9 Personal Care Product Upgrades You Never Knew You Needed
Try these cool new alternatives to your most-used toiletry items.
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
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
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
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)
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
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)
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
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
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