The Ultimate Toiletry Checklist for Men: Essential Items for a Complete Grooming Routine




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Toiletries are one of the ways we can make ourselves look and feel great. Some are considered essential by pretty much everyone, like toothpaste and a toothbrush. While others might be a little more specialist and tailored such as beard products, shaving products or skincare.

Basic toiletries are a must-have: Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and deodorant are essential for daily hygiene.

Skincare is important for men too: A basic facial skincare routine should include a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

Consider eco-friendly and sustainable options: Opt for eco-friendly toiletries like shampoo bars and refillable soap dispensers to reduce waste and environmental impact.

Top ten essential items

Here are our top 10 essential items for men. Of course, there are many more items that could be on the list, and not all men will need some of them, such as beard oil or hair products.

There are also many different options and variations of each item. We tend towards the eco-friendly, natural and plastic-free options as being good for the planet as well as your well-being. And we love to support small producers.

1. Sun Protection

Everyone should be wearing sun protection. It’s important for all skin types and should be worn even if you don’t burn easily. And while we might like the look of a ‘healthy glow’ this is actually a sign that our skin has been damaged and is trying to protect itself. Plus sun damage is one of the primary causes of ageing of the skin.

2. Shampoo

Unless you don’t have hair then you will need a good shampoo. Norse and Three Hills both make fantastic shampoo bars that are 100% natural with no nasty chemicals as well as being completely plastic-free.

3. Soap or Body Wash

Unless you choose a combined hair and body wash you will also need soap or shower gel for your body. Although bar soap may have gone slightly out of fashion natural soap is a great option for cleansing the skin without drying it.

4. Deodorant

A good deodorant is an essential item for keeping you smelling fresh and feeling confident. Choosing a natural deodorant that works with your body rather an against it is a great option. And they tend to be more eco-friendly as well.

5. Razor

For most men, the options are either shaving or growing a beard. If you shave you can either choose disposable razors or opt for a more traditional safety razor that will last a lifetime and give you the best possible shave.

6. Shaving Product

Looking after the skin when you shave is also essential if you want to avoid dry or irritated skin. A good shaving soap, gel or oil allows the razor to glide more easily, reducing friction and protecting your skin.

7. Toothbrush and toothpaste

Everyone needs a toothbrush and they need to be replaced regularly. You need to keep them clean and allow them to dry out between uses. Toothbrushes lead to a lot of plastic waste over a lifetime but there are now lots of great eco-friendly options available.

The same goes for toothpaste, it’s an essential item on anyone’s list.

8. Moisturiser

Not all men use a moisturiser but there are plenty of people who would say they should. Moisturising your skin is a great way to nourish it and keep you looking and feeling your best.

9. Beard Oil

This is obviously only essential if you have a beard, although it will also make your chest hair super shiny and well-conditioned.

10. Eye Cream

This one is universal. We all have eyes and the skin around our eyes is particularly delicate so needs some extra care.

FAQs on What Toiletries Should A Man Have

What basic toiletries should a man have?

A man should have basic toiletries like a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap or body wash, and deodorant. These items are essential for daily hygiene.

Should a man use facial skincare products?

Yes, it is important for men to take care of their skin, including their faces. A basic facial skincare routine should include a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

What about hair styling products?

Hair styling products like pomade, wax, and gel can help men achieve the desired hairstyle. It is important to choose a product that works well for your hair type and provides the hold and finish you want.

What other grooming tools should a man have?

In addition to basic toiletries, a man should have grooming tools like a razor, shaving cream or gel, nail clippers, and a hair trimmer or clippers if he prefers a shorter hairstyle.

Should a man use cologne or fragrance?

Using cologne or fragrance is a personal choice. If a man chooses to wear cologne or fragrance, it is important to apply it sparingly and avoid overpowering scents.

Are there any eco-friendly or sustainable toiletries options for men?

Yes, there are eco-friendly and sustainable options for many toiletries like shampoo bars, natural deodorants, and refillable soap dispensers. Choosing these options can help reduce waste and environmental impact

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