I've an odd question. Does anyone know what were common brand toiletry items used in the Philippines at the beginning of World War II? I'd like to put together an era appropriate kit for the uniform and gear I've assembled so far.
As far as I can tell, the contents of the kit were purchased by the individual. I haven't found any official 'government issue' items from the pre/early war years. It's an odd detail to fuss over I guess.
This is what I've mocked up for a representative toiletry kit. I tried using the logic of a man with limited space, so went with the Gem Junior razor and the brushless shaving cream. Except for the mirror, toothbrush and hand towel, the rest are authentic. Even the soap with a 1940 copyright. (Who the hell doesn't open a bar of soap for 70+ years?)
Glad to hear it. Also, I found my guesses were correct on the use of brushless shaving cream and tooth powder. Hardscrabble farm has a page from the 1942 Officer's Guide on packing the Musette Bag that states tooth powder, not toothpaste, should be carried and that brushless cream is better than a soap stick.