I've always traveled with St.Ives Apricot Scrub - but is it a liquid or not?
I'm not the only traveler carting along bath scrubs and bath salts and readers want to know if any of these products are carry-on friendly.
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Bath salts and bath bombs are therefore very TSA friendly and are one of my favorite non-liquid toiletries to bring along. My personal favourites are made by Lush, who produces some of the most creative bath bombs I've ever seen, as well as a play dough-like bubble bath bar. Take note that if you are buying or making homemade bath bombs with a significant quantity of dried fruit or botanical products in it, it may be considered an agricultural product by countries with strict quarantine rules.
Some bath salts are actually wet to the touch when the salts are coated with essential oils or bath oils. "Wet" bath salts or salt based body scrubs are NOT considered liquids. The salts do hold their shape outside of the container and they do not pour, spread, squeeze, or spray. The only concern would be if the oils were excessive and there was a layer of liquid oil on the top. My research revealed no instances of "wet" bath salts or salt based scrubs being challenged or confiscated by the TSA but ultimately individual agents are allowed to use their own judgement on these matters.
While bath salts are in the clear, body scrubs are not. While some are obviously liquids, with scrubbing beads suspended in a liquid gel, others can be quite thick. One travelers' staple is St. Ives Apricot Scrub - I love and and I always travel with it. It's so thick that it seems impossible that it could be considered a liquid - or is it?
I purchased a new container of St Ives, turned it on its side, and watched it for 3 hours. All in the name of research! It held the swirl at the top of the product and didn't move an inch. Doesn't seem very liquid-y to me! However, I CAN squeeze and spread it. I bet if i put it in cheesecloth and pressed it, liquid could come out. Sadly, body scrubs ARE considered liquids. While some might be very thick, they still belong in a 3-1-1 kit.
If you're looking for a TSA friendly body scrub or exfoliate, I recommend using a dry product. You can get 'gritty' soaps with oatmeal, herbs, and other embedded scrubbers. I love Eminence's Strawberry Rhubarb Derma-foliant, which is a dry powder you add to water to create a creamy scrub.
Finally, if you really want a traditional liquid scrub and want to bypass security, take heart. St Ives Apricot scrub is frequently sold at airport drug stores; and toiletry stores like the Body Shop are widespread. Chances are you can find everything you need on the other side of security!
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