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You already know how much we love stashing LATHER toiletries into our bag whenever we encounter them. But how exactly did those delicious-smelling formulas wind up in hotels in the first place? We talked to LATHER founder and president Emilie Hoyt to find out.
HC: When did LATHER start working with hotels?
Emilie Hoyt: As they became familiar with our retail stores, hotels began reaching out to us in 2000, looking to offer a unique, authentic brand that could offer a cohesive guest experience through room, spa, and retail. We saw it as a great opportunity.
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As committed hotel toiletries connoisseurs, we are fans of Lather soaps and bathroom goodies. (That includes the littlest hotel fans among us.) So we're happy to see that hotels around the country agree, and Lather is popping up everywhere from West Hollywood to Manhattan.
We asked the Lather peeps for an update on where we can
stealuse their products in hotels, and also where to find them after we've checked out....
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There's nothing wrong with getting your kids addicted to hotel toiletries while they're young, is there? Like six months young? Because that's probably what we're doing with own spawn after a stay at the The Trump Soho.
As part of their TrumpKids program, babies get not just a tricked out crib complete with a soft blankie, a stuffed elephant, a rubber duckie and a bib (emblazoned with TrumpKids logo) but also a travel kit of Lather Baby products. Lather toiletries are found in hotels all over (particularly JDV Hotels) but this was the first time that we've seen Lather Baby and indeed, it looks like the Trump Soho is the only hotel to carry them. Ooo, not just any toiletries, exclusive toiletries! Ok yes, obviously we care more about this than the kids.
There's no use denying that what types of toiletries a hotel puts in their bathroom is of utmost importance to you during your stay. Haven't we all been there, utterly disappointed when we've checked into a hotel with toiletries that say, "Hotel Shampoo, especially made for this hotel"?
Bummer. Instead, we prefer brands that we can't find at home or ones that we can't afford in regular sizes, like Lather, which can be found in Loews Hotels, JDV Hotels and boutique hotels like The Marcel at Gramercy.
Now just in time for Earth Day, Lather is introducing a new line of toiletries, the Aromatherapy Collection.
Formulations will draw on natural oils, extracts, and conditioning agents, and use food-grade, naturally-derived glycerin. Products will also be vegan, and contain no animal by-products, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, urea, or petrol-derived ingredients.
While the reviews might still be out on the Marriage Ref on NBC, we did find something we could identify with in last week's episode--a hotel toiletry-hoarding husband.
We're a bit fanatical about hotel toiletries ourselves, especially if the brand is Kiehl's, Fresh or Red Flower. And we almost always swipe a shower cap to save for when our mother comes to visit. (She's a strong believer in shower caps.)
But this husband may be a little bit too fanatical about hotel toiletries, even for us. He says he's entitled to the products and that stockpiling them could help his family out in an emergency one day. But his wife says going on vacation with him has become a drag because he's obsessed about the toiletries and stuffing them into their suitcases usually causes problems at the airports. In this day and age of checked baggage fees, that is just not acceptable.