I have never been a fan of shower gels. I prefer soap bars. Recently however, I've made the switch. I'm not sure why. Well, that's not entirely true. I go back and forth. Shower gels are kind of like men's grooming in general: they really didn't have much presence in the market until this past decade. Now almost every brand has a shower gel (or a range of them). And it's going to remain popular, especially next year when the sign of Aquarius is the celestial favorite (random, I know, but there's going to be a strong "green movement," mark my words). Eco-friendly hotels (from budget to high-end) have already given the boot to the bar, replacing it with pump gels (and shampoos) in the bathrooms.

What I like about shower gels is that it can pack in some really sweet oils. In particular, I like Space NK Energizing Shower Gel. Not only is it a great cleanser with a pleasant scent, but it actually produces a pretty nice lather. It's also chockfull of essential oils. The sweet orange and grapefruit are pretty invigorating and the bay and rosewood oils help with soothing muscular aches and pains (great for post-gym workouts). There's also bergamot and geranium essential oils to help, which is great for well-being in general and clarity of thought.

The packaging is simple, sleek and modern. Space NK (originally from the UK) has a diverse range of products (including men's) and this gel is one of my favorites. It's also unisex, so female roommates (like mine) can go nuts as well.