Elsewhere on the Internet: The complete beauty evolution of Demi Lovato in 25 red carpet moments, 5 chic ways to get your bangs out of your face, why the “Smile Lift” is poised to dethrone the face lift, and 8 steps to simplifying your grooming routine at the gym (although ladies, this could very well apply to you too).
Don’t worry; I’m not about to subject you to a “WHAT’S IN MY SHOWER?” situation. As fascinating as I’m sure you’d find a 1000-word piece on the origins of my loofah and exact color of my towel, I thought I’d do a quick roundup of some products that have been circulating through my bathtime routine. Here we go:
R+Co Bel Air Smoothing Conditioner ($25): I’m a devoted fan of the entire R+Co line, which I believe is the embodiment of high-end haircare that’s actually worth the price tag. Since I haven’t had my hair cut in two years, I’ve started using conditioner to discourage tangling. This one makes my hair smoother and more manageable without the aid of a blow-dryer (but if you do blow-dry, you must try their Park Ave Blow Out Balm). R+Co also makes some of the best-smelling (and prettiest, but you don’t need me to tell you that) hair product around, and the Bel Air set has notes of cardamom, pineapple, tangerine, lavender, and bamboo.
Organic Surge 2-Minute Moisture Hair Mask ($12.85): The idea behind this British brand is apparent from the name alone, so if you’re thinking along the lines of all-natural ingredients, you’d be right. No parabens, no SLS and no artificial fragrances. The hair mask smells like coconut oil, and has the runny texture of fruit purée. This is admittedly not ideal when you’re trying to grapple with the twist-cap pot in the shower, and so I think a repackaged version would be welcome here. On the plus side, the effect is instant—almost like applying a heavy-duty moisturizer to your hair. It reminds me of an in-shower version of my beloved Phyto 7; unlike a styling product, this doesn’t give my strands that slick, silicone-y feel, but just makes it feel much healthier. Although the instructions say to apply it to freshly washed hair—letting it sit for two minutes before rinsing—I use it as I would a normal conditioner. After wetting my hair, I apply it from the nape of my neck to the ends of my hair, then let it sit while I apply shampoo from my roots to the nape of my neck—then body wash, rinse it all out, and towel-dry.
Organic Surge Super Fresh Body Wash ($10.26): The label says that this is scented with may chang and bergamot, but for some reason I detect neither one; to my nose, it’s the smell of freshly grated ginger. Appropriately zingy and awakening (super fresh, as they say), but I think I prefer my Agraria gels. If you’re looking for something that wakes you up though, this might be it. Formula-wise, it’s gentle but effective. If you suffer from dry patches, I’d recommend trying this as it’s actually decently moisturizing and doesn’t strip skin.
Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter ($48): Oh Tatcha, I thought your blotting sheets were good, but your skincare is truly excellent. Chock-full of soothing extracts from the Indigo plant, it’s the blue body lotion I never even knew I needed (but I definitely do). The color is…loud for a body lotion, so opaque I was a little worried for my white sheets—even though they hail from the dorm section at Target, and thus cost significantly less than the contents of this pot. The good news is that it doesn’t transfer to anything, nor does it turn me into a Smurf. It does, however, give me the softest, smoothest skin I’ve ever had, and that’s saying something. I’ve even used a dab to soothe dry patches on my cheeks when I ran out of my beloved French baby moisturizer. And the scent! It’s fresh, spa-like, utterly divine… I could swim in it.
What’s been circulating through your bathtime & body care routine?
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