Whether you turn to your shower to wake you up in the morning or relax you before bed, there’s a good chance your daily bathing ritual offers a kind of sanctuary—a little corner of the world free from cares. Given how special our baths and showers are, it’s worth investing in the products we use there. In fact, your bath is the perfect place to introduce consciously formulated, nutrient-rich skincare products. Here, we share some luxurious upgrades to your bathing arsenal. Not only do the following avoid the use of unwanted chemicals, they’re also vegan and cruelty-free!
More than a mere soap, this heavenly-scented body wash is formulated with mild, botanical surfactants that won’t over-dry skin. The silky blend contains blood orange, which helps promote collagen production, naturally moisturizing vegetable glycerin, pink grapefruit to balance oily skin, soothing aloe, and milk thistle, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant.
Activated charcoal is a specially treated, highly porous form of plant charcoal that is quite effective at absorbing toxins and bacteria. This crisply-scented cleanser helps gently cleanse pores of potentially congestive and irritating substances for a smooth, clear complexion. For extra smooth skin, couple with your favorite exfoliating device or a soft washcloth.
Designed with all hair types in mind, the EVOLVh haircare line is safe for dry, over-processed, and color-treated hair. Despite being free of harsh sulfates, this shampoo still does a good job of clarifying the roots where we tend to have build up. Meanwhile, the conditioner richly coats strands without weighing them down. The gentle duo is fortified with amino acids to help strengthen hair against future damage, and the refreshing fragrance of both conditioner and shampoo offer a welcome escape for the senses.
Although bath salts may sound utterly basic, no luxurious soak is complete without them. Not only do they help soothe weary muscles after a long vinyasa class, they also provide a vital mineral for our bodies: magnesium. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to be deficient in magnesium. (Roughly half of the U.S. population doesn’t consume enough magnesium—if that gives you an idea). One of the various purposes magnesium serves is to help the body produce the right hormones at the right levels. That’s right—adding Epsom salts to your bath can help promote healthy hormonal balance. Any variety is fine—just make sure it doesn’t have added synthetic fragrance.
Whether you add a few drops to your bath or slather some on your skin post-shower, this crisp, woody oil blend will clear your mind in no time thanks to the invigorating bouquet of grapefruit, juniper, rosemary, eucalyptus, and pine. Aromatherapy Associates also makes a lovely blend for evening, too. Alternatively, you can make your own custom bath and shower oil with an Oleum Vera DIY Beauty Kit.
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