What To Take In Your Luggage

If you have not yet discovered the problem solving and sensory experience of The Laundress soaps and detergents, well that’s another blog post. (PS You will never look at clean towels or underwear the same). But maybe you know about those amazing signature scents like Baby, Lady, and Le Labo 31, but have yet to discover the little solvers of big problems that The Laundress genius enough to think, solve for us, and make the solution small enough to fit in a tiny zip kit.

Not only am I keeping this kit in my closet, it’s going in my luggage where ever I head out to…because it’s full of simple and effective solutions for those frustrating quandries we find ourselves in, and most often when we travel or are no where near having time to solve them. Ever nixed a blouse or dress you really wanted to wear for static cling reasons? Been surprised by that button-up that came out of the suitcase way too wrinkled to wear but you didn’t bring a backup…gotten makeup stains on your shirt or white jeans, or had the sudden need to re-wear something for whatever reason? Wine or sauce on something you rather not have it on? You can fill in the blanks on the various hiccups that come up with clothing, daily life, work, and travel.

The Laundress has invented a basic kit called the On The Spot Kit to insure your clothing against all the aforementioned disasters and countless more. The little soldiers in this bag stand ready to fight stains, wrinkles, odors, and accidents and preserve your day – and your clothing too and all in Laundress signature, fresh, clean, non toxic fragrances derived from all natural and essential oil bases.


It comes with three key little spray bottles:

  1. Static Solution – never say no again, just spray, shake it out and wear your clothing without cling-age.

2.  Crease Release – spritz, smooth, and wear.

3.  Fabric Fresh – Self explanatory, but also antibacterial and great for bags, shoes, cars, hats, scarves, leaving smokey atmospheres, etc.


Next, this little guy is your ace-in-hole against all unforseen stains. If you need to completely launder something, this has you covered too. It lasts a long time (ziploc it), you can spot treat everything from lipstick to mustard with it and rinse with tad of water for instant stain removal, or suds up and wash something completely.


For the most stubborn stains, immediately soak in Stain Solution upon removing your garment then launder for the best results. These packets are made for on the go moments, but you can get a full size bottle of this also. Never part with good clothing again…

The Scent of Paris

Back in the nineties, in the southeast, Atlanta was as global as it got when it came to shopping and sourcing, and back then it was well – still lacking in a lot of retail’s future ways. I was always forced to get creative and find things in catalogs pre-internet order days. Catalogs! The first time I found Benefit Benetint and Boiiing! concealer in that huge old paper Neiman Marcus catalog, I was ecstatic! Access. Via snail mail. So when my first trip to France happened (well before online was anything more than a novelty) you can only imagine what happened in my brain the day my feet first entered a French pharmacy. Products, hard-to-find amazing ones, for rows and rows and rows. You might call it a watershed moment.

My hair had become suddenly dry there in France for the first time in my life. Before that it had always been very oily, so while to this day I have no idea what caused it to dry up like the sahara, I suddenly had the need for moisturizing shampoo, and not the kind that makes your hair go flat. The bottle I chose was Phyto Phytojoba Chevreaux Secs and it was thick creamy yet gel-ish texture housed a really heavy glass bottle (I brought about six of those heavy glass bottles home with me, among many other things…the lack of luggage charges back then also dates me.)

DV8T3653The same formula sits on the side of my bathtub today (do we have to say how many years later? let’s not.) The same amazing scent, the shampoo that’s the perfect mix of hydration and supplier of natural volume. The bottle is a bit more modern and practical now, but the formula is still exactly the way I like it, perfect. I truly love this formula forever. It never weighs the hair down, it softens, it nourishes, and best of all, it smells like Paris.