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How long do travel sizes of shampoo and shower gel last?

Small cosmetic bottles are practical when traveling. They weigh little and fit in hand luggage. But how quickly are the products used up? And what needs to be considered?

Those traveling with only hand luggage are often spoiled for choice: Which beauty products can be taken along, which can perhaps be bought locally, and which can be dispensed with for a few days? Often, care products such as shampoo and conditioner in travel sizes are a lifesaver: they hold a maximum of 100 milliliters and are therefore small enough for the plane. But how long do the mini portions last?

How long do shampoo and other travel-sized products last?

As a rule of thumb, 100 milliliters of shower gel and body lotion are enough for about five washings and lotions. A shampoo bottle of this size is even more economical. Depending on the length of the hair, it will last for about eight shampoos. And 50 milliliters of face cream is enough for about ten face applications.

But before you buy all the products in small travel sizes, it’s worth taking a look in your own cosmetics cabinet. Many containers hold no more than 100 milliliters. Serum, eye cream, toothpaste and day cream can usually be taken along in their original sizes. Shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and shaving cream, on the other hand, cannot be carried in their original sizes as specified by the airlines.

Reuse rather than buy new

Beauty products such as shampoo and body lotion in travel sizes are often unreasonably expensive. If you fly a lot, you can invest in a reusable set of small plastic bottles that can be refilled again and again. In the long run, this not only saves money, but also the environment, because less waste is produced. Even for sensitive skin that is used to a special skin care routine, it makes more sense to fill your own care products into smaller containers than to rely on new products that you may not be able to tolerate.

Instead of travel sizes, go for 2-in-1!

Space can also be saved with a number of other products that can be used in a variety of ways: For example, lipstick can also be used as a creme rouge. Bronzing powder and highlighter can be used as eyeshadow substitutes to conjure up beautiful, natural eye makeup. Hair spray or gel can be used to fix the eyebrows. Conditioner replaces shaving foam and cleansing tissues for the face also make shoes shine in an emergency.