25 Products For When Showering Just Isn’t An Option

No judgements — we’ve all been there.

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A dry shampoo foam — yes, I said foam — that’ll help you freshen and restyle your locks at the same time. It will give your hair a clean slate and stop you from throwing your brush out of the window when your curls just won’t cooperate.


Promising review: “I have very very fine and fragile hair. It’s wavy (2b to 2c with some 3a curls mixed in) My ends are dry and my scalp gets very oily quickly.

When the product arrived I was on second-day hair. I worked the foam through my roots and the sides on my head. The most oily places for me. It was easy to work through and it smells so fresh and clean. My results were amazing! My roots looked clean, no residue or build up like powder dry shampoos. My scalp does not itch and it gives my fine flat hair a ton of volume. Also, my hair looks thicker when I use it. I usually can’t go more than a day or two without washing my hair. With this product I was able to go four days without washing my hair.” —Amelia Tilton

Get it from Amazon for $6.48+ (available in four formulas).


A pack of body wipes so you can easily freshen up and wipe away dirt and sweat after you hit the gym and have absolutely no time to take a shower. They’re infused with a calming lavender scent, so you’ll probably smell better than you did before the workout!

Amazon, Goodwipes

Promising review: “I LOVE these things! I like to work out over my lunch hour to break up the day but don’t have time to get lost in my thoughts in a post-shower, so I throw one of these bad boys in my gym bag and swipe right (then left, then little circular motions). The scent is just right that no one knows I got my sweat on at the gym but not overpowering like the Margaret who works in accounts payable and has been with the company forever’s perfume. I love them so much I fully plan on stocking my camper and boat with them come spring. Recommend to anyone.” —Molly B

Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in a pack of two).


Or a pack of face and body wipes with menthol for a tingly sensation that will have you smelling and feeling so fresh you’ll basically forget what a shower even is.


Promising review: “This product is fantastic. It is really a shower in a small towel. I love the exfoliating part. It really refreshes your skin and leaves you super refreshed. The wipe is super resistant, at the extent I keep one and re-use the mornings before shaving when I have to warm up my face.” —Francis

Get a pack of 14 from Amazon for $15.99.


A no-rinse foaming body cleanser that is literally a shower in a bottle. You can quickly spread some on when you need a fast refresh — and you can even use it on your hair when dry shampoo just isn’t cutting it.


Promising review: “I love this stuff. Just pump enough to rub around the area, and towel it off. Leaves skin smooth and clean. I use it in the a.m. to wash my face, feet, pits, etc. even if I showered the night before, to feel extra fresh. It only takes a few seconds of rubbing on the area, and a quick wipe clean.

Doesn’t dry out skin. Leaves it feeling soft and smooth. ” —JAC

Get it from Amazon for $10.95 (also available in a pack of three).


A pack of rinse-free bath sponges – they’re a must-have for any camping trips you’ve planned this summer. Just add water to activate the sudsy foaming formula, smooth over your body, then gently wipe the suds away with a towel.


Promising review: “This product worked even better than I expected it to! I took it on a recent camping trip where shower facilities were not available. It needed very little water to work up a good lather. I would estimate that I used maybe 2 tablespoons of water. There are 25 sponges in one pack, and all you need is one to wash your entire body. Then all you have to do is towel off. No rinsing is required. I felt clean and refreshed. Another nice thing is that the scent is very light, so it doesn’t overwhelm you like some products do.” —Carol A.

Get a pack of 25 from Amazon for $8.99 (also available in various pack sizes).


A cream-to-powder lotion you’ll want to have on-hand for the days when you know you’ll be breaking a sweat. Not only will it deodorize and mop up moisture, it’ll also prevent the dreaded thigh-chafing and boob sweat.


Promising review: “My thighs would always get irritated from rubbing together whenever I run on the treadmill or go jogging outside. I found this product after looking on Amazon for a solution and decided to give it a try. Finally, no more thigh irritation while running! I highly recommended this amazing product!” —mahja

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.


Promising review: “Best wipes ever!! It makes me feel so clean, yet isn’t drying at all. I recently ran out of wipes (which I reordered right away) and began using toilet paper for about three days. The difference between the two is crazy! I don’t even know how I ever used toilet paper before these wipes. I’m not one to typically buy online, but this is my second order and I will be purchasing again as soon as I run out. Without a doubt, I would recommend this.” —celeste40712

Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $6.49.


A cooling toner spray designed to be applied below the belt to keep the … um … “jewels” feeling fresh and clean at all times. It also includes aloe and witch hazel, making it perfect for preventing razor bumps after manscaping sessions.


Promising review: “I agree, it really is soothing and cooling. A couple sprays after a shower (or even at other times) is very refreshing. The effect lasts for three to five minutes.” —Kwei Q.

Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (also available in a pack of two and three).


A pack of easy-to-use deodorant wipes so you can give your underarms a quick scrub down while also neutralizing odors. These are basically a must for your post-gym-pre-work ritual.


Promising review: “I have always suffered from bad odor on my underarms since I have very delicate skin, so I can’t use strongly scented deodorants. I’m always trying out cream deodorant or gels, but it either irritates my skin or it doesn’t stop my bad odor. THIS IS THE BEST INVENTION EVER. I LOVE IT!

I can’t believe that something finally works! My armpits don’t smell bad; I can finally move my arms freely. The scent is wonderful, I love the smell and is not harsh on my skin. Even after a long day, my underarms are still smelling like coconut.” —Patricia

Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $8.99 (available in three scents and various pack sizes).


A fragrant mist that comes in nine delicious scents for you to spray all over you body and hair. You’ll be so glad you have it when you lie to yourself and say “I’ll take a shower in the morning!” when you know good and well you’re going to hit snooze 20 times and then rush out the door.


Promising review: “I was looking for something to spray on days I didn’t wash my hair. This is WONDERFUL! It smells like the tropics. I just got it and already have had so many compliments.” —Meredith C.

Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in nine scents and various pack sizes).


A de-frizzing dry shampoo if you love the idea of dry shampoo but hate the extra volume it usually gives you. This will be a life-saver for anyone with curly or wavy texture.


Promising review: “I’m incredibly thrilled with this dry shampoo!! It’s by far the best scent and controls the fly-aways I get with standard dry shampoo. It does not leave any residue. I have been using dry shampoo for a few years now and this is hands-down the best. I love everything about this particular scent. I can tell that the coconut oil is in there and works. Love love love this one.” —Mrs. U

Get it from Amazon for $6.79.


A well-loved “defunk” spray that uses lavender and rosemary to neutralize odors without absorbing your hair’s natural oils. It’ll also soothe an itchy scalp and help you extend the time in between washes if you’re trying to cut back.


Promising review: “Smells so good and is not overbearing at all. I’ve tried a lot on my locs and this is the best I’ve found in five years!” —Loe55

Get it from Amazon for $11.91.


A refreshing “power shower” you can spray all over to freshen up when your pre-work gym session lasts a little longer than you expected. It even has a time-released formula so it’ll keep you smelling fresh throughout the day — which your co-workers will definitely be grateful for.


Promising review: “Love the smell! This is a great product when you’re on the go and need to freshen up and cant get to the shower. Left smelling great and removes sticky sweat.” —Saranya T.

Get it from Amazon for $25.


A refreshing body spray that will not only have you smelling like an energizing blend of lavender, eucalyptus, and spearmint, but will also have your skin feeling tingly so you can cool off when the summer weather gets the best of you.

Rooted Earth/Etsy

Promising review: “This spray is amazing. I read the reviews and was thinking to myself that this is too good to be true. With one spray on my leg, I completely changed my view. This product is amazing. My leg immediately went from hot to cool in less than a second. I am flabbergasted. This product is a must-have if you are hot and need a little cooling down.” —M

Rooted Earth is a small Etsy shop based in Casco, Maine.

Get it from Rooted Earth on Etsy for $8.99+ (available in three sizes).


An aluminum-free deodorant cream – it’s safe for underarms and any areas below the belt that need a little freshening up.


Promising review: “I was a bit skeptical when I purchased this, but it was recommended to me so I gave it a shot. Man was I surprised! I generally get very sweaty in the not-so-nice areas and smell pretty bad after work. I put this on after my morning shower and after work the same day there was NO SMELL. I’m a believer and can’t recommend highly enough! Awesome for those sensitive areas that you can’t use normal deodorant on.” —Alex

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in eight scents and an unscented formula).


A unique spray that takes the “dry” out of dry shampoo thanks to its silky amino acids. It’ll leave your hair feeling refreshed and shiny, and it even comes in several shades for different hair colors so you won’t have to worry about any embarrassing powdery residue showing.


Promising review: “It arrived very well packaged and in a timely manner. It even came with a fun, surprise sample. Thank you. Smells very nice and worked wonderfully.” —Crystal A.

MichaelFoxcIt is a small Etsy shop based in Santa Clara, California.

Get it from MichaelFoxIt on Etsy for $14.99 (available for four hair colors).

Hustle Clean

Promising review: “Very good product. One side is slightly textured to remove grime, the reverse is smooth for soft cleansing. They are refreshing, not drying.” —EAF

Get a pack of 25 from Amazon for $6.97.


A dry shampoo that’s specially designed to continue mopping up excess oils for hours after you spray it so you won’t have to do constant touch-ups throughout the day.


