Lotion Bars bypass TSA Liquids Rule

What Skin Care is okay to Take On Board (TSA liquids and more)?

Don't risk having your favorite products whisked away...

I fly to San Diego at least once a year. Every time I fly, I always take time to review the TSA requirements to find out what I can take or not take on board in my carry-on bag.

I don't want my Lavender Roll-on, my shampoo bar, toothpaste or my Simply Shea Facial confiscated before boarding. Is your skincare TSA-proof? Read on...

8 tips to get your skincare through TSA

  1. Are your shampoo, foundation, and perfume stored in containers that each weigh less than 3.4 ounces? Those rules are posted below.
  2. Can all of your above liquid products, when combined (or any liquid skincare product), fit inside a quart size bag? If not, use small replacement containers to get them in the bag.
  3. Can you swap out any liquid products for solid products? (Beesilk lotionBug Block, and shampoo bars are some suggested alternatives).
  4. Pack a tooth powder instead of a toothpaste. See my recipe below.
  5. Take samples rather than full containers. (Need a lotion bar or soap sample? Ask us for one in your next order.)
  6. Liquid, gel and aerosol items all must abide by the 3.4 oz rule, so it's best to pack those separately in the quart size zipper bag. You only get to take one bag of those products.
  7. Make a solid perfume to replace your liquid one.
  8. Facial creams are also monitored. Simply Shea is technically more of an emollient than a cream, and it comes in a 2 oz container, so you should be fine. If you have a space concern, transfer some into a smaller container.


Official 3-1-1 TSA  Liquids Rule

You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. This is also known as the 3-1-1 liquids rule.

TIP: Have something you're not sure about? You can follow TSA on Instagram or Twitter and post your pic. They'll let you know if yay or nay. Go click that Instagram link - the posts they have there are informative and hilarious!


  • 1 TBS baking soda
  • 4 TBS bentonite clay or kaolin clay
  • A few drops of peppermint, tea tree, clove and/or myrrh essential oils. 
Place ingredients in a container and shake. To use, dust onto a toothbrush, add water, and brush. Your teeth will feel cleaner than regular toothpaste with this.
Optional: add a bit of activated charcoal as a tooth whitening ingredient.



What passes TSA? How about these?

Liquid medication: medications in liquid form exceeding the 3.4 ounce limitation are allowed in carry on bags. (source)

Tweezers are allowed (source)

Hair spray (aerosols) are fine if under the 3.4 oz maximum rule.

Hair gels in more solid form, and butters, could be iffy. Honestly, I'll bet it could depend on the room temperature and if the product is soft or solid.

A jar of live bees (for real!). TSA doesn't make that decision... it's up to the individual airline.


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