Thursday, July 17th, 2008

A reader recently asked me to do a post of what I keep my shower caddy, and I’ve been meaning to do a post like that for awhile now, so what better incentive?

To be honest, I’m currently operating using all available tub-rim space possible, rather than a shower caddy. Partially because we nixed our previous one when we moved to the new apartment, and partially because I can’t stomach $20 for a new one (and thus have been waiting to snag one at a discount store, but haven’t gotten around to it yet). But even so, I’ve never been able to cram all my shower goodies into a single caddy.

So below you will find all of the buddies I currently keep in my shower. If there’s a link, that means I’ve done a full review on the product in the past, and you can read it by clicking the link!

Face Care

  • Dermalogica mediBac Clearing Skin Wash | This is part of Dermalogica’s mediBac line, which is basically an anti-acne or acne clearing range. I’ve always been happy with Dermalogica products in the past (particularly for sun care), and this is actually a product I’m currently testing. It may or may not end up having a permanent home in my shower, though (you can expect a review when I’m done testing!).
  • Clean & Clear’s In-Shower Facial (Steam) | This is my favorite budget beauty product. I just LOVE the way your skin feels afterwards. I really do compare it to Prescriptives’ Instant Gratification (love, love, love!), but the In-Shower Facial is a great substitute. I was using Instant Gratification once every week or two, because it’s pricey and though it’ll last you awhile, I hoard it. Now, I can use this during the week and at my leisure, without worrying about breaking the bank.
  • MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator | I’ve been meaning to do a review of this for a week or two now, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. This exfoliator is daunting because it really is ashy. It’s black and goopy and looks kind of gross/cool. It’ll make your face look… well, ashy. It has small exfoliators in it, which dissolve as you massage it into your face. If you add more water, there is some foaming action to be had, too. I pretty much only use this in the shower, because it is a bit messy, and I can be sure to get it all off this way. You can also use this on body parts, but I’ve tended to just use it on my face. It feels gentle to me, compared to other facial exfoliants, and I usually use it every other day since I’ve gotten it. (Which means, as much as I love the In-Shower Facial, it hasn’t been getting as much love as of late, plus my tube is almost gone anyway.)

Body Care

  • Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish | This is my new favorite body product. The Soap and Glory line is available at Target (it was originally intended for mass market in the UK, thankfully it’s made its way over to the US). It was actually founded by the same founder of Bliss (which is a line I love). It’s a salt scrub that reminds me of kosher salt flakes. I wish I could describe the scent to you, it’s just this oddly semi-sweet scent that’s not unpleasant, but it doesn’t necessarily make you want to bathe in it. I don’t find that the scent is overpowering nor does it last past the shower, so I don’t think it’ll matter. I believe you can get this for about $10-15 at your nearest Target (couldn’t find it online, unfortunately), so it should fit into most people’s budgets. The big tub will last you a few months, at least.
  • Burberry The Beat Shower Gel | After hearing all of my rave reviews about Burberry The Beat, the lovely folks at Burberry PR sent me the shower gel and body lotion because they knew I loved it so (thank you!). And I do. I wear this scent nearly everyday, because it is great for summer (well, probably more suitable to spring, but whatever!). I alternate between shower gels (I have never been loyal to any brand for this kind of product–I just use whatever’s on hand), and this is my current favorite.
  • Verikira Naturals Cucumber Hand & Body Wash | Who wants to make a salad while they shower? I always think of eating right when I use this stuff, which is probably a good thing. My boyfriend’s been using this lately, which means it’ll be empty soon enough (I swear, I can get a shower gel to last me MONTHS, but we’re lucky if he doesn’t go through a bottle/tube in a few weeks!). He loves it because it smells very “clean” to him.
  • cake beauty sweet cheeks sugar scrub | This is one of the first non-MAC products I reviewed on the blog, and it was some time ago. I still have it kicking about in my shower, because it is a great product, and it lasts you forever. It’s a heavy sugar scrub that smells like brown sugar (yum!), and it really makes your legs feel silky smooth.
  • cake beauty creme de la creme | Again, I reviewed this with cake’s sugar scrub, and this is a great alternative for those who find most body scrubs too gritty. The exfoliating bits in this product are very gentle, hardly abrasive, and it does a great job of sloughing off dead skin and leaving you feeling soft.
  • Loofah Poof | Hey, doesn’t everybody have one of these? I use these to apply my shower gel/body wash of choice for the morning. ‘Nuff said.
  • Molton Brown Intoxicating Davana Blossom Foaming Bath Oil | If I don’t have any LUSH bath bombs on hand, I’ll often opt for this pricey treat. I received it several months back, and it’s such a lovely scent. It also feels really great when you sink into a hot bath with a little bit of this in it.
  • Lancome Resurface Microdermabrasion Body | I love this exfoliator because of how fine the grains are. It is an ultra fine exfoliator for the body (it feels so gentle that you might think you could use it on your face!), and I like this for more luxurious showers, just because I like to spend time massaging it into the skin.


