Hello! Long time no see (read? write?)! I haven’t really eased back into blogging like I thought I would, but I’ve been keeping myself busy with work and developing my art. I’ve been really good about taking care of my body externally this winter, so I thought I’d round up my favorite bodycare products. A lot of these are hydrating since my skin is really dry (seriously, you don’t want to see how ashy my legs and arms can get), so I need all the hydration I can get my hands on.
This is the most moisturizing shower gel I’ve tried, hands down. The consistency reminds me of oil – but don’t worry, it definitely doesn’t feel like one and if anything, feels almost weightless. It doesn’t lather much (probably from all the oils), but I also need to use a lot more than I would versus a more ordinary shower gel. It’s not a big deal to me since I don’t use shower gel or soap every day, but yeah, it’s not the most price-friendly in that sense. It also smells like a cross between rosewater and pool water, in case you’re wondering.
If you haven’t smelled (smelt?) this before, do yourself a favor and go to your nearest Lush and do it right now! It’s on the woody/smokey side, but it’s also pretty fruity so it’s not overpowering. It’s more runny than an average shower gel, but I don’t mind it. In terms of moisture, this one sits between Glossier’s Body Hero and a regular shower gel. I don’t have this in my rotation right now – I have too many shower gels and a lot of unused soaps, and even though I desperately want to get myself a bottle, I’m going to wait because you know, self-control and adulting and all that.
Are you tired of hearing me rave about Buffy over and over again? Too bad, because I don’t think I’ll ever get over it. It’s a 2-in-1, in-shower moisturizer and body scrub that actually does both things. Plus it’s packaging-free, which means it’s better for the environment! Lush sells reuseable containers; if you don’t want to shell out extra money for one, you can easily use any empty container. It comes as a solid block, but be aware that it will melt when it gets too hot.
Another product that isn’t currently in my rotation, though I enjoy this more when the weather is warmer outside since it isn’t as heavy as Buffy. This is marketed as a body scrub, but it’s so moisturizing that it can double up as a, well, moisturizer. It’s not as moisturizing (how many times will I use that word?) as Buffy, but it’s great if you don’t like feeling a slight slick of oils over your skin.
I always seem to get some flak when I talk about shaving, so here’s something to think about if you’re going to say anything: it’s my body and I don’t like hair in some places, simple as that. Policing that women shouldn’t shave in the name of feminism is… pretty counter intuitive to feminism, yeah? To shave or not to shave is a choice that I think everyone should be aware of, though. Now that that’s out of the way, let me tell you about my favorite razor!
I don’t actually think there’s a huge difference between razors, but I love Harry’s for the convenience and price. I started off on their trial set (which I 2000% recommend!) over a year ago and I’ve been using them ever since. The trial set comes with their Truman razor with blade, shave gel, and a handy travel blade cover (honestly, why don’t more razor brands have travel blade covers??). They have a plan that you can customize to how often you shave and they’ll be automatically delivered to you. I love the presentation of their products when I receive them – it makes me feel excited about shaving supplies! Who even gets excited about shaving supplies? The best part about Harry’s is that they’re so affordable at about $2 a blade, compared to the $5+ a blade I was paying before. Instead of hanging on to and using a dull blade because they were just so darn expensive, I can change out my blades properly for a nice, clean shave every time!
I’m lumping these two together since I’m not the pickiest when it comes to shave creams. Having a good shaving cream is important for a good shave though, since they provide a nice slip for the razor to work with. Both of these are very affordable and last me a long time – you don’t need to slather a lot over your skin, just a small amount is fine. They’re also really hydrating on the skin and smell so good!
I like these two for my daily moisturizers. Since I don’t use shower gels every day, I also don’t have to moisturize my body as often. Which makes me feel a lot better about splurging on Lush, since they’re on the pricier side. I think it’s worth it, though – I’ve been using Sympathy for the Skin on and off for years and it’s my favorite body lotion. I recently started using this and even though I enjoy Sympathy for the Skin a lot more, I just love the cause behind Charity Pot.