Friday, May 20, 2011


By Heather Webber/ Heather Blake

How’s this for ridiculous? In my master bath, which only my husband and I use, there are not one, not two, not even three, but nine—NINE—bottles or jars of various products. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash...

Nine. For two people. Two people, I might mention, who aren’t high maintenance.

Isn’t that ridiculous?

I do have some excuses. As in, we use different shampoos. And we have different face washes (he likes Noxzema while I love my Aveeno). But really, nine is just too many.

And that number doesn’t even include the bar of soap or the shaving cream.

Okay, maybe we are high maintenance? How many things do you have in your shower?


Anonymous said...

We have 3-4 shampoos (Prell and some shampoo for brown hair and then the special shampoos only I use--Wen and Nick Chavez. Sometimes even Bath and Body Works shampoos for me)We like to alternate. Then mom has her Tova scrub. It was discontinued, so she only uses it on her face. In addition, we have 1-2 shower gels out for mom because she likes to use different ones depending on her mood. I usually use one at a time except for when I use Wen. I have my Wen body cleanser that I usually use 2x a week, but mostly use Bath and Body Works and sometimes the "normal" shower gel mom has out.

Aimee said...

*Ahem* I have four different kinds of shampoo and two different body washes for just me. I have two different face washes, as well.

That said, I want to point out that I have psoriasis on my scalp and on parts of my body and switch up products often to continue getting a positive result.

My face washes are for summer (stronger) and winter (milder) and with our bizarre weather this spring, the skin on my face is confused.

So the count for me alone is: 8

My husband only has three: shampoo, face wash and body wash. But he's banished to the needs-to-be-redone hall bathroom.

The Doll and I share the master bath. She also only has three: shampoo, face wash and body wash. She has her's in a cute little shower tote that she hauls in from the linen closet.

I hope that makes you feel a little better, Heather. :)

Claudia said...

Conditioners and shampoos indeed are overflowing for the two of us...but what about vitamins and herbs? It looks like a pharmacy in my bathroom..

Victoria Hamilton said...

Ah, but we need a different kind of 'wash' for each body part, no?

I'll admit, I lost count.

Dru said...

I'm minimilistic so I have shampoo, Noxzema wash and soap. But I do have a cup to rinse out tub; a back brush; pumice brush; a shaver; hair oil and a hair brush all in my two shower caddies.

Heather Blake Webber said...

You're all making me feel better!

FirstofMay, have you tried the Wen shampoos? I've been thinking about trying those out.

Aimee, you make me feel MUCH better. :) The winter/summer switch has been hard this year--crazy spring. My sensitive skin isn't happy either.

Claudia, seriously! We keep meds/vits in the kitchen. Takes up a whole cabinet. Every time I try to pare down, more come in. LOL.

Victoria, definitely!!!

Dru, I didn't even mention the razors, the puff, etc. I'm surprised there's room for us in the shower. LOL. I envy your minimalism!

L. j. Charles said...

This is too funny, Heather. Hubby and I have separate bathrooms because I believe separate bathrooms make for a happy marriage. :) That said, I have 6 different products in my shower. All mine. He has 2.

I'm thinking I'm a lot more high maintenance than I thought.

Lucie j.

Publius said...

Hmm. Cetaphil (both of us). Nature's Gate body wash, plus a special Body Shop wash that I just bought because it makes me think of summer. His shampoo and my shampoo. So just five! And usually only four. This is what happens when no one in the household has hair longer than 2 inches. :)

NoraA said...

I went in armed with Pen and Paper.
My partner has this habit of trying something her hair dresser recommends, then if she's not happy trying something else.
I have 1 basic shampoo of my own and then I use up everything else.

