The Best Hotel Toiletries: Where to Try and Buy

The best hotel toiletries Loews Regency New York

Using hotel toiletries can often be a disappointing experience — the flimsy soaps dry out your skin, the shampoos leave your hair feeling greasy and only half-cleaned, and worst of all, you've never heard of half of the brands! However, there are some well-known companies that offer luxurious and effective travel-sized products at resorts and hotels around the world. After you enjoy the best shampoos, body lotions, and more, from top brands like Fresh, L'Occitane, and C.O. Bigelow, buy full versions for yourself online. 
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Renaissance Hotels feature Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo and other Aveda bath products. Nordstrom

When we tried salon-staple Aveda’s Rosemary Mint Shampoo, we knew it stood out from regular hotel shampoos. The formula, which contains rosemary and peppermint, protects hair from damage while still giving it definition and body. Its energizing scent also makes it a great product with which to start your day. Use it in the morning and you'll be ready for a jam-packed day of sightseeing.

Salon staple Aveda offers its Rosemary Mint collection, which contains rosemary and peppermint to invigorate the hair and body. The shampoo, which is best for those with thin to normal hair, is supposed to defend strands against damage while still giving them definition and body. The scent alone might win some over.

Where to Try: Renaissance Hotels nationwide

Where to Buy:; $13.50–$40 for full-size bottles from 8.5-oz to 1L

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Julien Farel Vitamin Shampoo Julien Farel

This line is the brainchild of celebrity hairstylist Julien Farel, whose past clients have included stars such as Kate Moss, Richard Gere, and Giuliana Rancic. The brand’s Vitamin Shampoo similarly aims high—the breakthrough Anti-Aging Balance Technology supposedly preserves color and brightens hues, while vitamins make strands more resilient against breakage. 

Where to Try: Some Loews Hotels locations, including Loews Regency Hotel, New York

Where to Buy:; $23 for a full 6.8-oz size

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Beekman 1802 Fresh Air Conditioner The Algonquin Hotel

Named after William Beekman’s farm, built more than 200 years ago in Upstate New York, Beekman 1802 aims to use natural products and work with local farmers and artisans to produce its wares. (Its owners are travelers, too, having competed on CBS's The Amazing Race.) The company’s commitment to purity shows in its Fresh Air line, which was inspired by the simplicity of life in the countryside. The entire collection, which includes body lotion, shower gel, and even bath salts, has earned rave reviews online, but one of the clear standouts is its conditioner. The product’s formula is versatile and keeps hair smooth in the driest of New York winters and frizz-free during the hottest summer days. The faint citrus fragrance also makes it great for daily use.

Where to Try: Refinery Hotel and Algonquin Hotel, New York City; The Lenox Hotel, Boston

Where to Buy:; $7.50 for a full 8-oz. size

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Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit Bath & Shower Gel Fresh
Fresh's line of lipcare products has cult followings, but its skincare line is worth discussing as well. The Hesperides Grapefruit Bath & Shower Gel has a formula that packs a punch: shea butter to comfort, citrus fruit extracts to revitalize, and vitamins C and E to protect. The refreshing scent, which has hints of pink grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine, will linger all day.

Where to Try: Meritage Collection hotels, including Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa Barbara, and The Meritage Resort and Spa, Napa Valley

Where to Buy:; $20 for a full 300-ml size

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Caudalie Fleur de Vigne Shower Gel Caudalie

Caudalie’s story began in the vineyards of Bordeaux, France, and the product ingredients actually come from the grapevine where the company was established in 1995. The Fleur de Vigne Shower Gel, which has fruity notes like mandarin orange and grapefruit, and more musky scents like cedar, reflects the brand’s emphasis on the power of the outdoors. Its founders may have intended that the scent would linger even after a day of wine tasting, lounging at the beach, or even just walking around the city.

Where to Try: The Plaza Hotel, New York City

Where to Buy:
; $12 for a 200-ml size
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Hermès Eau d'Orange Verte Soap Hermès

From the fashion house that crafts sought-after handbags such as the Birkin, the Eau d'Orange Verte soap is classic French luxury in a refined, perfume-infused package. Formulated with the brand's acclaimed fragrance, it has an enticing scent, with woodsy and fruity notes. It may be too fragrant for some, but for those who enjoy scented bars, Hermès is not a bad place to start (especially on vacation).

Where to Try: Some Sofitel hotel suites

Where to Buy:; $31 for a full 3.5-oz size

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L'Occitane Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap - Verbena L'Occitane
L'Occitane has an international, globetrotting history: The brand began at the local markets of Provence, and soon its founder realized the nourishing qualities of shea butter, after seeing it used by women in Sub-Saharan Africa, and now it has more than 2,000 boutiques worldwide. Olivier Baussan saw the usefulness of shea butter in 1976, and since then, the ingredient has been a staple in many L’Occitane products—the brand even has a shea butter collection. In particular, the shea butter soap is a useful everyday product. It’s moisturizing, lemony, and made with a 100 percent vegetable base, so it’s never overpowering.

