Eco-Beauty, Hotel Style

It’s no secret that pocketing the pint-size toiletries is one of the best parts of staying in a hotel. But when you’re committed to sticking to an eco-friendly lifestyle, there’s a fair chance that the mini soaps, conditioners, lotions, et all will be underwhelming or unusable. Just in case, I always pack my own trusty toiletries when I’m on the go. However, more and more hotels are stocking green, natural brands—an encouraging trend for eco-beauty jetsetters. Last night I had the pleasure of staying at Hotel Paradox, the new chic, boutique hotel on Ocean Street in Santa Cruz, Calif. Upon entering my stylish, sleek room I bee-lined for the bathroom to scope out the toiletry situation (as any good eco-beauty fiend would). I was delighted to find goodies from 99sixty, an ecologically responsible toiletries line found only in hotels. 99sixty is no EO (a truly luscious, certified organic, natural toiletry line made in Marin, Calif.), which I have found in hotels before (jackpot!), but it is paraben- and cruelty-free and packaged with 60 percent recycled, biodegradable plastic. The body lotion is particularly nice—creamy and nourishing, with no greasiness. Getting to keep the little bottles is an admittedly small perk, but a welcomed one for this eco-traveler. With some 99sixty products in tow, I was able to leave Hotel Paradox truly satisfied with my stay.