Queen Helene Garlic Shampoo
Loreal Vive (dry hair) Shampoo
and a Conditioner.
Olay Body Butter, body wash
Pantene Pro V- SMOOTH shampoo, and a conditioner
Herbal Essence - Color Me Happy Shampoo for color treated hair.
Keratin Complex, a shampoo and a conditioner again for color treated hair
Pantene Pro V (RESTORATIVE) for FRIZZY, a shampoo and a conditioner.
Then I have 2 tubes of Clairol's conditioner for after coloring your hair. That's 12 items for 2 people. I hate to toss out stuff that isn't empty.
Oh, and neither of us consider each other high maintenance.

Heather Blake Webber said...

LOL, Lucie! The other bathroom we have is occupied by two of the kids. Who have, between them, a lot more things than we do!

Wendy, I'm envious of you, too! 4-5 things? Wow. And we have Cetaphil lotion--it's one of the bottles. Love that stuff.

Nora, I'm beginning to think we're not high-maintenance--we're normal! I'm guilty of buying the salon stuff too. Never seems to work the same way as at the salon, though. Go figure.

Carol S said...

There was a magazine article several years ago stating that one person uses an average of 47 health and beauty aids each morning. This ranges from shampoo, soap, razors, toothpaste, hairspray, different makeup items, etc, etc, etc. Some morning you should count out each product and see if you are 'average'. I believe I used about 25 or so products when I did the survey, so does that make me "a-b-normal'?

Ink said...

Ha ha! We have three sets of shampoo and conditioner, three different kinds of soap, shaving cream, two kinds of "deep" conditioner, plus one bottle of kid's shampoo/conditioner. Never thought about that before...why so much stuff? We need an intervention!

Barbara said...

I think of us as very low maintenance. Dave has 1 shampoo and his deodorant soap. I use Dove instead of regular soap and I have 1 shampoo and 1 conditioner. Then I use medicated lotion for rosacea and moisturizer with sunscreen. I think we win this little comparison study.

Angela - Bookaunt said...

We have 10 bottles and bars and we are not high maintenance, lol, and there are only two of us that use our bathroom. Two different shampoos, two different bars soaps, his face soap, I love bubble baths so I have three different kinds and two bath gels. I have two teenagers - one boy and one girl and in their shower they have 15 bottles in their shower between their shampoos and bath sosps. That is not including body sprays and such.

Linda Leszczuk said...

You made me go look. Eleven. But three are sort of backup products that found there way in there when we ran out of the preferred product, and three belong to our eldest grandson who needs to keep a supply of his brands on hand for when he stays over. So really five, which isn't bad for two people, right?

Aurian said...

I hate to find an empty bottle, so I have several bottles of my own shampoo (the more you buy, the cheaper often). Then there is the shampoo of my boyfriend. But then I have over a dozen different kinds of bubblebath and bathoil and things. I love all the different scents and uses. So the more, the merrier. I am only loyal to my shampoo and toothpaste.

Heather Blake Webber said...

Carol, I don't even want to know! Between everything? Makeup and hair products? I'm sure I'm over 47. One day I'll count!

Ink, LOL, I'm not sure an intervention would help. Imagine doing without any of those things??? I once tried to just have Mr. W and I use the same shampoo, the same conditioner. Didn't work out so well. I really am beginning to think that having a lot is normal!

Barbara, you definitely win!

Griperang/Angela, isn't it amazing how much stuff teens need? My kids' bathroom is overrun with products. Half of which I'm convinced they don't use!

Linda, "backups" is a perfect description. It's why we have so many shampoos in the shower. Overall, five isn't much at all!

Heather Blake Webber said...

Oh Aurian, I hate when I don't have my brand of toothpaste. Very loyal to that! And the more the merrier--perfect motto for a lot of us here! LOL!

karmstr112 said...

Well let's see, I've got:
Conditioner that matches the shampoo
Conditioner leftover from the previous shampoo
Deep conditioner & shower cap
Conditioner that comes with my Loreal coloring kit
Face wash
Heat fused ex-foliating face cream
Body scrub

That's 9 different items and I'm only 1 person. I think you & you hubby are doing just fine. :)

Heather Blake Webber said...

