Shipping Cosmetics / Toiletries

Jul 11th, 2007, 07:39 PM
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Again, you probably don't need as much as you think you do. No point using a palmful of shampoo when a dollop works just fine and rinses out far more quickly. Before leaving home, try using less and less (you can always add more), until you get it just right.

Do try filling a 4 oz bottles 2/3-3/4 full and see how many applications you get at home. This is the best way to get an idea of how much you'll need for the duration of your trip.

I have to stay away from all fragrances and keep my husband from using them as well. I am so jealous of folks who can use all the wonderful fragranced products - especially Philosophy shower gels! I've even tried mixing a tiny bit with the unscented, and can't do that either.

On a trip to Paris, I forgot to refill my shampoo, conditioner, body wash (which I normally keep packed in my toiletry bag at all times) and wasted many hours shopping for unscented products. Never really found anything suitable (except Clinique at whopping prices), and what I had actually lasted a week and a half (to my own amazement).

If you're ever in London, a product line called "Simple" makes wonderful bath/body/skin care products that are unscented with no objectionable odor at all, do a lovely job, and are reasonably priced. Once in a while, I actually order it online from Boots and pay the shipping (not right now with the dollar so low).
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Jul 11th, 2007, 07:59 PM
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Nalgene travel bottles NEVER leak. They are amazing. You can buy them at the Container Store or LL Bean.
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Jul 11th, 2007, 08:21 PM
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With the new luggage/liquid retrictions we ship our toiletries quite a bit now as to avoid having to check bags in. Works out quite nicely using a flat rate boxes. If doing so one should contact the hotel to find out who exactly to send the box to, usually the concierge or front desk.
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Jul 12th, 2007, 06:51 AM
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Maybe I'm lucky but in years and years of airplane travel, much of it outside the U.S. I can count on one hand when a small bottle of something leaked a tiny bit. And then it was not a problem because it was within a ziplock bag.

I don't even use 3 oz. bottles... they're too big! Mine are all 1 oz. or 2 oz. these days which I purchased at a store where they sell bulk lotions (health food kind of place). You can also get them at REI or camping outfitters. For ages I just used little shampoo bottles from hotels, with their stuff emptied out and mine put in.

btw- 1 oz. of shampoo and 2 oz. of conditioner last me a 10 day trip.
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Jul 12th, 2007, 11:31 AM
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I'm curious, travelwifey, what are the advantages of shipping things ahead instead of just checking a bag? And what do you do with the items when your trip is complete? Throw them out or ship them back home?
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Jul 12th, 2007, 01:24 PM
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Thanks again, everyone.

Djkbooks, it really does take two palms of shampoo to lather my hair. I've tried less and it doesn't even get it all lathered at all. It rinses fine and fast. How long is your hair? Do "simple" items have lanolin? I get a rash from it.

Also, I so get the fragrance thing. Once on a plane someone a few rows back decided to apply a very heavily scented SPF lotion. I covered my face with Kleenex and still felt very sick. I never know if I will be in a "toxic zone" when going to a theatre (play, etc. w/assigned seats), concert or on a plane. I sit in dread of the people who go to the restroom on planes to soak themselves in scent to "refresh" before landing. I get horrible migraine type headaches from scents.

Travelinwifey, who do you ship with? Are these expensive hotels ($500+ a night) or ordinary chains?

Jul 12th, 2007, 02:37 PM
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As a reference point, I have thick, curly hair that is about to my bra strap. Using the shampoo and conditioner sparingly as possible and washing my hair about every other day, on a recent 10 day trip, my 2 oz bottles were just barely enough. I should have brough 3 oz bottles and if I had been planning to swim a lot, which would have required daily washings, then I would have needed probably twice as much.
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Jul 12th, 2007, 02:42 PM
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Hi Chocolate_Water_Ice, any hotel will let you ship items, just shipped toiletries to a small hotel in my home town in pa. I just call ahead and ask who to send a package for myself to.

Regarding how to send, I usually put it in a flat rate postal box that costs 8.95 to ship anywhere in the US regardless of weight. It really lightenes up the luggage load and if I use a product up I just replace it with dirty clothes or a flat iron, etc and send it back home to me. So it's $18 total to send back and forth but since it saves us over an hour dropping off/waiting for luggage each way it's worth it to us. Or you can just send one way of course.
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Jul 12th, 2007, 03:24 PM
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sigh... I wish I had thick, luxurious hair
Mine is like Halle Berry's and take about a pea size blob of shampoo!
I have even used bar shampoo from Lush. It works really good, but is a bit drying for my hair.

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Jul 12th, 2007, 04:01 PM
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I really do think a 2nd small bag, checked, with all the toiletries is by far the easiest solution. Think of those old-fashioned sets of luggage, where the smallest size was a square "cosmetic case" meant for exactly this use.
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Jul 12th, 2007, 05:39 PM
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Chocolate_Water_Ice - I also was having a problem with the lathering issue and used a lot of product in my hair because of it. I have very curly, just below shoulder length hair, that tends to frizz and tangling.

I found out the trick (for me at least). I do one shampooing with just a dollop and only work it into the 2 inches of hair closest to my scalp. It doesn't lather well, but I just keep working it around. Then I rinse well. Then I repeat using the same dollop amount but putting it throughout my hair. The second shampoo lathers beautifully! And I've used less than half of what I would have used if I tried to get the lather in the first shampoo.

Once I've done that, I find I don't need as much conditioner to detangle my hair either. And by not using as much conditioner (that weighs my hair down), I don't need as much leave-in product to control and style my hair.

It's been a win-win situation. Less product used - happier hair.
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