My Minimalist Bathroom

Ok, so this week we dive further into my personal life…the bathroom! 😉

…But don’t worry, by bathroom I basically mean the toiletries and lotions and potions I use. After all, how minimal can you go with basic hygiene?!

When it comes to bathroom products, I try to keep everything down to just a few products that I can find cheaply and  anywhere. I’ve been through phases of buying really expensive stuff, to going without and I’ve found both ways kind of unnecessary.

For example, I used to spend a lot of money on hair products, thinking that the more I spend, the more it will look like a celebrity’s hairdo. Similarly, I used to buy really expensive make-up, telling myself that I’m paying for better quality. But after a while, I just realised that I was literally flushing money down the drain and simple, cheaper products will do the job just as well. On the other end of the scale, I’ve gone without a few products such as moisturiser and my skin felt the consequences, no matter how much I kept hydrated!

So here is everything I use, although I have left out a few things that should be available anywhere I go anyway, such as toilet paper, sanitary and body towels and handwash.

To be honest, it is possible for me to live with even less stuff than this but since I’m not travelling at the moment, there’s nothing wrong with having a few more bits and pieces, like I’ve said before, minimalism is about only having what you need, not going without to the point that you are suffering! Whenever I’m staying somewhere apart from home, I literally take just the essentials, namely my makeup, moisturiser and toothbrush.

I think it’s in the ‘bathroom area’ that women differ from men the most. Guys can do things like cut their own hair or go without hair altogether! There are some women who have shorter hair and do this and I really admire them for it. However, I’m just not as awesome as them, so inevitably, I have to spend time and money on haircuts, products and getting ready in the morning. But I don’t mind too much since I know that I have pushed the costs down to the minimum.

The most important thing to remember when creating a minimalist bathroom is to never buy anything new until you’ve finished the old product and if you can try to use one product for several uses (eg. ‘body’ moisturiser for face, legs, hands etc.)

It’s quite comforting to know that everything I need to take care of myself would fit into a small bag that I can take anywhere.

Do you have any minimalist bathroom tips? Let me know!

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  • Abby

    Just a quick (weird?) question — what are those black and white-topped bottles? Shampoo and conditioner? I’m looking at building a minimalist “kit” for school next year, since I never really used half the stuff I brought last year. This post was useful, thanks!

    • minimalstudent

      Hey Abby! Thanks for your comment! Yes, you’re right they’re my shampoo and conditioner. A great tip is that instead of buying those empty travel bottles, why not just buy mini shampoo and conditioners! For some reason that I can’t fathom, they’re usually cheaper (about £0.99 per bottle instead of about £1.50 for an empty bottle/dispenser)…it’s like getting it free! In my experience, the bottles are just as good (I’ve since peeled the labels off) to use again and again 🙂

  • Abby

    Thanks! 🙂 Awesome tip, I’ll do that in the future, though I’m pretty sure I have two of those little bottles lying around somewhere. I got it down to ~25 items — a bit more than you, since a razor, shaving cream, and deodorant weren’t included in this essentials pic (I think). But that still isn’t bad… my room will have less stuff next year for sure!

    • minimalstudent

      You’re welcome! Oh my goodness I didn’t realise I forgot those things in my picture! My razor is usually hooked onto the side of the mirror and I keep my deodorant in my sports bag, I feel a little silly now for forgetting them 🙂 Thank you for reminding me, if I get the time I’ll definitely try and update the photo to include all of my toiletries like I was supposed to 🙂

  • Laura

    Great post! I’m new to your blog, and so far, I love it! 🙂 Anyways, in response to this post in particular: have you heard of Dr. Bronner’s? The Dr. Bronner’s line of soaps is great for minimalism, IMO; while they seem expensive, you’re actually supposed to water them down, making each bottle last a really long time. Also, the soaps can be used as shampoo and shaving oil. (Apparently, they also serve as a mouthwash/toothpaste, but the reviews I’ve read don’t make that sound very pleasing, lol.) Personally, I love using it for shaving oil, it always gives me the smoothest shave. 🙂 Keep up the good work!

  • Toadchick

    Hello! I would like to leave a few comments on your incredible supply of minimalist bathroom products. I feel inspired to pare down myself (I am also a student living in a mild climate [Florida, USA]) and will probably use what you post as a basis for my plan. So thank you much 🙂

    I would like to take the time to back up Laura; Dr. Bronner’s is currently my go-to soap, shampoo, cleaning agent (mopping), and shaving creme. Since I am a student, having half drunk beer in the house at times is also not unheard of, I use it for conditioner, and as a consequence have lovely clean hair every day for literally free. I might also note that I am one of those girls with short hair, and cut my own.

    Anywho, thank you for your post and your inspiration!

  • Syg

    For some reason the picture isn’t showing up. (I’m using Firefox…?)