I have a strange curiosity about the logic behind how bath products are selected by hotels. The most glaring question is what was Hyatt thinking when they selected Portico White Ginger products for a majority of their properties. It repulses just about everyone I know in the travel world. In fact, last weekend I was visiting Boston and the friend I was staying with grabbed some of the Sheraton’s Shine bath products to-go knowing we’d be staying at a Hyatt Regency with the Portico products for the weekend.
I started collecting bath products a couple years ago as several programs in my company started collecting hotel bath products and shipping them to third world countries. I also like to collect enough for my personal use from a few of my favorite hotel stays. Scent has that strange ability to tap into your memory and bring you back to a place or vacation. I always will collect from the W and the St. Regis properties plus any other unique brands found at high end or unique hotel properties. It dawned on me this morning that I currently running a healthy surplus of excellent bath products.
Bliss (Top Left)
Bliss products smell pretty fruity and are found at pretty much all W hotels. For some reason, most of my male colleagues prefer Bliss products more so than females. I received these larger 4 oz. size bottles while staying at a Suite at the W Hong Kong. The standard rooms had normal sized Bliss products.
Aesop (Bottom Left)
Aesop is an Australian company whose line of products I received while staying in a Park Suite at the Park Hyatt Tokyo on a recent trip to Japan. These products have an extremely strong smell which I didn’t like at first but have since grown on me. This is now my favorite product I’ve ever received from any hotel.
Bulgari/Shiseido (Top Right)
The Bulgari brand name puts these products at the highest selling price of the 5 brands listed. I received these products while staying in a Suite at the Westin Miyako Kyoto. The standard rooms had standard Westin Heavenly Bath products (Think the soap shaped as a green leaf).
Remede Spa (Bottom Right)
Remede Spa products are featured at most St. Regis hotels. I received this set in November at The St. Regis Princeville Resort in Kauai. These are probably my least favorite of the four but still make my keepers cut.
How about you?
What are your favorite hotel bath products? What is in your cabinet?