Last week I received a delivery of beauty products (I know, my job isn’t real) and it made me realise something – after years of trying everything from LED facial treatment devices to eyelash conditioner in the name of research, it’s the practical products that get me excited.
I’m talking the simple (and typically very basic) items that we all inevitably encounter throughout our day, from the body cleanser we use to the towel we dry off with. While fancy night creams can be really fun, I’m far more likely to take note and get a mood boost from something I use day in, day out.
The right product can elevate your regular activities from everyday to experiential, simply by swapping out your less exciting items for tricked-up iterations that turn routine into ritual. It doesn’t have to cost a lot either, with a whole spectrum of price points now catering to the luxe basics category – scroll on for proof.
Sundae Whipped Shower Foam with Kakadu Plum & Finger Lime in Very Vanilla, $20 SHOP NOW
This new shower foam feels decadent on the skin and smells like a soft serve. It comes in four energising scents, including Cherry On Top, Juicy Pear and Orange Crush, but the creamy Very Vanilla would have to be my personal pick. It always leaves my skin feeling soft, and as a bonus? You can buy it at your local supermarket.
Resorè Body Towel in Almond, $149 SHOP NOW
Yes, you do need a specialised towel that cares for your skin. This one is perfect because A) it comes in chic shades that suit every bathroom, such as this almond colour, and B) it stops bad bacteria from forming on your towel that then transfers to your skin. Need a C) too? Rosie Huntington-Whiteley swears by it.
Bumble and bumble Pret-a-Powder Post Workout Dry Shampoo Mist, $46 SHOP NOW
Dry shampoo is an undisputed beauty staple, but few are up to the task of restoring sweat-soaked post-workout hair. This mist was specifically designed for such hair heavy lifting, while still feeling lightweight. A few spritzes after boxing will give your strands a hard refresh (and as an extra incentive, the scent is truly top-tier).
Frank Body Clean Deodorant Good Decisions, $14.95 SHOP NOW
Nobody asked, but I’m going to say it – I love trying out new deodorants! This aluminium-free option has a refreshing cucumber and green tea scent that really does the job over the course of an entire day.
Sol De Janiero Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, $68 SHOP NOW
Admittedly, I’m embarrassingly late to the party with this iconic, quickly-absorbed body cream, but the scent! Oh, the scent. It’s a delicious vanilla-pistachio combo that lingers for hours and leaves my limbs glowing.
This Works Stress Check Gentle Wash, $30 SHOP NOW
Washing our hands obviously won’t be losing impetus anytime soon, but this hand cleanser reminds me to slow down, breathe and relax into the ritual. I often start by lathering up, before bringing my soapy hands to my nose and inhaling deeply as a moment of respite from the burnout many of us are experiencing.
D.S. & DURGA Big Sur After Rain Auto Fragrance, $18 SHOP NOW
Having recently bought my dream car, I knew I wanted to make my daily commute extra special with a unique scent for the interior. This beautiful, forest-y auto fragrance was designed to capture the aroma of a drive down the California coast, and with travel off the agenda for the near future, it was a no-brainer.