Anything you use for cleaning or grooming yourself is a toiletry. Your travel bag of toiletries might include tiny bottles of shampoo, dental floss, deodorant, and soap.

You'll often find this word in its plural form, toiletries. Aid organizations often distribute toiletries to disaster victims so they can clean and care for themselves. And when you pack for a trip, your toiletries are nearly as important as your clothing — without them, you can't brush your teeth or wash your hair! This word stems from toilet and its somewhat old-fashioned meaning, "the process of washing, dressing, and attending to one's appearance."

Definitions of toiletry
  1. noun
    artifacts used in making your toilet (washing and taking care of your body)
    synonyms: toilet articles
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    an astringent substance applied to the skin to reduce perspiration
    bath oil
    a scented oil added to your bath water
    bath salts
    a preparation that softens or scents a bath
    a toiletry designed to beautify the body
    cream, emollient, ointment
    toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin
    deodorant, deodourant
    a toiletry applied to the skin in order to mask unpleasant odors
    hair grease, hair oil, hair tonic, hairdressing
    a toiletry for the hair
    hair spray
    toiletry consisting of a commercial preparation that is sprayed on the hair to hold it in place
    any of various cosmetic preparations that are applied to the skin
    hair gel, hair mousse, mousse
    toiletry consisting of an aerosol foam used in hair styling
    essence, perfume
    a toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor
    any of various cosmetic or medical preparations dispensed in the form of a pulverized powder
    shaving cream, shaving soap
    toiletry consisting of a preparation of soap and fatty acids that forms a rich lather for softening the beard before shaving
    shaving foam
    toiletry consisting of a liquid preparation containing many small bubbles that soften the beard before shaving
    small brush; has long handle; used to clean teeth
    after-shave, after-shave lotion
    a fragrant lotion for a man's face after shaving
    Goa powder, araroba, chrysarobin
    a bitter yellow powder used to treat skin diseases
    aspirin powder, headache powder
    a powdered form of aspirin
    baby powder
    powder used to prevent a baby's diaper from chafing
    body lotion
    lotion applied to the body after bathing
    cold cream, coldcream, face cream, vanishing cream
    a cream used cosmetically (mostly by women) for softening and cleaning the skin
    cologne, cologne water, eau de cologne
    a perfumed liquid made of essential oils and alcohol
    depilator, depilatory, epilator
    a cosmetic for temporary removal of undesired hair
    Dover's powder
    a medicinal powder made essentially of ipecac and opium; formerly used to relieve pain and induce perspiration
    electric toothbrush
    a toothbrush with an electric motor in the handle that vibrates the head of the brush
    face powder
    cosmetic powder for the face
    hand cream
    moisturizing cream for the hands
    hand lotion
    lotion used to soften the hands
    a cosmetic used to highlight the eyes or cheekbones
    an emollient containing wool fat (a fatty substance obtained from the wool of sheep)
    make-up, makeup, war paint
    cosmetics applied to the face to improve or change your appearance
    nail enamel, nail polish, nail varnish
    a cosmetic lacquer that dries quickly and that is applied to the nails to color them or make them shiny
    nard, spikenard
    an aromatic ointment used in antiquity
    pachouli, patchouli, patchouly
    a heavy perfume made from the patchouli plant
    a cosmetic in a long thin stick; designed to be applied to a particular part of the face
    perfumes in general
    pomade, pomatum
    hairdressing consisting of a perfumed oil or ointment
    a jar of mixed flower petals and spices used as perfume
    rose water
    perfume consisting of water scented with oil of roses
    sun blocker, sunblock, sunscreen
    a cream spread on the skin; contains a chemical (as PABA) to filter out ultraviolet light and so protect from sunburn
    bath powder, dusting powder, toilet powder
    a fine powder for spreading on the body (as after bathing)
    eau de toilette, toilet water
    a perfumed liquid lighter than cologne
    astringent, toner
    a lotion for cleansing the skin and contracting the pores
    type of:
    instrumentality, instrumentation
    an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end
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