Also known as toiletries, the person care product industry includes shaving products, oral hygiene products, and makeup. Shaving cream, razors, and aftershave are personal care products used for hair removal by both men and women. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss are personal care items that help maintain good oral hygiene and prevent disease. In addition, cosmetics are often seen as personal care items, though they are usually not as important as products that help maintain personal hygiene. Hotels and prisons often offer basic personal care products, such as toothpaste and toothbrushes, without charge.
Shaving products are used by both men and women to remove hair from areas of the body such as the face, head, and underarms. While many different types of personal care products exist to facilitate shaving, razors and shaving cream are the most common. Shaving creams are usually applied to wet skin to help prevent damaging it while using a razor. Modern razors have multiple blades arranged in a cartridge that is guided by a handle. Shaving soaps, brushes, and alternative hair removal products also exist.
Brushes, toothpaste, and floss are crucial to maintaining good personal hygiene. Most dentists recommend brushing at least twice daily and flossing after every meal. These products are often seen as basic personal care products that everyone should have. Therefore, they are often given away for free by dentists, hotel management, and prisons. People who do not brush or floss are at risk of disease and infection, some of which can prove fatal if left untreated for too long.
Cosmetic products are less about maintaining good personal hygiene, but they are usually still considered personal care products. Lip gloss, lipstick, and eyeliner are just some makeup products that fall under cosmetics. Although these beauty products are rarely considered to be among the basics, wipes to remove beauty products are one item that is often available for free at hotels.
Some personal care products are items that most people cannot safely or comfortably live without. For example, some men and women are uncomfortable if not given a method of hair removal. Without toothbrush and toothpaste, people can develop potentially fatal infections or disease. Therefore, such items are often provided in jails and hotels without charge, though a customer may have to specifically ask for the items in a hotel. Jails and prisons may give out different kinds of toothbrushes or floss to prevent inmates from using them as weapons against each other.