Living as a nomad certainly has its perks. One of the aspects of this traveling lifestyle that I love the most is how it forces us to live with less and only bring the essentials along with us. While traveling, it would be easy to just use whatever shampoo is at the hotel or get whatever makeup is stocked at a major chain drugstore. However, I am passionate about my health and I am determined to live a natural life on the road, even if it might be less convenient. This little bag holds all of my natural travel toiletries and all of my makeup. Today I’m going to share the toiletry products that I’ve found that are all-natural, safe, healthy, and perfect for traveling. Later on, I’ll share my makeup.
Let’s get started with my natural travel toiletries…
My Toiletry & Cosmetic Bag: Fair Trade from Matr Boomie
Yes! This is pretty much all I bring as my natural travel toiletries with me on my life on the road aside from the occasional bottle of lotion I’ll get when I know I’ll have enough time to use it up before our next flight.
Ursa Major Skincare recently sent me some samples and I have loved them so much, I’ve already used the samples up and purchased bottles to replace them. Their products are That. Good. and they’ve become must-have staples in my Travel Toiletry Bag.
I am currently using and loving their Fantastic Face Wash (Full Size) and their 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic (Full Size). I’m currently looking for a moisturizer, so I’m planning to try their Fortifying Face Balm (Full Size) soon. (All three products are included in Ursa Major’s Traveler’s Skin Care Kit.)
The face wash is made with Aloe, Coconut, White Tea, Sugarcane, Green Tea, Cedar, Spearmint, Lime, Lemon, Rosemary, Black Spruce, Lavender and more. (It smells like going on a camping trip!)
The tonic is utterly brilliant, and its 4-in-1 properties are awesome for traveling because it’s a Cleanser, Exfoliator, Healer, and Hydrator all in just one tiny bottle! The main ingredients are Aloe, Witch Hazel, Willow Bark Extract, Rosemary, Apple, Green Tea, Birch Sap, and Radish Root.
I’ve talked about Captain Blankenship Mermaid Dry Shampoo before in my January Favorites, but I need to mention it again. This dry shampoo is a life-saver on travel days when I don’t have time to wash my hair or just need to freshen it up. This stuff is amazing and it only has seven ingredients:
Organic Arrowroot Powder, Kaolin Clay, Rice Powder, Aluminum Free Baking Soda, Organic essential oils of Rose, Geranium, and Palmarosa.
I’ve been using it for almost a year now, and I still love it.
By now you all now how much I love the J.R. Liggett’s Shampoo Bars. I probably talk about them too much, but they have made packing my natural traveling toiletries even easier! Recently I purchased the Natural Traveler Shampoo Bar Travel Case and it has made traveling with my Shampoo Bar even more of a breeze. The case is designed to allow the shampoo bar to dry between uses and be transported without it spilling in your luggage. The bar itself is an amazing multi-purpose product that is not only healthy for your hair (so much so that most people who use it don’t even need conditioner,) but it’s also great to use as body soap, for shaving, or for washing clothes. The case comes with a little plastic square that sticks to the bottom of the shampoo bar so it stays clean while camping and backpacking and so it doesn’t get wet and slimy on hotel counters.
If a shampoo bar really isn’t your thing and you’d like a natural, fair trade, liquid shampoo option, I’d recommend picking up Alaffia’s travel-sized Shea & Virgin Coconut Shampoo and their Shea & Virgin Coconut Conditioner.
The Fat Stick from Fatco (formerly known as Fat Face) was a gift from my mom and it’s the perfect size for traveling. Fatco claims that the Fat Stick is their flagship go-anywhere-do-anything product and it’s an all-natural, organic-made, nourishing stick is a lip balm, cuticle repair, and lotion stick packed into a single tube. I love it on my elbows, knees, face, hands, and anywhere that feels dry.
Ingredients are: Beeswax, Tallow from Organic Grass-fed Cows, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Rosehip Seed Oil.
I mentioned All Good Goop in my Hiking Pack Essentials Post and it’s here again for good reason. It’s amazing for everything. Its organic skincare formula mixes essential oils with medicinal plants to make it a healing balm is great for; Cuts, Scrapes, Abrasions, Minor Burns, Sunburns, Insect Bites, Stings, Dry and Irritated Skin, Chapped Lips, Blisters, Cracked or Calloused Hands, Scars… and much more.
For deodorant, I use Primal Pit Paste. Now, over the years, it seems like I’ve tried just about every healthy deodorant option there is, but nothing worked. I hated the idea of using a typical deodorant that would destroy my health and mess up my hormones for years to come. Thankfully, I’ve discovered something that actually works (most of the time.) It works better than any other natural deodorant I’ve tried before and it’s super easy to travel with.
Rosewater Facial Toner is one of those products that I adore and cannot be without. I purchased mine from the Refill Shoppe in Ventura, California, but you can find a similar option here. (Check out my California Road Trip and visit to the Refill Shoppe.) My Rosewater has Aloe in it and every time I run out, I get my bottles refilled.
Dr. Bronner’s Organic Pure Castile Bar Soap truly is magic like they claim. Not only is it a fantastic all-in-one product, but it’s all natural, smells great, and can be used for just about anything and everything. Bringing our own bar of soap might not be as convenient as using what the hotel provides, but it’s totally worth it to be washing with safe ingredients instead of harsh chemicals.
Sunscreen is imperative for skin protection while traveling in the summer and should be included in any collection of natural travel toiletries. I bring along All Good Zinc Sunscreen for that purpose; it’s natural, healthy, convenient, and safe – that’s a win in my book.
There you have it; my top recommendations for natural travel toiletries! Next time, I’ll share my makeup and how I pack that for travel as well. (Also, is anyone interested in a post specifically on women’s health and hygiene while traveling and living nomadically? If so, let me know in the comments below, and I’ll be happy to share more.)
What are your favorite natural travel toiletries?