I knew a girl at university who used to have a bath before she went to bed, and didn't shower in the mornings. I don't know about you, but there is no way I can start the day properly without a steaming hot shower to blow the cobwebs away.
In my poorer days I tried the 'essentials' or pound shop shower gels, which barely broke a foam and left you feeling grubbier than before. I don't often splurge on expensive shower gels, and my favourites are all different prices. I thought I'd share them with you today.
1. L'Occitane Verbena Shower Gel (£13)
Another luxury product, and I can see why. Not overpoweringly floral, this is a great all rounder that both men and women would love.
2. Sanctuary Body Scrub (£5.25)
I was given this once for Christmas and the Sanctuary 'smell' is one of my favourites. It combines patchouli and orange oil and isn't as abrasive as some scrubs. The shower gel is scrummy too.
3. Original Source Lavender and Tea Tree Shower Gel (£2.30)
I'm fond of Original Source products because they use natural ingredients and aren't stuffed full of synthetic perfumes. The lavender in this shower gel is so relaxing it's perfect if you're having a bath or shower in the evening.
4. Badedas Shower Gel (£2.29)
Quite a pungent one this. My sister and I buy it for my mum every year, who loves it. It has a very distinctive smell, which I've learnt to love.
5. Dove Body Wash (£2.40)
Ah, Dove. It's such a unique smell. I'm not usually one for creamy shower gels (they don't make me feel clean), but this is an exception. There's something very soothing about a big ol' bottle of Dove.
6. Rituals Summer Rain Shower Gel (£6)
I only discovered Rituals this year, and I've never turned back. This is by far my favourite of their products. What you imagine the summer air to smell like after it's rained? Yup, that's exactly what they've bottled. Heavenly.
7. Palmolive Bergamot and Verbena Shower Gel (£1.50)
Palmolive's most recent products (there's also a rose version which I love) are a complete surprise. I always considered Palmolive shower gels to be generic pound shop purchases, but these two new fragrances are divine, and the Bergamot and Verbena is my favourite.
8. Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel (£4)
I've been buying good old Body Shop shower gels since I was a child, and the fruity satsuma smell reminds me of saving my pocket money to buy the mini sized bottles. Refreshingly citrus, it's a nice break from the floral scents.
9. Original Source Mint and Tea Tree Shower Gel (£2.30)
My second Original Source entry is well deserved. Everyone I've ever recommended this shower gel too has loved it. It's a total 'wake me up!) shower gel which leaves your skin tingling. I love it
10. L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil (£16.50)
My ultimate luxury purchase. I like using body oil to soften my skin, but this shower oil actually foams, leaving you feeling soft, supple and very clean. The smell is gorgeous too. Perfection in a bottle.
What's your favourite product for getting squeaky clean in the mornings?