5 Gym Bag Beauty Essentials {under $20}

My five favorite, affordable gym bag beauty essentials to take you from workout to work or studio to street in minutes.

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You’ve been asking for more lifestyle and ‘favorite products’ posts, so I’m sharing my five gym bag beauty essentials. These simple, affordable, and mostly natural beauty products allow me to go from workout to work in minutes. 

It seems like every time I leave the house, I have at least three different bags in tow — workout bag, work/computer bag, purse, diaper bag, and I used to have my breast pump bag too. Can any other bag ladies out there relate?! And since I only have two arms, I’m not looking to add any more bags to the pile of stuff I have to haul around unless it’s absolutely necessary!

So I’ve narrowed down the products in my gym bag to these top five beauty essentials I use daily {and love}. The best part, they are all under $20. 

From a natural, aluminum-free woman’s deodorant and an amber oil to the best dry shampoo and more; these five gym bag beauty essentials will keep you smelling and feeling fresh all day, even after the toughest sweat sessions.

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5 Gym Bag Beauty Essentials 

Lume Deodrant {$12.99}

Finally, a natural, aluminum-free woman’s deodorant that actually works! I’ve tried so many natural deodorants, but always returned to using my husbands men’s degree because the natural ones didn’t work {or they stained my clothes}.

But Lume does work! In fact it’s been clinically tested for up to 48 hours of odor control. Additionally, Lume is water-based so it won’t stain your clothes. It’s a fairly new product that was invented by Shannon Klingman, a local Minnesota MD, so it’s currently only available for purchase via the Lume website here.

Lume Deodorant

Kristin Ess Dry Shampoo {$14.00}

What did women do before dry shampoo?! Oh yea, put baby powder in our hair and hope no one would notice the slight white tint in our hair.

I owe this product find to Lee over at Fit Foodie Finds. It’s amazing, plain and simple. It does the job, smells fabulous and you can get it at target. Honestly, it’s more expensive than the dry shampoo I was using, but this Kristin Ess dry shampoo is worth every penny {coming from a mama who washes her hair about twice a week, and sweats around six days a week}. 

Dry Shampoo - gym bag essentials

Whole Foods Amber Oil {$9.99 at Whole Foods for a 5ml bottle or $17.49 on Amazon for a 10ml bottle

This is one of my favorite finds to share with you guys because everyone who’s tried it, loves it! It’s a little perfume rollerball that gives off a subtle scent of amazingness! My good friend was wearing this while she was pregnant, I fell in love with the scent and have been wearing it ever since. 

You can get a 5ml bottle of this oil at Whole Foods for $9.99 or a 10ml bottle on Amazon for $17.49 {trust me you’re going to want the 10ml bottle}?! Either way it’s pretty affordable for an all-natural perfume oil!

Whole Foods Amber Oil Perfume

Aquaphor {$4.99}

I didn’t start using Aquaphor until I became a mom, but now I always have one in my purse/diaper bag {especially during dry Minnesota winters}.

Use it on your lips for a natural gloss, your extra-dry hands, elbows, feet, your baby’s bottom or entire body…basically you can use this moisturizing product anywhere. 

Aquaphor - gym bag beauty essentials

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptide Sticks {$34 for 20 stick packs}

If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time you know I love my Vital Proteins. I always have these collagen stick packs in my gym bag and purse as an easy source of high-quality, post-workout protein. 

Collagen is the vital building block of our bodies skin, hair, nails, bones, and joints. I love adding my collagen peptides to my coffee, green smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, oat balls and more!

Vital proteins - gym bag beauty essentials

Other Beauty Products I Like to Have in my Gym Bag

  • Oribe Hair Oil {$38} – I asked my hair stylist if I only invested in one hair product what should it be and she said Oribe Hair Oil, so I’ve taken her word for it. I apply it to my wet hair post-shower on the days I wash my hair. A great product to help keep your hair healthy, especially during dry Minnesota winters, and it smells amazing too. 
  • Honest Baby Wipes {$3.95} – for those moments when you can’t shower after class, I pack my son’s baby wipes for a quick wipe down in the bathroom. 
  • Make-Up Essentials:
  • Rodan + Fields Lash Boost {$160} – I’ve officially given up my lash extensions which happened to stunt the growth of my real lashes so I’ve heard wonders about this Rodan + Fields Lash Boost and I’m giving it a try. Just a swipe across the eye before bed…I hope it works, because it’s expensive! Speaking of lashes I’m back in the market for a good mascara and I’m open to suggestions!
  • Vital Proteins Beauty Boost Capsules {$49 for 90 capsules} – rich in biotin and Vitamin C, Vital Proteins Beauty Boost helps the body produce collagen, the building block for supporting healthy hair, skin, and nails, digestion, and bone and joint health. 

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2 comments
  1. Have you tried Castor Oil for your eyelashes (YouTube it). I’ve only remembered to do it twice before bed, so I don’t have a review yet, but I bought an organic bottle on Amazon for $15. For mascara, I’m currently likely Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara. Its rated as a 2 on EWG and super affordable. I was trying out the LANCÔME Monsieur Big Mascara, which was decent, but I actually prefer the Maybelline . Have also heard good things about TARTE Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara, but haven’t tried.

    • Thanks for all the details and product sharing Ashley! Castor Oil for lashes…who would’ve thought?! I’ll have to look into it, and keep me posted on your experience! And you’re like the third person to suggest TARTE mascara so I may have to give that one a try! Again thanks for all the feedback and thanks so much for checking out this post. xo-Lindsey