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  • falconea
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    I use a Lush shampoo bar (Seanik) and am delighted with it. I have long, fine, oily hair and I find that the Seanik doesn't leave residue in my hair that attracts dirt. With expensive shampoo and conditoner from my hairdresser I had to wash my hair every second day - now with Seanik (which is conditioning so no separate conditioner needed) I only need to wash my hair every 4 - 6 days!

    I bought a bar in about September last year and there's about a quarter of it left.

    Fro travel, it's also a pretty good laundry soap - I've handwashed silk and wool with it successfully.

    I love the stuff! While the bars are expensive they work out very cheap on a per wash basis.

    The Lush shops smell horrible, of far too much cheap perfume. (I never went into them until reading a recommendation on flyertalk.com.) Seanik doesn't have much smell at all; my husbabnd uses "New" which is anti-dandruff (works well) and it has a light smell of cinnamon. Avoid "Godiva" - it's supposed to be "jasmine" scented and will stink the whole house out. I suspect that it's one of the stinks in the shop. Works well on my hair as well, but I didn't want to smell it on my hair all day long. I have taken it travelling - in case I get a smelly room I can at least change it to a more pleasant smell!

    Audrey

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  • timothy
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    Scott: If I find them, I'll probably write about them here

    Going to shaving oil is probably my favorite paring-down thing; I was skeptical -- thought I'd slice my sensitive face to pieces, but now I've switched completely. I wanted initially just to cut down on weight / bulk for travel, but now it's all I'm using. Perhaps I'll try the gel-in-a-can again for a week or so just for a more thorough comparison.

    I took a full-sized toothbrush on my recent trips, but I think will either bring a cut-down one or a purpose-made travel brush. Not for the few grams of weight difference, but so it doesn't need to be wrapped separately from the other toiletries.

    I will try the Lush dry shampoo (there's a Lush store not far from me), but I'm skeptical on that front, too. Will check out muji.com -- thanks.

    Cheers,

    timothy

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  • Sco1t
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    Timothy, I also have looked for something akin to what you desribe but to no avail.

    After a couple of years of trial and error, my kit comprises: 1 x Lush solid soap & shampoo bar which I also use for shaving (came with it's own tin), 1 x 4 use disposable razor, 1 mini moisturizer tube, 1 mini tube (from Muji.com) filled with toothpaste, 1 travel toothbrush, 1 solid deodorant stick, 1 sample vial of aftershave.

    I have other alternative sized tubes from Muji for longer trips.

    Let me know if you ever find what you are after as I would be interested in one too.

    Regards,
    Scott

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  • ozone
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    Haven't seen them myself. I find that toiletries in general are not too much of a concern for me. However, if you go to stores like Lush, you can get solid bars of shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, etc. I've switched to shaving oil.

    What might help is to go to an outdoor/camping store, and get those storage vials or containers. I bought some a couple of years ago, and while not exactly what you describe, some are rectangular and slender in shape: it helps avoid the round bulkiness that some some gels, etc. come pre-packed in.

    I have seen and bought flat bowls, plates and cups however. They're neat: they're made from heat resistant plastic, and you fold them into the shape of a bowl, cup, or shallow plate like you would in origami. Nifty!

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  • timothy
    started a topic flat-pack toiletries: does this exist?

    flat-pack toiletries: does this exist?

    Hi!

    I managed to pare down pretty well (to my own satisfaction at least) on a recent trip by air -- one convertable backpack, plus Checkpoint flyer. I pared down the toiletries, too: a semi-depleted tube of toothpaste (made sure it was less than 3oz when new, and so labeled); 1 toothbrush; 2 disposable razors; small bottle of shaving oil (I'm now a convert); small containers each of Dr. Bronner's soap and shampoo; stick deodorant. I was staying with a friend, and though shampoo, soap and even toothpaste were *available,* I thought it was nicer to supply my own.

    These containers / doodads, however small they are in the mandatory baggie, make an awkward little bundle. Their total volume isn't much, but what I'd like is this: squarish tubes that pack flat into something perhaps the size of a old-fashioned slim cigarette case, or perhaps more like the size of an Altoids tin. Even better, if these tubes could click together somehow. It's incongruous, but the visual model that comes to mind is a kind of candy I used to get as a kid (70s / 80s -- but this stuff was on the way out even then), with a kind of thin syrup in chewable wax cylinders. I bought them bundled in little flat packs of 4 or 5, different colored liquid in each. The feel of chewing on that wax is one of those weird childhood memories impossible to forget.

    (I can't find the bundled ones, but here's a pic that may / may not stir memories: http://www.candywarehouse.com/candywaxsticks.html)

    So: I'd like small plastic tubes like this, which would pack flat in a slim, transparent (for TSA idiocy) plastic case, into which could go a few week' frugal portions of shaving oil, shampoo, toothpaste (or powder if necessary; not sure how to manage getting toothpaste back *out* of a thin tube strong enough for this -- a small plunger?), cologne / perfume for those so inclined, perhaps room for 14 one-per-day multivitamins.

    Does this exist? Or is there a reasonable alternative? How do you bundle your toiletries for slim packing?

    timothy

    p.s. Have seen, am uninterested in the gelatinous sheets of shampoo / conditioner / shaving cream -- though I have *not* tried the shampoo-in-a-bar stuff, which looks interesting. For shaving, a small tube of shaving gel [EDIT: think-oh; this should have read "shaving oil" as above] and a few disposable razors weighs far less and takes less room than any electric razor I've ever seen.
    Last edited by timothy; 04-19-2009, 12:29 PM.
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