Clean Beauty Swap:
New Life, New Shower Essentials
Simone Kitchens is the new senior features editor at goop—after fifteen years in New York, she picked up and moved cross-country with her boyfriend (who proposed on the drive out, going seventy miles an hour on the interstate somewhere in Oklahoma). Along with the new fiancé, new job, and new house, she’s got a new bathroom and shower. “I’ve been slowly going clean for years,” says Kitchens. “But this is my fresh start, clean slate, final push.” These are her favorite essentials.
goop Beauty G.Tox Ultimate
Dry Brush goop, $20SHOP NOW
This brush is part of my new favorite ritual. I keep a tiny radio in the bathroom turned on low and tuned to (the new-to-me) KUSC, LA’s classical station. I grab the dry brush from the counter and first sweep it up toward my heart, then spend a little more time on dry spots, like my elbows, knees, and feet. Then I make sure to get the blood flowing on the skin around my hips, butt, and stomach. This, along with whatever concerto is playing, is incredibly soothing.
Sangre de Fruta HEAD OF ROSES
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My fine hair gets oily quickly, especially near my temples, so I like a shampoo that makes my scalp feel balanced but not squeaky-clean. This creamy formula is made with nourishing camellia-seed oil, calendula, and ginseng, and the scent is exactly the kind I want wafting around my head: a subtle mix of rose and sandalwood. This massive bottle will last me a very long time.
goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Microderm
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I keep this in the shower. Once a week I take a dab and gently massage the spots that seem to accumulate more dry skin, like my forehead, chin, and around my nose. Afterward, my pores seem less noticeable, and my skin just looks firmer overall. My serums and sunscreen sink in more evenly, too.
Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Towel goop, $30SHOP NOW
Switching to this towel (along with sleeping on a silk pillowcase at night) has changed the texture of my hair. I can see it in photos. There used to be a roughness that looked dull in natural light—no longer! After the shower, I wrap my hair in the towel, and five minutes later, there’s a consistent dryness throughout, so my hair air-dries more evenly and not overly frizzily.
Innersense HYDRATING CREAM CONDITIONER goop, $30SHOP NOW
I have fine, curly, tangle-prone, very dry hair, so conditioner is easily the most important thing in my routine. A good, deeply hydrating conditioner that doesn’t weigh my hair down was always a little hard to find, so it was admittedly one of the last things I went clean with. But the first time I used this, my usually dry ends felt the way they do right after I get a haircut: full, nourished, and soft.
My technique: I work conditioner into my ends first, then shampoo and do everything else shower-related afterward, so my hair gets max time to soak up all hydrating nutrients. I don’t use stylers or leave-ins (they can be too heavy for my hair), so I really notice the difference in the way this conditioner makes my hair air-dry—defined but still soft and loose.
Bathing Culture Mind and
Body Wash goop, $20SHOP NOW
I’m a little sensitive to certain scents, but this Northern-California-redwood-forest-inspired soap is my dream. The woodsy smell fills up the whole bathroom, and the groovy packaging really hips up the shower.
Everyday Oil EVERYDAY OIL goop, $48SHOP NOW
Palo santo is the one thing I can never inhale enough of. I leave sticks of it in the bathroom and around the house. After I hop out of the shower, I work a couple pumps of this coconut-, jojoba-, and argan-infused oil into my still-damp skin, letting it soak in while I dry off. It leaves my skin so soft, and I love getting whiffs of palo santo, lavender, and clary sage throughout the day.