Filipino Sachets

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Filipino Sachets

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I am all for anything which comes in a travel size, so was delighted by the sheer range of unusual items I found in various Manila shops.

They had all the things you might usually expect, but rather than miniature jars and bottles – the sort of quarter-size products you find in the travel section of UK pharmacies and supermarkets – these were like the sachets you tend to get as samples from the beauty counter.

And some of them held surprising things. I’ve had toothpaste in tiny tubes, for example, but never in a foil sachet. Ditto the liquid deodorant and ‘feminine wash’. For a swift night or two away in one location, they are actually just the thing.

Once I’d noticed these, I was also quite taken by the food items packaged in a similar way. There were literally dozens of sandwich spreads, cheese related products and even butter, none of them apparently needing refrigeration.

I realise that for some of the local population, storing food in a fridge isn’t an option, nor is the possibility of buying a larger and more expensive package of these things. Many of the available items could also make up part of a picnic which won’t expire before you get where you are going. Whatever your reason for buying products in sachets this small (and inexpensive), it is rather nice to see they are actually there on sale.