The process: lather up, layer up
To ascend your spa-like shower experience to the next level, try incorporating a succession of products, rather than just one. Think of it this way; a basic facial routine includes: washing, exfoliating, cleansing, toning and moisturising. Even your go-to hair washing ritual will usually consists of two parts: shampoo, and conditioning, with the odd nourishing hair mask thrown in for good measure once in awhile. Yet when it comes to our bodies, the largest organ our body has, we simply smear a thin layer of liquid over ourselves in the belief that its scent will stand up to the rigours of the day or night ahead. So it’s time we forgot basic, and started thinking bourgeois.
There are no hard and fast rules with spa showering. Just layer up a palette of your favourite shower products, ones that serve to not only cleanse the body but include indulgent ingredients and aromas that steer your mind towards a desired mindset and destination, be that uplifting and empowering for the day ahead, sultry and stimulating for a night out on the town, or relaxing and calming for a quiet night in.
For an all-encompassing approach, where the aromatherapy benefits go hand in hand with the benefits to the skin, try starting with a super-softener, such as Oaty Creamy Dreamy. The shower cream incarnation of Dream Cream is imbued with soothing lavender and balancing rose water to calm, while vitamin-packed oat milk cools and replenishes. Not only is spa showering the perfect time and place to alter your mood, but you can also multi-task as who’s to say convenience and luxury can’t be combined? So while you allow the cream to soak in a little, why not use the opportunity to get your favourite shampoo on the go or wash your face? Oaty Creamy Dreamy also makes a luscious lubricant for shaving when you’re ready to rinse.
Shampooed and softened, your next move will likely be to condition your hair, but what about pampering your skin as well? Grab a restorative fresh face mask, such as Brazened Honey, which is kept cool in the fridge, perfect for soothing skin after a long hot day or night. The powerhouse combination of fresh fennel, ginger, parsley and coriander detoxes and stimulates, turmeric tightens and boosts circulation, whereas the antiseptic properties of sage, rosemary and a unique juniper berry infusion purify without leaving your skin dry. Fresh lime cleanses, ground almond shells exfoliate, free range egg and almond oil moisturize, but the true superhero here is honey, which as a humectant actively attracts hydration into the skin. To achieve a truly dewy result resist removing the mask for at least 10 to 15 minutes, during which time you can continue with your pampering. Find your perfect mask here.
Next up meet the wonderfully wobbly world of shower jellies. Just as squeezing a stress ball or twirling a fidget spinner can restore calmness to the mind, these luscious gelatinous mounds are equally therapeutic as they’re swept over skin. What’s more, the range of jelly scents complement our line-up of shower gels and creams, working to harmonise aromas, rather than clash or compete against them. An option such as Deep Sleep works particularly well with Oaty Creamy Dreamy, as its intoxicating stores of lavender, rose and camomile continue the momentum of restore and reset, whereas the fresh orange adds an unexpected pep, and the neroli oil, renowned for its ability to produce serotonin, introduces some perk.
Exfoliating your skin encourages a healthy glow, and doesn’t have to be a raw and ravaging experience, as users of our body scrubs and body butters will testify. For a scent that comforts, they don’t come more sensually sweet than Cheeryish, which fills your bathroom with the warming and joyful aromas of cherry bakewells, marzipan, and hot chocolate, sparking fond thoughts of family and memories of home. Ground cherry stones gently exfoliate and boost circulation, ideal for waking you up or winding you down, and the almond and extra virgin coconut oils follow up by soothing and softening.
Every act of pampering, be it skin or hair, ends with a good measure of moisturising, and with a body conditioner this can be achieved within the confines of the shower. Take a tub of Ro’s Argan, slather it on all over your skin and let it sink in for a minute or two, giving you time and opportunity to wipe away the face mask. While the conditioner’s luxurious rose absolute, rich brazil nut and argan oils get to work on enriching, balancing and restoring your skin for a velvety finish, you’ll be greeted with a beautifully sensual Damask rose fragrance.
After you’ve rinsed off and patted yourself dry, the results should be instantly noticeable. Your skin will be softer, brighter and glossier as though you’ve treated yourself to the most wonderful spa day. But what’s more impressive perhaps is the transformation to your mind and mood, something that can’t be obtained with a quick five-minute ‘freshen up’. Plus by combining and layering beautiful aromas and ingredients you’ll have achieved a deeper, richer, longer-lasting result, that will stay with you all day or night, pampering body and mind over and over and over again.
Words by Natalie Denton