During plastic-free July, I shared some great crowd funding campaigns to reduce plastic waste.
One of those campaigns was Last Swab.
What Is Last Swab?
Last Swab is a low waste swap for cotton swabs.
It's essentially a reusable cotton swab that can be washed and comes with a protective case.
What Is Last Swab Made Of?
Last Swab Review
Last Swab comes in two styles: Basic and Beauty. If you are a careful user of cotton swabs to clean your ears... then you are looking for the Basic edition. It looks very similar to a traditional cotton swab, only the ends are a sturdy, yet flexible material with lots of little bumps/bubbles to create texture for water or wax to stick to.
If you use cotton swabs to perfect your make-up look then the beauty edition is for you. It has a smooth surface on either end, but with two different shapes - one rounded like a traditional cotton swab and the other with a slight point for more precise work. It also has a firm, yet flexible nature, but the finish on it is different and almost feels slightly tacky to me. Tacky as in texture, not quality.
The carrying case has a designated spot for your Last Swab to latch in. It swivels open and lightly snaps shut. It's ergonomically designed with a notch for your thumb and index finger to easily push it open. There is also a loop at the opposite end and I suppose you could use this to hang it on a hook in your cabinet if you had one or even attach it to something with a carabiner if you needed to for some reason?
You will probably still need to keep some cotton swabs on hand for guests or for any medical applications. Just try to go with biodegradable options like these bamboo handled cotton swabs.
Everytime you travel you realize you could have packed less, packed better, streamlined some process, or been more organized. It’s a way of constantly assessing and improving yourself and your practices. I actually quite like this about travel. This is even more true when you travel for long periods of time in only carry on bags.
I am trying to figure out the best way to travel with your makeup and related items and here are some things I have tried so far:
Most of us have or have seen a bag like this before. It closes with Velcro or a zipper and when you open it there is a little hanger at the top so you can hang it in the bathroom and unzip whichever compartment you need at the time.
Pros of the Hanging Toiletry Bag:
Cons of the Hanging Toiletry Bag:
This is the system I am testing on my next big trip. In onelong packing cube I am placing a few different smaller pouches. One will have brushes. One has my foundation, contour and blush. One has shadows and liners. You get the idea. In theory if this works, I will get to memorize which pouch has which type of makeup item that I need and they will stay neat and well organized all within the space of the one long narrow packing cube. I can also easily pull this one cube out of luggage and take it to the bathroom at a Priority Pass lounge, for instance, to refresh!
I will report back how this worked after my upcoming travels!
The main advantage that I see is that everything can be organized in potentially a more compact way than just having one large makeup bag and tossing everything in. A disadvantage is that it could be cumbersome to have to open multiple pouches especially if you have a small space like an airport bathroom that you want to refresh in.
This makeup pouch is actually really cool and I took it with me to Europe and Asia. I liked that you could toss all your makeup in there and pull the string to cinch it closed into a pouch. When you arrive somewhere you just uncinch it and you have all your items clearly visible on the inside surface of the bag.
Pros of the Makeup Pouch:
Cons of the makeup pouch:
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