Many people bring home every little bottle of shampoo they find. In all honesty, I actually don’t – because at home I do not have 1.5 showers and don’t want my shower filled with mini hotel shampoo bottles. But I am not judging – why? Because very very rarely, I do bring some of those babies home. And only when these luxury hotel toiletries are really worth ‘stealing’.
I have discovered many a brand through hotel stays (and airlines too) and if I love them, I will purchase them at a later date – and I stay true to my word: these luxury hotel toiletries have a regular place at the Os. One of them, you really can’t buy (but there are always ways!).
This is a very personal choice – there are better known brands out there, but I found that with those brands, I tend not to like the shampoo and in 99% of times, the conditioner. I sometimes wonder if hotels actually have people try the hotel amenities before presenting them to customers – weirdly enough, the few times I actually asked, I was told that they hadn’t tried the shampoo. I still travel with my beauty essentials at all times, because you just never know.
Here are my top luxury hotel toiletries and amenities worth stealing (or buying yourself):
I was first introduced to Susanne Kaufmann in Portugal from all places. Since that discovery, I ‘surrendered’ to this Austrian lady’s products – the kits she does are nothing short of amazing and the bath oil is probably the best my money can buy.
Bamford is the flagship skincare range by Lady Carole Bamford, who is also the brains behind the award-winning British organic food and lifestyle brand Daylesford.
I have featured their products a few years ago (I really like their hand wash and bath oil) and was very surprised to find them as a hotel toiletry… in California, of all places.
Find it at Malibu Beach Inn, California
Agua de Loewe
I grew up with this smell (and my mother’s love for this brand) – it just reminds me of Spain. Now part of the LVMH empire, it has a lovely surprise to become re-acquainted with this Spanish classic.
We loved it so much, we each bought the “his and hers” perfume versions before we even finished our recent trip to San Sebastian.
A wonderful surprise – it smells of pure bliss. Orange blossom and heat, to be precise. I have only come across this brand in very few hotels and have since bought their perfume as well.
Find it at: Four Seasons Marrakesh
Asprey Purple Water
These hotel amenities just make you want to shower 1000 times a day. I find them very hard to find nowadays, so it does bring me great joy when I see them at a hotel. I think it is the only occasion when I bring hand lotion home, as it comes in a squeeze tube and it simply smells divine.
This may be my favourite range of hotel toiletries of all – and very popular with our guests at Maison O’Reilly. The conditioner is one of the best I have ever had, and I buy various products from Aromatherapy Associates very often. I really cannot recommend them enough.
The Golden Door Spa in California is considered by many ‘the best destination spa in the world’ and one thing you get when you check in, is a whole range of beauty products that you get to take home. I have purchased their face cleanser because it is divine and I love their face scrub and peel away masque.
Find it at The Golden Door
Buy it from Neiman Marcus
Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet
Another great British gift to the world, which in recent years really came back to life as you can find their range of hotel toiletries in a very select handful of hotels. From all of Penhaligon’s scents, this is my absolute favourite – and I must confess I love their ‘really quite large’ bottles.
Get it from Harrods (£33)
And now, time for you to spill the beans… which were the best hotel amenities that happened to make their way home with you? I won’t tell a soul, promise!
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