Senior editor and resident grooming obsessive Andrew Richdale shares three seriously upgraded basic products you (and your boyfriend or girlfriend) can use to stay fresh on the plane—and wherever else you go.
1. Deodorant Australian brand Aesop is one of my favorite lines, period—partially because they’re products are functional, partially because they smell downright addictive. I buy their deodorant (which contains no aluminum, aluminum-phobes!) by the half dozen so that I never run out. It’s kind of a stand-in for a fragrance, so you can just spray it on your clothes, too. It has a light, botanical, vetiver scent that’s so fresh it smells like you just got out of the shower.
2. Lip Balm Let’s get all the Aussie brands out of the way: Ren makes the best lip balm. I was first turned onto it on a recent Virgin Australia flight, as they include it in their dopp kits for transpacific journeys. It’s a light petroleum that actually moisturizes your lips instead of kickstarting a vicious cycle of re-applications. The flavor is nice, too: faintly sweet from honey.
3. Face Wash I wash my face twice a day, except for when I’m traveling. Before crashing on long flights, I grab my toothbrush, toothpaste, and one of these bad boys. You just unwrap, wipe down your mug, and toss them. Made by a small company in Vermont, they’re kinda like cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing in one and give your face a nice matte finish so you don’t step off the plane into a business meeting looking like an oil slick. They’re packed with essential oils that have a cooling effect, too.
4. Toothbrush It’s the Rolls-Royce of toothbrushes and worth the extra, close-to-no space it takes to slide into your suitcase because you, y’know, have a cleaner mouth on vacation. Sonicare sells them with handy travel cases that hold two heads. I don’t travel without it.