The Purely Primal Skincare Blog

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This post was first published in 2013. It has been updated and reposted.

A question I get often:

How do you keep up your Purely Primal Skincare routine when you’re traveling?

(If you’ve got the Purely Primal Skincare Guide, you know that my routine includes things like the “No ‘Poo” method and oil cleansing.)

I like to keep things simple, and travel is no exception. I use a few strategies to make things easier, and I make a few small switches for the sake of airline protocol. Why? Because there’s no reason to stand in the security line wondering whether your baking soda and Apple Cider Vinegar is going to set off alarm bells due to the fact that it looks like – pardon the image – powdery contraband and a clean “specimen.”

(Yep. I’ve dealt with that exact issue – luckily, the TSA agent had a sense of humor. And a hippie streak.)

I also make a few adjustments for the inevitable unfamiliar lodging (hotel rooms, sofa surfing, and Aunt Millie’s guest room) where I don’t necessarily know the quality of the water. As we discussed in this post, the type of water in your shower can mess with your No ‘Poo results. Generally, No ‘Poo works best in a shower you know well.

(Furthermore, baking soda and Apple Cider Vinegar are super-cheap and found at nearly every drugstore in America. If you’re determined to stick to the routine, you can buy them at your final destination and leave them behind for some lucky fellow traveler.)

Here’s the most important thing to remember: one of the biggest problems – and one of the biggest stressors – to people trying to maintain their “Purely Primal” routine while traveling is being rigid, inflexible, or downright afraid to try something different for the sake of convenience. I’m here to tell you: it’s OKAY if you need to bring along some quality, junk-free shampoo and conditioner instead of sticking to your “No ‘Poo” routine. If you’ve already conquered the adjustment period, that shouldn’t cause any issues. It’s OKAY to skip the dry-brushing for a few days if you just can’t make it work. And it’s definitely okay if you don’t want to smell like Neem Oil at your high school reunion.

From there, all you need to do is remember: tiny bottles are your best friends. You can buy ’em online, save your samples or stalk the single-serving jelly jars at the hotel buffet – however you get ’em, these little goodies make travel a cinch. Here’s my stash:

travel with

Here’s where to find what you see.

JustNatural Shampoo (pricey, but used so seldom it’s worth it – and a little goes a long way): Amazon
JustNatural Conditioner (pricey, but used so seldom it’s worth it): Amazon
Orawellness tooth serum: Orawellness
Neem Oil: Mountain Rose Herbs (poured into small dropper bottle)
Homemade Toner: find it here
Coconut or Jojoba oil: find them at your local health food store. I buy this coconut oil, because it’s steam-deodorized and I don’t always want a coconutty smell!
Clay: I love my clay masks, especially as a counter-balance to the havoc that travel can wreak on my skin. I’m currently enjoying Fuller’s Earth Clay from Mountain Rose Herbs, but I also love Aztec and Redmond.

I’ve collected these little jars, and I now have a perfect travel routine down – even when it’s carry-on only. They all fit into a TSA-approved bag and can last me up to a week. This may not look like the “normal” travel skincare stash, but it works for me. And I have no problem getting through security with it.

I know I’m not the only one who’s brought her natural-skin-care show on the road – so if you’ve got tips or tricks, leave them on the Facebook page!

Thanks for reading – happy travels!