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While the bath amenities may vary amongst Four Seasons Hotels, they are always top-notch skincare lines. For example, the Four Seasons Los Angeles features Bulgari products while the Four Seasons Costa Rica uses L'Occitane. And now in Hawaii, the Four Seasons Hualalai in Hawaii, is offering a custom line of toiletries, made exclusively for the resort and called Kāwili Project.
The word Kāwili means "to blend" and the products are made with base formulations of Hawaiian oils, salts, sugars, and land and sea botanicals. The products include shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, after-sun lotion and body soap and all are free of sulfates, parabens, synthetic colour and synthetic fragrance.
But perhaps what's the bigger eco story here is that Four Seasons Hualali has done away with toiletry bottles, choosing instead to put the new amenities in large refillable bottles which they estimate will result in the elimination of more than 100,000 disposable plastic bottles annually.
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For how small and seemingly insignificant they are, those little soap bars in the bathroom sure get a lot of attention. We've heard a lot about the efforts of hotels to recycle the partially-used bars left behind by guests, and when we looked at what people have stolen from hotel rooms, bathroom amenities were on everyone's list of most likely to be swiped.
And now, as hotels continue to search for ways to cut costs and minimize their environmental impact, we might start seeing less and less of them altogether. We might see them replaced by toiletry dispensers.
According to Pineapple Hospitality, the era of “amenity wars” between hotels has given way to a green movement where the traveling public’s growing environmental attitude is finally strong enough to overcome any feelings of luxury that might be lost by doing away with individual amenities. We understand that the source of that statement has a sales pitch driving it, but still we find it to be true. People’s minds are opened wider now than ever to green initiatives, even if they make the trip away from home a little less glamorous. It’s why so many people are willing to use their towel more than once.
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To dispense or not to dispense? We're talking about hotel toiletry dispensers, that is. We (and a few of our readers) have said before that dispensers are cool so long as there are some good products in them. Fortunately, if you are visiting these hotels along the West Coast, you'll be encountering some good "tropical" stuff from Tommy Bahama.
The Acqua Hotel, Hotel FIVE, The Maxwell Hotel, University Inn, and Watertown Hotel have all added gallon dispensers of Tommy Bahama toiletries to their guestrooms in an effort to be eco-conscious. But Kurt Helmke, the general manager of the Acqua Hotel, outside of Marin in California, knew that not any old brand would work in the dispenser.
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Nothing gets the HotelChatter debate going faster than a mention of the uber-controvertial—and increasingly common—toiletry dispensers popping up these days. But according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), that's just one of the trends guests are now seeing.
The article starts by tackling the beast that is hotel fees—something we know a little about. And with our ear firmly on the carpeted hotel ground, we can safely bet this is a "trend" hated by everyone. But disappearing bathtubs? Colorful lobby couches? Locally-sourced food and drink options? These can't all be bad, can they? Click below to see the full list, and weigh in with your own "love it" or "hate it" of hotel trends.
Last week, we wondered if toiletry dispensers were unsanitary or not but over at the Benson Hotel in Portland, you won't have to worry about that since the hotel offers both toiletry dispensers and toiletry bottles. And with the good stuff too--Gilchrist & Soames.
There is one exception though. Unless you prefer using hotel soap, you will have to pump the dispenser for the shower gel as that was not offered in bottle form. Go figure.
Last year we took notice of how toiletry bottles were out to eliminate our precious free bottles of hotel shampoo and conditioner. This made us sad but yet we know it's for a good cause--the environment (or so we keep telling ourselves that.)
However, in revisiting the comments on this story, a few people expressed some dismay over how unsanitary these dispensers may be. Our own Juliab wrote:
two thoughts i'm all for green hotels, but dispensers always make me feel a little icky like i'm in a public toilet. i doubt they wash the dispenser bit every day, and i just find it a bit gross.
Another reader agreed with her but also went a step further talking about the potential expiration date of the products: