Even in a spacious bathroom, it can get cluttered quickly with shower accessories and skincare products, especially if you are both invested in taking care of yourselves. But it goes beyond that: Sharing also helps you take care of the planet.
There are serious places you can double down if you are willing to share between the two of you (and even save some money). It is also important to have products that your S.O. can use if they are the kind of person who does not fully understand the benefits of taking care of their skin. Keeping skincare products accessible means they can start using things without feeling “silly” about it.
1. Shampoo and conditioner. If you have drastically different hair types, this is not feasible. But using the same shampoo and conditioner means you have fewer bottles to fall out of your shower caddy and onto your big toe. That is a win/win. Plus, you can buy refillable containers that cut out needless plastic.
2. Body wash. There is no reason you can’t get an unscented or neutral scented body wash for your shower (no fragrance in the ingredient list is even better for you). Whether you want to do that is up to you. Chances are, your S.O. might already be stealing yours because you have impeccable taste. Refillable containers also work here, helping to minimize that plastic!
3. Facial scrub. It is a great idea to use a separate facial scrub in the shower. Get him on board with a skincare treatment now, and he will thank you in five years. Just make sure you introduce him to a product that does not contain plastic microbeads — which fish can mistake for food as they enter the waterways — and the planet will thank you too.
4. Toothpaste. Unless one of you has really sensitive teeth, you can use the same toothpaste. The worst-case scenario here is that one of you perpetually squeezes the tube from the middle every time. This will cut down on waste and counter space.
5. An electric toothbrush. No, you do not need to actually share a toothbrush. But you can have one brush with different heads for each of you. It means you will not have two bulky brushes and chargers sitting on top of your sink.
6. Razors and shaving cream. As long as you are not using the same razor, keeping a community bag of disposables in your bathroom is a great way to save money. You might love using men’s razors more than women’s (or vice-versa). Just make sure you are picking an environmentally friendly razor, like Preserve, which is made out of recycled plastic.
7. Moisturizer. Everyone should be moisturizing after a shower. If that is a foreign concept to your S.O., just have them share yours.
8. Leave-in conditioner. Honest testimonial: I did not find out about leave-in conditioner until I was 28. It is life-changing. Do not deprive him of this.
9. Reusable face pads. Instead of throwaway wipes, you can use reusable pads or cloths to clean your face. They are easy enough to wash and less harsh on the environment. Follow it up with a slip cleanser, which is easy to use and wash off. Keep a shared tube by the sink so you can each use it at night.
10. A bidet. This might take some getting used to, but it is a great way to clean up and avoid using toilet paper (another environmental nightmare). You can get bidets that attach right to your current toilet for reasonable prices.
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