Hotel toiletries specialist, Duck Island, takes its inspiration from a famous, and since lost, location in St James’ Park, London. During the reign of Charles II, London was considered one of the most fashionable cities in Europe – a celebration of aesthetics and luxury that incorporated everything from its people to its parkland. At its heart sat Duck Island, a well-maintained oasis in the lake at St James’ Park, once described as “one of the most enchanting summer retreats imaginable … a paradise in miniature”.
Part of Duck Island’s allure to inquisitive visitors was its resident pelicans. In 1664, the Russian ambassador had presented the king with a group of great white pelicans – then an extravagant and expensive gift. The king chose to house the birds in the park, and the sight of the striking white, exotic birds further enhanced the enchanting qualities of Duck Island.
The team at Duck Island was inspired by the description of this magical island, with its connotations of luxury, of exclusivity and of prestige. The company created a range of toiletries to emulate these values, bringing forth a range of products that deliver this “paradise in miniature”, and emblazoned them with the logo of the pelican, that most regal of gifts.
Duck Island delivers these qualities in its paraben- and mineral oil-free toiletries, which are scented with its signature fragrance, Elissium. Derived in part from the Greek for ‘paradise’, Elissium combines fresh mandarin with warm bergamot in a balanced aroma, which captivates the senses in a luxurious experience that aims to please even the most discerning guests. In amidst busy days, the products provide a moment of glorious indulgence, a pause to enjoy life’s little luxury.
Duck Island’s range features liquid toiletries in four volume sizes to suit all requirements, covering such core necessities as hair care, bath and shower wash, body lotion, hand wash and moisturising hand cream. The company’s 250ml bottles have a robust pump lid for measured dosing, and can be housed in its wall-mounted stainless steel brackets.
The company’s smaller guest bottles feature its ergonomic easey-gripp caps, which are easy to unscrew even with wet hands. Its core range is reinforced by a selection of branded and packaged amenities, such as shower caps and sewing kits, embossed guest soaps, display materials and four luxury gift sets to use as welcome gifts for guests.
Although Duck Island takes inspiration from a bygone age, it works to a modern ethic. As a champion of sustainable and environmentally-sound practices, all of the company’s packaging, bottles and caps are recyclable, and its products are never tested on animals.
Already found in some of the world’s most prominent hotels, Duck Island’s sophisticated toiletries offer the opportunity to enhance guest experience with a touch of welcome and appreciated luxury.