shower essentials — beauty 002

a little intro to this series, here.

this post features my shower essentials, perhaps giving way too much info but i'm hoping this might help anyone who's having a tough time like i did. though i think it's also important to note that what works on me, might not work on you, so there's that. 

i've never really paid attention to my choices in shower gels except that it has to have an antibacterial\antioxidant property, not until about half a year back. in my previous post i mentioned the skin discomfort i've had -- at first i blamed the detergent we use for laundry, but it got worse to the point that i wore my clothes inside-out at home -- in case it's caused by the clothes stitches. i was miserable. it went on for months, no matter how much water i drank, or how much lotion i put not get me started with my problems with shampoo/conditioner, i've never found any that suits me.

my whining stopped when i started using these. these are now my holy grails. L'Occitane products are a tad expensive, especially for something like shower gel that gets rinsed off in a few minutes (i'm calculative like that, haha)  i remember arriving home after my purchase and i cringed at the thought of it. after the first usage of both products though, i didn't mind at all. my skin and hair condition improved and nothing felt harsh, no chemical smell or discomfort in any way. i did a little research too, and read through their website on how the products are developed and thought—this is a good brand to hold on to.

1. L'Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Shower Cream

this shower cream pretty much changed my life. it is a small bottle (250ml) but a little, just a little more than a drop, really, goes a long way with a shower lily. i noticed that without a shower lily it doesn't foam as much. this bottle lasts up to 3 months with my current usage. i really love the silky, delicate texture, how it cleans and moisturizes at the same time. it has a soothing, natural scent. i cannot recommend this enough for anyone with a dry skin problem. a little something from L'Occitane's website:

Foaming cleansing lotion slips on like silk, doubling as a shampoo. Creamy texture and detergent-free formula, with high percentage of 5% of nourishing Shea Butter, natural coconut foaming base and soy proteins, leave skin soft and supple, and hair with high shine. In a squeeze bottle perfect for shower and travel. 

it is now a staple for my skin. the itchiness stopped, there are no dryness, even when i'm not using body lotion. the smell lingers and i feel fresh throughout the day. i've yet to try it as a shampoo though. i've also tried their extra-gentle milk soap from the same range but it isn't as good to me, probably not as delicate as this one.

i will re-purchase, that's for sure. there are no cons, except for the price tag? it's worth it.

2. L'Occitane Le Petit Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo

this is one of the things i am truly grateful for: see previous 'eight things' post. for someone with a sensitive\dandruff-prone scalp, and thick, fine hair, i have been on the lookout for the right shampoo for years. i think i might've found it. this is one of L'Occitane's 'Most L'oved' products and i think there's no denying that. it's one of the best products i've ever purchased. here's a little something from their website: 

"Our new formula contains an anti-breakage complex, made with five essential oils (ylang-ylang, sweet orange, lavender, geranium, angelica) and plant-derived amino acids, which help repair hair fibers. Its silicone-free formula also helps smooth and soften even the most fragile hair. Additionally, Vitamin B5 has been added in order to help smooth, soften and protect hair fibers."

the result? after the first usage my hair feels lighter, healthier, NO TANGLES—so good, even without the conditioner. it is so refreshing. i haven't done much to my hair except for coloring, no straightening/perming, but on bad hair days, (or should i say really hot days?) it's a little dry and my scalp gets irritated. this shampoo solves that. a little goes a long way too and for that i don't mind the price tag much. oh, IT SMELLS HEAVENLY. i'm thinking of purchasing the anti-dandruff shampoo from the same range so i can use both alternately. 

needless to say, i will re-purchase :)

L'Occitane, i'm a fan.

i might try other brands in the long run, because i do believe there are similarly natural, deserving shower products out there, and now that i have hints of the key ingredients that suit me, why not, right? what shower gels\shampoo do you use in the shower? i'm being nosy but i would love to know :)

note - this is not a sponsored post.