My love of travel sized toiletries stems from necessity. I’ve always had an extensive skincare regime compared to my friends, no matter what age, but one needs room in their luggage for all the shoes they need on vacation! Plus all the stuff you bring back. My brief stint as a flight attendant also meant I needed the room for all the snacks I would purchase on my layovers, heh. Since I couldn’t travel size my shoes, the one thing I could make smaller was all my cosmetics.
Now that I’m a mom to a toddler, all his STUFF takes precedence. The diapers, wipes, activities, travel snacks, the vast wardrobe because you know he’s going to get his clothes dirty the moment you step out the door, and an occurring theme if you can believe it: his assortment of shoes. They’re all so small, but they accumulate to sooooooo much.
Not only do you have to worry about the room in your luggage, you also have to worry about the weight, which means I almost never bring any glass bottles with me. Unfortunately most of the green products I have been using of late are housed in beautiful glass bottles. Other than buying travel sized items, I have also collected a variety of little plastic bottles and jars to hold my regime in so I don’t have to compromise while we’re traveling. Here are my favourites lately:
Not only is this set a great deal, particularly if you want to try a variety of PAI’s products without dropping a lot of cash, but everything is housed in plastic bottles so they’re light weight. My favourites from this set are the muslin cloth and moisturizer. The cream cleanser is a tad too rich for me to use everyday long term, but I like to use it in the mornings on vacation. The toner smells lovely but I haven’t fallen in love with it. It comes in a little spray bottle though, so I plan to keep it to house other spritzable products in the future.
You might know that I love PAI moisturizers. Non-greasy, semi-matte finish, and actually moisturizes. The Chamomile & Rosehip Calming day cream is the hero product that turned me onto this line. That’s all I need to say.
Their muslin cloth is something I loved so much that I bought 3 in one order. Don’t ask – I just felt the need at that particular moment. It’s double layered, criss-cross texture and feels so great when you’re taking off oil, balm or cream cleansers. I love the light exfoliating it gives me. The only thing that’s difficult is when it takes off my tube mascara (you can read my post here) – that stuff is really hard to wash out of the cloth, so I try very hard to avoid my lashes.
This is not travel-sized, but it’s tall and super skinny. Also housed in a plastic bottle so it’s light-weight. Half a pump for both eyes; light creamy texture and gives you time to blend it around before absorbing.
I’ve had this set for so many years, the ferrules of most of the brushes came off (I’ve crazy-glued them back on since). I’m not going to lie, they are not the best quality, but the badger hair is dense and super soft, the size is fantastic, and it is very inexpensive. Plus these are all the brushes I need on vacation. I lost the lip brush a long time ago and I was quite heartbroken. It doubled as an amazing gel eyeliner brush. When I come home, I like to toss the nylon case into the laundry machine.
It’s not the smallest packaging but certainly the most beautiful, wouldn’t you agree? And one sheet holds 3 or 4 times more oil than the super cheap ones you can get at Daiso. If you squint at my picture, you can see the gold flecks on the paper too. I’m “grown up” now, so I can allow myself to splurge a little on the nicer things in life – sometimes :D
I am a typical hoarder. I like to save things “just in case” I need them one day. And this is one of them: sample containers. The great thing is, they’re really small! So they don’t take up much room in my apartment, which means I barely feel guilty for keeping them. Barely. (There are a lot more than the picture depicts)
Where do I get them (other than the La Mer)? Well, let me tell you :) The wonderful thing about online green beauty stores is that they sell samples of most of their products for a nominal fee, because they know we like to try before purchasing a full product. With my finicky skin, I almost ALWAYS try before buying – hence the small collection of jars and bottles. I’ve purchased my green beauty products from Eco Diva Beauty, Fresh Faced, Lilou Organics and Clementine Fields.
Jars are great for creams, foundation, my Soapwalla deodorant and masks. Squeeze bottles are great for face oils, serums, and toners if you don’t have a small spritz bottle.
I love ordering from Sephora online as I am a super keen sample hoarder. In stores, you don’t get a chance to pick your 3 free samples, plus the variety of deluxe samples that you can redeem with your points are always larger online. Outside of Sephora, I also enjoy collecting small sizes of hand/body cream such as Glycomed and Aveeno, usually from the Costco multipacks, because there’s no way I’m bringing giant bottles of body oil which I use to moisturize after a shower. The chance of leakage is far too great to risk.
What are your favourites travel sized necessities? Please share!