I wouldn't consider myself the most excessive purchaser of products. Although my best friend disagrees, she can't quite fault me for it because her similar beauty obsessiveness means she completely understands. Nevertheless, I follow the theme of buying what I need and only that--except this is a renewed dogma that didn't coincide with 2013's makeup spree.
But take a peek into my shower or bathroom cabinet and you'll begin to see that I follow the rule in pristine fashion. Yet, this also means that the items that line my wire caddy don't have a neutral title, they're staples--staples of the body cleansing, scrubbing, moisturizing, and preening variety.
Over the past couple of months, I've been experimenting with dry brushing, a technique that encourages toxin removal, increases circulation, and helps to bust cellulite. I'll be honest, the toxin ridding powers are immeasurable without beakers and salts and I really don't think that any beauty product can bust a case of the lumps, but I'll tell you why I've been loving it.
Long strokes towards the heart really make me skin feel zingy and dish a slight bit of exfoliation in the perfect allotted time it takes for my water to heat up. I'm not the most diligent of testers, but the fact that you could pick up a body brush for around a tenner means it won't break the bank but feels lovely. So, it's not necessary, but the ecotools Bamboo Bristle Bath Brush has certainly become a staple.
Perhaps the most important is the washer: the Korres Vanilla Cinnamon Shower Gel. I've ranted (in the most positive of ways) about Korres Shower Gels previously, but here comes another. Although their ingredient list doesn't have me swooning, their scents certainly do because of their pungent yet not overpowering whiff.
And on special days--notably Sundays--I whip out a scrub after I've washed my limbs and tum. The concoction perching in the red-lidded jar is my own, 'Parisian To Be' formula of coconut and olive oil, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. There was truly no method to my madness when I whipped this baby up, but my chai-spiced goal was achieved quite well and it also scrubs without leaving an irritated and harsh-texture evoked mess afterwards.
If I'm continuing the pamper theme, I'll douse my body in more coconut oil because who doesn't want to smell like coconut and wake up with softened and smoothed skin? That's what I thought. But, on an everyday basis, I'll rub some of the Desert Essence Sweet Almond Hand and Body Lotion all over. It's formula is Fair Trade, organic, and it also boasts a clean conscience along with an ingredients list containing aloe vera juice, sweet almond extract, shea butter, coconut and jojoba oil, and honeysuckle extract. It absorbs into the skin really quickly, leaving it balanced yet nourished and also leaves you covered in a non-lingering marzipan scent--so you can spritz perfume to your desire.
As much as I wish my bathroom resembled an apothecary, I'm not that kind of high-maintenance gal...okay, that's a lie. But I won't be spending excess cash on body care when I could be spending it on skincare; that's the truth.