For fragrance fanatics deciding what perfume to wear is an important question every day. We decide according to our moods, our schedules, our desires, our dress even.
But what about the other things we apply to keep ourselves healthy and pretty? Aren’t they all scented in some way or another as well?
What about the shower gel, body lotion, deodorant, hairspray etc we use daily? Are those scented? Fragrance-free? Coordinated with our perfume?
Here is a little guide to what I use, that is not perfume.
In The Shower: My regular shower gel is La Roche Posay Lipikar Syndet, a very mild and irritant-free cleansing gel. But the shower for me is also the one place where I now and again permit scent that is not perfume. I enjoy trying various products, and since they are washed off again after a very short time, I figure they don’t do too much damage. From time to time (mostly around the Holiday season) I use Lush bath products, primarily because they are fun. But I grow tired of them and their pervading smells soon. Kiehl’s bath products are also very nice, the same goes for Bliss, on which I stocked up in new York in November. Occasionally I indulge in a shower or bath with Amouage Epic shower and bath gel, of which I have a mini and mete it out in tiny doses to make it last. A true luxury…
On My Body: Generally I use unscented body lotion. My favorite is La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP, but Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is also nice. If I plan to wear a citrus fragrance later, I might use Bliss Lemon & Sage Body Butter. Mostly unscented is the way to go though, because I can’t limit my options that drastically now, can I?
On My Hair: I feel lucky that my hair is relatively low maintenance. It is healthy, still has its natural color and I pretty much can wash with whatever I like, as long as I don’t forget to put in conditioner and lots of it, otherwise I won’t ever be able to untangle it, since it is very long. So I don’t have a shampoo I swear by, but try what catches my fancy at the drugstore and when it is used up, I’ll buy something else. At the moment I use the Bliss Spa shampoo and conditioner and I like them a lot. I only make sure to smell the shampoo before I buy, because there is one thing I can’t abide, but that seems to be prevalent among shampoos – the smell of apples. Aaargh, I am not an apple, why would I try to smell like one? Unless the apple is made by Jean-Claude Ellena, I’ll abstain, thank you.
The part I look forward to the most in my daily routine is this one, anyway…
What are your tried and tested body and hair care favorites? Scented or not?