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In the tub

In the tub


Sitting in a line on the bathtub and waiting to be used each day, here are five products I use while I’m in the shower. From scrubs to cleansers, these are my thoughts so far on what I’m working my way through.


Redken Brews

Anti-dandruff shampoo


Suede hand scrub


Shave gel

Aēsop Skincare

Amazing face cleanser

Le Labo Fragrances

Hinoki conditioner



The other day I had an idea to try and take a photo of all the products I’ve been using in the shower floating in water (creative right?) but did I realise how hard this would be? Absolutely not. So the end result might not be how I wanted it to be, but I still want to talk you through what I have been using.

Redken Brews is a new one for me, I know Redken is quite a big brand when it comes to women’s haircare, but Brews is taking a more, shall we say, man’s man approach? Beer bottled shampoos might play on gender a touch too much, but one product from the range that I have been familiarising myself with and something I’ll continue to use is the anti-dandruff shampoo. I was suffering quite badly at one point, but a couple weeks of using it and it definitely made a difference. The way I realised it was working so well was when I went to the barbers and when they run the clippers through. Usually you’ll see excess dry skin fall onto the gown, but the past couple of occasions there’s been no sign of this.

A product I was kindly gifted and incredibly enjoy using, but something I would not say is a necessity by any means at £44, is the BYREDO hand scrub. I use this before going in the shower without water for about 1-2 minutes and then wash it off. It leaves your hands feeling tip-top. My approach with this is the same as a face scrub, not daily, but maybe 1-2 times a week.

Loosely mentioned in my previous grooming post was my positive remarks on Harry’s and their shave gel. Much preferred over their shave cream, I will sometimes shave while in the shower because let’s face it I do not have much going on up there that needs much precision. I can easily say that at £3.50 a tube, it’s an easy yes with no complaints.

The other day I mentioned how hand creams are a solid entry point for any grooming brand. I think that’s what I did with Aēsop Skincare and their resurrection hand balm. Now I’m also using their amazing face cleanser and I opted for this as its well suited for those with oily complexions like mine and with it being easy on the skin with no scrub element. So far, so good. 

I’m currently tackling a mild condition of psoriasis on my scalp so I have been using a medicated shampoo, but for my conditioner I’ve been using Le Labo hinoki. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I commented on this after my first use and said it was quite expensive (which it is), but something I have definitely noticed is you only need the tiniest amount in comparison to other conditioners. It spreads out a lot and has a creamy texture rather than a typical gloopy feel.

There you have it, five products I have been using while in the shower. I might not know the ins-and-outs behind each of them, but I’m happy to say if something does or does not work. On my to-do list is to learn more about the science behind the products I’m using in order to provide a more informed opinion. For now I hope these grooming products are semi-helpful!jbicon

This post contains gifted products, however all opinions are my own and I was under no obligation to post.


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