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Showers Worth Getting Up For
By Melissa Miller

Winter. Even though the days are shorter, this doesn’t make waking up early any easier. We all need a bit of inspiration not to hit that snooze button a few times.

Here are some shower products that will make your morning cleansing ritual an invigorating, welcome experience.

Smooth, Sensual, Elegant

For a sensual shower, try Tocca’s new Bagno Profumato in Stella (foaming bath gel, $19 for 8oz). I’ve given this as gifts to many friends and it always receives rave reviews for its beautiful, rich blood orange aroma. Tocca’s Bagno Profumato in Florence, a soft orris rose fragrance, is also lovely. The bath gel has a silky texture and is loaded with olive oil, oat amino acids and flower extracts.

Another decadent choice comes from Philip B., known for his luxurious, natural hair products. He has created Thai Tea Body Wash ($35 for 5.5oz), a creamy blend of Thai Tea, honey, peppermint, lemon grass, ginger root and citronella extracts. The fragrance of this moisturizing wash is transcendent. Take a big whiff and you’ll be able to face the day with that necessary smile. Find Tocca and Phillip B. at recently introduced its Brown Milk of Palm Bath Collection, including a ShowerSephora Brown Milk of Palm Lotion ($12 for 6.7 oz.), a thick, fragrant cleanser with a lotion-like consistency. It leaves the skin soft and lightly fragranced with a warm, sweet aroma.

For an ultra hydrating wash, try Origins Perfect World Creamy Body Cleanser with White Tea ($25 for 6.7oz). Containing shea butter, glycerin, sweet orange and apricot kernel oil, it takes care of winter dry skin woes. Also, Origins Pomegranate Wash Bubbling Body Cleanser ($15 for 6.7oz) will revive your senses with its juicy aroma and coconut oil for heaps of suds.

For an elegant shower French style, try Catherine Memmi Les Basiques Black Vanilla Shower Gel ($18 for 500ml). This rich, complex vanilla fragrance will have you bathing in utter A.M. luxury. Catherine Memmi Shower Gel is also available in Almond. Find Catherine Memmi products at

Little Wing Naturals Calming Bath and Shower Gel ($17 for 8oz) contains tangerine, orange, sandalwood and geranium essential oils for a bath that will sooth and balance your senses. This blend is exquisite and unlike any other scent I’ve tried. This is a must have for those mornings when you need a little extra motivation to get moving. Also try their Aphrodisia Bath and Shower Gel, with a sensual mix of ylang ylang, patchouli, cedarwood and orange essential oils.

Refreshing and Clean

For a refreshing lemony experience, try Elariia Avocado and Lemongrass Shower Cream ($17.50 for 16.8oz); it’s a creamy mix of moisturizing and fragrant oils. Elariia’s ultra gentle Double Latte Shower Cream ($19.95 for 13.4oz) is also a morning pleasure. The subtle, clean milk aroma, with a just hint of a morning latte, will get you through your shower. Elariia is available at

Gingerale is good on an upset stomach, and it also definitely works as a cure for any morning sleepyhead. Try Demeter’s Lots-of-Uses Happily Foaming Bath Gel in Gingerale ($16 for 8 oz.); its fizzy, comforting aroma will have you leaping into the bath. Also try this gel in Demeter’s eye-opening Tomato; the rich fragrance contains a white grapefruit note that adds the ideal amount of zing to any shower. The tomato gel is also the perfect hand soap. Demeter is available at

Another morning wake-up call is Frédéric Fekkai’s Apple Cider Body Wash ($20 for 8 oz.). Based on an age-old French recipe, this wash cleanses and exfoliates the skin naturally with apple cider. Frédéric Fekkai is available at

Lather Sea Kelp Body Wash ($18 for 8oz) has a clean, fresh scent, and nourishes the skin with seaweed oil, aloe vera and vitamins. It’s available on Lather’s Web site at

An inexpensive treat is St. Ives new, delightful Citrus Moisturizing Body Wash ($2.69 for 13.5oz). This has the perfect energizing grapefruit aroma to get you up and going. Find it at

Au Naturale

For an all-natural shower without sodium laurel sulfate or other chemicals, try Zia Naturals Skin Care Ginger Gardenia Body Wash ($11.95 for 8.5oz). The sexy and slightly spicy gel will leave your skin smooth and scented; available online at Epicurean Shower Gel Bath/Shower Gel in Beautiful ($10 for 16oz) has the heavenly fragrance of osmanthus and ylang ylang. This gentle, natural liquid soap contains shea butter, castile soap and hemp oil. Peppermint Patty Body Wash ($8.50 for 9 oz.), with the scrumptious scent of mint and chocolate, is a morning essential. The combination of these two aromas is rejuvenating and calming as well as wonderful for combating headaches.

EO Products Rose and Chamomile Shower Gel ($9 for 8oz) is an all-natural body cleanser (no sodium laurel sulfate) with a beautiful, aromatic essential oil blend. Also try EO Shower Gel in enlivening Juniper and Lemon or their wonderfully refreshing Grapefruit and Mint. Available at

 Skin Honey GelSkin, An Apothecary Honey Gel ($18 for 8oz) is an all-natural blend of pure alpine  honey, papaya, pumpkin, and vitamin E and wheat germ oils. This mild formulation works well for babies and those with sensitive skin or eczema.

It’s available in Natural (unscented), Cranberry, Apricot, Kiwi, Lemon and Mango. Another original creation: Suds, a thick, creamy blend of shea butter and glycerin packaged in a large tub that you scoop out and use like soap.

I sampled it in Strawberry, which smells exactly like fresh strawberries with a bit of cream. Delicious. It’s also available in a variety of other scents including Tangerine, Chocolate, Lavender Mint, Java Been, and Spiced Pumpkin at

LUSH Creamed Almond and Coconut Smoothie ($11.95 Canadian for 8oz) is a delightful cream soap with a delectable scent blend of vanilla, jasmine and ylang ylang. It moisturizes and soothes the skin with glycerin and sweet almond and apricot oils.

Pass the Bar

For those who prefer bar soap, try Bigelow Vanilla Soap ($18 for three 5.5oz bars at Each bar has a unique wood carved appearance and lush vanilla fragrance blend. stunning Glycerin Soap (2 for $5) is comprised of colored glycerin with beautifully arranged shavings of shea butter soap inside each bar. These soaps look like little pieces or art!

They are available in a variety of scents; Pomegranate, Vanilla & Lace, and Strawberry Daiquiri are among my favorites. also offers traditional Shea Butter Soap with silk amino acids.


Try an invigorating scrub to get you up and at ‘em, such as Lather Bamboo lather foaming body scrub Lemongrass Foaming Body Scrub ($19 for 5.5oz at This unique product, with a zesty lemongrass scent, uses bamboo as a gentle exfoliant. It lightly foams and can be used as a body cleanser.

For the comforting aroma of honey on a cold morning, opt for Zia Naturals Brown Sugar Body Polish ($18.95 for 12 oz.). This decadent treatment will leave your skin soft and moisturized with honey and safflower and soybean oils.

Another A.M. winner is Little Wing Naturals Energizing Moisturizing Body Scrub ($24 for 16oz) with sea salts, coconut oil and pink grapefruit, lime, ginger and May Chang essential oils. This warming and stimulating scrub is a reason to get out of bed early in the morning.

Awake Energy Source Body Care Set ($50) contains everything you need to combat dry skin including Body Scrub (4.5oz), Shower Moisture Cream (7oz) and a Sisal and Cotton Body Mitt. The Body Scrub buffs away dry skin, and the Shower Moisture Cream contains moisture beads that stimulate and moisturize. The set is available at

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