If you really think about it, shower time is probably one of the only times of the day when you get to be completely free — unoccupied by the outside noise, uninterrupted by the distraction of what’s on your phone, just you and your thoughts. This alone time becomes all the more precious if you’re someone who leads an action-packed lifestyle. To treat yourself or a friend this holiday season, consider picking up some products that’ll elevate your bath and shower experience, even if it’s only minutes long.
Featuring brands including Chanel, Glossier, Aesop, Oribe, OUAI and more, our roundup of chic bathroom beauty products highlights some of the most luxurious bar soaps, body washes, body lotions and shampoos that you could gift someone. Continue reading to learn more about the products that’ll instantly upgrade your daily shower routine.
Sharing the same scent as their eau de toilette version, Chanel‘s PARIS-BIARRITZ Hair & Body Shower Gel and Body Lotion offer a fresh, fruity smell that lingers on your skin, especially when you use them as a duo (or a trio if you use the fragrance as the final step). With uplifting notes of Sicilian Mandarin and sweet Lily of the Valley, this bathroom set is perfect to use after a long day at work.
Both the PARIS-BIARRITZ Hair & Body Shower Gel and Body Lotion are available for $50 USD online and at Chanel Beauty locations.
This two-piece set is the ideal gift for any dedicated fan of Glossier. While many swears by the brand’s makeup and skincare products, its body range is just as chic and great for everyday use. Unlike soapy body washes, the Daily Oil Wash turns from oil to froth, cleansing while simultaneously hydrating every inch of your body.
Finish off your shower routine by applying the Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream to your skin. Made with nourishing ingredients including a blend of Cactus Flower Extract, Prickly Pear Extract and Yucca Extract, this body lotion moisturizes and gives your skin that natural glow you so love. Did we mention that the cream smells amazing as well?
For those who prefer woodsy, earthy scents, you’ll probably enjoy using Little Barn Apothecary‘s aromatic Muhuhu + Clementine Body Wash. Not only is clementine rich in vitamin C which contains antioxidant properties, it is also packed with folic acid, which contains anti-inflammatory properties and helps firm and tighten skin. Muhuhu, another key ingredient of the product, offers the rich and subtly sweet fragrance while rejuvenating the skin.
Pick up a bottle for $16 USD at Little Barn Apothecary’s website.
You’ve got to admit that there’s something aesthetically pleasing about bar soaps. Aesop‘s vegetable-based Body Cleansing Slab is packed with essential oils that cleanse the skin deeply without drying it. Its citrus-meets-floral scent will get you hooked at your first sniff.
Another bar soap that’ll look good in your minimalist-chic bathroom is Oribe‘s Côte d’Azur Soap. You may know the brand for its fan-favorite haircare products, but its bath range feels even more luxurious to use. With notes of Calabrian Bergamot, White Butterfly Jasmine and Sandalwood, this bar soap smells heavenly and at the same time softens and moisturizes the skin, thanks to the dryness-fighting ingredient Coconut Oil.
Green tea-infused beauty products have almost become a genre of its own in recent years. Among the many products on the market that feature the antioxidant ingredient is Joanna Vargas‘ Ritual Bar. Founded by celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas, the 100-percent natural skincare brand has created a skin-soothing bar soap that effectively replenishes the skin with Green Tea Extract, redness-reducing coffee, as well as moisturizing Olive Fruit Oil and Avocado Oil. If you’re looking to improve the appearance of dull or dry skin, give this product a go.
The Ritual Bar can be found at Joanna Vargas’ web store for $22 USD.
Finally, there’s a shampoo and conditioner that not only look pretty on your shower shelf, but are also good to use on your hair and scalp. Free from Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, a chemical found in most mainstream shampoos that often causes skin irritation, Playa‘s Every Day Shampoo is a gentle cleanser that detoxifies while preserving your hair’s natural oils. Pair this with the brand’s Supernatural Conditioner to repair your damaged strands — the formula is suitable for all hair types and textures.
If you’re feeling a little extra, try out OUAI‘s Scalp & Body Scrub. Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, whose clients include the Kardashians and the Hadid sisters, has come up with a hair and body “detox” product that you can use weekly to reinvigorate your skin. Blended with probiotics and sugar crystals, the scrub helps remove impurities and relieve dry and itchy skin, leaving it feeling clean and soft after each use. The product is suitable for all skin types and is free from parabens, sulfates and phthalates.
The OUAI Scalp & Body Scrub is retailing for $38 USD online.
Let’s be real: no one really has the time for exfoliation every day but when you finally do on a #SelfCareSunday, you might as well go for a deep clean. Shiffa‘s Basil and Mint Body Scrub does exactly that. Featuring a mix of wild mint, rosemary and basil, the dead sea salt scrub is able to gently remove dry, flaky skin, as well as to boost blood circulation. Its stimulating scent is so powerful that it is almost therapeutic for the mind.
Purchase a tub for $95.55 USD at Shiffa’s website.