My Faves: Shower Edition

I’ve already shared my Holy Grail shampoo and conditioner here.  Now I want to share some other favorite products that I use!

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash truly lives up to its claim of being moisturizing.  During the summer, I don’t have to worry about using lotion unless I have time to indulge myself.  During the winter, I sometimes need to use lotion but if I’m in a rush to calm a screaming toddler and skip out on the lotion, then my skin doesn’t feel deprived for about 3 showers.  I’ve bought this multiple times and I’ve given it away in baby shower gifts (great for new moms to cut down their beauty routine!).  I’ve tried the generic versions and they don’t live up to the original in my opinion.  Also, the generic ones kinda smell like a weird plastic.  No likey.  This is a newer version.  The original didn’t include nutrium moisture but I don’t notice a difference honestly.

Kiss My Face Moisture Shave really helps with the maddening red bumps I used to get from shaving.  My skin is sensitive and likes to react in horrible ways when it’s irritated.  So rubbing a blade down my leg to scrape off hair and dead skin is ultimately irritating for my skin.  I used to just live with the ingrown hair bumps (shudder!) and itchiness and whatnot until I realized that shaving doesn’t have to be that way while reading one of my life changing websites, Acne.org.  Many people liked Moisture Shave and it came in one of my favorite scents, lavender.  After using it for a couple weeks, I noticed that my skin wasn’t irritated as badly when shaving.  If you don’t like lavender, they have other scents and an unscented one.  I’ve tried the pomegranate grapefruit scent and I don’t care for it.  It smells slightly fruity and not unappealing, I just prefer my herbal lavender.  The Moisture Shave is not like your regular shaving gel that foams out of an aerosol can.  It is a medium consistency lotion that you smooth on and shave like usual.  If you get irritated skin, you must try it!

These two products I will always have in my shower along with my Giovanni hair stuff.  What shower stuff do you love?

My Faves: Giovanni Shampoo & Conditioner

I may not know how to successfully touch up my dyed roots but I have unearthed my HG (holy grail) shampoo and conditioner combination.

Introducing Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo and Smooth as Silk Conditioner!

For a while, I was going to the local Paul Mitchell school to get my hair cut.  One of the students used their Tea Tree Special products on me.  Why, I don’t know cause as a curly haired person I would think they would try a smoothing or moisturizing line but it did turn me on to the tingling scalp sensation.  It’s wonderful!!!

A bit of background…  I do have an oily scalp which can lead to some weird and unwanted flakiness with the wrong products.  Add my frizzy, curly hair texture (which needs really good moisture) to the mix and it complicates things.  With really moisturizing products, it can exaggerate my oiliness at my roots.  I don’t like.  😦  Another thing I don’t like is that dirty hair feeling.  I feel like I have an inch of gunk sitting on top of my head with some products I’ve tried in the past.

I was a bit obsessed with the squeaky clean, tingling scalp feeling.  I did some minimal research and found that Paul Mitchell makes a moisturizing tea tree line with lavender.  I was blinded by my infatuation and used it for a while but realized I didn’t like how it performed.  So I did more research…

I wanted something that had no sulfates since I dye my hair now.  (Sulfates suck the life out of a dye job.)  So I got turned on to different “natural” product lines when I stumbled across Giovanni.  Great reviews were found and I decided to test it out.  The Tea Tree Triple Treat shampoo gave me the coveted squeaky clean, tingling scalp feeling.  Check!  The Smooth as Silk conditioner instantly made my hair feel softer and, dare I say, silkier strands than I’ve ever had.  Double check!  I think this is true love…  le sigh!

I don’t think I shampoo my hair any differently than anyone else so no details on that.  I do want to note that since this is a no sulfate shampoo, it doesn’t get as bubbly lathery as regular ones do.  It does lather up, just not as much as you may be used to.  My hair is getting super long so I concentrate the conditioner on my ends and run any remaining product through the rest of my hair.  Don’t rinse yet!  I leave it in until I’m done showering.  Then, I rinse only my scalp for 2 seconds (yes, I count) and squeeze the water out of my hair.  This way, I keep my scalp from premature greasies but the curls get moisturized.

You can find Giovanni at any superstore/drugstore place with the other “natural” lines like Burt’s Bees.  Not next to Suave.  You won’t find it there.  It is a little more expensive than regular shampoos but I go for value with beauty products not just cost.  Buuuuuut I’ll let you in on a little secret…  Marshalls.  Or TJ Maxx and the like.  There, you can find 32 ounce bottles for about $12.99 which makes it a bit more than half-price per ounce from regular retail.  Booyah!  Of course, these types of stores don’t carry the same items all the time so you have to have some luck on your side.  I usually don’t have much luck but the beauty gods smiled down upon me on one random visit.  Hopefully, the same will happen to you!

Have you found your HG shampoo and conditioner?