Best of 2013: In the Shower

Did you catch my skincare and bodycare favorites of 2013? I’m back in record time with my in-the-shower favorites…

We used to buy Dove soap bar by the bulk, but Dr. Bronner’s Magic Pure Castille Soap is the new soap staple in the house. My sister and I have tried it in lavender (very lavender-y), rose (very rose-y and my favorite), and we just got almond (subtle-y almond-y) the other day. I love it best with a flouf/shower pouf/loofah/that fluffy thing since it foams up the soap and lets me use less soap for more surface area, but soap plus just hands is all good too. I also love it for washing out flannels/muslins that I’ve used to remove makeup as well as washing makeup brushes. Leaves my body/muslin/brushes clean and soft thanks to organic oils that cleanse but don’t strip. I’ve also just recently bought it in travel size to take along in my handbag to wash my hands on-the-go.

As for haircare, let’s just say I came home to these two conditioner bottles in one corner and three of that shampoo in another corner. This household loves Acure haircare. My sister and I both especially love the orange one, the Moroccan Argan Stem Cell + Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner the best since it leaves our hair the softest, but the Pure Mint + Echinacea Stem Cell and Lemongrass + Argan Stem Cell sets are also nice. They’re very accessible from our local Whole Foods (or mine at school), affordable, and effectively cleansing. We both are able to wash every other day without looking greasy with second-day hair (though we have help from Acure’s Dry Shampoo, which helps eliminate extra root grease).

See any of your favorites here? Stay tuned for makeup favorites of 2013…


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  1. Regine
    January 1, 2014 / 3:50 am

    Going to get your recommendations off vitacost now 🙂 I love DOVE soaps and I am thinking of going all-natural for all my beauty products. Your favorites shall give me a headstart in diving into green brands! By the way, do you think the use of body oils during summer is heavy?

  2. Jana D.
    January 1, 2014 / 6:33 pm

    I also love the orange duo from Acure! they're the best!<3 xx

  3. Amber Felce
    January 8, 2014 / 10:54 am

    I just bought the Lemongrass & Argan Stem Cell Shampoo & Conditioner from Whole Foods in America ( I was so excited!!) and love them! Will definitely have to try some more soon

  4. January 8, 2014 / 10:46 pm

    I just recently purchased Acure's Lemongrass + Argan Stem Cell Shampoo & Conditioner set. I used a trial size of the Moroccan Argan Stem Cell set but found that it sat too heavy and made my scalp oily and itchy within a matter of days. But so far, my scalp has taken well to the Lemongrass duo.

  5. Jade
    January 9, 2014 / 4:21 am

    Whooo!! Bodycare is a great place to start going all-natural! After all, that's where most of our skin is. Let me know which ones you get! 😀

    I've been lucky that all of the body oils I've tried sink in very fast and don't feel heavy. Lina Hanson's leaves behind a very soft and moisturized feeling, and Osmia Organic's, since I apply it when my skin is damp, dries when my skin dries. I started using Lina Hanson's at the end of the summer and really loved it. I think the use of body oils during any time is okay 🙂

  6. Jade
    January 9, 2014 / 4:21 am

    I absolutely agree!!!

  7. Jade
    January 9, 2014 / 4:23 am

    Yay!! I see it on your haul on your blog now 🙂 Glad you got to pick them up and hope you can try more of them soon!

  8. Jade
    January 9, 2014 / 4:25 am

    Aww sorry that the Moroccan Argan Stem Cell set didn't work out for you but I'm glad your scalp is liking the Lemongrass duo! For the price, there are tons of great ingredients in Acure's haircare. Hope your scalp continues to like the Lemongrass!

  9. January 10, 2014 / 6:39 am

    Castile soap is so awesome but I don't use the 'flavored' ones. I only get the baby variant, the one without fragrance. Recently, I switched from Dr. Bronner to Dr. Woods because the latter is cheaper. Dr. Bronner is more runny but there's no significant difference between the two. This is a permanent in my weekender bag because I don't want to bring a lot of stuff. I use it as my shampoo, shower gel, face wash and all-purpose cleanser when I travel.

  10. Jade
    January 11, 2014 / 4:11 am

    Ooh I haven't heard of Dr. Woods! I will have to check it out. Castille soap IS really so awesome. My multitasking with it is nothing compared to you though! Props to you, Rae!