  • Schick Quattro For Women Razor | When I received this razor, I was pretty excited to try out a Schick one. I’ve had an old Venus razor (seriously, it’s ancient, I think it has three blades–blasphemy!) in my shower forever, though it has served me fairly well. Anyway, the Schick is pretty awesome, as I’ve told you earlier this month. My favorite part is that it comes with a holder that you can place on your shower wall. No more razors falling into the tub! (My boyfriend probably loves this feature more than me, for that very reason.)
  • Venus Embrace | Five blades, a huge razor head, and the razor head bends and moves pretty well. So I test out the Schick, it’s only fitting I try out its competitor, Venus Embrace. I get a very close shave with the Embrace, and I like the curve of the razor head, because it is especially easy to get to the underarms. My full review is forthcoming (like a lot of things, sigh). Β It also has a shower caddy for itself, like the Quattro.
  • Gillette Daisy Disposable Razors | These have been a staple in my shower for the past three years. I’ve generally opted to shave my bikini line, and one of the best ways to avoid razor bumps, razor rash, and in-grown hairs is to use a sharp blade every time. The way to do this (cost-effectively) is to invest in disposable razors. I love the Daisy since it’s small, cheap, and pink. It works incredibly well, and I never get nasty bumps or in-grown hairs after using it.

Hair Care

  • Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Shampoo & Conditioner | I’m actually almost out of the conditioner (I seem to get through conditioner a bit faster than shampoo), but I’m not too much of a shampoo loyalist, to be honest. I usually get what’s cheap and smells decent. I have really enjoyed my time using the Long Term Relationship set, though. I love the raspberry scent, I don’t find it cloying or too fake personally.
  • Terax Crema | Whenever I feel like my hair needs a pick me up, I opt for this conditioner. It really does rejuvenate my strands and leaves them silky soft and ready for the week.

I try so many products, so it’s easy for my shower space to get filled. I’m constantly rotating products in and out, especially when I’m testing different bath products. You never know when a current staple might get replaced! (It’s pretty hard, but it does happen from time to time.)

What’s in YOUR shower space?

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33 thoughts on “A Look Into Temptalia’s Shower Space

  1. Zsofi

    wow,very intersting post :-DDDD
    thanks for letting us in in Your bathroom :-DDD
    Your hair is so beautiful,i am jealous,You dont have split ends :-)
    my experience with Herbal Essences wasnt that good,but it seems to work for You.
    and i think its great that You change shampoos often :-)
    i do like so,too,and its great for the scalp and hair,it get various goodies such as vitamins,and this substances change from shampoo to shampoo :-)

    • Hi Zsofi,

      Ha, that’s just my SHOWER! My bathroom would take years to write up, haha. I agree that changing shampoos can be helpful, too. Besides, it takes me so long to get through a bottle, I’m so ready for something new by the time I’m finished!

  2. Zsofi

    MAC Volcanic Ash……. the girl at MAC recommended it for me,but i rather got 2 pigments :-)
    now i am sad,that i didnt pick it up,it is sooooooooo appetizing πŸ˜€
    my shower space is so full,it would take a day just to write the names down :-)
    i am really a product junkie,i use so many different product as possible…
    however i never did buy expensive shower gel,i think i wash it off too soon to spend much on it :-)
    i used to love that golden YSL scrub,it really made my pimples disappear,if i was patient enought to use it twice a day.for shampoo now i use Dove. i use lots and lots of conditioner,and i recommend this to everyone :-)
    sometimes wash it only with conditioner,leave it on for 3 hours,use hair masks. its really worth it!!!

    • Hi Zsofi,

      I really do love Volcanic Ash, so lovely. But pigments are fun :)

      I agree about the shower gel, doesn’t need to be pricey since it just comes right off, lol!

