I'm not the type of guy to use complimentary bathroom amenities at hotels. Quite often they produce their own branded soaps and shampoos, some of which are loaded with ingredients that instigate mass-produced chemical warfare with your skin. Sometimes you can luck out and be surprised with more or less organic or all natural products, particularly at boutiques or eco-friendly properties but I would rather not take chances. I've been fortunate enough to stay at properties carrying decent brands (like L'Occitane). But what about hotels that provide "face wash"? Ugh. Don't give in to curiosity. They are not good for you. Sure it's rare that a hotel or resort will provide cleansers for the face but it does happen. Usually it's a facial bar soap that comes packaged in a cardboard box.

If there was one face wash I would recommend at any hotel, I would have to go with Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash at all W hotels. I'm not the biggest fan of designer boutique hotels but the W brand just gets it right. The rooms are actually comfortable and not as "showy" as one would think. They provide great art (in fact, most of their hotels commission to local artists respective to the destination) in the rooms and a modern beat that's lively and fun. So it makes perfect sense to partner with the Bliss brand.

Bliss claims that its face wash for W was so sought after that it has now made it available for "suds-seeking shoppers". The scent of it doesn't turn me on. Kinda smells like bubble gum. But it feels and cleanses fine. There's tiny, tiny, tiny exfoliating polyethylene beads in there for that extra touch to help exfoliate dead skin cells, and surprisingly some botanicals like rose hip leaf extract (which helps promote tissue regeneration, great for scarring), milk thistle and passion flower extract (softens the skin)... not bad. They all helps soothe. The only drawback with the cleanser is that there are some irritants like sodium laureth sulfate and parabens.


Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Rosa Canina Leaf Extract (rose hips), Silybum Marianum Seed Extract (milk thistle), Passiflora Incarnata Extract (passion flower), Chamomilla Recutita Leaf Extract (matricaria), Acetyl Hexapeptide 3, PEG 12 Glyceryl Distearate, Cocamide DEA, Glucosamine, Pentylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Acrylates C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Blue 1, Fragrance, Triethanolamine, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Methylisothiazolinone