Published on May 7, 2019

A two-in-one beauty product probably incites one of two reactions: a positive “It saves me time and effort!” or a skeptical “they’re too good to be true.” Whatever your response, it’s impossible to deny these multitaskers’ reputation for being both convenient and less than effective. Think of those drugstore two-in-one shampoo-and-conditioners that leave your locks limp and dry or that bodywash-and-lotion that neither seems to wash nor moisturizer effectively.

Most beauty aficionados have faced the cold, hard reality of the single-use product lifestyle—each product in your medicine cabinet probably has one job and one job only. Well, friends, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. A handful of truly amazing, multipurpose products are popping up on the market all in the name of saving you time, space, money, and effort.

Whether you’re downsizing while jet-setting or just looking for products that can help you get out the door faster in the morning, these double—or even triple or quadruple—duty items will get the job done without having to compromise. How lucky are we? Let us count the ways.


With the buzziest of buzz, this brand-new eye and lip cream duo is ushering in a whole new world of multipurpose. The skin around your eyes and lips is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your face, which is why a two-in-one for those two spots is wildly convenient. It moisturizes deeply with the super trio of hyaluronic acid, avocado oil, and squalane, as well as blueberry extract for an added boost of antioxidants. On top of hydrating, it dries quickly and makes for a smooth surface under makeup.

Your scalp is really just an extension of your skin, so it loves a good scrub. Thankfully, Ouai has combined two musts into one jar, streamlining your shower products. This scalp and body scrub exfoliates away dead skin cells and product buildup with a sugar crystal–based scrub, leaving behind bouncy, shiny hair and glowing skin. What more could you ask for?

Want that second-day, lived-in look, but right out of the shower? This two-in-one shampoo is perfect for you then. It acts as a cleanser and a texturizing hair product in one, leaving hair with a little grit (it actually deposits a bit of clay powder) and a whole lot of volume. That type of texture isn’t for everyone, but it’s fantastic for those who want their locks to have that not-too-perfect, rock-and-roll look.

Forget two-in-ones, as this product is a triple threat: It’s a cleansing balm; a deeply hydrating and regenerating mask; and a healing balm that can be used to soothe dry skin, cuticles, elbows, and feet. Made of organic sea buckthorn oil, a plethora of vitamins, and rosehip and camellia oils, this multitasker can be slathered on for anything and everything. Plus, it has a heady, natural jasmine scent that makes you want to slather it on for perfume, too, which you totally could.

The entire brand of Lilah B. is dedicated to streamlining products, and one of its most popular items is this lip and cheek duo. It’s the perfect bridge between wearable and bold color; you’ll only need a dab to notice a difference and you can use your fingers to apply it without a mirror. You could even use the product as an eyeshadow, too, to really simplify your beauty routine. Who knows? It could turn you into one of those chic, low-maintenance individuals who only needs to bring the tiniest makeup bag on a trip.

Looking to add a multipurpose product beyond the bathroom? Grab this liquid soap—it’s in a refillable glass jar and it works for everything, including hands, bodies, dishes, animals, surfaces, and more. It’s foaming without the chemicals, scented but not overly so, and long-lasting. In other words: It’s perfect.

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