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DIY Men’s Grooming Kit – The Essential Wash Bag Products

Men's Grooming
Thursday, 15th November, 2018

DIY Men's Grooming Kit - The Essential Wash Bag Products

When it comes to male grooming, it’s important to have a good routine, and have all the required products in your arsenal. But you don’t need to rely on getting lots of products from the same brand, you can actually build your own DIY Men’s Grooming Kit.

There are some items which are must have products in your regime, and then there’s some which don’t need to be used every day, or are specific for guys with different needs.

What products should you include? I’ll go through my essential daily products which I recommend using, and what you should have in your bathroom ready to go.

Why Create Your Own Grooming Kit?

Creating your own grooming kit can be used for various things. If you’re on the go, or just want to keep things organised, it’s the perfect way of ensuring you give your grooming that all important attention. Some uses of a kit can be:

  • Daily Grooming Essentials
  • A kit for travel
  • A kit for the gym

Products To Include In Your Wash bag

When you’re creating your kit, you’ll want to think about what products to include in the wash bag. This can vary depending on your own usage of the products, and what you’ll want to use on a daily basis. I would recommend that you include:

  • Toothpaste, Toothbrush & Mouthwash
  • Hair Product
  • Face Wash
  • Body Wash
  • Deodorant/Antiperspirant
  • Razor, Shaving Gel & Post Shave Balm
  • Moisturiser
  • Fragrance/Cologne
  • Wash bag

Toothpaste And Mouthwash For Your Men's Grooming Kit

Toothpaste, Toothbrush & Mouthwash

Dental hygiene is always important, so it’s always a good idea to include toothpaste, mouthwash and of course a toothbrush. When it comes to using these at home, I have an electric toothbrush, but if you’re on the go, or travelling, it’s easy enough to swap this out for an old fashioned manual toothbrush which will get the job done.

For quite some time I’ve kept to more or less the same products, using Blanx and Listerine in my dental care. I like both products and they work well, but I am easy going with these, and can change them if needs be.

Hair Product

There’s no doubt that you’ll need to style you’re hair, so including a small amount of hair product should be a must. Whether you use clay, way, putty or other hair products, make sure you’ve got one that’s good to go for your wash bag.

Personally I prefer fibre wax or texture clay, I’ve always found that works better with short hair.

Deodorant, body wash and face wash for your kit

Face Wash

When it comes to keeping your face fresh, a dedicated face wash is going to be a good thing, but when it comes to your face, for a full regime, there’s lots of different products you’d need. There’s a scrub, cleanser, moisturiser and an all round face wash, which could be excessive for an average grooming kit.

An all round face wash could be the one to go for, which will do the job it’s made for.

Body Wash

Picking our a shower gel or body wash is going to be pretty easy, and make sure you get the right one for you. There’s the scented or fragrance-free options, with my personal choice an unscented shower gel, and use a dedicated scent by the way of a deodorant or preferably aftershave/cologne.


Perhaps one of the most important items in any wash bag is the Deodorant or Antiperspirant. Nobody wants to smell bad, and if you sweat, or even if you don’t, you’ll want to smell fresh. Packing a can of body spray is a must, it’s a case of choosing your favourite.

I love to go for the Dove Men+Care range, and love the clean comfort Antiperspirant. It has that fresh clean smell which isn’t overpowering, and comes in a compressed can, which is small but still packs in a lot of use.

Razor, Shaving Gel & Aftershave Balm

If you’re going away for a few days then shaving is inevitable, even if you’re growing a beard, you’ll need to keep it on point. It’s a choice of wet or electric shave, and I would always go for the wet shave. A simple razor with shaving gel, and that all important aftershave balm is what’s required.


For keeping your skin smooth, especially your face, moisturiser is the product to use. A daily moisturiser routine can work wonders, and it should be something which you are doing. If you’re using post shave balm every day that should also be able to aid in moisturising your skin, if not you should use this.


It should go without saying that a good fragrance should be in your bag. There’s no need to have a large number from your collection in your bag at any one time, but keeping one for daily use is something you should do.

I recommend using one which is an all rounder of a scent, which is going to be a lighter fragrance. Issey Miyake Pour Homme is a great choice when you need a go to fragrance which can cover any situation.

Wash Bag

When it comes to picking out a wash bag, you’ll need to select one which is big enough to store all of your products. As you can imagine, the size will depend on how many products, and how large each of the products are.

It’s best to get the smallest versions of each product so it’s less weight to carry. If you’re building a travel kit, you can get special travel sized versions of things such as shampoo, body wash, toothpaste and more.


And there you have it, your very own DIY Men’s Grooming Kit. It’s an essential kit but is also very simple thing to put together yourself to make sure you’re at the top of your game on a daily basis. It covers your must have products for a daily routine, all you have to do is select yours, pack them and you’re set for every day grooming.

What products will you be carrying in your wash bag?

Michael Adams

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Michael Adams is the founder and editor of Michael 84, blogger from Newcastle, UK. Sharing men's fashion tips, style advice and lifestyle information for all guys.

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