I’m a bit of a weirdo – I’m way more easily impressed by seeing a shower product (or a foam bath) than a body butter/hand cream in my Christmas stocking. In fact, I still have some shower loot left from Christmas; I should be good till June actually.
I haven’t used a bar of any kind to wash myself with since I was about 12 or 13 I think – I started using Sanex’s most oil-rich one because I had eczema on my upper arms and we figured out soap aggravated it. I later figured out that I could use Dove’s shower creams too. As my skin became less finicky I quite literally frolicked up and down the bath aisles of supermarkets and department stores, trying out different brands and scents.
Anyway. These three are very, very different from each other but they’re all great.
LUSH The Olive Branch Shower Gel, R140 for 250ml
They’re calling The Olive Branch a gel, but it has an amazing concentration of oil. I also accidentally discovered that this shower gel, on its own, managed to get rid of the Keratosis Pilaris bumps I have on my upper arms. This after I’ve tried all the traditionally prescribed remedies, written about it for TWO publications… ja. After this I read about it some more and it seems that we’re getting more clever – the exfoliation and salicylic acid that’s usually the two main courses of treatment are now seen as temporary fixes; and softening the keratin plugs that cause the bumps by applying oil is actually a very logical way to go.
The Olive Branch has a good amount of olive oil, mandarin juice, citrus essential oils and vine leaf extract. It looks and feels very runny, so first shake the bottle to mix the oil with the other liquids and then lather up the liquid between your hands or on your sponge. Once you do that, you’ll get a soft, creamy foam that smells absolutely incredible – the scent is very clean and fresh, I can see it being popular with men too.
Get LUSH products here.
Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash, R30 for 250ml
I have nothing but love for Dove body washes to start with – they’re gentle, creamy and feel much more luxurious than their price point. The latest addition to the range is the Purely Pampering variant with Shea Butter and Warm Vanilla. Shea Butter (of which it contains a decent amount) is included for its nourishing and antioxidant properties and the warm vanilla scent is very sweet indeed. If you’re a lover of vanilla, this will make you very, very happy. It’s not the kind of scent I want to use daily, but on cold night when I’m soaking in the tub; it’s just the kind of comforting scent that makes me happy.
Get Dove products from supermarkets and pharmacies.
UPDATE: While the Dove Purely Pampering lotion is already in stores; the body wash and cream bar will only be on shelves around end April.
Crabtree & Evelyn Wisteria Bath & Shower gel, R350 for 250ml
Crabtree & Evelyn went from a brand that I used to view as old and outdated to a brand with products that I’m enjoying more and more. I’m still obsessed with the Tarocco Orange range and I’m also developing a liking for La Source and Pomegranate.
Wisteria is a beautiful floral scent with added scents of gardenia, ylang-ylang, mandarin and pear. I like that you can also use this as a foam bath. I know technically you can use any shower gel as a foam bath (duh), but the fact that it’s packaged and marketed as such makes it a really great gift.
Get Crabtree & Evelyn here.
Ok girls, that’s me for today. Any body washes I have to try?