For Web editor Jennifer Jackson, playing rough means hard-core, allover scrubbing. “At first, I was surprised at how sharp the grains felt, but now I’m addicted,” she says. “Actually, someone might need to stage an exfoliation intervention.”
“I blame this face and body cleanser for doubling my shower time,” senior editor Emily Fiffer says. “I could sniff organic coconut, jojoba, and olive oils all the livelong day. Bonus: Tiny jojoba beads help slough off dead skin.”
“A shaving bar adds convenience to your grooming routine,” advertising and commerce editor Larkin Clark says. “It doubles as a soap and has a subtle, woodsy scent, which means your dude can use it, too. I tried it with a cheapo razor and nary an ingrown hair or razor-burn patch in sight.”
A dropper or two of the luxe oil is all it takes to turn your bath into a hydrating pool of tranquility. Towel off and you’ll be left with a hint of the not-too-feminine floral scent and a thin layer of moisturizing oil.
The light but effective formula mends elbows, heels, and knees without feeling like a thick layer of petroleum jelly. It leaves behind a pleasantly sweet scent that doesn’t make allergy-prone production coordinator Jillian King sneeze the whole day.
The earthy scent and downy texture of the soak made contributor Anna Hecker feel like she was floating in a green sea. And after she spent a few days vigorously Wii bowling with the in-laws, it rejuvenated her sore shoulders.
Moroccan cedrus and Bulgarian lavender oil made editorial intern Alexandra Moncure wish she could spend the day in her bathtub. Soothing primrose oil left her normally dry skin smooth, hydrated, and ready for bed.
“I thank the lavender, chamomile, and aloe for my soft, pampered feet. I use a handful in a small foot tub and soak in blue water with a subtle fizz,” editor Stephanie Almazan says. Her takeaway? “It feels and smells way more expensive than it is.”
Dry brushing before bathing helps the lymphatic system move toxins out of the body, aids in circulation, and removes dead skin. Proceed with caution though; the rough texture takes some getting used to.
“Burying it midsuitcase and remembering it on my cross-country trek had its perks. The paper sachet freshened my clothes, and the actual soak eased my tired traveler’s muscles more than any Epsom salts routine ever has,” Everywhere editor Tiffany Davis says.