How Much do Branded Toiletries Cost Hotels?

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  1. lsed

    lsed Silver Member

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    I like collecting toiletries from the nicer hotels I stay at. On a recent 6 week trip I kinda overdid it and came back with 20+ kg extra of toiletries. lol

    Usually the higher the category, the larger the bottles they provide. (Once had 14 full sized Molton Browns in a suite)

    But just on the average, how much would the unit cost of toiletries from say, Le Labo, Clarins, Hermes, Molton Brown, etc?

    At Fairmonts, they usually give the larger sized Le Labos for suites, and at turn down, every single item is replaced again, so long as it's moved. I'm guessing it's got to be quite a bit of money for the hotel!
     
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    MX Gold Member

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    Those toiletry brands usually consider nicer hotels to be good promotional opportunities for them. Most likely they charge such hotels no markup, just their cost (i.e. a miniscule amout).
     
  3. MSPeconomist
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    Some hotels also sell the toiletries they feature, for example if the property has a gift shop. In other places, there's a catalogue in the room that also sells linens and beds.
     
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    Yeah, but usually at grossly inflated prices. I do wonder what the hotel pays for it. I do remember reading a while back that amenities in a high-end upscale hotel can cost the hotel several dollars per set.
     
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    Sweet Willie Gold Member

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    The women's shelter near me loves to receive the boxes of my collected toiletries! They are very happy to have any donated.
     
  6. Singapore Flyer

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    that is such a great use of the extra toiletries. I remember reading an article by MMS bringing care packages with him to India to give away. I have a buddy going to a tiny village 6-7 hour drive away from BKK to work at a orphanage/school. Going to pack him several packages. If his check in luggage allow for it.

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  7. Betty Boop

    Betty Boop Gold Member

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    And these are good to donate when there are natural disasters and people are displaced from their homes. Along with the socks etc that we get in first class international flight they make great donations.

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    not flying much J or F lately but looking over at my current box, I do have 4 or 5 pairs of socks, good idea!
     
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    After disasters, aid agencies usually prefer money contributions rather than merchandise.
     
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    Yes, they make for great donations. I do not believe that means one should hoard as many as possible whilst on a particular stay so as to be able to make such a donation. If you have extras, great. But taking more than the normal amounts from a provider so you can donate them to someone else is quite beyond what is reasonable IMO. If the hotel/airline wanted to donate that many extras they would. You don't get to decide that for them.
     
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