How To Luxe Up Your Shower Routine

…when you don’t have a bath


When we first moved into the flat the list of renovations that we had to make was longer than the list of marble-topped goods that I wish to buy off Etsy. It was pretty huge. Quite high up the list was the re-do of the bathroom and more than a year later, we’re still washing our faces in a tiny propped up mirror, cursing the cat flap in the window on a daily basis and showering in a bath that has the same texture as sandpaper. Yeah, it’s a work in progress. Here’s the thing, we do have a bath, but because the enamel has decayed away it gives you this unexpected… exfoliation, shall we say. It’s basically just one big unpleasant experience so for that reason I save my bathing time for when I’m round my parents or staying away in fancy hotels (when I realise there’s a bath I do a mini fist pump and fish out the mini bath oil that I carry out in my travel toiletry bag – WIN).


So when I need a clean it’s always a shower for me and you know what? I think they can be pretty fancy too. Sure there isn’t the salts and the soaks and the pomp that comes with bath time routines and rituals, but I have been adding some products to my shower time stash that make the whole thing a tad more opulent. So if you’re too without the use of a bath, here are a few items that are guaranteed to luxe-up cleaning time.

Aromatherapy Associates Bath & Shower Oil in Support Peppermint & Lavender. I’m a big fan of using these oils in the bath, but they work just as well in the shower too. The idea is that you slather it all over your body before you get in and then rinse it off under the shower. Not only does it make the whole experience smell incredible, but it also leaves you skin with a light layer of moisture.

Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo. Whenever I stray from this shampoo, I get through about three or four washes before I race back to repurchase this. If you struggle with build-up, greasiness and getting your hair to feel ‘clean clean’ then this is what you need. Nothing makes my hair feel as fresh as this does and the good thing is that you need a tiny amount and so a bottle, although pricey, lasts a decent amount of time.


Neal’s Yard Remedies Citrus Shower Gel. I can’t say I’m overly fussed when it comes to shower gel and usually end up running out and stealing whatever Mark is using, but there’s no denying that something that smells good makes for a good shower. There’s a few fancy ones that I would repurchase and this is one of them. It’s a slightly thicker formula so feels nourishing on the skin and is so darn refreshing that it’s a good one to wake you up.

Blithe Patting Water Pack in Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey. Yep – this one again. I’ve mentioned this a shedload round these parts since I purchased it as part of K-Beauty haul that I showed in this first impressions video; and now I’ve found my groove with it. I pour out a capful into my hands in the shower, splash it on my face and then get under the water flow and pat it in for around 30 seconds. It leaves behind a tingle and my face not only feels softer, but looks glowier too. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.

Origins Rituali-Tea Revitalising Cleansing Body Mask with Matcha & Green Tea. Thought that masks were just for your face? Think again. I find this to be more of a body scrub that anything else, but it’s still a fun, if not messy, step to do in the shower. It’s sugar based so I find that it polishes away all dead skin/fake tan mistakes and leaves my limbs looking a little more J.Lo-esque when I get out the shower. HA. Dream on girl.

Bumble & Bumble Seaweed Mild Marine Conditioner. I picked this up in a rush as I’d run out of conditioner (and completely forgot to repurchase the Kiehl’s Amino Acid one when I was last in Space NK) and I actually really like it. I never used to be a conditioner-girl, but this one adds a light layer of hydration, makes the ends feels softer and makes detangling my hair when I get out of the shower a breeze. No yelps or watery eyes to be seen.

Photos by Lauren Shipley



  • Lola

    You aren’t even taking your own blog photos now?

  • Origins matcha wow! I wouldn’t mind that J-Lo look! x

  • emily couture

    I need to try the Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo! It sounds great 🙂

    emily xx

  • That B&B conditioner sounds nice!

  • Alice Doherty

    Love these recommendations Anna!

  • I’m a bath gal through and through, but our current apartment unfortunately doesn’t permit for my preferred way of bathing… so shower it is! But I agree with you, there are simple ways to enjoy shower time more than usual — and for me, it’s L’Occitane’s Almond Oil which is just unbeatable. Funnily enough, my fiancé initially discovered it and I just jumped on the bandwagon… but either way, it makes showering a dream!

    Thanks for your suggestions too, Anna, and great photography — this post was a joy to read. 🙂

    Steph | Misc. Bliss

  • I’ve definitely had the Bumble&Bumble Sunday Shampoo on my shopping list for a while now, but this post might be the deciding factor in actually purchasing it. It seems so great, I might be able to justify the price tag in the end 🙂

    Lots of love, Anais

  • I definitely need to try the Bumble&Bumble Sunday Shampoo, this is the kind of shampoos which can be very helpful whilst on holiday or busy weeks! The Seaweed Mild Marine conditioner sounds great too!

  • Angela Davies

    I have a couple of shower gels I use when I’m feeling fancy, Molton Browns Gingerlily and I have a jo Malone one which was a Xmas present, but normally I use the Nuxe huile prodigieuse gel which smells amazing and is £10 a tube, which is a bit luxury but not too bad!

  • I am absolutely in love with your ‘new’ blog Anna! Such gorgeous pictures x

  • Tiffany Tales

    Loving the new blog design Anna, looks great! I really need to try out the Bumble and Bumble shampoos and conditioners. I’ve heard such great things x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

  • The Sunday shampoo is my fave! Need to upgrade my shower gels though…

    Ella xx

  • The Bumble & Bumble conditioner sounds so good! I’ve heard so many great things about the brand but have never actually tried it.

    tessa at bramble & thorn.

  • I have never tried any of these products. That B&B conditioner sounds pretty good!


  • I love the BB Sunday shampoo, it is my favourite. I like to use it just once a week.

  • Nadia Sabrina

    Love how creative you and Lauren are! Stunning images!

    Love from Indonesia,

  • Sounds nice, indeed!
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  • I’m obsessed with anything Aromatherapy Associates! That Neals Yard shower gel looks fab & I also need to finally try the Sunday shampoo! x

    Alex | Pink Elephant Blog

  • Emily Austin

    Oooohh, I really want to try the aromatherapy oil and the Bumble and Bumble shampoo! I’m obsessed with the smell of peppermint so I might melt all over the bathroom floor if I use that oil, haha.

  • Thank you so much for this! I don’t currently have access to a bath, but I was struggling for ideas on how to make my pamper routine , well, a bit more pampering. I’d never thought of using a bath oil in the shower before, but now I might have to give it a go

    – Natalie

  • I use such regular products and brands, definitely need to luxe up my routine haha. I also love bath products, so many I want to try here!!
    Kathy x

  • Belinda Dewar

    Please sign my petition to get Bath & body works store in the UK.

  • Anna, you introduced me to Bumble & Bumble Sunday so long ago and I’m still absolutely obsessed. Ugh, thank you!

  • So envious of all your products Anna!


  • Tea ke

    Bumble & Bumble Sunday is very enduring, you use just bee size each time, and it smells truly amazing. Very good variety your recommendation.