First the shower head. Second only to good lighting in its importance in the bathroom, a great shower head can make up for whatever else the bathroom lacks. Steve found one at Lowe's that has a sleek nickel finish, is low flow but still puts out a lot of pressure, and has this fantastic setting with a massaging blast in the middle surrounded by the regular rain shower. Pure bliss I tell you. Ours is made by Delta and cost about $55.
Next the shampoo. Y'all know how much I love healthy-for-my-hair-healthy-for-my-body shampoo and my favorite is still the Nature's Gate Organics line. It lathers without sulfates, isn't tested on animals, and contains no parabens. Organic shampoo can cause sticker shock but I save money on the conditioner. Conditioners frequently don't have sulfates because they don't lather anyway so I just find one that smells good and doesn't contain parabens (I like the J/A/S/O/N products).
Finally the soap. I love soaps that have oatmeal, almond oil, or tea tree oil in them because I love the smells and textures. We have a Lush store near us and the mixture of scents and textures can be quite heady and addictive. Steve is an Irish Spring kind of guy and absolutely nothing will change his mind. My daughter likes the Pink Grapefruit soap from The Body Shop. Most soaps are made from palm oil which is creating some problems in the South American rainforests and many contain parabens but when it comes down to it, finding the right soap is more trial and error and personal preference.
When my daughter was a baby and I had to learn the art of Speed Bathing I kind of forgot how nice it can be to pamper myself. I've been trying to allow myself a little more showering time each day so I don't have to rush so much or cut myself so often with the razor. I don't think I truly feel awake and ready to face the world until after I've showered.
Whether it be first thing in the morning, after a workout, or the last thing you do each day, there isn't much that a little warm water can't cure (or at least make clean!).