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9 Personal Care Product Upgrades You Never Knew You Needed

Try these cool new alternatives to your most-used toiletry items.

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best toiletry items | Brüush toothbrushImage Credit: Brüush

A Toothbrush for All Your Needs

With six cleaning modes, including one that’s gentle for sensitive teeth and one that shimmies and shakes to clean your tongue, the Brüush toothbrush changes at the press of a button to suit all your oral-care needs. The best part: It has a 30-day battery life, so you don’t have to worry about packing the charger with you on your nights away from home.

Brüush Toothbrush, $99, brussh.com

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best toiletry items | Selahatin ToothpasteImage Credit: Holt Renfrew

Toothpaste That Tastes Like a Cocktail

While on the subject of improving your oral hygiene, this cinnamon, orange and peppermint toothpaste adds a little extra flavour to the chore. It contains “four whitening agents” and contains fluoride, to strengthen tooth enamel.

Selahatin Escapist Whitening Toothpaste Beauty , $25, holtrenfrew.com

(Related: I Tried a Charcoal Toothbrush to Whiten My Teeth—Here’s What Happened)

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best toiletry items | Harper flossImage Credit: Harper Floss

Floss That’s Good for Your Gums and the Environment

Harper Floss sets out to eliminate the plastic floss containers that get tossed into landfills, with their refillable glass vessels. The floss spools, made of natural silk fibre, can be ordered on their website and slipped into the glass vessel for easy use.

Harper Floss, $28, harperfloss.com

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Schaf shave cream | toiletry itemsImage Credit: The Detox Market Canada

A Scent-Free Shave Cream

This coconut oil-based shave cream delivers a smooth and thick coating for a knick-free, fragrance-free shave. Due to its soothing ingredients, it can help prevent skin irritation and also keep skin moisturized.

Schaf Shave cream, $25, thedetoxmarket.ca

(Related: 6 Ways You’re Shaving Your Legs Wrong)

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DeoDoc organic tampons | best toiletry itemsImage Credit: DeoDoc

Tampons That Are Non-Irritating and Eco-Friendly

Generic tampons are made with synthetic materials that can cause vaginal discomfort, and sometimes shed fibres that can cause more irritation. Enter DeoDoc. The brand’s tampons are 100 percent organic cotton, non-irritating, and non-shedding. Not only that, they’re better for the environment: They’re made out of 100 percent biodegradable materials and have a cardboard applicator, not a plastic one.

Deodoc 100% Organic Cotton Tampons, $7.50 USD, deodoc.com

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Barbara Sturm dry brush | best toiletry itemsImage Credit: Gee Beauty

A Dry Brush for Your Skin

A dry brush helps to buff away dry skin and helps it look brighter and more healthy-looking. (It’s also been said to to promote blood circulation and encourage lymph flow, which is thought to decrease the appearance of cellulite. Some people swear by it, others not so much.)

Dr. Barbara Sturm, Anti-Cellulite Body Brush – Soft, $45, geebeauty.ca

(Related: How to Brush and Buff Your Skin Smooth)

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best toiletry items | Bioderma Cleansing OilImage Credit: Bioderma

An Oil Cleanser Your Winter Skin Will Drink In

You may think an oil body cleanser would make you break out, leave you greasy, or set you up for a slip-and-slide shower experience. Instead, it quenches your skin’s thirst — you step out of the shower feeling, not dry and tight, but soft and hydrated.

Bioderma Atoderm Shower Oil, $20, shoppersdrugmart.ca

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best toiletry items | Corpus Third Rose deodorantImage Credit: Corpus

A Natural Deodorant That Will Leave You Smelling Like an Actual Garden

New to natural deodorant? Well, quarantine is the place to try it. While you may not smell like a garden immediately upon switching from generic to natural deodorant, this option from Corpus will get you there ASAP. Boasting notes of rose, violet, cedar root, and Italian mandarin, and coming in an easy-glide, crumble-free formula, you’re sure to be a forever convert.

Corpus Naturals Third Rose Deodorant Stick, $32, holtrenfrew.com

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best toiletry items | cali white whitening stripsImage Credit: Cali White

Teeth Whitening Strips That Are Gentle Enough for Sensitive Teeth and Gums

If you’ve experienced tooth sensitivity with white strips from conventional drug store brands, this vegan option may be more your speed. Made with coconut oil, it’s more gentle than other products. Right now, the brand only ships within the US, but come January 2021, they’ll be shipping north of the border to Canadians.

Cali White Vegan Teeth Whitening Strips, $35 USD, caliwhite.com

Next: The Best Thing to Do for Your Skin in Lockdown

Originally Published in Best Health Canada