Hands up, who’s ever taken miniature toiletries from a hotel? Most of you, I’d guess. I have, too. I’m not talking about that standard bar of soap or two-in-one hair wash that poses as shampoo and conditioner, and sometimes, can triple as a shower gel too. No, I’m talking about the luxury branded products you find in five-star hotels made from
What is it about complimentary bathroom goodies that turn the average respectable, well-behaved lady into a hotel hoarder? How have we managed to unanimously decide that, while it’s taboo to take certain items such as towels, hairdryers, and showerheads from a hotel room, it’s perfectly legitimate to take the toiletries? What possesses us to do it?
Some people reason the hotel wants them to take such items, as a memento of their five-star experience, and to subconsciously promote the hotel. That’s a fair argument if the hotel name is embroidered into the cotton, but when it comes to bathroom amenities, most hotels use luxurious, independent brands to enhance their image and reaffirm their quality service. So will we really remember whether it was Crown Towers or the Peninsula Manila that stocked that gorgeous Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte lotion, five miniature bottles down the line?
As any bathroom junkie looking for the next pampering product will agree, there are several reasons for why this addiction has escalated to a global scale, and why so many of us are prone to catching it. Firstly, we convince ourselves that the bathroom amenities are covered in the room rate. (They really are, I promise.) If you’ve splashed out on a premium suite, you expect the full works, which includes Oscar de la Renta from the Peninsula Manila, Bulgari from the Crown Towers, and L’Occitane from Shangri-La at the Fort.
Second, some of the products we come across are like gold dust and hard to find on the market. We wouldn’t normally see them on a day-to-day basis, and after
And before we know it, it’s time to check out. There’s an old saying: Waste not,
The less selfish among us will go that one step further to donate our goodies as part of care packages to local charities or shelters. Specific
It’s true. Those tempting freebies may bring out the hoarders in us. But as long as we’re taking the miniature bottles and nothing more, that’s minimal damage to the hotel. And our dignity.