In this episode, I not only show you some very nearly edible and inexpensive bath and body products, but also take you on a fascinating journey to my bathroom; well, it's more like you get a peek of the tub, really. But we have to start somewhere... because 'A journey is like a marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.'
(just when you were thinking I was going to go all Lao Tzu on you, you get John Steinbeck instead. I know).
Anyway, as much as I love my more luxurious (read: expensive) bath treats, I occasionally grow weary of shelling out big bucks for something that gets washed down the drain after a dozen minutes. Which is why I'm perpetually checking the drugstore for bath and body goodies that really perform, and I think this month I've found some things worth looking into.
One of the hardest bath things to find, I believe, is a nicely scented, non-drying, relatively inexpensive bubble bath. Something you might not know about me - I'm primarily a bath person, because I get quite cold and uncomfortable in the shower, so a good bubble bath is an absolute staple; and let's face it, while Lush Bubble Bars are a lot of fun, there's no way I could use them every night. Enter Deep Steep Bubble Bath in Brown Sugar Vanilla ($9.99-11.95 for 17.5 fl oz)
, a cruelty-free, vegan bubble magic formulated without parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, artificial fragrances or preservatives. I really don't know HOW they do it without all the drying SLS, but two squirts under running water result in mounds of fluffy, fragrant bubbles. The Brown Sugar Vanilla scent isn't overly gourmand, actually; it's more of a sweet, comforting floral. I ordered mine through drugstore.com, but they also have a website
or can be purchased in-store at Ricky's in NY.
After I'm submerged in bubbles up to my neck, I can begin the actual washing-up process with the aid of Dove Nutrium Moisture Shea Butter Body Wash in Warm Vanilla & Brown Sugar ($8.99 for 24 fl oz)
. Fun fact: Dove was probably the most used body wash brand in my parental home, Poland. Now, this unfortunately does have SLS and a bunch of scary sounding chemicals; but it also has the aforementioned shea butter as well as soybean and sunflower oils. Even with the evil sulfates, it still manages to feel very creamy and moisturizing on the skin, lather nicely and smells... sweet and clean, not really like a bakery. I thought the scent might be too much for the manly part of the household, but no complaints there.
Lastly, something I'm sure everyone has used at least at some point in their lives - well, except for me. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Concentrated Cream with Vitamin E ($3.37-4.49 for 3.75 oz/ 100g)
is the last word in the cupcake-scented world of bodycare; the fragrance is quite strong and slightly artificial vanillin at first, but settles down nicely into vanilla sugar with some cocoa mixed in for good measure. We use it as a hand cream and it works great for that purpose - sinks in quickly with little to none greasy feel and hydrates effectively. And... it's just so, so inexpensive!
Now, tell me - do you like to splurge on your bath & body products or do you go cheap and cheerful? Have you discovered anything amazing at the drugstore recently?
I had never looked into Dove's ingredients. I will now. I do find their body washes very rich and moisturizing. xReplyDelete
I'm a bit ingredient-obsessed, so I always check everything... but I agree, for something that's supposed to be drying due to sulfates, Dove's body washes are actually quite moisturizing!Delete
That bubble bath sounds super amazing! I'm more of a shower girl - I only indulge in long baths every once in a while - so I have never really paid much attention. I'm putting that on my list.ReplyDelete
Oh, I love long baths - and I would totally credit them for the fact that I'm a really deep sleeper. The Deep Steep bubbles are super nice for the price, and they have a bunch of scents to choose from!Delete
There's a fixture that's broken in our bath and I haven't been able to take one for a while. God, I love a long hot bath and being all pruny after, LOL.ReplyDelete
I want to get that Dove but have so many shower gels right now. And I've seen deep steep somewhere! Time to go hunting!
I love warming up in a bath... but have never been audacious enough to try reading in a bath; I'm afraid for my books too much :) Dove is always great to fall back on for shower gels!Delete
I don't take baths often, as my bathtub isn't long enough for me LOL hahaha. I love Dove for showers especially this one! The scent is so comforting!ReplyDelete
I've never taken a bath but lately I've been dying to try it! The Deep Steep bubble bath looks so luxurious for the actual price. Definitely going to be checking that out :)ReplyDelete
Really?! Oh My, you have to try it when you get a chance - I can't imagine not taking baths! The Deep Steep is really lovely :)Delete
When it comes to affordable bath products, I always go to Dove... but I didn't look at the ingredients! Sometimes I wonder if it makes sense to splurge on something that I apply then wash off immediately, but that said, I'm now using my 3rd huge bottle of L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil. This stuff is lurves. I have a backup sitting in my cupboard too. LOLReplyDelete
Instead of making vague statements about ingredients such as that they're "scary sounding", why not list them here? As to how Deep Steep does without SLS, there are a lot of foaming agents other than that old workhorse.ReplyDelete
My own mixture ( http://users.bestweb.net/~robgood/lather.html ), which never became a commercial success except as the base of of Meow intimate cleanser from Cocoa Pink, doesn't have SLS either, but rather:
diammonium lauryl sulfosuccinate (sometimes abbr. NLSS)
lauramidopropyl betaine (sometimes abbr. LMB or LMAB)
disodium laureth-3 sulfosuccinate (abbr. SLESS or SLE3SS)
I don't know if you'd describe them as sounding scary, but actually reading them & about them would give someone more information than just writing that!
Hi Robert, the point of this post was to review a couple products and not to go into detail about sulfates and their alternatives. There are a lot of other resources on the web where my readers could find that information if they so desired, for example your own website, which you so handily provided the link for.Delete
In the future, please refrain from including promotional links in the comments on this blog. Thank you.