Today I have a more casual style post for you, the blogger classic: what's in my bag. I'm switching things up a little and not showing my travel or makeup bag, but the hair and body care I carry with me to swimming hall or climbing gym. Well, mainly to swimming hall as I live close to my climbing gym and can shower at home. I've been contemplating should I similar style posts more, like my brush or skincare cabinets at home. Let me know if you're interested!
My packing philosophy
While I'm a skincare addict, I hate carrying my minimum amount of skincare because it gets heavy very quickly. If I'm taking anything else than a sunscreen for my face, I need a toner, essence, oil, cream etc. So, what I do is I save doing my skincare routine as soon as I get home. If my journey takes longer than 15 min, I'm grabbing a snack or meeting someone right after training, I slather on some oil and a moisturizer with SPF.
When it comes to travelling there are two issues living in Finland: we don't have Muji and its all decanting goodness and mini sizes are rarely sold!! Blasphemy! I think I've seen a Sephora-style line of Doom with minis only once in my life. I dislike carrying full-size products or sample sachets as the former are heavy and the latter just annoying to choose when you want to run out of the door. Decanting is my favorite way of travelling with products, but to save myself from the trouble I prefer doing my skincare routine at home.
Contents of my Bag
This is honestly my swimming bag from the other day: nothing less, nothing more. I knew I was going home soon after so you might notice the absence of skincare products (and even SPF! but I the Sun had already set). Here are the products:
OUAI Toiletry Bag
I got this bag with an OUAI haircare set about 1,5 years and ago and never expected to like a GWP this much. It has a nice minimal look, small logo, decent size and seemingly waterproof lining inside. It's also sturdy as I've used it a ton, tossed around and the zippers and seams are still looking good. Unfortunately I don't think they sell this separately? I adore cute toiletry bags and makeup pouches, but I tend to save the fine ones for other occasions. I don't mind if this one gets wet.
I would love to use some aluminum-free hippie deodorant, but I haven't find one that works and doesn't stain for the life of me.. I think I've tried almost ten: sticks, roll-ons, crystals, mens', you name it. I hate feeling wet and none of these keeps me dry enough during the day. So I'm using a "bad" deodorant for sensitive skin instead. I selected this simply because it's cheap and my bf uses the same.
Rituals Hammam Black Soap
As much as I love Rituals, I dislike strong the eucalyptus scent and I'm wanting to use up this soap as quickly as possible. The soap separates in the tube and I feel the black color gets everywhere in the shower, which is counterproductive. The good thing is it doesn't foam nor dry my skin. Will purchase a different scent in the future.
Wella Luxe Hair Oil
A random hair oil I've been using since I ran out of OUAI. It's a pretty standard oil, fortunately very mildly scented and keeps my hair shiny instead of looking greasy. This time I didn't have a conditioner with me and didn't feel like my hair was left overly dry. But like Ms. Kondo would say, "if it doesn't spark joy in me".. won't repurchase.
Max and Me Flight to The Sun body oil
Such an amazing, pampering and nourishing body oil that sinks in quickly and won't leave my skin feeling greasy. I can dress up fairly quickly after applying this oil and my skin doesn't feel as itchy and flakey as it did right after showering. The scent is very mild but kind of addictive - in a good way.
SU:M37 Rose Cleansing Stick
A korean cult classic and for a reason - this mildly lathering cleanser is easy to use and transport as it's in a stick form; hard like a traditional piece of soap. The pH is nicely low despite the cleanser foaming a little, which has made it a favorite among many beauty junkies. SU:M37 products are on the pricier side, but this stick cleanser lasts for ever and ever. And it's very good, I like the very mild rose scent and how it doesn't strip my skin. I can always be sure this product doesn't explode in my toiletry bag and it.
Illi Total Aging Care Cleansing OIl (MUJI decant)
This cleansing oil is amazing.. until I read the ingredients, which include mineral oil and coconut derivates. I had blindly bought it after my friends rave recommendation and loved it with passion as it takes off every trace of makeup without leaving a film or drying the skin. Boosted with Korean hanbang herbal goodness. I'm doing a full review digging into the ingredients, if they're so bad after all? Full review coming next week!
LUSH Fairly Traded Honey shampoo
I might be the only person on the planet who doesn't like Lush. One, I don't have a bath tub which makes me green with envy. Two, their store smells - in Japan I could guess there was a Lush store nearby as the scent lingered on the other side of the street. I admire the concept and branding, but I'm generally not interested. This shampoo doesn't smell too good to me, but damn it leaves my hair soft and shiny. I have a travel size at my boyfriend's place as shampoos last me ages. It's very good, go get a sample if your hair is coarse and dry!
This is all I carry, stuffed in a small shopping canvas bag. I dislike carrying large gym bags with me, although I should consider a swimming bag for my towels, sandals and other equipment. After bouldering I can throw on a sweats jacket and shower at home, which is my preferred method. What kind of toiletry bag do you carry to your gym/exercise place? Or do you workout at home? Let me know!