It's been awhile since I've horded shampoos, conditioners and lotions from a hotel. Back in the day, I learned this from my dad. He had a different style than I did, he would trackdown the housekeeper wherever she was, and ask for more. My dad has a sweet, pleasant style, so of course he would get extra bottles. In hindsight, I think he actually "took" those coveted little bottles right off the housekeeper's cart, but he'll have to set the record straight on that one! There's still a shopping bag full of these little bottles in one of the closets at my parents' home, and it keeps growing...
I too coveted those little bottles for awhile, but that urge wore off years ago, that is until I discovered (Malin & Goetz) products. My first attraction was after meeting with the fabulous design firm 2X4 who designed their packaging. The use of honest, straightforward typography, narrative as the design element, the use of color code and positive/negative application was simple, beautiful and irresistible. The next chance encounter I had with the brand was in an apothecary in Milan where I snapped these photos. The last rendez-vous was at a nice hotel in SoHo, New York City, where I finally got a chance to use the products. Fabulous. I mean really good.
Let the hording begin. My style is a little different than my dad's, I don't think it's as effective but it works for me. Here are the steps I follow, it only works well if you're staying over three nights:
1. Use the product, use as little as possible. Leave in shower
2. Products get replaced on bathroom vanity.
3. Hide new products somewhere deep inside your suitcase, keep used products in shower.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 until they stop leaving you stuff, which usually happens by the fourth day.
All in all, I walked away with a good supply of these fabulous little treasures, and now am working on a similar display to what I saw in Milan in my very own guest bathroom... in miniature. It works for me!