We each have our own list of must-haves for the bathroom — from soap and razors to toothbrushes and shampoo. And let's not forget mandatory pampering essentials, like candles and reading material. After all, the bathroom is oftentimes one of our favorite getaways. Singer Alicia Keys once said, "If I want to be alone, some place I can write, I can read, I can pray, I can cry, I can do whatever I want — I go to the bathroom." But even those of us who favor a pared-down aesthetic can find it tough to keep our personal sanctuaries looking tidy, thanks to bulky lotions, potions, and the like — until now that is. Ahead, we are sharing some of our favorite minimalist bathroom toiletries to help you simplify and streamline your spa-worthy refuge.
1. Stay dry but chic.
While you may think that towels are pretty much a no-brainer, it's important to consider how they will impact your overall bathroom design. For instance, a busy pattern can take away from the calm and relaxing vibe of your space. Instead, opt for something with texture to keep things visually interesting but not distracting. This option from Parachute Home features a honeycomb weave that'll make you feel like you're spending the day at the spa.
Get the look: Parachute Home Waffle Towels, $25 - $128
2. Swap the toothpaste tube for tablets.
Stray toothpaste can get all over the counters, faucet, and even your clothing. But you don't have to live this way — there are other options out there. One such solution: toothpaste tablets. We know what you're thinking? But hear us out. These tiny tablets take the messiness, and more importantly the waste created by plastic tubes, out of the equation. Just store the tablets in a little glass bottle or container for tidier tooth care. How's that for minimalist bathroom toiletries?
3. Simplify your shampoo.
Minimalism is all about simplifying and streamlining your life, and the same is true of your shampoo. Instead of hair care products that are loaded with chemicals and packaged in loud plastic bottles, look for alternatives from brands that let the products speak for themselves. We love the elegant look of this shampoo by Sort of Coal, but the best part is the product itself — it's made in Denmark from natural ingredients including pure Char Essence, which is "100% oak wood vinegar in its purest form, free from any artificial ingredients."
Get the look: Sort of Coal Shiro Shampoo, $9 - $33
4. Say "yes" to a reusable razor.
Do we really need to convince you of this? Nowadays, you can get so many reusable minimalist bathroom toiletries and pampering essentials, so why not take advantage? This sleek, rose gold razor showcases beautiful craftsmanship that's not only pretty to look at, but also works pretty darn well, too. And bonus, you don't have to buy any more plastic disposable razors, so it's better for the environment, too.
5. Invest in a cohesive collection.
Eliminating plastic containers and bottles from your countertop, and replacing them with ceramic, glass, or porcelain, goes a long way to creating a tidier space. We're loving the muted colors and matte ceramic finish of the Blomus Sono collection — its minimalist design and soft, cool palette will give your bathroom the cohesive and organized look that you crave.
Get the look: Blomus SONO Soap Dispenser, $31.99
6. Freshen up with refillable deodorant.
If you're looking for minimalist bathroom toiletries, look no further than your own deodorant. We love this refillable option from Myro. The modest case comes in a myriad of colors so you can choose the hue that best suits you and your space. And bonus: Since you no longer need to buy the single-use plastic options, you are helping the environment.
Get the look: Myro Refillable Deodorant, $10
7. Pump your floss.
While we can't tell you to throw away your bulky plastic box of floss, we can suggest replacing it with this sleek alternative to reduce the clutter in your bathroom. This minimalist bathroom toiletry is not only pre-marked so you know where to cut your floss, but it's also packaged in a refillable case. And yes, it comes in different finishes, even copper.
Get the look: Quip Silver Metal Refillable Floss, $20
8. Switch to bamboo.
Instead of cluttering bathroom shelves, cabinets drawers, and countertops with unsightly, giant boxes of cotton swabs, opt for this minimal round container. Surprisingly, it contains 225 swabs, and they are made from bamboo and cotton, so they're completely biodegradable.
Get the look: by Humankind Cotton Swabs, $10
9. Punch it up with pastels.
Pastel fans will be pleased to see Muji's line of minimalist toothbrushes and toothbrush holders in their favorite colors. Opt for a tone-on-tone look by sticking with one shade, or mix and match to inject added personality.
Author and book editor Teena Apeles is a collector of vintage pieces and untold stories. She writes about art, culture, design, activism, and history, and edits books on an even wider range of subjects. One of her favorite projects was the anthology Dear Seller: Real Estate Love Letters from Los Angeles, a unique exploration of the lives and homes of Angelenos, for Narrated Objects.