(Closed) Weird question! Using host's bath products!

posted 7 years ago in Home
  • poll: Do you steal shampoo?
    Never! It's rude! : (23 votes)
    12 %
    Yes, Good hosts should provide everything. : (93 votes)
    48 %
    Sometimes/ Other : (77 votes)
    40 %
  • Post # 47
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Well, in a guest bath- why would things be placed if not for the guests?

    Usually people offer me some product so it has never been an issue- but I always bring my own- if I don’t have things with me they offer things to me.

    Post # 48
    330 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Some stuff yes, most stuff no. I’ve recently switched to sulfate-free, so I can’t use most products without getting dry and itchy. Used to be I would use my BFF’s stuff when I visited her, or if I went to my parent’s house. Now I bring stuff with me.

    When we have a guest bath, I’ll probably put stuff in there for people to use. It’s annoying to pack stuff into your carry-on, especially if you’re going for only a few days.


    Post # 49
    687 posts
    Busy bee

    I bring my own shampoo and body wash when I travel so never use the host’s. I rarely host but I always have plenty of options out and available for my guests if they want to use them.

    Post # 50
    1525 posts
    Bumble bee

    I generally bring my own stuff…my last vacation I was sharing a bathroom with two boys and a 13 year old girl, so I bought cheap shampoo/conditioner for myself and used small amounts of the body wash the girl uses lol. It was awkward though. They tried to offer me some of theirs but I felt weird (it was my ex’s family). The only places I shower at are at people who are pretty much family’s (I was really close to my ex’s family and I was there a week and couldn’t avoid it lol). If I can skip a day showering then I generally will so I don’t have to use a foreign shower. I just really don’t like showering in showers I’m not familiar with. I have some weird shower phobia lol. 

    Post # 51
    9053 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I usually bring my own stuff just because I’m particular. 

    In our house we have a bathroom that we don’t shower in for guests so there’s none of “our” stuff in there, just the shampoo/conditioner/body wash that I specifically leave for guests to use.

    That said, we had guests staying once that needed to be up and out early, so we let one shower in our ensuite, and i had to ask after they got out what shampoo/conditioner they used, because I didnt’ see them bring in any and mine is the kind that has a teeny bit of colour in it, and we definitely don’t have the same colour hair.

    Post # 52
    367 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I always just provide it for people staying with us.  I also leave a bottle of lotion in their room for them to take when they leave.  What do I care if people use my pantene?


    I hate being at someone’s house and having to ask for lotion and/or run to a drugstore to find shampoo/conditioner.  It’s not the easiest stuff to tote around, especially if you’re flying!

    Post # 53
    3226 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Heck yeah, I would use it if it was at a family member’s house!

    Post # 54
    4047 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    If it is a guest bath, I will use it freely. If it is a shared bath I’ll only use it if I’m staying for just a day or two, and I’ll use a minimal amount. On more extended stays I’ll run out and buy my own products rather than use up the host’s.

    Post # 55
    6294 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I always bring my own if I know I’ll be showering. Not so much because I’d feel bad using their products, but because my skin is sensitive, and my hair can get greasy if I use the wrong products, so I prefer to use my own.

    If people stayed at mine, I would be more than happy for them to use my toiletries as IMO that is what being a host is about: providing for your guests. To me expecting them to bring their own would be a bit like expecting them to bring their own bed sheet, or their cereal for breakfast.

    Post # 56
    1137 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I tend to bring things unless I know for a fact they will have something to use (IE family). If I am flying to visit someone, I’d ask them beforehand as I really like to just take a carry on if I can.

    We have two guest baths in our house. I keep all sorts of stuff in the upstairs one (where someone would stay) for my guests. I have full sized bottles, as well as travel size I throw under the sink. I want to pickup a basket so I can start stocking new other items in there, just in case someone forgets something. It’s a guest bath – I rarely, if ever, use it, so everything in there is for guests. The other guest bath is the dog bathroom, but if I knew I had multiple guests coming I’d put things in there and remove the dog products (it’s a basement bathroom, but there is a bedroom downstairs).

    I’ve also got a basket in the half bath on the main floor with various items (safety pins, pads, tampons, wet wipes, etc – leftover ‘guest basket’ from the wedding). I try to keep it filled if we have people coming by, as I’ve found people really do find it useful.

    Post # 57
    7002 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I always keep my guest bathroom stocked for this very reason, so guests have items to use. I keep shampoo/conditioner, soap, facewash, shaving cream, disposable razors, extra (unopened) toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.

    I generally take my own stuff because I don’t want to get somewhere and they not have what I need. The only exception is like when we go to the ILs house. My Mother-In-Law has every product imaginable, I take my own facewash, but otherwise use whatever she has.

    Post # 58
    102 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Yeah I think it’s not a big deal at all. You’ll use it maybe once or twice.. Maybe a loooooonnng stay I’d bring my own. 

    Post # 59
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I voted “other”. I always bring all my own products to friends/family. Though when I visit my grandmother, aunt or mom I always use their body wash since we are always gifting eachother with great smelling Philosophy body washes! Anyone else’s place I use my own stuff. As a host though I fully stock the guest bathroom with lots of yummy things and fully expect people to use them. I guess for the most part I just prefer to use my own stuff.

    Post # 60
    4505 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I always expect people to use our products when they visit us. I levae them out specifically for them to use. 

    Especially these days, with restrictions on traveling with liquids/gels, I definitely want people to use our products. And the same goes for when I visit others! Plus, part of the fun is trying out new stuff. 🙂

    Post # 61
    2605 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I would use my own shampoo because I use a special purple shampoo for my hair.  However, in general, if there is a “guest bath” I would assume that any products in there are for me to use.

    Additinoally, if I had a “guest bath” I would stock it with products specifically for my guests.

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