We love a relaxing evening shower or bath, with sleep-inducing oils and a luxe scented candle, but pre-8am, we’re sometimes in such a rush we’ll grab whatever shower gel is closest and be on our way. If this is your usual mad-dash morning routine, trust us, you’re missing a trick.
To give your day a proper kick start, it’s important to choose the right product. Much like we steer towards lavender and chamomile-infused evening treats in the evening, bright, fresh scents are essential in your morning routine for putting a spring in your step. Plus, there’s scientific proof of the benefits: Shelley Carson PhD, a psychology lecturer at Harvard, states that a morning shower can act as an “incubation period” for creativity – allowing your unconscious processes to mull over an idea and let it take shape – perfect if you’re gearing up for a big presentation or meeting at work.
Sound good? We’ve hand-picked a great selection of reviving washes, gels and creams for you to try out.
Infused with mandarin and orange peel oils, this tea tree oil-based wash is a must-have in many a beauty lover’s arsenal. With an antibacterial formula, this cult product is a powerhouse for all-over cleansing, and it also makes a great facial wash - you could even use it to cleanse make-up brushes!
With a creamy almond scent, this L’Occitane shower oil is a real treat on frosty mornings. The silky oil transforms into a softening milk upon contact with water, so it’s great for dry skin in need of a little comfort. Plus, the texture’s great for shaving, so you can multi-task with ease.
Formulated with energising grapefruit, rosemary and juniper essential oils, this shower oil is the perfect way to go from sleepy to perky - and with its beautiful bottle (as we’ve come to expect from this industry-adored brand), it would make a pretty great gift for other early risers in your life.
A Liz Earle icon, this botanical concoction features pure essential oils to lift your spirits and scent your skin with orange and coconut. It’s the perfect antidote to dull winter mornings - and a great addition to your beauty stash on your hols too.
With a fresh scent inspired by crisp woodland groves, this unisex body wash is formulated without harsh surfactants to provide a deep cleanse without any irritation or soap residue. Plus, the Insta-worthy bottle will sit pride of place in your shower caddy.