I am a notorious long shower taker; this fact has made me strive to become quick and efficient at taking showers to prove my roommates and mother wrong. Yes I can shower quickly and get everything done, just watch. It has taken me a while, but I would like to announce I have almost achieved this goal, I can now shower much quicker, but I still take around a half and hour, which totally beats my hour to an hour and a half showers in the past. I love shower products, but strangely am not a huge fan of showers themselves, not the getting squeaky clean and de greasing my hair part but the part that where it take me forever to shave my legs and rinse the conditioner out of my super thick hair, putting on lotion and waiting for it to dry before I get dressed and the exhausting feat of drying/ partially drying my super thick hair. Not to mention not wanting to get undressed in the freezing fall/winter weather to get into the shower.
Needless to say I have tried my best to buy and use, what I think are really good and effective, shower/body care products to help make my showering experience more beneficial.
Lets start out with my favorite and arguably one of the most important things in the shower, shampoo. I absolutely love my shampoo. I have Acure Moroccan Argan Stem Cell + Argan Oil Shampoo and to me it smells like almond extract, almond extract is literally the last ingredient listed in the shampoo, I checked, but still that’s the smell that stands out the strongest and to me it smells great. This shampoo was raved about on several of the YouTube channels that I watch and I wasn’t very satisfied with the one I was using at the time, so I decided to give it a try and I haven’t regretted it since. I have bought and used other shampoos, but I always come back to Acure. I love the formula and it does lather up, a bit, like conventional shampoo, which is nice. Plus the smell, don’t forget about the smell. It cleans my hair and keeps it clean for days, with the help of dry shampoo, for the grease, I wash my hair about three times a week and that seems to work pretty well for me.
Right now I don’t really have a conditioner that I love I was using the Acure one and liking it, but I ran out, and my mom had extra of her Alba Botanica Hawaiian Conditioner in Mango, so since I’m lazy and cheap I decided to use that, instead of buying another conditioner for myself. The conditioner works fine, however once I use it up I will most likely buy another one from Acure or try out a new brand.
About a year ago I switched from using body wash or body scrub to just using bar soap, I may write another post on why I decided to make the switch and why I like bar soap better, but for now I’ll just say I use bar soap, right now I am using an olive oil bar soap, from Kiss My Face, which is purely made of olive oil and water, it works well, I switch up my soap all the time just for the change, but I am liking this one. I have this cool homemade loofa, that you can put your bar of soap in, that I got from a craft show, it is really handy and helps the soap to last some much longer, it also gives me a gentle exfoliation as well. When I want a stronger exfoliation I use my homemade coconut oil body scrub. I do this once every two to three weeks.
For my face wash I alternate between a scrub and a cleanser, depending how my skin is feeling. At the moment I am using Acure Organics’ Argan Stem Cell + Chlorella Growth Factor Brightening Facial Scrub, which is a dark green color and smells of peppermint and I really like it. On the days where I feel like being a bit gentler on my face I am using Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser, it’s okay, nothing to special about it, but it gets the job done.
The shaving cream I am using right now is The Honest Company’s Sweet Orange Vanilla Shampoo and Body Wash. The reason I am using this is because I bought it to use as shampoo, but I didn’t like it very much, it left my hair feeling greasy and I felt like I needed to wash it every day, I just didn’t feel like it was getting my hair clean. However I didn’t want to let it go to waste, so when I ran out of my shaving cream I decided to repurpose it. I actually love this product as a shaving gel, it works great and leaves my legs feeling smooth and soft, plus it smells great too! It wasn’t that expensive so I honestly (no pun intended) might buy this product again to use as a shaving gel. Before using this, I was using Dr. Bronner’s shaving gel, which I thought was great too.
Well that’s it, the contents of my shower have been revealed, I hope that you have found some products you might like to try, or found out a few products that we both seem to love, if any one has recommendations on shaving gel or conditioner or really any shower products that you love and think I should check out, please let me know!