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I’ll admit I’m not the best at traveling light. For the last 12 years, everywhere I’ve gone I’ve had to bring multiple checked and carry on bags to house both my pro makeup kit (which is a surprisingly large amount of stuff) and personal items. So when I get to go on a trip that involves absolutely no work, it’s a struggle because I don’t want to compromise in any way shape or form the quality of travel size natural beauty products that I’m taking for my own grooming, but I don’t want to be lugging around a bunch of junk, duplicate items or heavy bags unnecessarily either. For my most recent trip to Yelapa, Mexico (purely for pleasure), it took me a solid hour to just to sort through and plan out my beauty product assortment for my week-long trip.

As usual my efforts become your gain because I spontaneously decided to film a quick video right after I got out of the outdoor shower (in the open air bathroom!!) of exactly which travel size natural beauty products made the cut for my no-compromise satchel of supplies.

As you’ll see in the video, I didn’t set everything up all perfectly. This was raw, real and what I used daily to make my skin, hair, teeth and underarms happy in the tropical, sea-side, jungle-like climate.

To be honest I also wasn’t super concerned with how I looked and didn’t wear makeup (except for one or two evenings), but I did want to ensure that my skin was protected from the sun, hydrated, exfoliated, and my hair was clean and manageable (in that wild, beachy sort of way) and of course that I didn’t smell yucky either!

Watch the 2 minute video here or click play on the one embedded below. Then scroll down for a full list of the products shown with links to buy if you feel so inspired!


Essential Travel Size Natural Beauty Products Shown

In order of appearance:


Antonin .B Ceramides Enriched Desert Serum (for taming frizzy hair)

Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Conditioner

Desert Essence Organic Coconut and Jojoba Oil (for body)

Pacifica SPF 50 Spray Natural Mineral Sunscreen

Blisque Organic Toothpaste

Schmidt’s Deodorant (Sensitive Skin Formula in Tea Tree scent)

Dr. Alkaitis Organic Shampoo

Dr. Alkaitis Organic Skin Care Travel Kit

CV Skinlabs Rescue and Relief Spray

Innersense Organics Inner Peace Whipped Cream Texturizer (shown in small unmarked pot)


Since I know a bunch of you are going to ask: I stayed at El Jardin in Yelapa. Specifically the “Eagle’s Nest” casita…and if you go tell them I sent you and send me a pic of you there!

What are your favorite, can’t-travel-without natural and organic beauty staples? Leave me a comment below this article and let me know.

Kristen Arnett

Author Kristen Arnett

A makeup artist and green beauty educator helping you find the very best safe cosmetics. Teaching pro secrets for enhancing your natural beauty at every age, so you can be empowered to make healthier choices, and radiate confidence every day.

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