Promising review: “Holy crap. My hair is fine and thin, so after one day it generates a lot of oil. I wash it at 5:30 a.m. and by 6 p.m. it’s noticeably oily. I’ve tried at least five different dry shampoos so I can try to be one of those people that doesn’t wash their hair every day… this is the ONLY dry shampoo that has worked for me. The others would work for a few hours but this one sucks up all the oil I generate. I do spray it on the night before to allow it to soak it up better and then in the morning I spray only a tiny bit on the areas that still need it and then that’s it.” —Brittany

Get it from Amazon for $10+ (available in two sizes and a two-pack).


An anti-frizz treatment made with bamboo extract that proves you don’t have to put up with frizzy hair in between wash days. It works well on dry hair, so no need to re-wet it — just smooth it on and get to styling!


Promising review: “I use two pumps for my shoulder length, thick blonde hair. I concentrate most of it on the ends and just do a few pats near the roots to avoid product buildup and greasiness.

My hair isn’t poofy at the ends anymore, lays smooth and retains the natural wavy texture with less frizz without blow-drying. When I blow-dry and use a straightener, it feels like silk and is virtually frizz free. I don’t like using a lot of heat on my hair, so this product is great for my air drying needs as well.” —Sara

Get it from Amazon for $9.67.


A leave-in conditioning spray that will detangle unruly unwashed hair with a blend of argan oil, shea butter, and quinoa extract with just a few sprays. It also smells like a delicious orange Creamsicle, so you’ll be looking and smelling like a snack at the same time.


Promising review: “This stuff is a holy grail product for me for a reason I wasn’t expecting! I bought this to keep in my beach bag for days out on the boat. My hair is always a tangled mess by the end of the day, so I thought this would help. It definitely helps with tangles, but it also has tamed my frizz so well that I use it every day now! I spray it on right out of the shower and comb through. I have also sprayed it on dry hair on days when I didn’t wash my hair. It’s fantastic!” —Chelsea

Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (also available in a three-pack).


A Moroccanoil treatment made with argan oil and linseed seed extract that you can apply directly to dry hair to tame flyaways, reduce frizz, or simply add some extra moisture and shine when your hair is looking a little limp in between washes.


Promising review: “I have pretty dry hair that is a bit frizz-prone the first day I wash it. This stuff works amazing! What I love about it compared to other hair oils is that it doesn’t make my hair oily! I have used other ‘hair oil serums’ and they weigh down my hair. Morrocanoil tames my frizz and adds health to my hair without the negative affects of other oils. And as a great plus, this smells AMAZING!” —Emily Lease

Get it from Amazon for $15+ (available in two sizes and a value pack).


A pack of highly rated facial cleaning wipes for the days when you need to fool everyone into thinking you did your full skin care routine. They’re powerful enough to remove stubborn waterproof mascara yet gentle enough for sensitive skin.


Promising review: “These wipes work great when I am too tired or lazy to wash my face. I’ve used other wipes in the past (and also the wet washcloth method) and in my opinion, these wipes are the best. My face actually feels clean to the touch after I use them.” —Annie

Get a two packs of 25 wipes from Amazon for $10.99 (also available in a pack of three).


A plant-based dry shampoo for all hair types that will become a lifesaver when you wake up way too late to even think about a shower. Simply apply a few sprays of this unscented formula on your roots and comb through to absorb excess oil and refresh your hair.

Act and Acre

Promising review: “I’ve been searching for the right dry shampoo for years and this is it!! Not only is it unscented, which is a top priority it works perfectly and leaves my hair feeling soft and healthy. I love it!” —Lindsay C.

Ace + Acre is a woman-owned small business based in New York.

Get it from Act + Acre and Amazon for $22.


A dry conditioner — yes, conditioner! — you can use alongside your trusty dry shampoo to add some extra shine and moisture without weighing it down.


Promising review: “I use this on the days I also use dry shampoo. It really helps to smooth flyaways and just give my hair a more polished look.” —Azile68

Get it from Amazon for $25.


And an all-natural deodorant for those of us who start sweating at the mere mention of summer. Sometimes a trusty deodorant is all you need to get through those too-busy-to-shower days.


Promising review: “Listen here, I’ve been searching for a deodorant for a long time. I have overactive armpit sweat glands. I was on the hunt for deodorant that wasn’t toxic and actually worked. Almost every deodorant that I would use would work for maybe the first hour and would smell really great. But sometimes I wear this deodorant two days in a row without showering and I can’t smell any B.O. from myself at all!!! I’m a stay-at-home mom/ homeschool mom of five. So I’m very busy and sometimes I literally don’t have time to shower. I LOVE this deodorant!” —Alison P.

Deep Well Botanicals is a small Etsy shop based in Overland Park, Kansas.

Get it from Deep Well Botanicals on Etsy for $3.25+ (available in two sizes and 14 scents).

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