Our olfactory senses are powerful. Stimulated in just the right way, they can relax, invigorate, attract, repel and even dredge up memories of times long since gone.
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Seeing as most of us shower daily – 66%, according to YouGov – it would seem a missed opportunity to use just any old shower gel, without paying attention to smells and how they can help create the perfect mindset.
Revitalizing peppermint or cinnamon for the mornings, calming lavender, rosemary or ylang ylang in the evening, sandalwood, oud or geranium if you feel like spoiling yourself – there’s a wealth of options out there. Here are ten of our favorites that will make every shower feel like a special occasion.
Malin + Goetz’s entire range smells amazing (their eucalyptus deodorant was high on our list), so to single one out in particular means it must be pretty special. This bergamot body wash is one heavenly smelling mood-booster that leaves the skin feeling smooth, clean and soft. An absolute winner.
Washing your body with an inky black substance might seem counterintuitive, but Origins’ Clear Improvement body wash is a stunning mix of charcoal and spearmint that invigorates, cleans and purifies the skin with aplomb.
Geranium leaf blends with fresh-smelling mandarin and rich bergamot in this luxurious cleanser from Aesop. A great choice for a heavenly scented invigorating boost to your morning routine.
Aveda has long cornered the market in great-smelling hair products, so it’s no surprise that their hand and body wash is a winner. While the Rosemary & Mint version is a perennial favorite, this calming, sulfate-free wash gets our vote.
The words “unconventional” and “androgynous” are written right on the side of the easily recognizable bottle containing Molton Brown’s latest olfactory concoction. They may seem like heady words for a shower gel, but they’re strangely appropriate here. We were initially unsure of this strange, rich, floral scent, but it’s a grower and has become a firm favorite and one we’ll keep returning to.
Murdock’s range used to be a little overly perfumed but their relaunch has corrected that, as demonstrated by this gorgeously spicy and woody body wash. If you love this as much as we do, then you’ll probably want to get the candle and the cologne too and let it become your signature scent.
Eucalyptus can smell a little medicinal but Native have side-stepped that pitfall with a body wash that feels like a blast of adrenaline. Pair it with the matching deodorant for a fresh, minty aroma that lasts.
Bulldog proves that great products don’t have to cost the earth. This shower gel is one of the most cost-effective on this list but that doesn’t mean sacrificing on scent or quality. Its blend of essential oils clears your head like you’ve been mainlining Olbas oil.
This isn’t called Body Fuel for nothing. Kiehl’s incredibly popular hair and body wash is a wake-up call to the senses, leaving skin and scalp tingly and the brain buzzing like a livewire.
Don’t be concerned about the little blue bits in this fresh ocean blast of a body wash. They’re just jojoba beads and nothing that’s going to cause any damage to oceanic life. We’re generally wary of anything that claims to clean both body and face, but this performs impressively on both without causing any dryness