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There is a distinction between personal hygienic items, which are necessities, and cosmetics, which are luxury goods solely used for beautification. In practice such sundries are often intermixed in retail store aisles.
Personal care includes products as diverse as cleansing pads, colognes, cotton swabs, cotton pads, deodorant, eye liner, facial tissue, hair clippers, lip gloss, lipstick, lotion, makeup, nail files, pomade, perfumes, razors, shaving cream, moisturizer, talcum powder, toilet paper, toothpaste, and wet wipes.
Typical toiletries offered at most hotels include:
- small bar of soap
- disposable shower cap
- small bottle of moisturizer
- small bottles of shampoo and conditioner
- toilet paper
- box of tissue
- face towels
- disposable shoe polishing cloth (on occasions)
- Tooth paste
A few examples of the major corporations in the personal care industry, illustrating the great diversity in the industry, include: