There are plenty of reasons to care about what's on that hotel-room sink. When top-quality bath and beauty amenities are offered, travelers can leave their TSA-friendly bottles at home or take souvenir toiletries to go. Hotels, happily, have taken notice. More major chains have bid adieu to generic soaps and shampoos and upgraded their offerings in recent years. Now, complimentary brand-name skincare products, once limited to luxury lodgings and independent boutique hotels, can be found at less exclusive properties.
Here are 10 major hotel brands with superior bath and beauty products, along with tips on where to buy the products in case you're not traveling anytime soon.
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TRYP by Wyndham
TRYP, Wyndham's midscale chain with more than 90 properties around the world, provides guests with the Zero Percent Collection from Gilchrist & Soames. It's a luxurious, earth-friendly product line formulated without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and artificial colors, and it is not tested on animals. TRYP further boosts its eco-friendly cred by providing body wash, shampoo, and conditioner from the Zero Percent Collection in refillable dispensers installed in the showers of guest bathrooms. If you want to grab some travel-sized bottles to take home, however, just ask at the front desk. TRYP properties have a supply of small bottles of its Gilchrist & Soames products on hand, which are available for guests upon request.
Where to Buy: Shop for Gilchrist & Soames online.
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W Hotels bathrooms have long been stocked with upmarket Bliss skincare products. And many W properties have Bliss-branded spas that incorporate the Bliss line in treatments, such as a facial with the line's Triple Oxygen+C Energizing Cream massaged into the skin. For a free Bliss fix, W guests can snap up the sink-side six: Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash, Lemon+Sage Soapy Suds, Lemon+Sage Body Butter, Lemon+Sage Supershine Shampoo, Lemon+Sage Conditioning Rinse, and a Lemon+Sage Body Bar.
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In 2013, JW Marriott added an exclusive line of bath amenities created by London-based Aromatherapy Associates (the same brand available at Mandarin Oriental hotels). The line, which features all-natural ingredients like lavender, rosemary, ylang ylang, and almond oil, was specially designed to soothe harried travelers with calming scent. Aromatherapy Associates founder Geraldine Howard said she imagined "a traveler who had taken a red-eye flight and needed to be prepared for an important meeting or, on the other hand, someone who had just finished up a long day and wanted to relax," when she created the custom products.
Where to Buy: Marriott sells exclusive Aromatherapy Associates skincare and beauty products in its online store.
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Joie de Vivre
Joie de Vivre provides complimentary bath and beauty products from Lather, an aromatherapeutic, cruelty-free skincare line made from natural ingredients, in guest rooms at most locations. But you'll find a very special amenity at the hotel brand's Carmel Valley Ranch location: a one-of-a-kind soap crafted with fresh-pressed lavender harvested from the more than 7,500 lavender plants that grow on the property.
Where to Buy: Buy Lather products online from the company's website.
Onefinestay lodgings in New York and Los Angeles are some of only a handful of properties to offer complimentary Kiehl's beauty and skincare products. Onefinestay isn't exactly a hotel. Branded the "unhotel," these digs are individually owned, yet managed by the same company. Rooms are appointed with amenities similar to what you would find in a standard hotel: fresh towels, clean linens, and toiletries. And since those toiletries are Kiehl's brand—the popular New York City-based skincare line that features natural, high-quality ingredients—Onefinestay earns a spot on this list.
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American perfumer Le Labo stocks guest bathrooms at all Fairmont properties with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, and soap in the line's unique Rose 31 scent, which was created exclusively for the hotel chain. Le Labo artisans handcraft one-of-a-kind fragrances in the company's New York City lab, using high-quality raw and organic ingredients. Bottles are recyclable, and Le Labo's formulas are 100 percent biodegradable and are not tested on animals.
Where to Buy: Le Labo products are sold at independent boutiques around the world. See a list of suppliers on the Le Labo website. You can also find Le Labo products at Barneys New York. Products with the Fairmont-exclusive Rose 31 fragrance are available for sale at Fairmont Stores in the U.S. and Canada.
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Stay dapper and clean-shaven at The Standard properties, which sell custom grooming kits by Harry's. The kit contains the brand's red Truman razor with an ergonomic handle and nourishing shaving cream made from essential oils. You can buy the kit for $15 from your room's minibar. But don't fret—there are quality free products, too. Complimentary beauty and skincare offerings at The Standard include an exclusive line of shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, shower gel, and bar soap by Kiss My Face.
Where to Buy: See the store locater on the Kiss My Face website.
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Morgans Hotel Group
Travelers will find lavish Malin+Goetz products at some luxury hotels, such as the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago or The Betsy Hotel in South Beach. But Morgans Hotel Group, which operates roughly a dozen properties in the U.S. and Europe, is the only hospitality company that offers Malin+Goetz in all of its hotels. Crafted in the U.S. from natural botanicals (locally sourced whenever possible), Malin+Goetz skincare is free from parabens, synthetic perfumes, and dyes and is not tested on animals.
Where to Buy: Get your Malin+Goetz fix directly on the company's website.
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Hilton Hotels & Resorts
In 2011, Hilton Hotels & Resorts introduced amenities from the Peter Thomas Roth skincare line. In the bathrooms of Hilton guest rooms at more than 500 properties in 78 countries, guests will find Peter Thomas Roth's vitamin-packed Mega-Rich collection of shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, and body wash, as well as the brand's Moisture Infusion Facial Bar and Massage Body Bar.
Hyatt upgraded its bath products across all of the company's brands last year in response to guest feedback. According to a representative from the hotel, Hyatt conducted the "largest guest-listening exercise in the history of the brand" and adjusted its offerings accordingly. Now, Hyatt guest rooms are stocked with complementary products from KenetMD Skincare (at Hyatt Place, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt, and Hyatt House), Le Labo (at Park Hyatt), June Jacobs Spa Collection (at Grand Hyatt) and Aromapothecary (at Grand Hyatt).
Where to Buy: Visit the Hyatt at Home online store for products from KenetMD and June Jacobs. Le Labo is available at upscale department stores such as Barneys.
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This article was originally published by SmarterTravel under the title 10 Hotel Chains with the Best Free Bath Amenities.
(Lead Photo: Fairmont Hotels)