There are few things I look forward to more than coming home to jump into a hot shower.
I don’t really have the time (or patience) for baths these days, but showers? I bloody love them. And since I like to spend as much time as possible in bed every morning, I shower at night so I can wind down before I go to sleep.
I switch my products up quite a lot, but there are three I’ve been coming back to recently (and all of them are suitable for vegans!)
You may or may not remember my rather mixed experience last time I tried a coffee scrub (if you can’t be bothered to click the link, it resulted in soft skin, blocked bathroom pipes, and an irate Mumma Toasty). So when Naturelle got in touch to ask if I’d like to try their new coffee scrub, I was a little apprehensive.
Luckily, there was no need to panic.
I’ve been using the Naturelle Royal Coffee Scrub in Lavender Mint* (v) (£9.95) in the evenings after work, about three times a week, and it’s the perfect mix of refreshing and calming. Lavender and mint aren’t two scents I would have thought about pairing, but together they’re nicely balanced, with neither one overpowering the other.
Coffee grounds act as exfoliants, while natural oils, including avocado, jojoba, almond, lavender, mint, and apricot, provide moisture. I wouldn’t recommend skipping body lotion afterwards, but the oils certainly help to soften the skin!
I’d say this scrub was not too harsh but not too gentle — just right. The coffee grounds definitely help to slough off dead skin cells but they won’t rub it raw or leave skin sore/irritated. I’ve had terrible dry skin on my elbows recently, but regular use of the scrub means it’s improving day by day.
And no, this particular coffee scrub hasn’t clogged up the pipes in the bathroom, so Mumma Toasty is happy too.
No festive season is complete without Snow Fairy, so it’d be a crime not to use this duo from Lush, right?
Snow Fairy Shower Gel (v) (£3.95 for 100g) cleanses the skin on my body without drying it out and the candy scent is divine. I wouldn’t have thought bright, shimmery pink shower gel could make me so happy, but it really does.
When I first reviewed Snow Fairy Body Conditioner (v) (£7.95 for 100g) I mentioned that it can feel sticky on the skin, even after rinsing. This is still true, but it’s definitely grown on me (and the stickiness does fade once you’ve dried and dressed).
My favourite thing about the body conditioner is how convenient it is. It probably isn’t any quicker than using a normal moisturiser — you still have to rub the conditioner into your whole body and then you have to let it sink in before rinsing, so if anything it takes longer. But knowing that one you’ve stepped out of the shower you can just dry yourself off and get dressed, without faffing around with lotion, just makes it a joy to use. (And the familiar candyfloss scent doesn’t hurt!)
What are your favourite shower products? Have you tried a coffee scrub before? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.