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The Most Indulgent Gels to Transform Your Bath Time

By Renée Batchelor

Michelle KokFrom left: Le Labo Mandarin Shower Oil, S$45; Drunk Elephant Kamili Cream Body Cleanser, S$28; Dr Bronner’s 18-In-1 Lavender Pure-Castille Soap, S$22.90; Aesop Citrus Melange Body Cleanser, S$60.

Small indulgences can make a big difference when it comes to your bath routine. And while a bar of soap can do the job, liquid and oil cleansers can go a step further by hydrating the skin and invigorating the soul, first thing in the morning. Choosing a liquid or oil cleanser elevates any shower into an almost spa-like experience, thanks to their hydrating textures, gentle formulas and beautiful, refined scents.

Dr Bronner’s Pure-Castille Soap

Dr Bronner’s has been making its pure castile soaps since 1858. And despite its provenance as a mid-19th century brand, it is actually very much in line with modern values when it comes to beauty. Dr Bronner’s soaps are vegan, cruelty-free and certified fair trade by the Institute for Marketecology. The soap can be used on the face, hands and body, and because it is two to three times more concentrated than your typical pure castile soaps, it can be diluted with water. The lavender-scented version contains extracts of organic lavender oil as well as organic coconut, olive and jojoba oil. The soaps can be used for a variety of different purposes — to wash fruits and vegetables, to bathe babies, for shaving, and as a toothpaste.

Aesop Citrus Melange Body Cleanser

Aesop cleansers are a pure indulgence — so much so that its hand washes are a ubiquitous feature in high-end restaurants. Its new Citrus Melange Body Cleanser is suitable for all skin types, and thanks to its low-foaming gel formula, doesn’t leave the skin feeling dry after a shower. Fortified with a purifying blend of essential oils including petitgrain, jasmine, lemon rind and grapefruit rind, the star of this cleanser is its fresh and crisp citrus scent. It is subtle and doesn’t have the artificiality of many other citrus creations.

Drunk Elephant Kamili Cream Body Cleanser

Skincare brand Drunk Elephant has expanded its offerings to include both hair and body products. The wallet-friendly collection includes the Kamili Cream Body Cleanser, which is so gentle — with a pH of 5.0 — it can even be used on sensitive skin. Formulated with a blend of ultra-mild surfactants, non-fragrant plant oils and skin-restorative amino acids, this cream cleanser replenishes and soothes the skin. Like similar milk cleansers for the face, this leaves behind a light layer of protective lipids on the skin, thanks to fatty, acid-rich marula, sweet almond, sacha inchi seed and maracuja oils in the formula.

Le Labo Mandarin Shower Oil

Cult perfumer Le Labo may be best known for its fragrances and candles, but its bath range is equally luxurious. Its Mandarin Shower Oil comes in a chic, transparent bottle and uses a blend of coconut, argan oil and sunflower oil to cleanse the skin without stripping it. Because it’s an oil and not a gel, it essentially cleanses and moisturises the skin in one step. When applied on wet skin it lathers into a light milk. The sparkling mandarin scent contains delightful geranium as well, to make it fresh and not cloying.

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