Are You a ‘Shower Alcoholic’?

My friend Brad emailed me after he first spent the night at his now-girlfriend’s apartment: “I think she’s a shower alcoholic.” Translation? She had so many empty and half-empty bottles in her shower that it looked like a longtime boozer’s detritus. Of course, the bottles were shampoo and body wash instead of tequila and gin, but you get the idea.

While I certainly have my own fair share of products occupying the available corners of my shower, I am pretty strict about throwing stuff out once I have to shake it upside down while simultaneously banging it on my palm in order to get anything out of it, but that’s as much to do with my lack of coordination before having had caffeine in the morning as it does with my desire to pare down and toss stuff when it’s empty. But because I get samples from work and because my boyfriend doesn’t like most of my girly-smelling stuff and totes his own more dude-approved products, it does occasionally look like somebody went on a beauty bender in my bathroom.

So, am I a shower alcoholic? Are you?

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    • Beverly

      Hello my name is Beverly and I’m a shower alcoholic. I just mentally counted everything that I have in my tub and it’s a wonder that I fit in there. But its my sanctuary. Sometimes that’s the only time I get to be alone during the day, so bring on all the bath and body, victoria secret, drug store body washes and shampoos. I like my heaven to be nice and girly smelling. lol. Plus my shower head is awesome and the water temp rolls to almost boiling. Love it!!!!

    • Eileen

      I’m not (two bottles, total), but I share a shower with two other women and one man, so our shower at any given time is not that different from our coffee table on a morning-after.

    • Kelly

      My shower is embarrassing. When people stay over I have to put most of my bottles under the sink so it doesn’t look like my shower is a drugstore.

      I USED to be totally devoted to one set of shampoo + conditioner, and I’d also have a bar of soap and shaving cream in my shower. That was it. But now I’m out of control. I try to “read” my hair/skin more now, and give it what it needs, instead of just using the same product every single day. Sometimes my hair needs moisture, sometimes it needs a good sulfate scrub because I put so much styling junk in it, sometimes it needs gentle sulfate-free cleansing, sometimes it needs some sulfates but not much…not to mention the different deep conditioning treatments I keep in there (and then I have a whole other set of heavy-duty moisturizing shampoo + conditioner that I only use after my protein treatments…)

      My hair and skin thank me for it, but my shower looks like a crazy person lives there. It’s a goddamn good thing my boyfriend and I have our own showers, because mine would drive him insane.

    • Erin

      This is such a weird turn of phrase. I have officially never heard this expression before. When I first saw the post I was definitely like “So what if I want to drink a beer in the shower (sub glass of wine in the tub as needed) that doesn’t make me an alcholic dammit!” and then I actually read it. Oops.

    • Tobi

      Oh no, this is me. Bottles everywhere. EVERYWHERE, I tell ya’!

    • Jamie

      I thought this was going to be about drinking beer in the shower, an activity which I heartily endorse.

    • L

      I would really like a 3 in 1 bottle (which I believe is hair, face, and body) and for some reason, I can only find it for men. Yes, I’d like to smell wonderful and be clean and have really nice hair and be pretty, but I think I’d like being able to fit one bottle in a standing shower more.

      • K

        Philosophy sells 3 in 1′s, but they’re hair, body and bubble bath. 2 out of 3 for the win?