Taking Hotel Toiletries is a Good Thing and You Should!

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Are you that kind of hotel guests who takes home those extra hotel bathroom toiletries you had from your room?

Don’t feel guilty because you are not alone.

As a frequent hotel guest, I am also a habit of taking home those extra / used toiletries I have in my room.



Let’s admit it – those gorgeous bottles, and well packaged soaps are truly hard to resist. Sometimes the hotel even have a free vanity pouch along with it, same as what some airlines gave to their first class flyers.

If you feel shy on taking them home with you, please don’t be. Actually it would be deemed a huge favor from the hotel if you will take them home with you (and some hotels are very much willing to give you some extra!).

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Here are the valid reasons why you should take home those extra / used hotel toiletries, according to my keen observation and personal experiences;

• Those unused / half-used toiletries will eventually be thrown into the hotel’s waste bins after you check-out, then will disposed it to the land-fills. By taking them home, you are helping the hotel to minimize the cost of its disposal.

• Those small plastic containers are hard to recycle. Take them home with you and use them when you travel by refilling its contents.

• Many hotels likes their guests to take home those toiletries as means of promoting their hotel services. When your family member loves the toiletries, it is a good way to encourage them to stay at that hotel origin.

• Hotel toiletries also a good way to remind their guests the wonderful experience they had during their stay – this is also a great way to remind their guests to come back for their next vacation.


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Bathroom toiletries at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila 




During the recent Hotel Show in Manila, I got a chance to check the latest on hotel’s bathroom toiletries. Many companies are designing these products based on the hotel’s taste to please their valued guests. 

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Which is true.

Whenever I had my hotel staycation, I am a keen observer on what they have laid inside my bathroom. I am impressed to see a good quality of bathroom toiletries, which also gives me an impression that they value their guests, and they understand that pampering in the bathroom is very important.


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And I couldn’t help not resisting my eco-minded rationale instinct. Yes, I always bring them home and sometimes ask for extra of bath soaps especially when they are so good!

I always felt that satisfaction whenever I have them in my luggage before I check-out, thinking that I have something to enjoy when I arrived home. It is my great way to indulge that feeling, and saving them for my next trip to places that I wouldn’t expect to have a decent bathroom toiletries.



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It is also a great homecoming gifts to your extended family back home after your glorious trip. My Aunties loves receiving these extra pouches each time I visited her after my vacations. She even bragged it to her friends as part of her growing “collection” (she doesn’t like to travel because of frequent dizziness). 





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Also other things that you can take home from your hotel room are those bedroom slippers, because they cannot be used again once a guest has been wearing them, and toothbrush (some hotels even add a vanity sewing kit!). 

But never ever take home those towels!


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Remember – only take those extra bathroom toiletries and others that are inside your room.

Taking something from the housekeeper’s trolley is already stealing, and a huge NO NO

Do you also collect hotel bathroom toiletries?


xoxo Blair


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119 comments :

  1. I always try to remember to do this but most of the time I forget lol

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    1. Hahaha same here, well specially when the toiletries are nothings special.

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  2. I only take them if they are good quality but sometimes I stay at very nice places and I'm disappointed in the product so in that case, I would leave it. I didn't realize they would just throw it away. Hotels should donate them to local shelters if their guests don't keep them.

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    1. That's true, but not all hotels do donate them.

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  3. probably not going to scoff toiletries from the hotels, but I don't frown upon those that do ��

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    1. Just making sure that we truly enjoy what WE PAID FOR :D

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  4. Well I never did this but you made it sound so cool !

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    1. It is part of the paid experience, which gives good memories.

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  5. Hahaha I'm guilty of this. Thank God I'm not alone.

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    1. Hahaha true! Especially when I stayed at luxury hotels, I have high expectations on what their bathroom toiletries have.

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  6. During my childhood days, we are always looking forward to those toiletries from our grandparents from the US. They smell very good is a nice to use. We often use them when we go out of town, very useful.

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    1. Hahaha yes! Even here at home, I learned to save them all. Whenever I have guests, I let them use some of my hotel toiletries especially those bar soaps.

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  7. Hahaha, love this post! Although despite my name, surprisingly we don't take much if anything from hotel rooms! I dunno, just never got into it.

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  8. My dad used to travel a lot for work and he and my mom always had a drawer of travel items that I had so much fun looking through!

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    1. ohh I can relate! When I was a kid, I often received some cute hotel soaps and wishing that I could visit these place someday. A great motivation.

