Business class amenity kits from four airlines

24 Jul 2013 by ReggieHo

Air Astana amenity kitBrand:
A pair of socks, earplugs, comb, round fold-up mirror, sleeping mask, Colgate toothpaste, toothbrush and Chopard hand and nail cream.
Look and feel:
The bag, made of a smooth sheen fabric in blue, looks rather retro. It can open and fold up like a wallet. There are two compartments, one of which has a transparent window.
The mirror is a nice touch, and the hand cream moisturises without feeling greasy.
For an amenity kit, it is rather bulky.

Cathay Pacific amenity kitBrand:
Agnes b.
Socks, sleeping mask, earplugs, cotton pads, dental kit, lip protector, night moisturiser, body cream.
Look and feel:
The bag comes in either baby blue or leopard print, and carries a printed gold Agnes b. logo on the front. It is a good size – compact enough to carry in your handbag, yet big enough to store additional items alongside what it comes with. The exterior material feels somewhat rough and waterproof, and is coupled with a silk-like lining. It also keeps things simple with a single-zip design and two small interior compartments.
The sleeping mask's adjustable head strap and cotton feel; the rich and smooth body cream and night moisture cream.
Cons: The fruit scented lip balm – which is a bit sweet – and the somewhat scratchy texture of the socks.

Delta Air Lines amenity kitBrand:
Socks, ear plugs, comb, pen, shoe polish, wet hand wipe, a pack of tissues, sleeping mask, Crest toothpaste, toothbrush, and neroli hand/body lotion and lip moisturiser by New York-based brand Malin + Goetz.
Look and feel: The bag is made of Tumi's signature ballistic nylon and in black. It feels very solid. All the items are wrapped in themed packing, labelled with words such as "sleep", "quiet" and "clean".
One of the most comprehensive amenity kits we have seen, and the pen is a good thing to have as it means we don't have to fish one out from our own bags to fill in the custom and immigration forms. Malin + Goetz is also a great brand, with products that are gentle to the skin and made from an interesting choice of natural ingredients.
Cons: Much as the themed packaging is fun, it feels a little environmentally unfriendly. The plastic wraps for the can of shoe polish and sleeping mask are unneccesary.

Emirates amenity kitBrand:
Schick Xtreme3 Razor, shaving foam, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, tissues, fold-out hairbrush/comb, Bulgari toiletries including cologne and aftershave balm.
Look and feel:
Although described as half-leather, in reality, the bag is almost entirely fabric with small leather trimmings. As a result, the amenity kit is robust and splash proof in the shower.
The kit seems very durable, not just a disposable item. The simple design and subtle brown colour also mean this is a travel item that can easily be used in a daily setting, such as the gym, without looking out of place.
The lack of a lip balm is perflexing, as it is the one thing you always need in very dry in-flight environment.

 Reggie Ho, Alex Andersson and Graeme Park

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