Monday, June 22, 2015

What's In My Shower

I don't believe I've ever shared my shower routine on the blog; it probably has something to do with the fact that I'm predominantly a bath person, but recently I've started going to the gym and so the need for a post-workout shower has arisen - and at any rate, I use pretty much the same products when I shower as I do when I bathe. Having trudged through this completely superfluous introduction, we can now jump straight to the products I keep in my shower/ bathtub!
Starting with bodycare, I have come to the conclusion that I am not a bar soap person and much prefer the convenience of a shower gel. To that effect, I've been using the Pacifica Sulfate-Free Body Wash in Malibu Lemon Blossom for a better part of this year; even though cost per bottle is quite high compared to drugstore shower gels, I find that it lasts a really long time, and most importantly, it's very gentle and non-drying on the skin. The Kneipp In Shower Body Lotion in Black Currant & Pomegranate is the newest addition to my routine; it was a gift from my brother this past Christmas but I just started using it. I expected it to be something along the lines of Lush Body Conditioners or the Nivea In Shower lotion, but it's actually a shower gel and body lotion in one - or simply put, a moisturizing body cleanser that doesn't lather. I'm really liking the different texture and cassis smell, but I've read online that a tube doesn't last long.
I've talked about the Haus of Gloi Bubbling Scrubs numerous times on the blog - it's still one of my absolute favorite body scrub formulas, and the scent Twice is Nice is a delicious concoction of sugar, butter and coconut. I was curious about the 'Fresh Cream' fragrance of this Philosophy Hand Wash when I spotted it at TJMaxx, but it turned out to be just okay; I use this as a bubble bath, by the way. You can use any type of a foaming product as a bubble bath: a shower gel, hand wash, even shampoo, if you so desire - it's a good tip if you have a backstock of products that you want to use up a bit faster.

Now for my haircare, the MoroccanOil Clarifying Shampoo and the Goldwell Rich Repair hair mask both date back to when I used to work in a hair salon, which marked the peak of my interest in hair products. But ultimately, I'm really not a 'hair person' - I just can't be bothered. So even though both of these are lovely products, I'm working on finishing them up and eliminating clarifying shampoos and hair masks from my routine.
My current shampoo and conditioner combo is by the brand OGX (formerly Organics), which has great sulfate-free options at the drugstore. Since my hair is fine and I'm always looking for ways to increase volume in my strands, I opted for the Biotin & Collagen Shampoo - it cleanses very well without stripping. One tip to remember about sulfate-free shampoos is that they don't foam as much as regular shampoos, which is why I find them more effective when I shampoo twice: first with a small dollop to lift most of the dirt and grease, secondly with a slightly bigger dollop to really lather up and massage the scalp. I follow with the Coconut Water Conditioner, which is good, but I'm not too particular about conditioners - nearly any will do in my book.

Lastly, the pink razor you see in the first photo is by Dorco, which makes fantastic razors and cartridges at less than half the price of Gillette or Schick razors. If shaving is your preferred method of hair removal, I strongly recommend you to check out Dorco's website - I was sick of paying around $25 every time I need a new pack of cartridges for my Venus razor, and now I don't have to (so you know, more money for make-up...?).

And that's it! Let me know if you have any questions about these products, and please comment down below with what is your current favorite shower product. Thank you for reading!


  1. I love Haus of Gloi's bubbling scrubs. I'm not really a scrub person, but I do enjoy these when I do.

    I'm don't really care much about what I wash my hair with (currently castoff shampoo from a cousin) but I like nice/fun/interesting bar soaps. Currently I'm using a beer soap made with beer from a local brewery, but I really love Villianess's bar soaps. I also like Haus of Gloi's whipped soaps for a fun alternative.

  2. Oh I adore that Goldwell Hair Mask, my thick long hair really drinks it up! I too love the Haus of Gloi Bubbling Scrubs, I should have bought a lot more when I hauled there an age ago (still trying to use up the butters and lotions from there!)

  3. Gym? Wow, kudos, Monika! I need to get my a$$ moving, too.. I love Kneipp products, have you tried their bath oils? I don't know if I've ever seen Kneipp shower gel here in the U.S., too bad!! Shower-wise, I still use Cetaphil Restoraderm (I did a bathroom post way back when) -- I use this on myself and the Tod, but I also use the Tod's Mustela shower cream lately, it smells like a cheerful baby.

    And thanks for Dorco recs!! I must check it out. I use Gillette Venus, yep, hate spending that much money, too.

  4. I wanna try those stuffs that you use on your hair. they seem like something worth trying out.

  5. Wow, you are so organized and I have tonnes of products in my shower. Why do you want to eliminate clarifying shampoos?

  6. so... Haus of Gloi - that name had me giggling. I always find it a bit interesting when people come up with different ways of spelling their name. But I guess it works becoz I've clicked on their website!

    Interesting choices for your shower, I don't care much for body washes, but I'm obsessed with conditioners and have probably 5-6 in rotation in the shower. My shower posts would be truly boring - ivory soap and all. Congrats on the gym attendance!

  7. Fun times! I love OGX shampoos. I have the Coconut Milk shampoo and conditioner going in my shower right now. :)