Shopping on a shoestring: unisex products to share
Odds are you and your beau (or brother) may cross over on the products front more often than not. A dash of your shampoo for him, a spritz of his deodorant for you (smelling a little bit masculine now and again makes for a nice change!), and, let’s face it, pinching your romeo’s razor for your pins is kinda romantic don’t you think (although he might not!)?
So why not get smart with your bathroom space and stock up on a few unisex essentials that are sure to satisfy both him and her.
1. Dermalogica Clean Bar
This cleansing bar is the perfect addition to your shared shower, so there’s no danger of having to endure boy-style soap-on-a-rope or sickly sweet girly body washes. Non-irritating, this super soap removes excess oils and debris without stripping the skin of its natural moisture. Warning: this is no ordinary soap!
2. Gillette Fusion Fusion Power
For some reason your boy’s razor always seems to give a closer shave than your own, right? Maybe it’s because gents’ razors have to get through coarse hair and permit a closer shave that works with the contours of the face – which means it’s a dreamboat for girls’ pins too! And with five gloriously comfortable blades, this one can totally be shared between the sexes (he doesn’t even have to know!)
3. Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Hair and Body Moisturiser
For a refreshing lift in the morning, this multi tasker has it all to invigorate your whole body. Containing an uplifting blend of lavender, tea tree oil and peppermint, this really is a treat for the hair and body. Use as a normal body wash in the shower, and when you pop out, apply a small amount to clean, damp hair for nourished shine. Oh, and the boys will love the energising scent too!
4. NIVEA Body Light Touch Body Lotion
Silky smooth skin is not just a girl’s right of passage. Boys, although often scaly (and really smelly), also tend to enjoy having nice skin. As your man’s skin will more often that not be a little greasy (they’re usually naturally a little oilier than us girls), this non-greasy moisturiser will leave him dry to touch. This moisturising gem has a light, airy fragrance that is perfect for both of you to share – plus it contains natural minerals and vitamin E that replenish, hydrate and preserve moisture balance throughout the day, hooray!
5. Calvin Klein cK One
One of the first famous unisex fragrances, this really is the dressing table space-saver you’ve been looking for. Girls can look forward to smelling as great as a man does, (come on, there’s just something awesome about their colognes!) while men can still feel masculine thanks to notes of bergamot, fresh pineapple, papaya, violet, amber and green tea. The lightish scent makes it perfect for everyday and everyone in fact.
6. L'Oréal Professionnel Play Ball Density Material
At the same time that he moulds his strands into a masculine coiff, you can work some texture into that fringe and those layers. He won’t tell you, but he too will secretly love the silky, matte finish and natural-looking shine – thanks to added beeswax.
7. VS Sassoon Metro Straightener VSCS56MPA
Heard him complaining that his naturally curly locks aren’t working for him? Keep your electricity bill to a minimum and pick up this metro boy’s tool of choice. It will keep you both on the straight and narrow while ensuring your locks stay glossy and gorgeous – it’s also perfect for your shorter fringe and layers. Remember, this straightner is for sharing so make sure he doesn’t hog it!