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It’s no secret that I prefer to use products that are as natural as possible, but as I packed for a recent flight, I realized that my propensity for all-things-toxin-free could present a problem with TSA carry-on regulations (containers 3.4 ounce (100ml) or less (by volume); 1 quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger).
From homemade toothpaste to straight-up jars of coconut oil, my personal care products aren’t very travel-friendly, looking more like ingredients for some stellar in-flight explosives than simple skin care. My options appeared to be purchasing travel-versions of products, thus creating waste, or to purchase those tiny plastic travel bottles which wouldn’t hold enough product for a family of three for two weeks. There’s always the option of checking larger containers but who wants to take up precious luggage space with a shampoo bottle?
Here are a few tips for getting all of your natural products transported without issue and with minimal waste:
Shampoo & Conditioner
Consider bringing solid shampoo & conditioner bars, which can be found through many sellers on etsy, or even on Amazon. I’ve used this one, in the past.
Bring a bar. I prefer locally-handmade soaps with natural fragrances. They won’t exceed the limits on liquids and it’s pretty easy to transport in a plastic bag or otherwise.
Most toothpaste tubes do not comply with the 3.4 ounce TSA carry-on container limits, so I prefer to bring a .5oz bottle of natural liquid toothpaste, made with almond and essential oils. I love this stuff and it leave my mouth so refreshed! The bottle may seem tiny, but it goes a long way.
Another option is solid toothpaste, which you can find at LUSH Cosmetics, called Toothy Tabs.
Mineral makeup gives you a lot of freedom in a carry-on bag. I was able to bring all of my makeup: foundation, concealer, bronzer, blush, eyeshadows, lipstick, lipbalm, and mascara without getting anywhere near the volume limit. Never tried mineral makeup? Two of my favorite brands for quality, organic ingredients and beautiful coverage are Afterglow Cosmetics & Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques.
This one is simple: shaving soap. And once again, a local shop or etsy will be your friend on this one. There are a few options on Amazon, too.
One thing I wasn’t able to take on my carry-on was sunscreen since my bottle exceeded the liquid volume limits. However, had I known my new favorite sunscreen, Goddess Garden, made these .5 oz packs, I would have made sure to bring them along!
Face & Body Moisturizer
I discovered the wonders of Kelapo coconut oil in pouches via one of my Ecocentric Mom boxes. Two .5 oz pouches were more than enough for a two-week trip. Coconut oil is my facial moisturizer, my lotion, my first-aid go to…it does it all! Throw a pouch in your carry-on next trip and use it to keep your skin hydrated in-flight!
Speaking of Ecocentric Mom boxes, many of the items I receive via my monthly subscription are sample-sized and perfect for traveling. I have a little stockpile of soap, a lotion bar, face wash, and other toiletry items waiting for our next trip! Try Ecocentric Mom for yourself by using THIS LINK.
What are your air travel tips?
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