Do you spend hours decanting all your favorite natural and organic toiletries into flight-friendly containers when you go away? (Top marks if you do.) Well, to save you the time, hassle and inevitable spillages, we've tracked down five perfectly packable hair and skincare essentials made with organic and all-natural ingredients.
These miniature products are also a great way to sample synthetic-free beauty without splashing out—and help you to avoid all the usual harsh ingredients hiding in most personal care products.
Organic Almond Castile Liquid Soap, $3.19 (2 fl oz/ 59 mL)
shop.drbronner.com; tel: 844-937-2551
This much-loved liquid soap has a multitude of uses—18 according to Dr. Bronner's—making it a fantastic suitcase space-saver, especially in this small 2 oz size. The combination of certified organic and fair-trade ingredients, including coconut, olive, hemp and jojoba oils, can be used as a body wash, face wash, shampoo, bath soak and even to wash your dishes or laundry, and a little goes a long way. There are nine scents available, from sweet-smelling Almond (pictured) to zingy Peppermint, and there's also an unscented 'Baby' variety.
Don't bug me
Smart Armor Perfume Serum, $31.50 (1 fl oz/30 mL)
www.intelligentnutrients.com; tel: 800-311-5635
Insect repellents can be unpleasant to use, not to mention chock-full of toxic chemicals, but this one smells divine and is totally natural and alcohol-free. The certified organic formula, which comes in a travel-friendly rollerball bottle, is a bug-blocking blend of essential oils—including lemongrass, citronella, peppermint, thyme and clove—in a base of soybean, sesame seed and castor oils. Use it to keep biting, stinging and scourging bugs at bay or simply to enjoy its delicious scent.
John Masters Organics
Conditioner for Dry Hair with Lavender & Avocado,
$14 (2 fl oz/ 60 mL)
www.johnmasters.com; tel: 844-324-2244
John Masters Organics produces a range of travel-sized hair products for various hair types—all at least 70 percent organic—including this Conditioner for Dry Hair, which is ideal for sun-parched locks. Intensely hydrating, it's crammed with strand-strengthening plant oils, such as avocado, jojoba, sunflower and babassu oils, as well as soothing flower extracts of chamomile, arnica and marigold. It won't weigh the hair down, and lavender oil gives it a lovely relaxing scent. Use with JMO's Shampoo for Dry Hair for best results.Do you spend hours decanting all your favorite natural and organic toiletries into flight-friendly containers when you go away? (Top marks if you do.) Well, to save you the time, hassle and inevitable spillages, we've tracked down five perfectly packable hair and skincare essentials made with organic and all-natural ingredients.
In the bag
Perfect Balance Travel Kit, $38
Pai has your skincare needs covered with this handy travel kit, featuring mini versions of the brand's bestselling Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser (1 fl oz/30 mL), the Rice Plant & Rosemary BioAffinity Tonic (0.4 fl oz/12 mL) and the Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream (0.3 fl oz/10 mL), which should last for one to two weeks. The certified organic products come with a muslin cloth to use with the cleanser and a cute travel pouch to store them in—and all are suitable for sensitive skin, especially people with conditions like eczema and rosacea.
Oils of Heaven
Organic Avocado Hydrating Face Oil, $12.23 (0.5 fl oz/15 mL)
Oils of Heaven, or Ooh!, sells eight different single-ingredient facial oils, and all are available as 15 mL travel sizes or even smaller 5 mL sample sizes—perfect for taking with you on your travels. This Hydrating Avocado Face Oil is 100 percent organic avocado oil, naturally packed with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D and E to nourish the skin. It's incredibly moisturizing and brilliant for dry, sun-damaged skin. Organic argan, hemp and rosehip oils are also available.