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My obsession for travel size products began almost ten years ago. I used to have a job that flew me around to conferences two to three times a week and these frequent trips only called for a carry-on suitcase.
One of the main problems I had with these recurrent weekly trips were the toiletries and skin care products I wanted to bring. I've always been particular about my toiletries and skincare products and many brands, at the time, didn't have my favorite products in travel sizes.
So my solution was to either try and find a sample size on eBay or buy little empty containers and fill them with the products myself. This seemed like an easy solution, but it ended up being quite tedious. The bottles leaked, the original product packaging tore, finding a mini funnel was difficult, and I wasted some of the product due to spillage. With all these reasons and more, it was quite a pain making my own travel size products.
Yes, I could have just gone to the travel aisle of a major drugstore (i.e. CVS or Walgreens), but I never liked the quality of the brands that they carried or they didn't have what I wanted. I always felt like I was wasting my money on sub-par products.
Over the years, many brands have started selling their products in travel sizes and L'Occitane has by far been my favorite. I no longer deal with the weekly flight schedule, but I still travel often with just my carry-on suitcase and these are my top five favorite essentials:
1. Lavender Relaxing Roll-On ($10.50)
As much as I travel, I still get anxious when stepping foot onto an aircraft. Unfortunately, the older I get the worse it gets, but this relaxing organic lavender essential oil has helped ease my anxiety. Research has revealed that the essential oil of lavender can be useful in treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness.
2. L'Occitane Deodorant ($20.00)
I have two favorites and use them interchangeably: Citrus Verbena Stick Deodorant & L'Occitan Roll-on Deodorant. I don't remember when and who introduced me to deodorant (do any of us really remember?), but I pretty much used whatever my parents gave me. Throughout the years, I never took the time to stop and look at alternatives until recently. Both of these deodorants have an amazing smell and although the L'Occitan Roll-on is labeled for men, I use it anyway. I personally think it has a "unisex" fragrance. The price tag is a little more than your average deodorant, but I think it's totally worth it!
3. Shea Butter Hand Cream ($12.00)
Aircrafts really suck the oil out of my hands and they get extremely dry. I would get frustrated that no matter how much lotion I applied, they still felt like they were dry. The Shea Butter Hand Cream is the only one I use that puts life back into my dry hands. This hand cream is so popular that it sells every three seconds around the world!
4. Precious Cleansing Foam ($11.50)
Hotels never seem to have face wash and if they do, they really don't do anything for me. I need a face wash that removes my makeup and this one does a great job without having to scrub my face. The foam gently removes my makeup and I appreciate that their travel size has the exact same foam pump.
5. Almond Delicious Paste ($12.50)
I always wondered why cabin air was so dry, and after some Googling, I stumbled on a skin care expert's findings that were very interesting. I won't go into all the specifics of her research, but what I did take away from it was the importance of exfoliation. She suggested that it was important to remove dry skin cells that have accumulated from flying. This carry-on exfoliating paste smells amazing and the packaging is so darn cute.
So there you have it. These are my top five essentials for all my carry-on flights. If you don't want to bother with buying products separately, L'Occitane makes it easy and has created travel sets that come complete with a cute pouch. For a limited time, you can pick your Beauty Travel Gift for only $20 with your purchase of $45. This offer ends August 1st at 11:59 PM EST. Use code: WAVE.