organic, wildcrated and fairly-traded plant extracts and essential oils, and a strict no-nasties policy. The products carry tongue-in-cheek names, like Gorgeous Cow Blissful Bath & Shower Gel. This is the most gel-like texture within today’s post, and carries the most exotic scent of Madagascan Ylang Ylang, Moroccan Rose, Indian Palmarosa, French Lavender and Linden Blossom. It does not produce much foam upon contact with water, and leaves a film on my skin which takes quite a bit of work to rinse off completely.
Acca Kappa started as a brush maker in Italy in 1869, and grew into a full-range personal care brand. Four generations on, Acca Kappa is still run by the family, and its bodycare products are formulated with rich botanical oils, extracts and vitamins to nurture and protect the skin. The Calycanthus Shower Gel contains tonifying ginseng extract and soothing sweet clover extract to invigorate and sooth. I was surprised to find that it carried a slight floral fragrance instead of an herbal ginseng scent. It is paraben free and gentle on the skin.
The products featured above are all kindly provided for my consideration. The views expressed above are entirely my own and not biased in any way.
That Library of Flowers bottle looks so beautiful! Really want to try Cowshed sometime, hopefully after I go through my huge stash of the Body Shop shower gels.