toiletry

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
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n artifacts used in making your toilet (washing and taking care of your body)

Synonyms:
toilet articles
Types:
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antiperspirant
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
cosmetic
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
lotion
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
powder
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
toothbrush
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
highlighter
a cosmetic used to highlight the eyes or cheekbones
lanolin
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
pencil
a cosmetic in a long thin stick; designed to be applied to a particular part of the face
perfumery
perfumes in general
pomade, pomatum
hairdressing consisting of a perfumed oil or ointment
potpourri
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
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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