I love hotel bath amenities, just as I love airline pajamas and taking cooking classes while on vacation and recreating those recipes in my own kitchen.
It’s a part of bringing the road back home and connecting with travel and brands on an emotional level.
So I probably have a bit too much of a fascination when hotels change up their toiletries, the ones I don’t like I really don’t like probably way more than is justified, and the ones I do like I buy myself and use when I’m not on the road.
I miss Molten Brown at Westins, I’ve gone through phases where I like L’Occitane. And I’ve long detested Portico White Ginger, I’ve been following the saga of when Hyatt would replace it and was ecstatic when they finally did (and proud of my prediction 16 months in the making that Hyatt’s choice would be KenetMD, although in ultimately that was only for Hyatt Regency and Hyatt brands in North America). I even celebrated a little bit inside with the end of that Durian-smelling White Ginger stuff.
I know, true first world problems, but also the stuff of daily life, the kind of thing that makes us human.
Given that fascination I asked Hyatt if they could give me an understanding of their new brand standards in bath amenities, what were the final changes?
I did learn also that there are individual properties exempt from the brand standards, and that Andaz and Park Hyatt amenities aren’t changing.
Here’s a table with the new brands, first on the left side for Asia Pacific, Europe Africa and Middle East, and Latin America and then on the right side for US, Canada, and Caribbean
Le Labo at Park Hyatt is the Bergamot 22 stuff which have been in place for awhile, and which I find perfectly fine.
Andaz has amentiies which vary at the property level, I’ve enjoyed the C.O. Bigelow stuff I’ve had (which I first tried at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas).
The changes come into play with Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency and plain old “Hyatt” and Hyatt Place and Hyatt House in North America.
- June Jacobs at Grand Hyatt is perfectly fine though the body wash isn’t quite to my liking when actually put into practice. I had been getting the June Jacobs stuff at Grand Hyatts in Asia for awhile, and I do think it’s an improvement for North America now.
- Portico and Pharmacopia will be brand standard for Hyatt Regency and Hyatt brands outside of North America — but fortunately the there’s a new Portico scent (“Verbena”) which I haven’t tried but isn’t Durian. The Pharmacopia scent is “citrus.”
- I am really liking KenetMD, I think it’s a great choice and even grabbed a small bottle of the moisturizer which is sitting in my desk at work.
Probably truly minutiae, but minutiae that interests me (this post likely won’t get a lot of comments) and this is my blog.
What’s your favorite hotel toiletry brand, and who has it?