In the world of bodily hygiene, baths get all the attention. They promise to soak away stress and elevate even mundane activities (reading, streaming, sipping) to decadent dimensions. Showers, on the other hand, are strictly business. They are meant to be jumped in, not lazed in. And that, in these self-care-obsessed times, gives tubs the clear competitive edge.
But what if you don’t have a bath or simply aren’t keen on floating around in filth? Not a problem. Because with the right fixings, showering can be every bit as blissful as bathing. From the best body washes to the savviest shower gadgets, we rounded up 10 ways to make showering more special.
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The shower tablets
This is genius. You set a tablet on the dish (included in the set) and place it on the shower floor close to (but not directly under) the water stream. As you begin to shower, the aroma (eucalyptus mint, lavender sage or rosemary lime) will permeate the steam and create a sort of at-home hammam. Heavenly! Bonus: Each tablet can be used for up to three showers.
The eucalyptus shower
Hanging eucalyptus in your shower not only looks Pinterest-level lovely, it’s also a great (natural!) way to upgrade your shower experience. Start by hammering the leaves on a cutting board (or rolling them over with a rolling pin) to release the scent, then secure the bundle on your shower head. As the hot water runs, the herbaceous scent will begin to waft, transporting you to an outdoor spa. (The effect will last about a week.) You can also try this with lavender or mint.
The fancy body wash
Lather up with the most lavish of shower gels. Byredo’s famous Gipsy Water (a sensual blend of bergamot, incense and sandalwood) will have you feeling like you’re staying in a swanky hotel.
The aromatherapy shower head
It’s kind of like a Nespresso machine for your shower. You pop in a little capsule on the back of the shower head and your water comes out infused with soothing essential oils (there are four scents to choose from). You can even customize the intensity of the aroma depending on your preference.
The shower oil
This is not some shower gel you slap on and rinse off. Rather, you want to take your time with it, pause to appreciate its slippery texture, close your eyes to take in its sweet scent. No matter what’s going on in your day, you’re guaranteed to emerge soft and serene.
The shower bomb
Lush brings its bath bomb expertise to the shower with this fizzy treat. Dubbed “Sleepy,” the cloud-shaped bomb boasts a slumber-inducing fragrance of lavender, tonka and ylang ylang. Let it expand under the shower’s stream, then smooth the thick foam all over.
The body exfoliator
Why should radiance stop at your jawline? Get a head-to-toe glow with this luxurious body scrub. It sloughs off dead cells with bamboo charcoal and a trio of all-star acids: glycolic, lactic, and salicylic.
The waterproof speaker
A shower-safe Bluetooth speaker lets you set the mood (or sing your heart out). This one features a suction cup so you can stick it on the wall, as well as a built-in microphone if you want to talk on your phone while you shower.
The shower cream
Enriched with fair trade organic virgin coconut oil from Samoa, this creamy body wash wraps skin up in velvety moisture. Close your eyes and let the tropical scent take you someplace sunny.
The shower foam
While some body cleansers strip skin of its natural lipids, this gentle foam nourishes as it cleanses. The cloud-like texture and calming lavender scent are sure to delight your senses.
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