Welcome! I am glad that you have joined me today. Have you taken your shower today? If you didn’t catch my previous post about why showers and bathing are so important for the chronically ill, check out Why You Should Bathe Today . In this post, I have 7 (okay if you want to be specific 9) products that I rotate through my shower. I have fragrance-free options for those times a person is very sensitive to aromas, and I included some smell good options for those times we want lovely scents to bathe in. As you will find, all of my picks are fairly affordable because as we know, when we are ill all of our money usually ends up going towards medical bills and medication. Without further ado, let’s jump right in!
1. Eucerin Baby Wash and Shampoo
This is a no-nonsense gentle cleanser that is a definite must for those times when I cannot handle any fragrances. I used this everyday as a bubble bath alternative when all I could do was take baths and not showers. I have also used this as a gentle shampoo, which is not the best at moisturizing hair, so definitely use a conditioner along with it. There is a very slight smell which reminds me of a medical office. I personally like this, as it somehow makes me believe that it works better than flowery body washes. My skin never feels stripped of moisture when I use this, and it is great at cleansing.
This is definitely an A+ in my book.
For those of you that prefer a more natural option, check out Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby Soap.
2. Japanese Washcloth
Okay, for reals, this is a very good washcloth. I have had mine for years, and it does a marvelous job of exfoliation, and creating luxurious suds with very little product. I use this with body washes and soap bars. I love that it increases circulation (also good for lymph drainage) while exfoliating and cleaning, plus it is long enough that I can actually scrub my back without having to resort to contortionist moves. Because when my body is in pain, the last thing I want to do is try to bend in unnatural ways to get clean. The best part? It’s nylon mesh, so it dries quickly and it’s machine washable. Score!
3. Dove Sensitive Skin Unscented Bar Soap
This is an old favorite of mine. I was basically raised on this soap bar . This is a no-frills cleanser that does what it says. It doesn’t have any fragrance, and it leaves the skin feeling moisturized. If bar soaps are more your thing, then I recommend checking this one out.
I give this a solid A.
4. Shikai Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner
Here is one of the numbers where I snuck an extra product in. They’re shampoo and conditioner. Of course they go together. This line from Shikai is wonderful. It does a wonderful job of minimizing the flakes on my scalp, which as you may know, skin freaks out while in the middle of a chronic illness outbreak. All of the various medications, supplements, detoxification and hormone changes wreack havoc on my skin. This shampoo and conditioner combo does a good job of maintaining some sense of balance on my scalp. They have a fresh and not overpowering scent, like mint and tea tree oil. My hair is always soft and shiny when I use this combo.
A terrific A+.
5. Trader Joe’s Lemon Verbena and Lavender Soap Bars
Yet another twofer, these two are lovely smelling soap bars from Trader Joe’s. As my nose craves more pep in my traditionally unscented showers, I turn to these moisturizing bars of soap. They really feel like luxury whenever I use them. They are larger than my Dove soap bars, and have fresh aromas that remind me of some Italian dream where I am surrounded by lemon trees, herb gardens, and lavender fields. Keep them out of the water spray and use the Japanese Washcloth so that you can prolong the use of these bars.
A sweet smelling A+.
6. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioning Treatment
I usually keep my hair cut short, as in pixie short, because when I am in the middle of a Lyme Relapse my hair feels extra heavy and I get massive headaches as a result. As I am currently in remission, I am growing out my curly, wavy hair again. I find that I can handle synthetic fragrances again in minimal amounts. I also need more moisture than a conditioner alone can give me. So, about once or twice a week I use this deep conditioner. It has become a classic one to use because it is so effective. It smells sweet, fruity, coconutty, but not too overwhelming. Definitely do not use this if you are super sensitive to smells at this moment. I would recommend simply using olive oil or coconut oil as a pretreatment.
This is a solid A.
7. Epsom Salt
Rounding out my Must-Haves is Epsom Salt. This is a definite must if you are ill, have sore muscles, or need help detoxing. I put a generous scoop into my bath water as the tub is filling. Add some of your favorite essential oils (message me to find out where to buy my favorites), and you have a relaxing bath. Epsom Salt is Magnesium Sulfate. What’s wonderful about magnesium is that it helps relax muscles, ease tension and anxiety, and it helps the body get rid of toxins. This should be in every Spoonie’s bathroom.
For sure an A+.
That wraps up my must-haves for the shower! I hope you find this helpful in determining what to use in your bathing ritual. I would love to hear from you. What are your must-haves for your shower?
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