What’s in my summer tote? Marvis, Soap and Paper, Good Earth Beauty, and Eddie Funkhouser

What’s in my summer tote? Marvis, Soap and Paper, Good Earth Beauty, and Eddie Funkhouser

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This summer I have been on more mini-vacations than ever!  So I’ve become really, really good at throwing together a quick overnight bag or a one day travel tote bag, whether I’m off the beach or off for an 8 hour car ride to pick up my daughter from camp. Here are four (or five, depending on how you want to count them!) items that are always in my summer tote.

Marvis Aquatic Mint Toothpaste

I have been a big fan of Marvis Toothpaste for years and years and I love the travel size ($6) tube! Lately I’ve been digging the Aquatic Mint flavor and I also love Jasmine Mint, the tube I recently finished. There are lots of cool flavors available and let’s face it…the packaging is so awesome, anyone pillaging your tote for lip balm is going to be impressed with how hip you are!

Soap and Paper Green Tea Shea Hand Cream

Soap and Paper Jasmine Shea Hand Cream

Soap and Paper Shea Hand Cream

Any bag I pack always has hand cream in it and Soap and Paper has the best hand cream in a perfect travel size. The Petite Shea Hand Cream ($9, 1 oz.) is thick and rich, with an elegant shea-based formula that totally soothes dry skin. It’s velvety goodness. The Green Tea scent is natural and clean and the Jasmine scent is dreamy and intoxicating. I can’t decide which is my favorite so I just pack both.

Good Earth Beauty Citrus White Grapefruit Perfume

Good Earth Beauty Citrus White Grapefruit Perfume

I love to have a refreshing fragrance at my fingertips and Good Earth Beauty has a perfect option – the rollerball Citrus White Grapefruit Perfume ($21). This is a gorgeous scent – light, refreshing, fresh as a summer’s day. The scent is an intoxicating combination of citrusy white grapefruit, tangerine, sweet orange, and mimosa. There isn’t any alcohol or water in this perfume, it’s straight up essential oils, so you only need a tiny amount to smell spectacular all day long. Love this, and you need it in your tote ASAP. Oh, it’s also vegan, organic, cruelty free and gluten-free.

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara

A simple swipe of mascara can take me from looking sickly to looking fantastic in three seconds, particularly with Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara ($13). One tube of mascara gives four different finishes, from natural to major drama.  I might do a quick swipe of #2 for a day look, and then later on add a coat of #4 for big, thick lashes.  What I love is this mascara never smudges or smears, regardless of the temperature or humidity.  It’s a perfect mascara to have in your summer tote!

I have a few more items in my summer tote, but these four (or five, since I can’t choose between the Jasmine and Green Tea Soap and Paper Hand Cream scents!) are constants. What are some of your must haves in your summer tote? – Lisa

PS – Speaking of the super talented Eddie Funkhouser, don’t forget to enter our giveaway for some of his lipsticks and lip glosses – enter HERE!


  1. I would love to try those hand creams from Soap and Paper. They look fabulous!

  2. I have wanted to try Marvis toothpaste for decades. Gotta break down and do it one of these days

  3. That rollerball sounds Amazing.

  4. These all look amazing! I love Eddie!

  5. Tabitha Wolff says

    The Soap and Paper Hand Cream packaging looks so cute!

  6. I’ve been traveling a lot too and keep a bag like this so I’m ready to go. I like your picks. The hand creams sound lovely!

  7. gloria patterson says

    all of these items look so good.

    I keep a backpack ready for long day trip or vacation. I throw all my samples in a divided box and keep my backpack repacked after each use.

    I like to keep a plastic zipper bag filled with what I just might need. Those little toothbrush filled w/toothpaste, deodorant, scents, and moisturizer, SPF protection, face wipes, hand creams, lipstick. I also have a book, water, wrap, hat and sunglasses. I am always the one that has what somebody needs. 🙂

  8. Totally love the EFmascara!

  9. I’m going to try Marvis. I admit I love tea and it’s not great for my teeth. Using this sounds like it’ll help.

  10. I need to revisit EF products. It’s been a while since I’ve tried something from them

  11. The Soap & Paper tubes are so cute! I am always a sucker for great packaging.

  12. I’ve never tried anything from Soap & Paper – the packaging is very cute; right up my alley!

  13. Great picks for your summer tote! I am a huge fan of Marvis toothpastes!