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Let’s talk products for the shower, shall we? I’ve spent years testing out a wide variety of brands that make sudsy potions and tools for maintenance. And after much trial and error, I think I’ve finally curated the best collection for elevating the daily experience that is washing.
FYI — items I distinguish as “elevated products” are products that stand out among the masses of competition and are tried, tested and true of adding value and making a difference to my life, and hopefully yours. I keep an evolving master list across all categories here.
Below you’ll find my picks for the best shampoo/conditioner, washing tool, exfoliating scrub, razor and scalp cleanser. Do yourself a favor and give these products a try if you’re looking to enhance your everyday shower game.
ELEVATED PRODUCT: high fashion shower cap
BRAND: Shhhowercap – modern shower cap creators
USE: for those no hair washing days
If you’re like me, you’ve figured out that washing your hair 2-3 times a week vs every day is a huuuge time saver, water saver, blowout saver… all of the above! This brand totally took the old $3 dollar plastic shower cap our elders used to use and recreated a chic af turban-like accessory anyone would be excited to rock in the shower.
Female founded by a badass. Lasts forever. Veryyy waterpoof. Machine washable. Antibacterial…. and the prints are to die for (currently swooning over the Novel).
ELEVATED PRODUCT: made-to-order custom haircare
BRAND: Prose – clean, custom haircare
USE: for those hair washing days
Okay, so I’ve tried a lottt of shampoos and conditioners. In high school I was Herbal Essence obsessed. Then I evolved to Pantene in college. Then I realized I should be buying the stuff salons used to save my color. I’d always hunt for the next best thing and would rarely come across something that worked entirely for my hair. Hair needs and goals are always changing, which is why when custom hair care brands started popping up, I knew I had to try. And of those I did, this brand definitely crushes them all.
Prose uses natural, sustainably sourced ingredients in their formulas made specific to exactly what your hair needs. You take a quiz, provide your region, choose a scent and bam — your perfect shampoo/conditioner set is on the way. And even better — every product is free of all the bad stuff: parabens, sulfates, GMOs, gluten, silicone, dye… and is vegan and cruelty-free.
ELEVATED PRODUCT: Ayate Bath Strip
BRAND: Public Goods – sustainable, household essentials
USE: for washing your bod
If you know me, you know I have a love/hate relationship with my loofahs. I looove a good loofah, but it has to be very specific. I need one that’s made of recycled plastic and is abrasive enough to exfoliate. Bonus points if it’s not an ugly color. V hard to find. But then I learned about ayate…
Derived from agave plants, ayate is a naturally coarse material that makes for one luxurious wash. Good for the environment, biodegradable, zero plastic and provides a sudsy experience. If you’re not into the strip length and handles, this simple washcloth is also perfection.
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ELEVATED PRODUCT: the body exfoliator
BRAND: Necessaire – clean, personal care products
USE: for exfoliating the bod
Finding the perfect, clean body wash was hard. As a lifelong user and lover of Dove, I was really ready to find a new brand that could take me away — and Necessaire was it.
This brand has reinvented personal care products for your body leaving out allll the bad stuff. I adore their body wash so, so much. But when they dropped this exfoliant, I became even more obsessed. Made with bamboo charcoal, pumice, glycolic, salycic and lactic acid — it seriously takes your body cleansing routine from 0 to 100. Bye bye dead skin, in-grown hairs. Hello smooth, shiny skin.
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ELEVATED PRODUCT: pivoting head safety razor
BRAND: Leaf Shave – makers of the best metal razor
USE: for shaving the legs
Another long journey that began with plastic disposables that would nick my teenage skin, that later evolved to becoming Venus razor obsessed. As of late I bought into all the Flamingo and Billie hype but wasn’t ultimately happy with any of them. And though I loved the shave of the Venus, it failed to abide by the whole plastic-free thing I was really trying to be good about.
When I started to explore options available for a long-lasting razor I could keep in my shower and switch out blades for, Leaf surpassed all competition. The metal razor comes in five different colors — black, silver, mercury, chrome, gold — and is straight beautiful. It’s a great weight, has a pivoting head, uses cold-forged steel quality razors and is the closest shave I’ve come across yet.
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ELEVATED PRODUCT: california salt shampoo
BRAND: Playa – salon-worthy natural hair care
USE: for weekly scalp cleansing
When I first tried Playa’s product line, I instantly became a superfan. Female founded out of a funky California beach town using clean, natural ingredients, with each item packing the most delicious, beachy scents.
I wont lie, I like to alternate my custom shampoo/conditioner with Playa but what’s consistent in my routine is most definitely their California Salt Shampoo I use weekly. Comprised of sea salt and tea tree oil, the formula makes your scalp tingle in the best way as it washes away product buildup and flakes. I find my natural oil is rebalanced after each scrub and I’m left feeling the ultimate clean.
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Did I miss any of your favorite shower products? Let me know in the comments below!
Lifestyle blogger, photographer, mother to my son Boden and frenchie Smalls, wife to my hubs Trevor.
I built this space in an attempt to inspire you to find your edit and empower you to create the life you desire. Through digital content and honest storytelling, I hope to guide you along the way. Because everyone has an edit, and I'm here to help you find yours.
Get To Know Me
Mother. Wife. Blogger. Photographer. I built this space in an attempt to inspire you to find your edit and empower you to create the life you desire. Through digital content and honest storytelling, I hope to guide you along the way. Because everyone has an edit, and I'm here to help you find yours.
Hi, I'm Cortney
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