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  9. I agree, and I always do! I mean, I figure I pay for them in the hotel cost, so heck ya, I'll stock up.

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  10. Oh my gosh! I would go home with all of those toiletries! Actually, I do except for the robes, towels and flip flop sandals. Can't wait for my next staycation.

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    1. Those robes, and towels are no no.. If the bedroom slippers are so good, I also take them home!

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  11. Yes I always take toiletries from hotel. they are actually really good and I save them for when I travel. These compact sizes are great to bring for short trips

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  12. Love it! I always take home my hotel toiletries. A lot of people don't realize that they're made for that. I mean, otherwise, they'll just get thrown out anyway. No one wants to use pre-used tubes of anything.

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    1. Yes they do throw it away even those that are unopened.

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  13. HA! Well then okay, I won't feel guilty about taking the toiletries next time ;)

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  14. I actually collect hotel toiletries too. It's nice. I use it as well. What's your favorite so far?

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    1. And it looks great inside our travel luggage when we go our out-of-town short trips! I love the Carolina Herrera luxury toiletries when I stayed at Peninsula.

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  15. I definitely take the lotion and put one in every purse!

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    1. That's nice! Especially when those small bottles are reusable. I love using them and refill with my own lotion.

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  16. I always take the extras from my room. They are great to use on my next trip or at the gym.

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    1. Saves us a lot and gives smile on our faces remembering that vacation.

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  17. With such great products I wouldn't really feel guilty after taking them home. Unfortunately, hotels aren't that generous in my country most of the times. :)

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    1. Ohh really?
      Most hotels here in Asia are very generous! But in Thailand, many hotels are now using switching to refillable containers for their bathroom toiletries.

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  18. I take home all of the extra hotel soaps and such. Nothing that would be considered stealing but, I like to stalk up and it's included in my cost of the stay so, why not?!

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  19. I don't do that normally.But I got your point.Thank you.

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  20. I've always heard that they throw away the ones we leave behind -- used or not. That's why I always take the ones in our room.

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    1. That's right, and its some few souvenirs that we love to put in our bathroom.

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  21. Guilty!! Oh, don't we just love growing up Asian. My parents do this the first thing we arrive in our hotel room.

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    1. I know right?!
      Why not bring them at home, where in fact we paid for them?

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  22. I'm guilty of taking toiletries from the hotel! Hahaha! Besides the fact that we paid for it, I use those toiletries whenever I go to resorts which doesn't have any toiletries.

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    1. That's true! Some of the resorts outside the city (especially those budget-friendly resorts) doesn't have decent toiletries, and I also bring them with me during those trips.

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  23. I, too, always take home bathroom toiletries as souvenirs because why not, right? 😍

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    1. That is true! Usually I collect those cute soaps.

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  24. thanks for sharing this as I do collect my hotel room toiletries from my stay too. It's a way to care for our planet. cheers, siennylovesdrawing

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    1. Same here! And it gives a good reminder of our stay in these places.

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  25. Many people does this all the time. I honestly think they have good products. Why not take advantage of what you paid for right?

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    1. That is right! Some hotels are happy to provide you extra :D

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  26. Sometimes I take them home, and sometimes I don't. It really depends on the class of the hotel. More expensive toiletries come with me. I don't usually use the shampoos and conditioners (not enough for my hair), but they are nice to put in my guest room.

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    1. Yeah, I have collection of toiletries from many luxury hotels I've been. And placed it in my guest room for guests usage.

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  27. Hehe....wow, I had never thought about this, in this way, Blair. But it all makes sense...most especially, the part of the land-fills.

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  28. I remember my dad took all his hotel toiletries from his baggage. Iwas amazed some them were old and expired. Haha

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    1. yeah sometimes we forgot we have them. My trick is just take those bar soaps coz it lasts longer than liquid soaps.

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  29. I totally agree and its such a waste to leave them to be thrown away

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    1. That is so true! I also learned that bringing them home and sharing to your friends will help the hotel for their marketing campaign :D

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  30. I actually never take toiletries from hotel room but it sounds good.

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  31. I don't usually take them. But I sure do get my share of them while I am there!

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  32. I do that everytime! I actually thought I am the only one doing it lol.

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    1. You are not alone, and hey I am not feel shame to admit it :D

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  33. To be very honest Yes I do collect hotel bathroom toiletries especially soaps I love to collect different different soaps. And I am totally agree with you on throwing of used toiletries by hotel cleaning staff.

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    1. Yeah I feel guilty leaving those half-used soaps.

