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Upgrading the Shower Experience.

By: Jen Shoop

*Image via Architectural Digest.

While Mr. Magpie and I visited New York a few weeks ago, he would not stop raving about the shower experience in our hotel. Perfect pressure, a “rain showerhead,” Malin & Goetz bath products. He must have commented on it three or four times! Since our return, I’ve been researching how we might recreate the luxury shower experience at home. Below, all my top picks…

MOEN RAIN SHOWERHEAD // HILL HOUSE BATH ROBE (THE BEST! I LIVE IN MINE! — LOOK FOR LESS WITH THIS POPULAR AMAZON STEAL) // TERRY SPA SLIPPERS // MATTE BLACK HOOKS // SHOWER SPEAKER (DID SOMEONE SAY DIDO? TIME FOR A GOOD SHOWER CRY?) // FREE STANDING TOWEL RACK // REPLENIX GLY-SAL 10/2 (REC’D BY MY DERM — THIS HAS COMPLETELY BANISHED BODY BREAKOUTS FOR ME) // WEEZIE PIPED BATH TOWEL // SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER PUMPS // KASSATEX SCALLOPED BATH MAT // BYREDO BLANCHE CREME // MATOUK AUBERGE TOWELS // TEAK SHOWER BENCH // BAMBOO BATH MAT // MOLTON BROWN BODY WASH (MR. MAGPIE AND I BOTH LOVE THIS BRAND — IT LATHERS SO BEAUTIFULLY AND HAS GREAT UNISEX SCENTS…THIS SCENT IN PARTICULAR IS WONDERFUL) // ORIBE SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER

A few hero pieces to highlight…

+Oribe remains, to me, the gold standard for shampoo and conditioner. I’ve loved this brand for a decade. Most good salons use it, including my current salon — George at the Four Seasons here in D.C. (I see hair genius Ismail.) I alternate between Oribe and Pantene and completely dispense of all the mid-range/mid-price options, which are never as good as Oribe and truthfully no better (often worse than) Pantene IMO.

+Moen showerhead — this one looks incredible and Moen is a highly reputable bathroom hardware brand. This rain showerhead is about half the price and has solid reviews as well.

+Nothing says luxury like a big stack of fluffy white towels. My favorites are Matouk — I have given sets of these as gifts to countless friends. It’s my go-to housewarming gift! I also like to keep a stack of these inexpensive hand towels in my linen closet for exclusive use when washing my face (I also keep one hanging on the shower door while I’m in it in case water gets in my eyes and I need to pat my face!). I no longer fret about mascara stains, makeup stains, etc — these will, simply, be destroyed by makeup over time and replaced, but at least I’m not staining the Matouks! I have also used and loved Weezie’s towels. The main difference for me is that Weezie has a looser/higher pile (?) and I find they snag more easily than Matouks. That said, they are probably a tiny bit softer than Matouk for that reason. Both are stylish and well-made, and I love Weezie’s monogramming options.

+For a truly streamlined look, decant all bath products into these inexpensive, rust-proof pumps! Such a little thing but will for sure elevate the feel of your bathroom.

+Byredo’s Blanche cream is, in a word, heaven. OMG. I received a sample and I immediately ordered the full size. It has a heavenly, thick (but not greasy) consistency and smells like delicately perfumed laundry and open windows. Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. Just smelling it on my wrist right now is sending me!

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P.P.P.S. What to wear post-shower.

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