My Best Self-Care Products With Ugly Packaging



I’m sure you’re already well aware of all the factors to consider when investing in self-care & beauty products. Of course we want the formulas to be effective and, what’s better, sustainable. But, how they look in our bathroom or on our desk is just as important. To me, at least.

I want the products I use to be both: effective and aesthetically pleasing. After all, a product’s packaging is the first thing we notice. And I sometimes can’t help thinking that nice packaging is a sign of a good product. Of course, it’s not always the case. Sometimes great packaging equals great product. But most of the time it’s completely the opposite.

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As choosy about packaging as I am, there are a handful of products that I will always, always re-purchase even though from the outside they look, well, a little bit janky. This list is dedicated to the products that are really great and I use them repeatedly, but they have not very pleasing packaging.


Mineral deodorant (any)

This deodorant is safe and natural, using mineral salts originating from mineral crystals. It prevents body odor for up to 24 hours. It leaves no residue, white marks or stains on your clothes. It’s non-sticky.

But the packaging leaves much to be desired. It looks so cheap and I googled images of other similar deodorants out there. And guess what? I haven't found any decent packaging so far. The only one I could find is plain crystal by Bamboo Straw Girl, with no packaging.



Tooth paste (any)

I currently use Splat toothpaste. And I like its ingredients and how it does its job. But I would definitely be glad to find something similar with more minimalist packaging. So, let's search. I haven’t found anything, literally anything that would be minimalistic, not overloaded with logos and text. Let me know in the comments below if you have anything like it in mind!

Real Barrier cleansing foam

Well, this one does its job perfectly. I really adore this brand and I hope they update their packaging designs someday. I pretty much like the design of Purito From Green Deep Foaming Cleanser. I used it some time ago but unfortunately its formula didn’t fit me. So it looks like I will stay with Real Barrier.

Love Planet & Beauty sulfate-free murumuru butter & rose shampoo

I find this shampoo perfect. It works perfectly on my hair and sculp. This shampoo is also 93% naturally derived and cruelty-free, paraben-free, silicone-free, sulfate-free, dye-free & formulated without phthalates.

What more can I say? The packaging. Well, I surely like the idea behind the design. But it will hardly fit any minimalist or classic-looking bathroom. It creates additional color noise. The solution? I use my own shampoo dispenser instead. It solves the problem. And I don’t plan to change this shampoo for something different in the near future.

Aloe vera gel by Tony Moly

I absolutely love aloe vera gel, since it works perfectly on dry skin. At the same time, it’s non-sticky and has a light formula. But it’s hard to find such gel with a decent packaging on the market. Just like with mineral deodorants, it seems to like the product designers came from the past. I don’t know…

And yes, I googled other brands on the market. And, to tell the truth, there are two products I think I’ll give a try once my current one is empty. These are:


Ok, so that is it for today. Let me know if the packaging of the beauty products is important to you, as it is to me. Or if you are not that choosy. And if you think it’s worth it to use the good product despite how it looks.



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