As corny as it sounds, I view bathing as a ritual. For me, it represents rebirth. At the end of the day, I can wash away my sorrows and start fresh. In the morning, I can prepare myself for an erratic day. For five or ten minutes daily, this is my time to start over. And as woo as it sounds, I take this time to reflect on the positive things in my life¹, of course, while using products with scents that I enjoy.
It’s no secret that I love bar soaps. I know they’re bad for the skin because they’re drying. But, I don’t care. I’m all about the nostalgia of a bar soap, dare I say, “the craft” of a bar of soap. I also think they have other advantages like having less packaging and being easier to travel with. Saying that, I also love a good shower gel. I like their foam and concentration of scent. I like any product that elevates my bathing ritual.
I may flirt with many different brands and formulas, but these are the shower gels that I continue to repurchase. It was actually difficult for me to condense my list. This is something I use daily and I’ve had a lifetime to use shower gels!
Here’s my list of favorites:
Caress Daily Silk White Peach & Silky Orange Blossom Body Wash – The scent of this shower gel reminds me of old school perfume from the 1950’s. It’s a powdery floral with a hint of bergamot and peach. I think it smells better than most designer perfumes for sale at perfume counters. I love it.
Neutrogena Rainbath Refreshing Shower & Bath Gel in Original – Actually, when I was putting this list together, I realized that I haven’t bought this one in too long. I always had this slightly spicy shower gel around but I haven’t bought a bottle in over a year. The scent is like soapy carnation and vetiver. It’s really good and the bottles are huge.
Vitabath Moisturizing Bath & Shower Gelee in Spring Green and Plus – I can’t choose one of the scents over the other. They’re both essential to the “perfume timeline of my life” (if I were to ever make one). Green is like pine and patchouli, so 1970’s, so wonderful. Plus for Dry Skin is like a jasmine and patchouli that reminds me of a perfume my auntie wore in the early 90’s.
Myrurgia Maja Perfumed Bath & Shower Gel – This was my grandmother’s favorite. It’s one of my favorites. The formula of the shower gel has changed some but it’s still hella fragrant. The scent of the shower gel that’s “hecho in Mexico” is very much like vintage-ish or pre-2000 bottles of the Maja perfume. It’s a rich, spicy oriental with aromatic notes. I layer it under scents like Estee Lauder Youth Dew and Aromatics Elixir.
Johnson’s Baby Honey Apple Baby Wash – When I want a more delicate scented shower gel, this is my go-to. It’s a sweet apple with honey. And the honey doesn’t come across as animalic, just sweet.
Kracie Naive Peach Leaf Body Wash – I really can’t describe the scent of this one because it’s just “Japanese skincare” scent. Like it’s light, sheer fruity-floral. It’s my “kawaii” scent that I layer under things like Annick Goutal Petite Cherie. They also sell refills for these big ‘ole bottles.
Yves Saint Laurent Opium Luscious Shower Gel – I rarely splurge on auxiliary perfume products because they’re expensive. But, I do think they’re “worth it”. I try a lot of them, but usually don’t repurchase them. This is one of the few that I repurchase. It’s strong, spicy and I like the packaging. When I want this on a budget, I use the Maja but sometimes I can splurge.
Pacifica French Lilac Shower Gel – All of the Pacifica shower gels smell great. I actually have repurchased many of the scents but this is my favorite. It’s like old school lilac soap. It’s spring for the shower. I love to use it during the dead of winter.
Dr. Bronner’s Hemp Pure Castile Soap in Organic Rose – It’s so funny to me that this is now seen as some “hipster” soap when it was a soap we had around when we were younger. Dr. Bronner was like my crazy parents’ favorite soap. It’s versatile, economical plus it’s covered in crazy talk. I like rose because it’s the glamorous one. The others, I can’t handle, but I like the rose.
Yves Rocher Manoi Hair & Body Wash – Since my late teens, I’ve been ordering whatever “manoi” line and variations of it that Yves Rocher offers. I love the scent of this beachy floral. It also does a decent job as being a clarifying shampoo for hair.
Avon Skin-So-Soft Shower Gel in Original and Soft & Sensual – These are both nostalgic for me. I think most of us, regardless of cultural background, know the Original SSS scent. It’s lavender-y and so distinctive. Soft & Sensual came out later but it’s been around long enough now to be a “classic”. It’s always reminded me of Givenchy Amarige. I guess it’s like a fruity tuberose. And I appreciate this line’s practical packaging.
Spuma di Sciampanga Classico Shower Gel – What can I say? I have a thing for powdery florals. And that’s what this is.
I’m all about luxury products but as you’ll see with my favorites, I like a lot of cheap, drugstore stuff. I tend to like “classic” scents, or at least scents that are nostalgic. It’s funny because when it comes to bar soaps, I like expensive ones.
When I was putting this together, I realized that a lot of my favorites have been discontinued like LUSH Flying Fox, Caress Exotic Oil Infusions and Jean Naté. There are many that if they ever come back, I’m going to stock up. However, it’s not like I don’t already have an abundance of choices already!
Speaking of, what are your favorites? I have my favorites but I’m always on the search for new favorites.
¹Like so many people, I can get wrapped up in the negatives. When I bathe, I make an effort to think about positive things no matter how bad the day was. I mean just having clean, warm water is something to be grateful for!
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