How to stay summer fresh with bath and body essentials from Zenutrients

Metro Manila heaves a collective sigh of relief now that water service has resumed to all areas! Apart from the obvious sanitation issues, having no or very limited access to water was especially tortuous since we’re officially in the hot and sunny season. A daily shower is non-negotiable for us Filipinos, and it’s not uncommon for many to bathe twice a day during summer. It’s refreshing and necessary for removing all the dirt and pollution that sticks to our bodies, but have you ever wondered how it affects the health of your skin?

Though I don’t have colored hair at the moment, I’ve found that switching to SLS-free shampoos has made my hair and scalp healthier. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are fairly common in bath products because they produce that thick lather we usually associate with effective cleaning, but it’s actually really harsh on the skin! It removes too much of the natural oils that keep your skin at a healthy moisture level and, in my case, makes my skin super dry and itchy. For some people, it can even trigger pimples on the scalp, forehead, and even on the back (aka, bacne).

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If SLS/SLES is bad for your face and your scalp, you can expect the same effect on the rest of your body. With this is mind, consider trading your soap bars and body wash with these SLS- and SLES-free shower gels from Zenutrients! These are just P248 each for 250ml, and there are three variants to choose from:

  • The Olive Moisturizing Shower Gel contains the plant’s fruit oil, which is famous for its skin-nourishing properties. You can actually see the oil collecting a bit on the top sometimes - just give it a little shake and all is good. I like the fruity scent that has, although it doesn’t linger on my skin after rinsing.

  • The Sweet Pea Fragrant Shower Gel really does smell like a nice bouquet of flowers. It reminds me a lot of the famous Bath and Body Works stuff my classmates and I coveted in the 90’s. It actually contains coco nectar, which has the same benefits of honey but is vegan-friendly.

  • The Glutathione & Papaya Lightening Shower Gel combines both famous ingredients to create a more even skin tone. I’m sure this will be especially useful this summer as sleeveless tops and beach trips increase our skin’s sun exposure.

Speaking of sun exposure, I’ve been religious about putting sunscreen on my face but admittedly neglectful of the rest of my body. Body sunscreens often feel heavy and sticky, but Zenutrient’s Papaya Sunscreen SPF50 (P499 for 100ml) is a surprisingly pleasant lotion! It’s lightweight, matte, and quickly absorbed by my skin. It’s even moisturizing enough to swap with your usual body lotion, so you don’t have to apply two separate products. You can also use this for the face as well, but I personally find the herby fragrance too much for my sensitive nose to handle.

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If you do need a heavier dose of moisture, the shower gels have “matching” lotions that nourish your skin with coconut-derived hydrators and keep you smelling good for longer. The bottles are also P248 each for 250ml.

Finally, Zenutrients also has skin-caring treats even for the little ones! Their Baby Love line includes a Top to Toe Wash (P325 for 250ml), Baby Oil (P298 for 100ml), and Baby Balm (P248 for 50g). All are formulated with calendula flower extract, which is a popular ingredient for soothing skin while keeping it protected with its natural antiseptic and antifungal properties. It’s also supposed to be a natural mosquito repellant, so that’s definitely an added benefit!

Zenutrients has stores all over the Philippines, plus you can find their products in select Watsons, Robinsons, and Waltermart locations. You can also shop them online via their official website, BeautyMNL, Zalora, and Shopee.

Photography by Nicole Quindara


Olive Moisturizing Shower Gel ingredients: Purified Water,  Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Coco Diethanolamide,  Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Essence, Phenoxyethanol, Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, CI 42053

Sweet Pea Fragrant Shower Gel ingredients: Purified Water,  Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Coco Diethanolamide,  Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol,  Essence, Coco Nectar, CI14700

Glutathione & Papaya Lightening Shower Gel ingredients: Purified Water,  Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Coco Diethanolamide,  Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Essence, Phenoxyethanol, Papain, Glutathione

Papaya Sunscreen ingredients: Purified Water, Ceterearyl Alcohol, (and) Cetereath – 20, Capriliccaprictriglyceride, Water (and) Ethylgexylmethoxyncinnamate (and) Butulmethoxydibenzolmethane (and) Benzophenone-3 (And) Phospholid (and) 1,3 Butyleneglycol, Persea Americana, Butyrospermum Parkii, Essence, Mentha Piperita, Papain

Olive Moisturizing Lotion ingredients: Purified Water, Stearic Acid, Cocos Nucifera, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Olea europaea Fruit Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, CI 42053, Essence, CI 16035, CI 15985

Sweet Pea Fragrant Lotion ingredients: Purified Water, Stearic Acid, Cocos Nucifera, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Essence, CI 14700

Glutathione Whitening Lotion ingredients: Purified Water, Stearic Acid, Cocos Nucifera, Persea Gratissima Oil, Olea europaea Fruit Oil, Betyrosperum Parkii, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Essence, CI 15985, Papain, Glutathione

Baby Love Top To Toe Wash ingredients: Aqua, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Coco Diethanolamide, Cocamide MEA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Calendula Officinalis l. Flower Extract, Essence, Water (and) Butylene Glycol (and) Citrus UnshiuPeel Extract, Sodium Chloride

Baby Love Baby Oil ingredients: Cocos Nucifera, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Helianthus annuus Seed Oil, Glycine Soja Oil, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Olea Europaea Husk Oil, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate and Ascorbyl Palmitate., Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis l. Flower Extract, Essence

Baby Love Baby Balm ingredients: Cocos Nucifera, Cera Alba, Butyrospermum Parkii, Helianthus annuus Seed Oil, Glycine Soja Oil, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Olea Europaea Husk Oil, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate and Ascorbyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis l. Flower Extract, Essence