Friday, June 26, 2009

My Little Travel Indulgences

If there's one thing that I can't help myself from doing while I'm traveling, it's perusing the drugstores and supermarkets. Whereas most people will return from a vacation with souvenirs and memorabilia stamped with exotic locales, I love to pick out jams and jellies, deodorants and soaps.

While away, I snagged a few things from the pharmacy that happened to be within walking distance pf our hotel--it either appeared as though I were really stinky and in need of several cleansing bars, or else I just had an obsession. Clearly, it's the latter.

Deodorant is done in so many different ways around the world--I get tired of the same old stuff we carry here, so a few new additions are always a big score in my book. That, and I never run short on sweat...it's possible that I sweat more than any other female in the world. But hey, I'm just healthy. Typically I'm on the lookout for Rexona (common in the Pacific, but also found in Brasil), but I settled on Nivea's Sensitive Balm (the scent is really clean, and it's non-irritating), and a cute little Garnier roller. That was based purely on the look of the casing :)

Soaps galore--I keep each bathroom stocked with plenty. Sometimes it's just nice to just have a solid bar of soap to work with. Sure, shower gels and creams tend to be more moisturizing, but when those have run their course, you just need to go with what you know. We certainly don't have fig or pomegranate around my way, so these needed to be added to the basket.

There is a line in Brasil that can be found in a few pharmacies, called Seven. I had read about the papaya cleansing water (I heart cleansing waters), and later discovered all of the other little treats the company had to offer. Papaya soap, coconut cleanser, a coconut water facial spray, and a papaya face cream (not pictured). It's sort of like all of my favorite breakfast fruits, but processed just enough to spread on my face. Deeelish.

So here's what I'd like to know--what are the things that you absolutely need to get your hands on when traveling to a new place?

20 comments:

bubblegarm said...

aww its so cute that you picked those up, im always on the hunt for something different in products in other countries, i tend to pick up random beauty products too, but i do pick up ALOT of accessories somehow :)interesting post. I stopped using soap on my body ages ago, but theres this one soap in Turkey called "haci sakir" which is amazing, whenever go back, i always use that!

fantastic said...

@bubblegarm: i would have put money on the fact that you'd pick up accessories! if comoparing soap and shower gel, i do prefer the latter, but if it's going to be soap it has to smell really nice :) wish i could get my hands on that turkish soap!

Tali said...

I love soap bars.. it seems to get you cleaner somehow... and the whole sentimental value of being old school!! :)
The packaging makes them look like sweets.. I just like soap in general! lol.. im going to lush today!!

Great stuff.. i love buying the basic stuff in foreign countries.. its so nice to switch up the routine more often!

ladyb said...

I love the post - It's always interesting to see what everyone picks up. - I also always have to have soap bars on hand just in case :)
The papaya and coconut cleansers/ sprays look amazing (will wait for a review)
I always seem to pick up accessories or shoes :)

fantastic said...

@tali: they really do look like sweets, right?! what did you get from lush?

@ladyb: i will definitely be reviewing the Seven products. What kinds of soap do you like?

Tali said...

Rockstar soap, the cocoa soap, American Cream conditioner.. the jelly shower gel that smells like sweets and a deoderant bar. The only thing i wanted was the deoderant bar and maybe the rockstar soap... as you can see I have zero self control!!


they really do look edible your soaps!!

fantastic said...

@tali: I walked by yesterday as well...in the basket went a chunk of honey I washed the kids, and a chunk of porridge :) I love the gels--I like to keep them in the freezer in between showers!

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