Best Multi-Purpose Products



  • as a blanket when flying long-haul
  • as a sarong on the beach
  • as a blanket on a hotel bed when the covers don’t keep you warm enough
  • as a headscarf on an extremely cold day (I live in Sweden!)
  • as a scarf or shawl
  • as a knee blanket
  • in lieu of a cardigan
  • in lieu of a towel in an emergency
  • Note: buy the best one you can. Real pashmina (from the Pashmina goat) is very light. The best mix is 70% Pashmina and 30% silk

There are several products I use all the time – for very different things.

Elizabeth ARden 8 hour cream

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

  • to soften cuticles
  • to soothe chapping and windburn
  • for flyaway hair
  • as a face mask for very dry skin
  • on heels, knees and elbows
  • Can also be used as a lip balm, a lip gloss, and a cheek and eye gloss


Försvarets Hudsalva

This is a salve originally given to Swedish soldiers, to heal the blisters caused by their boots. It can also be used for:

  • protecting and healing the pads under dogs’ feet
  • as a ski wax
  • as a butter/oil substitute when cooking
  • to calm frizzy hair and split ends.
  • on dry cuticles, elbows, knees
  • as a lip balm
  • as a facial moisturiser in extremely cold conditions


Elizabeth Anne’s Special Baby Shampoo

This is a South African wonder-product. It can be used in the following ways for non-babies:

  • shampoo for very dry hair
  • conditioner
  • cleanser
  • moisturiser
  • body lotion
  • shaving cream
  • bath milk
  • on cracked heels
  • Sunburn soother
  • for men after shaving
  • to prevent stretch marks
  • makeup remover


Freezer bags

  • to put a wet mini umbrella in so that I can put it back into my bag on a rainy day.
  • to hold a wet bathing suit when travelling back from the pool or beach
  • to hold litter, used underwear and shoes when travelling
  • to put over my head when using an intensive hair mask. Put a towel over it and blow it with a hairdryer.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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