What is the best company for shampoo, soap, lotion. Want high end product!

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Greenwich Bay Trading Company
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jgessentials wrote:

I found sources for sulfate free shampoo which many of our guests will appreciate.

Have never had a guest request or even mention sulfate-free shampoo. Sounds like a plus more from the innkeeper's personal viewpoint than the guest's.

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I found sources for sulfate free shampoo which many of our guests will appreciate.

Have never had a guest request or even mention sulfate-free shampoo. Sounds like a plus more from the innkeeper's personal viewpoint than the guest's.

They bring their own. Kind of like the folks who bring their own sugar because we might not have the one they want. Ditto tea.

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I would be worried about screwing those dispensers into a shower wall.  Water could seep in through the screws and damage the walls.   I have the kind that sticks on the wall with a special glue and it works great.  They don't look too bad either

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I would be worried about screwing those dispensers into a shower wall.  Water could seep in through the screws and damage the walls.  

The mounting instructions tell you to inject silicone into the screw holes before screwing them in. Also, put a bead of silicone along the top and down the sides. No water is going to get in anywhere. You leave the bottom unsealed so any water that did get in can drain and dry out. It's not a problem.

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I would be worried about screwing those dispensers into a shower wall.  Water could seep in through the screws and damage the walls.  

The mounting instructions tell you to inject silicone into the screw holes before screwing them in. Also, put a bead of silicone along the top and down the sides. No water is going to get in anywhere. You leave the bottom unsealed so any water that did get in can drain and dry out. It's not a problem.

And the reason you have HARDY BACKER in bathrooms.  Required in most places.

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The mounting instructions tell you to inject silicone into the screw holes before screwing them in. Also, put a bead of silicone along the top and down the sides. No water is going to get in anywhere. You leave the bottom unsealed so any water that did get in can drain and dry out. It's not a problem.

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And the reason you have HARDY BACKER in bathrooms.  Required in most places.

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Ahhh...I see now how that could work.  

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IrisoftheWayfarer wrote:

I am intrigued.  Tell me, how are they fastened to the walls?

There are two screws behind each bottle that screw into wall studs or wall anchors. So a 3-bottle bracket like above has 6 screws holding it to the wall. They also come in single bottle, 2 screw, and double bottle, 4 screw brackets.

The bottles can only be removed with a hex key (Allen wrench), by removing the little hex screw holding the bracket beneath the bottle. So they aren't removable by guests unless they have a wrench on them.

You refill them by removing the top and pumping more liquid into them from a gallon pump refill bottle.

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I have a feeling that I must have these.

thanks for laying it all out for me Ark. yes

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IrisoftheWayfarer wrote:

I have a feeling that I must have these.

thanks for laying it all out for me Ark. yes

My pleasure. I first discovered them at this Yorkshire B&B we stayed in while in England. VERY classy place! Exceeds any place I've stayed in in America. Of course it helps that England is right outside their front door. Nobody here can do THAT trick! And their English breakfast was wonderful.

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We know that place - its "the" place which is used as an example of how to go on if you every go to tourism lectures etc they have something like 5 star gold with VB and AA, Sawdays (this is a very exclusive travel guide which only accepts really cool properties ie they must have special character but not necessarily old? does that make any sense + they have won every green award going as well.

However - they are only 3 bedrooms which makes keeping it at that level that bit easier

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...its "the" place which is used as an example of how to go on if you every go to tourism lectures etc they have something like 5 star gold with VB and AA, Sawdays (this is a very exclusive travel guide which only accepts really cool properties ie they must have special character but not necessarily old? does that make any sense + they have won every green award going as well.

Wow! I didn't know all that when I booked it. It was just the closest B&B to the heart of Holmfirth where we went for the Last of the Summer Wine tour. Their rates seemed perfectly reasonable and since I'm a planner, I booked online way in advance and got all 3 rooms for us.

But there was also another couple at breakfast. They've built a modern house directly behind the old house and they rent it too. It's not listed on the website so it must be in a vacation rental category or something.

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I was like "he stayed in THE place!" they work ruddy hard and do a good job -im not knocking that at all, just feel what you can do with 3 rooms and what I can do with 11 is quite different as I can only spread myself so far.

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We've been using Greenwich bay because you can get your logo on them and they come in a small enough size - 1 oz for the soap bars.

Will be moving to g&s on the next order because I like the scents better. Will also order the shampoo in bulk to fill the wall dispensers.

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I've put into them a request for info at least twice. Apparently I'm not important enough to answer. Though the last one said who would contact me, but that's two days ago.

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Eric, that is atypical.  Normally the G&S customer service was great.  Hope you connect with a rep soon!

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Eric, that is atypical.  Normally the G&S customer service was great.  Hope you connect with a rep soon!

What she said. My rep has always been Momo Wilson hmwilson@gilchristsoames.com but that was months ago and staff changes.

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Finally got a message back... 9 days.

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Eight days so far. And that is exactly who they said would be getting back in touch with me.

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We've used Bath and Body Works for years.  We do not use bar soap - just liquids. Small 1 oz bottles.  We started with G&S but find BBW just as nice, cost effective, and a "known" quality label.

