As my closest friends know, and as NKB can confirm following her recent Arkansan adventure, I have a severe addiction to bath and body product, and minty ones in particular. I recently stocked up on old favorites and made some new discoveries, so I thought I’d share.
Minty bath products are fantastic year-round. In the summer they cool you off; in the winter, they relieve the perennial head-cold. I also swear by an extended minty shower as hangover treatment. I particularly recommend the following:
Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Liquid Soap: This classic Dr. B’s is a staple of my shower stock. We always have a bottle in there. D won’t wash with anything else since I introduced him to it. Dr. B’s is great for travel, too, because you can use it as a shampoo, hand wash laundry detergent, and surface cleaner as well. I will add that some people find Dr. B’s Peppermint a little intense for more intimate personal cleansing, so unless you’re up for some kinky clean, proceed with caution.
Stress Relief Sugar Scrub in Tranquil Mint: part of Bath & Body Works’ aromatherapy line, this scrub is possibly the best thing B&B Works has ever done. The essential oils base is deeply minty and leaves you feeling tingly and fresh. I also like the Body Wash and Lotion in this scent, which is refreshing without being medicinal.
C. O. Bigelow Mentha Hair Mint-Infused Invigorating Shampoo and Conditioner: C. O. Bigelow’s classic apothecary in New York’s West Village is one of my favorite hometown indulgences, and I was delighted when B&B Works started carrying their signature line in their stores. Minty shampoo is a necessary everyday luxury.
Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner: my staple hair care products before Bigelow joined the minty hair industry. These products smell so delicious you will want to eat them. I do not recommend that, but they are fantastic for hair washing.