You don’t need to be a professional athlete or even a fanatic fitness buff to have experienced one of those times when you really should take a shower, but just don’t have the time. Perhaps you overslept or your afternoon yoga class was a bit longer than usual and you will be late getting to the office or picking up your son from daycare.
If only there was a pill to swallow that would make you look and smell like you just stepped out of the most luxurious spa! Despite the name, Shower Pill is not quite that magical, and it isn’t really a pill. It is, however, a very practical and useful item for anyone who sweats—which pretty much covers the entire human race!
Wendell Hunter, Wale Forrester, and Justin Forsett were football teammates at UC-Berkeley, and were dedicated to staying in shape. That meant, of course, that they engaged in physical activities and training, not only at formal practices, but at other times during the day as well. Obviously they didn’t want to go to class or meet up with friends at the local hangout all sweaty and stinky. They started brainstorming about how great it would be to have a way to freshen up without performing a full hygiene routine. (The name, Shower Pill, comes from a long standing joke in the locker room. If a teammate dressed and left without taking a shower, they would say “he must have taken a shower pill.”)
After college, the three friends went on to different jobs, got married, and started families. But they still worked on their idea, doing extensive research and development. Eventually, they came up with a high quality, 9”x 8” wipe, made from benzalkonium chloride .13%, aloe leaf juice, citric acid, fragrance, glycerin, witch hazel extract, phenoxyethanol, polysorbate 20, tocopheryl acetate, and water.
They included anti-bacterial ingredients to deal with infections like staph, E. coli and MRSA, which are often found in gyms and locker rooms.
Now satisfied with the product, they gathered a team of professional athletes to test the Shower Pill. It became apparent that they had hit a home run (or perhaps scored a touchdown!) and quickly gained investors and promoters for the Shower Pill.
On December 17, 2014, Jamie Walker, of SheKnows, included the Shower Pill as one of “ 5 Perfect Gift Ideas for Marathon Runners.” Zlata Faerman, of ModernMom, included it in their list of essential products to keep mom and baby safe from germs.
On May 11, 2017, in the article “23 Fitness Experts Show Us What’s in Their Gym Bags,”
fitness instructor Geneva Simms included Shower Pill in her gym bag and called it “… a helpful alternative if a gym or client’s building doesn’t have a shower….”
Even though Shower Pill was originally developed with the convenience of professional athletes and serious exercise participants in mind, it can serve an even more significant purpose. A group in Los Angeles includes Shower Pill in their yearly care package to the homeless community. This past December, Shower Pill partnered with the Jack Brewer Foundation and delivered over 20,000 packets to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. On January 13, 2018, their Facebook post stated: “Our Shower 2 The People campaign was incredible. Having the opportunity to help & serve the people of Puerto Rico was a blessing!”
Update: Shower Pill is now called Hustle Clean.