Where to Try: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki

Where to Buy:; $7–$12 for full-size soaps from 3.5-oz to 8.8-oz

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L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream L'Occitane
It's not every day that guests can find a dedicated hand cream waiting for them by the hotel sink, so they'll want to stock up on L'Occitane products when it's available. One of the brand's most popular products, this cream has won over beauty editors and hotel guests alike.

What makes it a must-have? An ultra-rich, shea butter-packed formula that leaves hands feeling incredibly moisturized without feeling the least bit greasy. Add in almond extracts and coconut oil, and it's the gold standard for hand creams everywhere.

Where to Try: Four Seasons Resorts nationwide

Where to Buy:; $12–$28 for full 1-oz. and 5.2-oz. sizes 

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C.O. Bigelow Lavender & Peppermint Body Lotion C.O. Bigelow

Being the oldest apothecary in America (it was founded in New York City in 1838), it’s not surprising that C.O. Bigelow knows its way around bath and body products. Its Lavender & Peppermint Body Lotion was actually such a hit at hotels around the country that the brand had to make the product available on its website. The lovely scent is calming yet fresh, and the formula is the perfect balance of thick and absorbent, so it moisturizes the skin without leaving any oily residue. It’s a great way to start and end the day.

Where to Try: Soho Grand, New York; The Press Hotel, Portland, Maine; Hotel Adagio, San Francisco; The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Where to Buy:; $9–$12 for full-size bottles from 3.4-oz to 5.2-oz

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Diptyque Fresh Lotion for the Body Diptyque

Although Diptyque is most well-known for its candles, the brand is no slacker when it comes to face and body care either. Its body lotion exemplifies the company’s devotion to providing a fragrant, luxurious, yet simple experience for its customers. The lightweight formula quickly sinks in, leaving behind only supple skin and a refreshing aroma of orange blossoms.

Where to Try: Select Mandarin Oriental hotels, including Boston and Taipei

Where to Buy:; $58 for a full 6.8-oz size

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Malin + Goetz B5 Body Moisturizer Malin + Goetz
Natural fragrance plus a skin-softening, oil-free formula that doesn't leave behind any excesses makes a great go-to lotion, and the B5 Body Moisturizer is just that. From Malin + Goetz (a niche brand that offers lots of products in travel-friendly sizes), it has vitamins to nourish skin, honey and bergamot extract to soothe, and shea butter to moisturize. It's available in a full-size bottle, plus a grab-and-go kit with travel essentials in 1-oz. bottles.

Where to Try:
 Hotel Commonwealth, Boston; Morgans Hotel Group properties, including Clift San Francisco and Delano South Beach, Miami

Where to Buy:; $74 for a full 16-oz. size

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The Bliss product line includes Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash. Bliss
Products that do double-duty are hard to resist, especially when it comes to travel and keeping your luggage as light as possible. The best-selling Fabulous Foaming Face Wash from well-known Bliss spa is a great two-in-one: a gel cleanser and a gentle exfoliator, which means it gets rid of dirt, makeup, and dry skin. It's oil-free and made with soothing botanical ingredients, making it safe for all skin types. Plus, the light, fruity scent is pleasant but not overwhelming.

Where to Try: W Hotels nationwide

Where to Buy:; $24 for 6.6 oz. 
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Molton Brown Sleep: Cedrus Temple Soother Molton Brown

It makes sense that hotels would stock Molton Brown’s Sleep: Cedrus Temple Soother to help their guests get a night's rest. It's meant to be applied to the temples, and it gives off an aroma to aid relaxation. Moroccan cedrus oil, Bulgarian lavender, and sweet orange oil are the secret ingredients, and they're ones that you might not find in other products.

Where to Try: The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York City

Where to Buy:; $27 for 0.3 oz. 
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Conrad Hotel & Resorts offer a choice of hotel amenities. Conrad Hotels & Resorts
Conrad Hotels & Resorts' amenity program offers guests at its 20 locations around the globe a selection of three high-end brands: Aromatherapy Associates, Shanghai Tang, and Tara Smith Vegan Hair Care. Guests can choose one before they arrive or make a selection on premises.

All three brands offer the basics: shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, and shower gel, however, each is unique. Aromatherapy Associates offers products with essential oils and natural ingredients, Chinese fashion brand Shanghai Tang's items are luxurious, infused with its signature Mandarin Tea fragrance, and Tara Smith Vegan Hair Care's formulas are 100% vegan and all-natural.

A standout product is the Refinery Revitalising Moisturizer from Aromatherapy Associates' men's skincare line. It's packed with anti-aging ingredients, plus sandalwood and vitamins C and E to bring hydration and moisture to the skin.

Where to Try: Conrad Hotels & Resorts worldwide

Where to Buy:; $65 for 50 ml

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