I try to keep my toiletries in this little cabinet in my bathroom so that I don’t have to look at their ugly exteriors. I hate the mish-mash of colors, font, and information on them. They just look so tacky, especially all together.
Here’s the idea: what if we could have toiletries in sleek, solid-colored packaging? Like toothpaste in a completely white container? Face wash in a completely white container? Shampoo in a completely white container with an ‘S,’ conditioner in a white container with a ‘C’. All of a sudden bathrooms would be a lot less cheap looking. The problem is, how would you accomplish this?
It seems to me that a lot of the ugly information on packaging may be required by law: ingredients, directions for use. Also half of it is there to get you to buy the product – it’s an ad sitting right there in the grocery store – so I recognize it wouldn’t really be in the manufacturers best interest to do away with this. But nonetheless, here are a couple ideas I have that could lead to us getting better looking toiletries in our bathrooms:
-Print all the ugly packaging info on an easily removable sticker. I’ve already seen this in use with supplementary packaging info, but let’s make it for the whole thing.
-Retailers could sell the products in bulk, like they already do with foods like peanut butter, granola, coffee and teas. I even used to shop at a health food store where they sold oils in bulk and you could bring in your own container, you just had to weigh the container first. This could be a great solution for pourable products like soap, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, body wash and more.
-Toiletry makers could sell their products in bulk and market their own smaller sleek cases. For example, you could buy a giant ugly bottle of Herbal Essence shampoo with all the necessary information and gross catchy advertising words on it to get you to buy it. But then they could also sell a sleek, clear smaller bottle to pour some of the Herbal Essence shampoo into and keep in your shower, while you keep the ugly bottle in your closet. This already kind of happens with soap except the small container sold by the manufacturer is still pretty ugly. But then there’s the below option…
-You can already buy liquid soap in an ugly container and then pour it into the sleek glass or metal container that matches your toothbrush holder and your cup set (as pictured here). So maybe the solution is as easy as selling a line of sleek generic containers for all kinds of toiletries. The problem is this may be unrealistic when it comes to make-up items like lipstick and eye-shadow that aren’t easily transferable from one container to the next.