How’s your relationship been with your shower this past year? Inconstant we imagine, because if no-one is going to see you, let alone smell you, then... really? You are trying to minimise your carbon footprint, after all. Sure you’d have one to rinse salty sweat, post workout, or salty tears, post weep, but it’s not a practice that’s as ingrained as it should be right now. This week, the UK is starting to stir, and by summer, well… you’re going to need to shower much, much more. The near-constant carousing between brunch, BBQs, dinners and dancing. And then there’s work. WORK! Having to be somewhere other than the kitchen table, before 9am. Showers, with their Germanic efficiency, are the only thing for it.
A short, sharp blast can have the same effect as a cup of coffee, or a shot of tequila, and that’s without having to turn the temperature to single digits. Cold showers might increase circulation and reduce stress, but hot showers have also been found to reduce anxiety and increase levels of oxytocin – also known as the love hormone. Think about how happy you are when you shower in hotels. The feeling can hardly be beaten; you practically levitate. There may be encaustic tiles and a rainforest head that’s more powerful than a pressure hose, but it’s also the products. Their packaging! Their smell! The way they make you look – and feel – squeaky clean! And make your skin as soft as silk! A proper dose of dopamine. And you don’t have to spend a fortune. There’s a happy medium: something with a price tag you don’t balk at, that enhances your every day.
This may take its scent cues from Japan's native Hinoki tree, but it feels like it might belong to someone who lives in a Manhattan loft, orders expensive noodles in boxes with thin metal handles, and, thanks to sunflower and sesame oil and rosemary, has wondrously soft and supple skin.
You’ve just dug your finger into the skin of a lemon and a micro jet of juice spurts out and tickles your nose. That’s how using this feels, which is ideal when your alarm goes off two hours earlier than it has done for a year. Like liquid sunlight, woah, chefs kiss.
For those who really are trying to reduce their carbon footprint, this no-plastic bar is designed to fit snug in your hand. No slip and slide, here. Filled with lots of biodegradable bamboo powder (it’s as satisfying to use as it sounds...), it gets rid of dullness, dryness and the like. Lots of oils to restore moisture too.
Instantly transportive, this will help while holidays remain off the cards, whether you’d planned to go to Rio or not. Side note: if you haven’t tried this brand’s Bum Bum cream, then you haven’t lived. Additional side note: definitely consider Rio.
A trusted shower companion, it feels as though only the ripest, richest mangos have been squeezed and pulverised into this one. It’s the only possible explanation as to why skin can feel so nourished and appear so radiant.
Lots of good fun ingredients in this one, from Kakadu plum and pomegranate to coffee. Contrary to its name, it’s just as invigorating and efficient on a weekday - even Monday. And as it doesn’t foam, it doesn't dry skin out either.
If you’re the kind of person who’d prefer to languish in the bath, in a mountain of bubbles until your fingers and feet are wizened, you will enjoy the luxury of this thick and foamy cleanser. So rich and soft, it almost feels too good.
Ouai puts a lot of effort into its scents. Almost as important as the formula itself, we defy you not to be intoxicated by this uber sophisticated citrus scent. With probiotics, jojoba seeds and rosehip oil, you’ll notice the difference on your skin too.