It all starts out innocently enough: You start seeing someone, clocking more time together, and casually spend your morning shower dreaming about the day you can outfit their bathroom in less tragic beauty products. No? Just me? Occupational hazard, I suppose.
If you are involved with someone, it’s only natural they’ll get their hands on your beloved stash at some point. You’ll step into the bathroom to begin your morning routine and notice your favorite moisturizer is decidedly… less full than the last time you opened it. You’ll look at your S.O.’s glossy, nicely scented hair and wonder why that sheen is so familiar. Or you spend so much time hiding products from your roommate that you may as well apply for a marriage license. Either way, your products are dwindling, and it’s obvious why.
That being said, there’s nothing wrong with keeping multipurpose products around. You can split the bill and keep your overnight guest’s skin and hair looking fly to boot. Win-win. Keep scrolling for every product our love interests are consistently interested in.
“I think I’m just going to go home, relax, and do that Charlotte Tilbury mask” was an actual sentence my boyfriend uttered to me on the phone one day while he was driving home from work. My first thought was that he was mocking me—I talk about the mask from Charlotte to anyone who will listen, and perhaps he was making fun of something I would actually say. But no, he was dead serious. You know a mask is good when it’s the first thing your boyfriend wants to spend quality time with after a long day at work. (You can also read why exactly it’s so good.)
My boyfriend knows that the number one rule when it comes to skincare is this: no sulfates. (What can I say? I’ve taught him to treat his skin well.) Thus, this creamy, gentle cleanser from Context has been the cleanser of choice for both of us—for me because of the ingredients list, and for him because of the sleek design and packaging (and the fact I smile approvingly every time he uses it… well, in my mind this is why he likes it).
As a loving and slightly paranoid girlfriend, I made my significant other throw out all his antiperspirant deodorants because hello, aluminum. The only thing was now he needed an alternative—and my lightly scented Lavanila wasn't going to cut it (trust me, we tried). One day, I brought home the eucalyptus-scented, natural deodorant from Malin + Goetz, and he swiftly claimed it as his own. The all-natural formula outperformed all of the competition and kept him smelling fresh all day—so much so that he now gladly shells out $20 per tube to keep himself restocked.
I pray that my boyfriend steals my skincare products. He’s got troublesome skin—rosacea, eczema—and even though I have a veritable apothecary full of treatments, he’s just not into it. He does, however, get actively excited about this facial cleanser, which I recently added to the collection of three or four face washes I keep in my shower at all times. When asked to articulate why he liked it so much he said, “It made my skin feel extra clean, whereas some soaps feel like they leave residue behind.” Oh, boys writing beauty reviews.
My roommate is always stealing hair products from me—anything and everything texturizing. Once Ouai’s Wave Spray entered my life, this became the one product she came back for again and again. It delivers amazing beachy texture, but without the crunch you sometimes get with salt sprays. She finally purchased one of her own, so now I have mine back in my life full-time.
I have an affinity for long-haired men, so our hair products are always surprisingly sharable. This one is perfect to smooth and enhance post-bedhead curls. The scent—a mix of cucumber and fresh laundry—and putty-like texture makes it totally foolproof to apply and, as such, constantly empty. And, because it’s made with soy protein and natural plant extracts, there’s no weird waxy residue.
Fur recently launched this 100% natural oil specifically designed for ingrown hairs—it soothes skin and is a godsend for post-wax situations. And yes, you guessed it: I’m into beards. So more often than not, I’m dealing with a guy that has a scratchy, irritating beard and a few ingrowns of his own. This is the perfect solution to both those things. It softens hair and helps clear pores at the same time. That way, I don't head to work with a red face and he doesn’t pick at his delicate skin all day.
I always give myself a good spritzing when I wake up in the morning—mostly because it feels good but also because I know it’ll calm, soothe, and hydrate my tired skin. Past and present houseguests have seen me do this and, as time passed, continually asked for a spritz of their own. It’s a case of classical conditioning, Pavlov’s dogs and such: We wake up, and he’ll ask for the rose water. Don’t even get me started on the lavender eye pillow.
The other day, while in the shower, my boyfriend asked if I had any lotion he could put on wet skin. I thought this was an oddly specific thing to ask, but of course, I had a tube of Jergens amid the 10 other bottles of products in the shower. I love it because I hate applying lotion and feeling greasy post-shower, but this totally ameliorates that problem. He loved it, too—for the exact same reason.
Especially during wintertime, My boyfriend will ask me if I have any lip balm on me. Given that I always have about four tubes at the bottom of my bag every day, I’m happy to hydrate his otherwise chapped lips with a balm like this minty offering from Nivea.
Just in case you’re out too late with the aforementioned S.O., here are 6 tricks beauty editors use to wake up on time.