Upgrades for Bathroom Home Kitchen Lifestyle

If American Apparel has taught us anything, it’s the value of basics. But in the same way that you wouldn’t wear just any white tee, you shouldn’t just use any old grooming product. It’s time to pay attention to the less-sexy elements of your daily routine — think toothpaste. Take your routine up a notch, starting with these stellar upgrades.

Lip Balm

Newsflash: Chapstick isn’t doing your lips any favors. The classic balm is made with petroleum, which is potentially toxic and actually causes your lips to dry out. Skip it in favor of an all-natural product like Pangea’s Lip Balm. Made with organic beeswax, jojoba, and nourishing essential oils, these lush formulations moisturize and heal lips — and they smell fantastic, too. Keep them in your purse, desk drawer, and bedside table for dry lip emergencies.

Toothpaste

Beyond making sure it’s ‘whitening,’ you don’t spend much time thinking about your toothpaste. Crucial mistake. You use it twice a day, so why not enjoy it? Our latest obsession is Marvis, an Italian line of stylish toothpastes with retro-cool packaging and an extra-crisp Mint flavor, plus more offbeat offerings like Ginger and Jasmin.

Hand Wash

Given how much our hands do for us, don’t they deserve something a bit nicer than generic bar soap? Basic hand washes may kill germs, but they also leave your fingers and palms dry and tight. Luxe hand washes don’t just smell nice — they’re also loaded with essential oils and vitamins that moisturize and heal skin. Molton Brown’s Naran Ji Hand Wash has a fresh citrus fragrance and vitamins C and E — plus the pretty bottle gussies up any bathroom. Keep hands protected all day with a rich cream like AHAVA Dermud Hand Cream.

Towelettes

Wipes aren’t the sexiest thing in the world, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for Wet Ones. Herban Essentials all-natural wipes are made with essential oils that kill germs, soften hands, and perk up senses. Tuck a few in your purse to de-grime after the subway, or keep them in your desk for midday freshening. It goes without saying that they’re perfect for travel.

Detergent

You have shelves filled with fancy body lotions, but you’re still using supermarket laundry detergent. Not only are those products full of chemicals that are harsh on your skin and your body, but they’re bad for the environment too. Instead, look for an eco-friendly wash like Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Laundry Detergent, which gently cleanses with essential oils like lemon verbena, geranium, and lavender. The Laundress has a whole range of biodegradable, non-toxic detergents but we especially love her Delicate Wash — it might even save you on your dry cleaning bill.

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