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April Showers: Shower gels worth splashing out on this month

When it comes to shower gels, I'm definitely more team champagne than team lemonade.
I know many people think "why bother to spend money on a shower gel? Isn't that just money literally down the drain?" There's truth to that for sure. Some 'designer' brands aren't value for money and just have a hefty price to match the name and not necessarily a more premium quality of product, and who doesn't love Nivea or Dove Shower Creme but over time I have found there is nothing I love more to get over the shock of an early morning rise to the 5.30am commuter alarm bell than stepping into a steaming hot shower with a bottle of pure indulgence. I find the texture is better, the lather is nicer and the fragrance more lingering when I use one of my favourite luxury products and over time I have honed it down to a few firm favourites. 

1. Jo Malone Body & Hand Wash: Lime Basil & Mandarin and Pomegranate Noir

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Body and Hand Wash

Jo Malone Body & Hand Wash. The best. Full stop. Yes it's expensive but a little really does go a long way (they last me for ages) and it lathers beautifully. Even my husband commented he  liked "that Jo Malone stuff" after he use it once when his ran out - a rarity for him to even take notice of it as he just grabs at random whatever shower gel there is there normally. I tend to rotate between Lime, Basil & Mandarin for a fresh citrus burst to start the day and the complex combination of plum, raspberry, pink pepper, patchouli, frankincense and spicy woods that is Pomegranate Noir for a warmer deeper fragrance either on a day I want to layer my scent with my Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir perfume or when showering in the evening before a night out. Jo Malone is definitely my 'stands out in the field' range. Available at Brown Thomas and online at

2. The Body Shop Moringa Shower Gel

This so reminds me of holidays abroad as it's been my go to for travelling for ever. Always feel calm and cleansed both body and soul after using The Body Shop's Moringa Shower Gel with its heavenly floral fragrance. There's also not been a Christmas yet that I haven't looked forward to getting this and other bath and body products from The Body Shop in a gift set. Always a firm favourite. 

3. Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet Bath & Shower Gel

I first came across this sublime scented shower gel when on a trip with luxury travel buyers in Scotland a couple of years ago and almost every castle and luxury five star venue we stayed at had Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet in their bathrooms. Originally created in 1902 as a fragrance for men, Blenheim Bouquet is a very refreshing citrus scent, with top notes of lavender, Amalfi lemon and lime and base notes of musk, pine and black pepper - though it is more unisex these days and I absolutely love it. Penhaligon's is a brand not widely recognised here in Ireland yet, but in the UK it is long established as a prestigious niche London perfumer with gorgeous boutiques now open in various cities around the UK. I was so delighted when they opened the Penhaligon's outlet store in Kildare Village Designer Outlet. Last summer I started wearing their gorgeous Gardenia fragrance and I also love their famously fabulous scents Juniper Sling and Bluebell. Definitely worth a visit there next time you are in Kildare Village. 

4. Roger & Gallet Fleur D'Osmanthus Uplifting Shower Gel

I picked this up in my local pharmacy one day having never tried the range before and I certainly hit the jackpot with this fragrance. It's divine. Simply put, it smells like an oriental garden paradise in spring with notes of orange bark, osmanthus, mandarin, grapefruit and neroli that combine to create an overall treat for the olfactory senses. I also love their Bois D'Orange shower gel from the range. Roger & Gallet is available from selected pharmacies nationwide.

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