A simple grooming and hygiene kit for boys with lightly scented bath and body products that are perfect for tween and teenage boys. Grown up enough for the young man that he is without being overpowering. 3 in 1 Body Wash, soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, nail clippers, and soap all tucked away in a mini tool caddy. This post contains affiliate links.
Here are ten tips for talking to boys about hygiene without making it awkward.
I am in my 30’s, but I still feel like a young mom. That is, until I look at my (almost) 12 year old son. Then I feel incredibly old and wonder how on earth my baby turned into a handsome young man overnight! He is only a couple of inches shorter than me but wears a bigger shoe size than I do. He’s growing emotionally and physically and is a pretty awesome kid to hang out with. Seriously, the most easy-going boy, and I am so proud of the young man he is becoming. He is in the 5th grade and this is the year that they begin teaching the health units in school. You remember those, right? Where they separate the boys and girls and talk about “the changes”. We didn’t want him to feel uncomfortable or have a lot of questions beforehand so he and Dad had a talk about some of the things that may happen soon and some that he may already be noticing.
A few months ago he came downstairs, pointed to his nose and said, “What IS THIS?!?!?” That, my child, is a tiny pimple. It has begun. I remember being excited to be old enough to wear deodorant, shave my legs, and wear make-up. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t feel the same way right now so I didn’t want to make it sound like I was getting him a gift… because a hygiene kit is a pretty lame gift. I simply told him that I picked up a few things at the store that I think he might like to use.
What to include in a hygiene kit for boys (tween):
Hair gel or balm (my son likes this one)
Other ideas of things to include in a hygiene kit for boys (teen):
After Shave Cream
Facial pads (for mild acne)
First things first: deodorant for the days he has P.E. at school or feels like he may smell a little musty, and some new soap and body wash. He has outgrown the fruity kid soaps but doesn’t need cologne or anything overpowering. So I got him a 3 in 1 Body + Hair + Face Wash. I also got him a 3 pack of soap bars (Exfoliating and Hydrating), and a Hydrating Body Wash so that he can choose what he would like to use. They all smell fantastic and aren’t too strong. I went with the same brand to keep the scents similar, but there are many brands out there with pleasant scents that would be perfect for this hygiene kit for boys.
I tucked everything into a mini tool caddy so that he can keep it separate from the bath toys and other kiddie things in the bathroom. It will also make a great travel caddy for when he goes on trips.
What was his reaction? When I handed it to him and explained what it was he said, “Ok, can I use it today?” No awkwardness whatsoever. There are many changes that will happen these next few years and I hope he always knows that he can come to us with any questions he may have. Looking for more ways to talk to your tween about hygiene? Check this out.
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Summer Davis says
I have a 13 year old son and it’s crazy how badly they smell when they start hitting that puberty age. I feel like a young mom too, I’m not sure how I have a 13 year old, crazy. Love the hygiene kit! That tool bag is pretty awesome. #client
Diana Howell says
Thanks so much for this idea! I’ve looked everywhere for an adolescents’ grooming kit but they’re all geared for older men with shaving stuffs etc. I probably won’t find Irish Spring where I am but I now know what to look for. Thanks again, advice much appreciated!
Lynda MacKenzie says
How can I order this kit?
Hi Lynda! I put this kit together with items that I purchased at my local grocery store. You can order the little caddy here: https://amzn.to/1K1umsp