Everyone who has travelled by airplane over the last decade will be aware of the liquid restriction in hand luggage: You may only bring one litre of liquids on board with you, in containers of 100 ml each.
This can be challenging if you’ve jumped on the latest bandwagon of travelling hand-luggage only – or are using low-cost carriers that will charge you for each checked in piece of baggage.
However, there is a simple way out of this: solid toiletries
No idea what I’m talking about?
The all-in-one solution
The most basic of solid toiletries is one we often look down upon – a simple bar of soap, the most versatile of which is Dr. Bronner’s soap. Last year I went to find out whether you really could get all 18 alleged uses out of it and you can read all about it in THIS blog post.
It really is a life saver and in theory you don’t need anything else except a toothbrush to be a happy and clean backpacker. It doesn’t get more minimalist than that.
But that’s far from all.
Looking around the shops I came across a wide range of products, some of which I’d already used, some of which were completely new to me. I bought a few trinkets, tried them out and here is what I think.
You could use Dr. Bronner’s soap. However, I find it leaves my hair mucky after a few washes. I have used various shampoo bars from Lush for the last couple of years, especially when travelling but also after yoga and even at home because I really love the smell. My favourite scents are Jumping Juniper (unfortunately only available online), M… and Seanik.
If your hair needs more TLC Lush also has conditioner bars available.
No one likes a smelly traveller and, let’s be honest, no one wants to be a smelly traveller in the first place. While I will use Soapwalla’s DEODORANT at home, on the road my favourite product is the NAME bar, also by Lush. You simply use it like your regular deodorant.
What seems to have been around for ages (only never was cool) are crystal deodorants like this one
Solid tooth paste
At some point you will want to clean your teeth and while I’ve used Dr. Bronner’s soap for this also, there are other products I prefer, even though to be honest when I’m able to choose I will still go for the traditional tooth paste.
A few brands offer tooth powder in a little box. You wet your toothbrush and gently press it into the powder, then brush your teeth. The powder I’ve tried doesn’t foam much, but still leaves your teeth clean once you’re done brushing. Also, it contains xylitol (birch sugar) which is allegedly beneficial for your teeth.
Lush also offers toothy tabs. These are small tablets you chew up with some water before using the resulting froth like tooth paste. While I love the idea – and the fact that they come in quite a selection of flavours, from traditional mint to cinnamon – I still have to master the handling.
What I’ve become a big fan of, however, are their mouth wash tabs! They are the same size and a very similar consistency as the toothy tabs, only will you use slightly more water to chew them up with, then rinse and spit. My favourite is their minty flavour (mint just tastes clean to me).
Solid body lotion
This was by far the trickiest category and I searched wide and far before finding products that not only qualified but that I also liked. Once more, Lush takes home the crown by offering their so-called massage bars. They consist of nut butter and only a few other ingredients and will melt into your skin as you rub them on. Yes, you will need to apply some light pressure on your skin so be careful if you’re super sensitive. However, the texture is amazing and there are plenty of scents/ flavours to choose from and they seem to last forever.
For our upcoming trip I gifted myself with the Therapy bar.
Just in time for the upcoming travel season (with many shoulder days and summer not too far ahead) I am hosting my first giveaway on Aliciouslog:
One lucky person will receive a go-travel package including: a bar of Dr. Bronner’s soap, the Ultra Blast tooth powder by Lush* and a strawberry-scented massage bar by Lush.
To enter, simply leave a comment on what kinds of solid toiletries you’ve been using and what your experience has been. The winner is drawn by random.
07 May 14 May 2017 to everyone with an address in Austria.
*** A big Thank You Lush Austria (especially Laura and Katrin) for helping me find my way around Lush’s solid cometics and answering each and every of my many questions with grace and patience. ***