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Five amenity kits reviewed

12 Aug 2015

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

AVAILABILITY First class

GENDER-SPECIFIC KIT? Female

CASE Singapore Airline’s current amenity kit by Salvatore Ferragamo looks classy and can easily be used as a wristlet for an evening out.

CONTENTS Inside the stylish pouch is an assortment of Signorina by Salvatore Ferragamo beauty products, including eau de parfum, lip balm, hand cream and cleansing towel. The fragrance is light and sweet with elements of jasmine, peony, rose and a hint of musk. The lip balm is not very moisturising and doesn’t quite smell like the eau de parfum but the hand cream is great; light and moisturising. The selection is youthful and very feminine.

Socks and flip-flops are provided separately, while dental kits are available in the bathroom.

Tester Joyce Lau

  

CHINA AIRLINES

AVAILABILITY Premium Economy

GENDER-SPECIFIC KIT? Unisex

CASE China Airlines partnered with Taiwanese design consultancy Kuan’s Living to bring this unisex amenity kit. This compact pouch is sturdy and clean cut, lined inside with silky fabric.

CONTENTS The kit is small but practical and comes with socks, eye mask, dental kit and a set of mini body lotion and lip balm from Italian brand Acca Kappa’s 1869 collection. Although this is a unisex kit, the 1859 collection is created for men and the scent is quite masculine; perhaps an acquired taste, I would say.

Tester Joyce Lau

 

ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS 

AVAILABILITY First Class

GENDER-SPECIFIC KIT? Unisex

CASE The Samsonite-branded amenity kit is a successful follow-up to All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) old but excellent Rimowa travel kits. The case itself is shaped like luggage and made from sturdy plastic that is resistant against liquid and stains. 

CONTENTS ANA has embraced its heritage by offering Japanese-branded contents inside its amenity kit. Instead of the typical Colgate toothpaste that most travellers may be used to, the airline has chosen to go for a Japanese brand. The skincare products are by The Ginza Cosmetics and consist of a cleanser, moisturiser and lotion – all of which are in full-sized bottles.

The moisturiser and cleanser are excellent, and a refreshing change from the usual lip balm and hand cream combo that I’ve become accustomed to. The scents of both products were mild and pleasant. The “energising lotion” turned out to be a bottle of toner, but still fresh when applied on the face.

Other kit contents include an eye mask, ear buds and four cotton buds. An instruction pamphlet for the skincare products is also included.

Tester Clement Huang

 

QANTAS AIRWAYS 

AVAILABILITY Business Class

GENDER-SPECIFIC KIT? Male

CASE Simple but efficient appears to be the design motif behind the second iteration of Qantas’ Jack Spade amenity kits for males. The case is a sleek travel pouch that features a grey-and-red colour palette – reminiscent of the black-and-blue case introduced by Qantas back in 2012.

For females, Qantas offers a similar looking Kate Spade kit featuring a more colourful geometric print. 

CONTENTS It’s a shame that the Jack Spade amenity kit doesn’t come with a set of pyjamas, unlike the limited edition Oroton kit that we reviewed back in February (see here). However, Qantas has still managed to squeeze in a pair of socks, dental kit, eye mask, earplugs and a box of ASPAR skincare products by Aurora Spas. 

The box consists of three 5ml bottles featuring hand cream, face moisturiser and lip balm. The Face moisturiser wasn’t my cup of tea as I found the scent quite pungent. However, I found the hand cream to be refreshing, thanks to the zesty sweet orange aroma. It also complemented the similar flavoured lip balm, which I found surprisingly pleasant considering that lip balms are typically plain and waxy.

Tester Clement Huang

 

DELTA AIR LINES 

AVAILABILITY Delta One

GENDER-SPECIFIC KIT? Unisex

CASE The ballistic-nylon material of the Delta Air Lines (Delta) amenity kit case boasts high durability and is resistant against liquids, mould and abrasions. The case is entirely black, save for the red Tumi logo on the front. It’s very simple – which I found a little dull.

CONTENTS This is where the kit really shines. Unlike other airlines, which prefer to show off the skincare products that their kits offer, Delta has truly focused on the essentials. Each kit comes with a dental kit with a large tube of Crest toothpaste, floss, comb, tissue, cleansing wipes, earplugs and a pen – nifty for filling in those annoying landing documents that one typically has to when visiting the US.

In addition, there is a shoehorn and shoe polish included – something I found useful, if a little masculine. This was a unisex kit after all. Rounding the kit off are some skincare products by MALIN+GOETZ, as well as a mini-sleep pack containing a pair of socks and eye-mask.

The MALIN+GOETZ products consisted of lip balm and lotion (for body and hands). I found the former to be practically devoid of scent, which meant that it felt like I was simply rubbing wax on my lips. I didn’t like the smell of the lotion but it did give my hands a refreshing tingly feeling after application.

Tester Clement Huang

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