Luxury hotel toiletries worth stealing (or my favourite hotel toiletries!)

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 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: 8 of these 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. That said, I still travel with mine at all times, because you just never know.

Here are my Top Luxury Hotel Toiletries worth stealing:


Agua de Loewe

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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.

Find it at: Hotel Maria Cristina – a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian, Spain


Lux Resorts

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These are the ones you cannot buy. Which of course makes me want them even more. Developed exclusively by Lux Resorts using local ingredients and scents from where they have hotels, these products are amazing. I have had some ‘shipments’ from friends who have stayed over the past couple of years (since the day I discovered) and was delighted to receive a MASSIVE stock from their Maldives hotel when I recently visited this part of the world. And they are big sizes. (So if you go to Lux Maldives under my recommendation, be nice and ‘get some for me’).

Find it at: Lux South Ari, Maldives (read my review here)


L’Occitane Mer & Mistral

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As much as I love L’Occitane products, I always found it a little bit weird to see products from Provence in NYC or in beach properties. I discovered this range in Mexico recently and absolutely adored it. Same L’Occitane quality we are used to but with a better sense of place. The scent is divine and you don’t have to unscrew the tops like many others (which is one of my pet peeves) – the top just clicks open. Voila!

Find it at: Nizuc Resort & Spa, Punta Nizuc, Mexico


Asprey Purple Water

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These products 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.

Find it at: Hotel Villamagna, Madrid, Spain (read my review here)


Aromatherapy Associates

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This may be my favourite range 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.

Find it at: The Kensington Hotel and The Marylebone Hotel (read my reviews here and here).


Laboratoire Remède 

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I discovered this brand on various stays at St. Regis hotels from around the world and my most favourite item is actually missing from this photo – it is the face wash (called something ‘souflee’). I love it perhaps a bit too much – and I always find that a few bottles surprisingly make their way to my suitcase. The reason is because they are a very handy size (and my usual Clarins is quite big) and would last for a week’s trip, for example. I am also quite partial to its shower gel which has some little spheres in it.

Find it at: St. Regis Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi



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Mr. O voted this as his favourite range as, in his own words, ‘is not very girly’. I find Espa’s scents very soothing and long lasting and this is also one of our go-t0 brands at home.

Find it at: The Corinthia London (read my review here).


Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet

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Another great British gift to the world, which in recent year really came back to life. From all of Penhaligon’s scents, this is my absolute favourite – and I must confess I love their ‘really quite large’ bottles.

Find it at: Finca Cortesin (read my review here) and Belmond Reids Palace (read my review here).


And now, time for you to spill the beans… which were the best hotel toiletries that happened to make their way home with you? I won’t tell a soul, promise!


Mrs. O

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  1. Sandra

    June 4, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    You can buy the lux toiletries in the shop at lux belle mare too! I’ve just left and wish I picked some up, I assumed they’d be widely available! Arrghhh.

  2. Callista

    May 12, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    ☺️ Must admit that I love top hotel toiletries… Just stayed at Finca Cortesin and could not leave the very attractive Penhaligon bottles behind. Being back home, the smell brings me back to this fabulous place ! Another favorite of mine is Malin+Goetz (Delano-Miami), Asprey (Arts Barcelona), Floris (Conservatorium Amsterdam), Acqua di Parma, Miller Harris, Raffles Amrita Spa, ETRO, Hermes, Bulgari & Diptyque. Bit more common and supplied by many hotels: Molton Brown, which has a wide array of beautiful scents !

  3. Jill BARTH

    May 12, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Well that’s fun, and makes me want a hotel stay. I love finding Nuxe products at hotels in France…

  4. Clemente

    May 11, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Mrs. O you should look for the portuguese brands working with hotels produts as Saboaria e Perfumaria Confiança and Claus Porto!
    By the way some of the brand that you talk about are producing the soaps in Portugal!

  5. Jaime @angloyankophile

    May 11, 2016 at 9:59 am

    I am ALL about the hotel toiletries – so much so, that I often judge (don’t we all?) a hotel by the brand they choose to use for their toiletries. I remember being excited about Kiehl’s in one boutique hotel and ALL the Caudalie products and skincare samples I could hope for when we recently stayed at Les Sources de Caudalie in Bordeaux!

  6. Thomas Mulrooney (Hilden)

    May 11, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I might be a man, but I do love a good shampoo or shower gel. I’ll even admit to sneaking some of the other half’s washing supplies from time to time as they always make me feel so refreshing, ha!

    I’ve had the Asprey bottles a few times and they’re always a joy to use. Sadly, like yourself, I haven’t seen them around much lately, but maybe I’ve just been staying in the wrong hotels. In any case, it’s always part of the experience to discover what quality toiletries are in my hotel bathroom.

    Although when I take them home I always end up forgetting to use them, leaving to quite a collection that I end up throwing away. Opps!

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      May 11, 2016 at 9:38 am

      This is not just a girl’s pastime, I know that 😉 I now bring very few home as like everyone else, I did not use them, and I hate throwing them away 🙂

  7. Anna parker

    May 11, 2016 at 7:34 am

    They have the asprey at Cliveden, I love it – we brought loads home, there were little bottles everywhere! Mr P has always worn Blenheim Bouquet scent and I love it when I go away with work and it’s the smellie in the room!

  8. Carmen's Luxury Travel

    May 10, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Oooo, these all look great! I love L’Occitane hand cream. This was a fun read, thanks for sharing.

    Happy travels 🙂
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  9. Ben Montgomery

    May 10, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    I love this! I admit I used to collect toiletries from every hotel I visited and had a drawer full at one stage. For me, it was a bit like when you go to a destination and pick up a fridge magnet. I really like the C.O Bigelow Apothecaries that you’ll find at some Four Seasons properties. There’s also H20+ which I first found on a cruise line then at a major holiday destination in the U.S. The latter is a huge brand, but when you read the bottle and find it’s an “Exclusive Collection” just for that location, then it goes straight in the suitcase! 😉

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      May 10, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      I only bring 2 or 3 sets a year, so to speak as have no interest in having products go out of date (and personally I don’t like little bottles). But we all do it, and I love how everyone admits to it!

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      May 10, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      Interesting! At FS they do change the brands quite a bit depending on location, which is great.

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