 

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We've used Bath and Body Works for year.  We do not use bar soap - just liquids. Small 1 oz bottles.

 

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We use Crabtree & Evelyn (shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, lotion) and the guests love them. 

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Until this year we've always used ECOVER environmental products, but I've become increasingly unhappy about the quality. Not because the quality of the products has gone down, but as we've improved the business, refurbished rooms etc,  I don't think they are good enough.

We've starting buying from Highland Soaps and they're really nice: Not much use to the majority of you folks, I know.

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http://h2kskincare.com/ we use this now as it is made in our town - high end like moulton brown but a lot less expensive - we may be changing the range as we got the Mischief to start but its orange and I worry about my grout

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We use Gilchrest and Soames as well.  We went with the Bee Kind line.  I agree the CS is very good and they ship quickly.

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We use Gilchrest and Soames as well.  We went with the Bee Kind line.  I agree the CS is very good and they ship quickly.

Bee Kind smells great! It's one of the three I picked for my body lotion triple dispenser. I have three different lotions on each bathroom wall so people can sample each and use their favorite.

Then I picked liquid soap, shampoo and conditioner all from the same "scent family" so they'd go well together in the tub/shower.

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We also use G&S and buy it in bulk. No waste, very high quality, eco-friendly lines, good customer support and cost effective.

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We use Gilchrist and Soames for our guests soaps, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion.  Excellent quality and popular with our guests.  I toyed with the idea of using Lady Primrose because we loved it when we stayed at Jumby Bay Resort about 10 years ago, but decided to purchase  their product for our personal use.  Customer Service for G+S is better, IMHO.

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None of the above! For high end, you want Gilchrist & Soames!

I buy lots from Greenwich, but for my liquids (shampoo, soap, lotion) G&S are the best, and their wall-mount pump dispensers are far and away the best, most tasteful I've seen.

I had them send me samples of all their body lotions and did some polling of the women in my life, then put a triple dispenser in each bathroom with their 3 best lotions. Women seem to enjoy sampling them, and I suspect a few men have secretly tried them too!

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These are lovely.  I bought my dispensers on ebay and fill up with shampoo, conditioner & body soap at the local "dollar store".  I have had numerous people ask me what brand of shampoo/conditioner I use in them because they love it.  It is usually "Suave" or similar inexpensive brand but people love it.  They are always shocked to find out what brand it is and where I get it.  I highly recommend dispensers for "green" reasons too.

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These wow me. What a great looking dispenser.  But how easy/difficult is it to keep these sparkling? Really I want to know

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IrisoftheWayfarer wrote:

These wow me. What a great looking dispenser.  But how easy/difficult is it to keep these sparkling? Really I want to know

I'm sold on them. I just run a dry paper towel over them and they stay perfectly shiny. Same thing I use on the other chrome in the bathroom. They clean up faster than a bar soap dish.

The soaps/lotions come in gallon jugs with pump tops, so it's easy to screw off the dispenser top, pump in refill as needed, and put the top back on.

Much cheaper to refill a dispenser vs. a new bar soap plus little bottles of shampoo and conditioner for each stay, plus all the waste that goes to the landfill.

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IrisoftheWayfarer wrote:

These wow me. What a great looking dispenser.  But how easy/difficult is it to keep these sparkling? Really I want to know

I'm sold on them. I just run a dry paper towel over them and they stay perfectly shiny. Same thing I use on the other chrome in the bathroom. They clean up faster than a bar soap dish.

The soaps/lotions come in gallon jugs with pump tops, so it's easy to screw off the dispenser top, pump in refill as needed, and put the top back on.

Much cheaper to refill a dispenser vs. a new bar soap plus little bottles of shampoo and conditioner for each stay, plus all the waste that goes to the landfill.

I am intrigued.  Tell me, how are they fastened to the walls? 

 

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Arks, that IS the best looking dispenser that I've seen (I have an aversion to dispensers, too!).  Do the pump bottles list the ingredients?  Lots of skin allergies here....

I had G&S individual items and guests loved them!

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Do the pump bottles list the ingredients?  Lots of skin allergies here....

No, you'd have to roll your own on that. I found water-proof laser labels at Online Labels and use them to print all my instructions labels in my place. I have lots since mine are full apartments: how to use the jet tub, how to use the heated bathroom floor thermostat, how to use the warm water bidet, washer, dryer, dishwasher, etc.

These labels are wonderful. Last for years in wet conditions. I've used them to put QR codes on bronze plaques around our downtown. As people pass the old buildings, they can QR scan them to go to a web page giving photos and history of the old building they're looking at.

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Well, they are certainly great looking dispensers.  I'd be tempted to try the product since I've really had no problems with G&S items. Eye-wink

Speaking of QR codes....a Board that I sit on has recently been installing new informational panels in historic locations in our town.  When we were initially discussing the panels, I asked if they would have QR codes and link to more info.  The other people around the table looked like deer caught in headlights....I was the only person over 50 in the room that knew what they were...  LOL!

We are also trying to figure out how to add them to our "old" historic markers...I will suggest those labels!  Thanks!

 

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Oh yes, I have been mentioning to folks all over town.  Deer in the headlights is right...don't have a clue!

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