  3. dee

    In my shower I have:
    Quattro razor
    loofah poof
    pumice stone
    (those are all hung on the razor caddy
    Olay quench body wash
    Lush Sweet Japanese Girl exfoliator
    Lush Angels on Bare Skin cleanser
    Sugar Scrub from Target(don’t remember the brand)

    • Hi Dee,

      I love Olay Quench lotion! It’s one of my favorites :)

      • dee

        Mine too..Extra Dry…I’m almost out actually.
        I have severely dry skin(eczema on parts of it) and quench products keeps my moisturized better than the rest. I can definitely tell the difference between other body washes.

  4. Taylor

    I’m so jealous of all your goodies!

    I use:

    Suave Naturals Creamy Coconut Shampoo
    Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner
    Cetaphil Face Wash
    Queen Helene Mint Julep Face Scrub
    The Body Shop Neroli Jasmine Body Wash
    Frederic Fekkai Shea Butter Hair Mask
    Frederic Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo
    Venus Razor (yes, the original!)
    Skintimate Shave Cream with Vitamin E
    Pacifica Bar Soap (it’s papaya something or other)

  5. Mae

    Cant stomach $20 for a new one but you can stomach $50 for a lipstick!!!

    Girl I will send you one myself if its that bad LOL

    • Hi Mae,

      I don’t know, it’s like… I know I can the exact same thing for way less if I buy it at a discount store. Same brand, same everything. So I won’t pay full price!

  6. jesstooimpress

    hey chris, i askede you to do this, and thanks so much for doing it!
    i have the olay quench lotion, i think its for firming its purple? in love. its what i use the most. AND Volcanic ash is right next to steam, i only got steam because of your review and its amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing.

  7. Vivien

    TIGI Catwalk Fashionista Shampoo
    TIGI Catwalk Fashionista Conditioner
    Philosophy Amazing Grace Shower Gel
    Philosophy Coconut Salt Scrub
    Suave Coconut Conditioner [to shave with, no more razorburn!]
    MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator
    Queene Helene Mint Julep Scrub
    Philosophy Blackberry Shower Gel
    Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser [don’t like]
    Philosophy Purity Made Simple
    Clearsil Face Wash
    Dove Grapefruit and Lemongrass Body Wash
    Schick Quattro

    …so basically, WAY too much

    • Hi Vivien,

      It’s good to know I’m not the only one with too much in my shower! :) Sounds like you’re a Philosophy gal πŸ˜‰

    • Paloma

      Girl, I love the new dove body sprays, have you tried them? I prefer the one in Cucumber and Melon or whatever, because I just got the Grapefruit one and it’s so overwhelming.

  8. Lauren

    Ohh you have such interesting things!:D I dont keep my stuff in my shower or my sister uses it all! So its in my room, but I bring it down when I shower. This is what i use:
    – Rusk Sensories shampoo(Healthy)
    – I have this hair treatment called Herbal Konzil or something…My mom buys it and its pretty great.
    – Aveeno Positively smooth shaving cream.
    – Venus Embrace( I see you have that too. I really love it. I used to use the shick quattro. Personally, I like the Embrace better.)
    – Victoria Secret Body wash in Pear Glace
    – Olay regenerist daily cleanser(the scrub one)

  9. Valerie

    Which one would you say is better Christine the Schick Quattro For Women Razor or Venus Embrace?

    • Hi Valerie,

      I really couldn’t say. They do equally good jobs for me. I like the razor head of the Embrace better for curvy areas (underarms, bikini line, those kinds of places), because it has a more curved razor head than the Quattro. But I like the Quattro for legs (the razor head doesn’t move as much), and the Quattro holder is very minimalist (which I like). Although, the Embrace holder also holds cartridges, which some might find handy.

  10. Rachael

    Wow you must take 3 hour showers to use all those products lol!

  11. Paloma

    Christine, I’m so glad we finally have something in common besides loving of MAC stuff! I adore Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship. I have been using it ever since it hit the stores what, a few years ago? My only other routines include: BIC Silky Touch disposable razors and store brand Pomegranate & Mango Body Wash. I can’t even afford a facial wash/moisturizer/foundation/etc.

    Ugh. So sad.

    Have you noticed that with Suave and V05, they have a lot of different scents to them, but the smell NEVER stays in your hair after you wash it out? That’s why I decided to switch to Herbal Essences. I am also amused that you mention the conditioner goes by quicker than the shampoo…this happens to me as well. It’s most likely because conditioner doesn’t really lather up, so when your hair is thick and long like mine or yours, you have to be very liberal with how much you use.

    Do you have messenger?