Call us pretentious, but we find the hand soap in public restrooms vile. The weird pink goop always smells funny and is extremely drying to hands. Luckily, Crabtree & Evelyn's soap leaves are the perfect remedy for making public-restroom hand washing more pleasant. The leaves are actually thin little sheets that turn into a sudsy lather when you rub your hands together under water. They come in scents like lavender and rosewater (smells way better than the generic pink stuff), and the pouch is thin enough to slide into your back pocket. So simple, yet so brilliant — and definitely a travel must-have.
$4 for a pack of twenty at Crabtree & Evelyn, 30 Rockefeller Ctr., at 50th St.; 212-582-0190.