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  34. That's really a nice tip which I never thought before. It really makes sense, why not take them too with us. :)

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    1. Yes and you are helping the hotel (indirectly) and it helps you to save on buying soaps!

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  35. Good article. I always like seeing what brands hotels choose to work with for their hotel toiletries. I find it really interesting!

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  36. I always do this and my husband scolds me :D I will show this post to him :D

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    1. hahaha now you he shouldn't scold you, coz you are helping to save.

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  37. Ive never though about doing this but I might have to now that you shed light on it!

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  38. My husband always takes them home. I've been shy about it, but what you say makes a lot of sense.

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    1. Yeah it was good to bring them home especially those little soaps.

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  39. These all are actually good points. These half used things only go to waste. So I too bring them with me. The miniature sizes are easy for traveling and they look good too. Also we have paid for them.

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    1. Exactly! For me, it always gives me a reminder of how good the memories I had!

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  40. I most definitely do take home the samples and smaller bottles of things that they leave out. There is no reason not to as they are going to have to remove them from the room when you leave anyway.

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    1. I like collecting from those who have good toiletries!

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  41. I almost always take the lotion as they make amazing to go lotions . Shampoo and conditioner - not so much

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    1. Sometimes there are hotels that have good lotion for keeps.

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  42. I like those hotel samples and they are easy travel size versions of the real deal. I have a stash at home.

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    1. That's cool! And sometimes I do sent it as gives to my long relatives :D

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  43. If its a sealed bottle and we have opened it, then yes

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  44. I never thought about taking the toiletries can be a way of promoting the hotel. But it really does make a lot of sense. When other people see you use them and like them you do show you enjoyed your stay there.

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    1. Exactly! And if you only realize the actual costs of those sets, OMG they are actually expensive!

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  45. I take them when only it is good product or product which I like most. Yes you are right half used toiletry will goes to dust bin.

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  46. haha thank you for making me feel better about taking home some of the remaining shampoo and conditioner and lotion from the last hotel we went to. i feel bad that I didn't take all of them, though. Sayang! Gusto naman pala nila iuwi natin, haha!

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    1. hahaha yeah its their way of promotion din naman.

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  47. I have a person very close to me that always takes away toiletries. I use to make fun of him but after reading your post I will stop ;)

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  48. I always take the toiletries too! I didn’t realize though that they likely just throw them out after so I’m glad I do!! Some are just too cute to pass up :)

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    1. Yes even those unused soaps, they tend to throw them away to avoid contamination. So better to bring them home :D

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  49. I always take the hotel toiletries! They are great for travel supplies and gift baskets sometimes.

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  50. very nice tips that you shared. It does make sense to some degree. which does help you save on buying soap. great article.

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  51. I don't mind taking the toiletries when the quality is good. However, I rarely come across anything as lovely as those in your photos . . . clearly, I need to find better hotels. :-)

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  52. This post made me smile! Reminded me of when I was a kid!

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  53. This is a great point, particularly that so many of the little toiletries will be thrown out. It is more sustainable to take them along and use them up. Some are really nice too! (Although the shampoo is always so weak).

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    1. Yeah, better to save those bar soap, and if you bring shampoo make sure to use them asap.

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  54. Honestly, I am someone who always leaves those things. I never think about what they do with them but I will certainly be taking them from now on.

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  55. Somehow I don't do this thinking it's a bad habit. I did not know that, once we check out, it will be thrown. Only once I picked up little things because my next destination had no facility and there were no stores around. Next time onwards , I will collect it :)

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    1. There is nothing wrong of collecting them especially when they came inside your room. :D

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  56. I only take home the ones from brands I love - and I use them wheneer I travel to places which don't have usual toiletries. Most of the hotels now use eco-friendly materials and local brands (which is good). :)

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    1. Bangkok hotels does use refillable containers than these samplers.

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  57. I feel the same way! If it isn't being used then it is going to get thrown away anyway! I love the variety you took pics of :)

    XOXO
    CarnationDreams.com

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    1. Thanks dear! These photos are from the recent hotel shows and I visited the supplies of hotel toiletries.

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  58. i am so surprised that the toiletries are looking like that. nothing like the last time i stayed in a hotel where the toiletries were packets.

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    1. Yeah, it depends on the hotels budget how much they could spend for their toiletries.

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  59. I am! Indeed, I am. I have paid for it, right? I do take them home not as souvenirs but because I have paid for them. LOL. I used to not bother about taking them back home because I always have my own preferred brand but it also does not hurt to take them back home, right?

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