Kim, some products are just so hard to resist! I can hardly walk past body wash without wanting to buy a few of them. Maybe we all should just embrace our product-usage. :)

Anonymous said...

Let's see, just for my husband and me, I mentally count... eight bottles, two bars of soap, two scrubby things, and a hanging basket for my razors. And this is in a stand-up shower. It's kind of cramped!

Joelle Charbonneau said...

It's my husband, toddler and me. The toddler has his two bottles. My husband and I share two and a bar of soap. Now, if you add all the toys and playstuff that the tot uses, well - yeah....there is a LOT more.

Heather Blake Webber said...

MississippiMama, where do you put everything??? That must be one great shower caddy you have!

Hi Joelle! The play things are understandable--and necessary! I kind of miss the kids' boats and rubber duckies and little Disney figures that always shared the bathtub. But your family is definitely low-maintenance!

signlady217 said...

Him: shower wash, soap, and razor
Me: 2 shampoos, soap, razor, and foot scrubber.

That's 8 total. Not too bad. (Just don't look in the bathroom cabinets and drawers!) :)

Heather Blake Webber said...

Signlady, I hear you about the cabinets and drawers. Mine are scary!

Aimee said...

Oh dear, please don't make me start counting ALL my products. I think I might get under 47 in a single day but to look at my vanity ... you'd be calling me a liar, for certain.

Heather Blake Webber said...

Aimee, I think I have 47 things in my makeup bag alone--always looking for the right product--and I never throw away the old stuff (bad!). LOL.

ev said...

Um....can I just say that everything in the shower is mine? Hubby uses shampoo for everything. (It's a military speediness thing) What's really bad is the downstairs bath used by the kid when she's home. It's still loaded with so much crap I have no idea what to throw out!

Elaine said...

Currently, I have 3 different shampoos, 2 conditioners, 1 shower gel, lufa, 4 plastic duckies, and an Elmo bath toy.

I figure you should have at least 2 of every product in case you run out of one mid-shower.

Anonymous said...

Heather, so sorry, I just saw your question to me. Yes, I have tried the Wen Shampoo. That was one of the shampoos I was including while talking about what I use in my post. Correction...Cleansing Conditioner. Don't let Chaz Dean hear you call it "shampoo". I LOVE IT! Unfortunately, I only get to use it 2X a week because of my schedule. If you use it every day it would be fine. But don't try waiting to go from Thursday to Sunday to use it. But yeah. If I had a choice to only use one thing, I'd use Wen on my hair all the time. If you are going to try Wen, I recommend the Lavender. It's for all hair types.

Heather Blake Webber said...

Ev, I don't think I could manage one thing for everything! Though in a pinch I use conditioner as shaving cream! (TMI?)

LOL, Elaine. Love the toys!

Thanks, FirstofMay! I think I'll give it a try!

Vickie said...

In the shower/bath area there are seven bottles of shampoo and four bottles of conditioner. I like to change out my hair schtuff every once in a while and Lady K and I share that bathroom so her hair care is in there, too.
I keep the face schtuff on the bathroom sink. The three step process of cleaning and three face creams. I am a weensie bit high maintenance maybe....I use product in my hair and there are a lot of bottles of that, but I take as little as four minutes to do my hair. I let it air dry.

Heather Blake Webber said...

Vickie, four minutes???? I'm so jealous. I think it takes me that long just to comb mine out. LOL. And air dry? Only if I want a crazy wavy mess (and sometimes I do). :)

Anonymous said...

Great, Heather! After you try Wen, please let me know how you like it. You do have to use a lot compared to regular shampoo, but it's worth it. And since I usually use it 1 or 2 times a week, a big 32 oz. bottle lasts me forever. And the hair/body mist makes you feel nice and...well...ahem...cozy. :) (Sorry, I couldn't resist).