It’s not always easy to look your best while travelling, especially when you have to leave most of your beauty routine at home to make room in your carry-on. We’re all about packing light but effectively, which is why we’ve scouted out these 10 high performing beauty and grooming products to take with you on your next trip. From luscious shampoos to perfume oils to moisture masks that help you unwind in the evening or even on your flight, you’ll want to keep these gems in your hand luggage ready to whip out anytime you need a refresher on the road.
Relying on an unfamiliar shampoo at a hotel can often lead to disastrous results, hair-wise, so why not show up better prepared? Available in a kit of four flight-ready bottles, the luxury rainforest haircare brand Rahua utilises rare, omega-9-rich plant oils sourced from the Amazon (working sustainably and in partnership with local tribes), which fill in porous, damaged hair. The result: shampoo-commercial-worthy voluminous strands that are easier to manage everywhere you go, plus it smells heavenly.
HK$290 for a set of two shampoos and two conditioners from Joyce Beauty, Shop 152, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 3798 0172
For gents looking for equally lush hair results, look to Sydney-based premium haircare brand Patricks, which has released a line of travel-sized men’s shampoos and conditioners all scented fabulously with masculine colognes with notes of vetiver, Baltic amber, tobacco leaf and black lily. Packed in minimalist rectangular bottles (saving suitcase space), the deluxe formulas come in two varieties: A daily thickening formula gently cleanses and strengthens hair, as well as help stimulate scalp for hair growth, density and thickness, while the deep clean shampoo and moisturising conditioner help slough off the grime of the day and protect from environmental damage.
HK$125 for shampoo, HK$150 for conditioner from Joyce Grooming, Shop B28, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 2886
Philip Kingsley’s bestselling hair mask was first designed for Audrey Hepburn who wanted to protect her hair against all the damaging chemicals in hair spray. Now considered their hero product, the Elasticizer — as the name suggests — helps restore elasticity in the hair, which gives you shine, movement and bounce even in the most arid and humid of exotic locales. Keep your hair looking top notch by using this once a week.
HK$230 for 75ml from The Mandarin Salon, 5 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2825 4800
Deeply rooted in Ayurvedic philosophies and made to complement yogic practices, this California-based brand of restoring essential oils are formulated for different dosha body types. Created with wind-based vata types in mind but suitable for any travelling soul that needs some stability, this balancing perfume oil blend helps to ground the emotions and provide focus. Beyond that, what really matters is it smells fantastic, lasts the whole day, and perfectly sized for your travel bag. Other blends available at Caelum Greene, its sole Hong Kong stockist, include Nomad and Rasa.
HK$420 from Caelum Greene, G/F – 1/F, 90-92 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2548 1827
This 30ml bottle of magic is what Subtle Energies’ founder Farida Irani touts as her must-have when she’s travelling, and it’s not hard to see why: made with precious herbal ingredients including Mogra, Indian Rose and Ashwagandha, this potent Ayurvedic face oil actively restores the skin’s youthful appearance, smooths out blemishes and wrinkles, soothes irritation, plus the scent of Mogra and Indian Rose helps to offer balance — each application leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Ashwagandha on its own is touted for its adrenal-cleansing benefits as well, aiding with flushing toxins and bloat. In other words, it’s a godsend for mature and tired skin alike.
HK$1,490 from Joyce Beauty, Shop 152, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 3798 0172
For an all-rounded skin pick-me-up, this Caudalie moisturiser is a cult favourite for its thirst-quenching gel-cream consistency, its calming camomile, and antioxidant rich formula consisting of grape water and grape seed polyphenols. It’s great in the morning as a day cream, or whenever you need an extra dose of moisture during the day. Its slim tube packaging makes it easy to carry around, too.
HK$260 from Caudalie, G/F, 3 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2319 1006
Sold in 6ml cups, with these powerful cream masks you can easily bring the carefree air of Provence right to your hotel room, wherever you are in the world. The new Peony petal-based Pivoine Sublime range includes three new indulgent face masks for different needs, but this Flash Moisture Mask is perfect for long travels, enriching your dehydrated and tired skin in mere moments. Pair it with the Purifying Minute Mask on your T-Zone and with the Flash Moisture Mask on your cheeks to attain a flawless, radiant complexion.
HK$45/6ml from L’Occitane, Shop 1090, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, +852 2899 4100
For those who really like to streamline their travel amenities, this handy set from IPL facial clinic Skin Laundry has every basic necessity for your skin. Encased in a clear washbag is Skin Laundry’s signature gentle foaming face wash (50ml) made with cucumber and camomile, a daily moisturiser (30ml) that contains SPF 35, plus a hydrating sheet mask to perk up dry skin right after a long flight. If you like to travel fuss-free, this is the way to do it.
HK$250 from Skin Laundry, Shop 1-2, G/F, 68 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2323 3631
We’ve been quietly enjoying this indie brand of handcrafted, all-natural skincare for a while. Based in Singapore, this ethical brand’s products are all handmade with no fragrances, colours or synthetic preservatives, and best of all, most products can be used in a multitude of ways, making it versatile enough for travel. The facial spritzer can be used as a refreshing face mist, toner, or even as a clay mask activator when paired with its ginger clay scrub mask. Smelling of lavender, citrus and neroli, it’s like spraying on a spring day.
HK$51/15ml, HK$163/100ml from W.ANT
We’ve all heard of the skin restoring powers of vitamin essentials A, C and E, and this all-in-one serum by Borghese is a powerhouse of all the necessary nutrients to keep your skin looking its best, wherever you are in the world. It’s packed with retinol and vitamin A, antioxidant-rich vitamins C and E and grape seed extract, palmitoyl tripeptide to stimulate collagen production, hyaluronic acid for moisture and soothing sunflower oil, plus Borghese’s own signature Acqua di Vita blend of nine minerals to boost skin elasticity. If you had to only bring one skin product, this may as well be it.
HK$650/44ml from Borghese, Shop P123, World Trade Center (WTC more), 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2782 3278