As many of you will know, I just got back from a sustainable adventure to Hawai’i! I had the time of my life experiencing all of Hawai’i’s plant-based goodness and doing my best to leave the islands in the same, if not better, state than when I arrived. I did this all with just 9 kilograms of checked luggage!
While clothes and shoes do generally weigh me down when travelling, over the years I have found that toiletries are the heaviest to haul. So, this time, I kept it simple. All my toiletries were conveniently travel-sized, and best of all, they were all organic.
I finally feel like I’ve mastered the combination of products in my travel toiletries bag, not just in the size and number of toiletries but in the goodness of the products themselves. So here are my all-time favourite toiletries, that are not only perfect for adventures but for everyday use as well!
I was definitely unsure about using deodorant pastes when I first started researching and experiencing how my old-fashioned deodorants worked with (or against?) my body. These days, I never use anything other than deodorant pastes! I got my mini paste from the Black Chicken Remedies Travel Skin Care Pack (highly recommend) but you can get the individual mini tub from Flora and Fauna here or from Nourished Life here.
2. Dr Bronner’s Liquid Soap – Lavender $5.95
Okay, okay. I need to talk about Dr Bronner’s for a bit. Honestly, I just looooove their products. Their liquid soaps have 18 uses – from bathing, shaving, washing dishes, doing the laundry, to so much more. I bought my lavender soap from their Rainbow Sampler Pack to Hawai’i with me for two purposes – for washing my body and washing my clothes. While I usually use their soap in rotation with more moisturising soaps, I found that it didn’t dry my skin out too much. Plus, it worked a treat for washing our clothes! Seriously, check out the whole Dr Bronner’s range at Flora and Fauna.
3. Happy Skincare Super-Sized Sample Pack $19.80
I usually get pretty nervous when I change up my skincare routine. This time, however, I was confident switching to Happy Skincare because founders Aaron and Phoebe have actually done their research. Plus, I mean, it’s all organic, 100% natural, vegan skincare. I know that moisturising oils don’t usually work well with my skin, so I added on an Over The Moon Rich Repair Cream to take with me as a moisturiser instead. Man, I was so impressed with how clear my skin stayed throughout the trip. Happy Skincare’s Cloud 9 Deep Cleansing Balm is my new favourite and I’m definitely going to buy a big tub of it when I’m out of my sample. I highly recommend at least trying a sample pack from Happy Skincare if you have sensitive skin or even if you just want to try products that use organic (and effective!) ingredients.
4. Ethique Hair Sampler $29.95
At Christmas time last year, I bought products from the Ethique Christmas Calendar with me to Woody Island. It was then that I realised that Ethique samples are perfect for travelling! So, this time I hunted down their Hair Sampler pack and took two little hearts (the St Clements Shampoo and the Wonderbar Conditioner) to Hawai’i with me. The samples may look small, but they last for weeks. Plus, my hair feels so clean when I use Ethique shampoos. I am honestly their new biggest fan.
I don’t usually like using face wipes because to me, they can sometimes feel wasteful. However, it was a necessity to have them on this trip considering the long flight (plus, I couldn’t find a small micellar water that doesn’t include harsh fragrances). So, I managed to get my hands on a 5 pack of 100% biodegradable and compostable natural wipes from WOTNOT. A five pack of wipes was the perfect size. They also did a great job refreshing and cooling down my skin on stuffy flights. You can buy this pack (or even a 25 pack, if you like) from Flora and Fauna here.
6. Juju Menstrual Cup $55.00
Girl, I am a menstruating woman and proud. This lifesaver is in my toiletries bag so there’s no way that I’m not including it in this list. While I stuck to organic cotton products from TOM Organic for most of my adolescence, it’s about time I practice what I preach. Menstrual cups are the answer to a lot of our environmental and monetary concerns when it comes to menstrual products. For starters, they can be worn for up to 8 hours making busy travel so easy. They are reusable and can last for a couple of years before needing to be replaced, significantly saving you money and reducing your waste (and the tens of thousands of tonnes of waste that goes to landfill each year as a result of single use menstrual products). You can check out the range from Australian brand Juju at Nourished Life or Flora and Fauna.
I was so close to buying a tube of Jack N’ Jill kids toothpaste because of its small and convenient size but I decided to throw in my trusty Grants toothpaste instead. If you want to start using a natural toothpaste, Grants is a great place to start because it tastes just as minty as ‘regular’ toothpaste and can be found at most supermarkets.
I switched to bamboo toothbrushes months ago purely because they are more environmentally sustainable and the charcoal not only helps to whiten teeth but is also a natural antibacterial. This toothbrush by Life Basics comes in biodegradable, plastic-free packaging and is often on sale at Nourished Life. However, Flora and Fauna have a huge range of bamboo toothbrushes that I want to test out too!
9. Hurraw! Organic Lip Balm – Coconut $6.45
My sister bought me my first ever Hurraw! Lip Balm for Christmas and it now comes with me everywhere. I love that these lip balms are flat instead of awkwardly round because they can easily slip into pockets or into my tiny travel purse. This coconut flavour is a best seller, but I’ve also recently tried Hurraw!’s vanilla flavour, which is just divine. These balms are all natural, organic, vegan, and cruelty-free and can be found at Nourished Life here or Flora and Fauna here.
Are you a fan of any of these natural skin and body care products? Which one intrigues you the most? Or do you just want to know more? Leave a comment!
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