Gear and Clothing : What to Bring
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Year Released: 2005

Size: 4

Reviewer Info:

I travel about 4 months a year on active cultural trips around the world.  Traditional travel clothing (zip-off pants and skirts, shirt/jackets etc) generally are fine on the trail but you look like a tourist! I’m tired of looking frumpy in Florence, wearing Khaki, and having pants that sag in the butt. I have long legs so almost every pant is short unless they have a Long or Tall option.


I was introduced to Countourwear at the Outdoor Retailer Show Feb. of 2005 and received a packet of products in time to take on my 5 week/1 suitcase active travel trip in June of 2005.  When I travel I only take my favorite things and those I can wear over and over (and over) again. They have to be versatile enough to hike in all day, go out to nice restaurants at night, and even stand up to occasional night club dancing extension.  It is a tough job, especially in Europe when you want/need to look great (keeping up with the Italians!).  My Contourwear Ensemble had a real test on its hands.

What I Liked:

I LOVE this stuff. I’ll review the items separately later but they are basically functional and fashionable travelwear with great features, design, cut, fabric that a hasn’t been available for the discriminating women traveler before.

Room for Improvement:

Some of the pieces didn’t fit or had some features that weren’t practicle or could be adjusted.
The pants sizes see accurate but the tops run a bit small for all the women that tried them so, choose a larger size for the top and smaller for the bottom.

Ideal for:

Active Travel
Looking great around town, in the city, on the trail when you only can bring one medium size suitcase or carry on.
Around town! these are pieces I don’t put in the “travel pile” of things I don’t want to see again until I hit the road!

Reviewed by Kathy Dragon

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Monday, September 05, 2005
Suggested Retail:$4.79

Size: 8 OZ

Color or Scent: Lavender

Reviewer Info:

What does “Castile” mean? Is the bar soap also a castile soap like the liquid? What is the difference between the bar and liquid soaps? 
In earlier centuries, an all-vegetable based soap was made in the Castile region of Spain from local olive oil. By the turn of this century, “Castile” had come to mean any vegetable oil-based soap, versus animal (tallow) fat-based soap. “Pure-Castile” is now also your guarantee that what you are using is a real ecological and simple soap, not a complex blend of detergents with a higher ecological impact due to the waste stream during manufacture and slower biodegradability. Unfortunately, many synthetic detergent blends are deceptively labeled as “Liquid Soap” even when they contain absolutely no soap whatsoever.

At first glance:

Dr. Bronner’s Soap, our favorite all-in-one organic travel soap, now comes in a 8 fl oz. size in wonderful selections (we like the lavender) as well as
Tea Tree


Ingredients of Lavendar Liquid Soap: Water, Saponified Organic Coconut & Olive oils (w/ retained Glycerin), Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Lavandin & Lavender Oils, Citric Acid, Vitamin E

Through the Ringer:

On my recent 5 week active travel stint in Italy, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia I tried to use the soap sparingly.  Two bottles lasted me the 5 weeks. Best part was my clothes smelled GREAT…and when you are wearing the same items repeatedly that counts for a lot!

What I Liked:

The 8 oz size is PERFECT for traveling…larger sizes for home use or refill. No need to feel guilty disposing of the bottles as they are made of 100% post consumer recycled plastic. 

Ideal for:

Travel laundry and body washing

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