Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hotel Toiletry Hoarding

I have a confession. I'm a hoarder. Don't worry though. We don't live in a rodent infested pig sty or anything like that. My favorite kind of hoarding is much more hygienic than that. I hoard hotel toiletries. At least we're clean around here! Over many years I've collected miniature bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. Even though I have enough to last for quite some time, I can't stop collecting those cute little bottles. I can't stop!

all the goods

When we travel, I fill travel-sized bottles with my own products from home so that I can bring home the hotel toiletries. You ask, "Doesn't that sort of defeat the purpose of the hotel provided toiletries?" Yeah. Pretty much. I use my own products while away from home, but I get to bring home these little gems. The only hotel that beat me at my own game was the Sheraton in Punta Gorda. They use toiletry dispensers in their showers, and those bad boys are attached to the wall. There's no taking their shampoo. I suppose they're sticking it to people like me. Ha!

I've scored some pretty nice products over the years. I have mini products by Crabtree & Evelyn, Gilchrist & Soames, Aveda, and some from the Ritz Carlton Battery Park. A part of me loves keeping the toiletries as a little reminder of our travels. It's fun to relive a good vacation by using the delicious smelling shampoo years later.



I'm growing quite the collection of hotel toiletries. Not all hoarding is bad, right?

If you're ever a guest at our place, maybe you'll get to take some of these bottles home with you. I promise I'll share these some day. Unless we can no longer afford shampoo or conditioner. Then I may them all to myself. Until then, I'm going to continue 'hoarding' and hope to share them some day. Now who wants to come and stay with us?

What is your item of choice when it comes to hoarding?

7 comments:

  1. Oh how funny!! When I was little I used to do the same thing. Not so much now because of the lack of space you have in your bags after leaving the hotel. But I always find myself wanting to bring home their pillows, sheets and towels. How do they get them so soft?!! ;)

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  2. Haha, we had a huge box like that after DH's firstyear with the airlines. I made him stop bringing it home.

    Also do you notice even if they have the brand name on them, they are never the same quality as the stuff you would buy? I noticed that especially with the Bath and Body works stuff. If you read the back, it looks like the hotel stuff comes from a different manufacturer and they just package it as B&BW.

    I got your email. Woohoo!

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  3. Haha! I always bring home the hotel stock! And I think I've even trained my bf-- he went to a bachelor party in a hotel a couples week's ago and came home with the toiletries! He was so proud of himself- he looked like a pirate with a stash of gold booty!

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  4. Haha! I always bring home the hotel stock! And I think I've even trained my bf-- he went to a bachelor party in a hotel a couples week's ago and came home with the toiletries! He was so proud of himself- he looked like a pirate with a stash of gold booty!

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  5. Haha I love this! I think it's great! Have you ever washed your hair and then as you're reaching for the conditioner you realize that you forgot to buy a new bottle?! Hate that! In your case, you'll always have a backup bottle! :)

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  6. This is so funny. I love it. I love the idea of little 'gift bags' for your guests too...

    I hoard bbw products. I'm never going to use all of my products before they go bad, especially since I always buy new ones, but I can't help it.

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  7. Girl. I do the same thing! I collect these things. Hey, may as well take everything you're "allowed" to from a hotel...you pay enough, right?! This reminds me of that one episode of FRIENDS (:

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