I’ve had this Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Business Class kit in my collection for a little more than a year and bring you a critique for this installment of Amenity Kit Reviews. For a better description of each category and the 7-point scale for scoring, please review my introductory post.
Bag/Container: Philippine Airlines partnered with Bally to provide this black nylon, rectangular dual-compartment zipper bag (the current version, also by Bally, doubles as an iPad pouch). It’s very well manufactured and includes the Bally logo on the exterior, as well as a “with compliments of” Philippine Airlines tag inside one of the compartments. Three pouches housing the skin care amenities grace one of the interior sections, while the other sports a single lengthwise pocket. It’s a bit small for my taste to reuse when traveling, but would be something ideal for markers and pens around the house. Score: 5
Skin Care: Clarins of Paris skin care products in this kit include hand and nail cream, lip balm and “Eau Dynamisante” fragrance. The thick hand cream absorbs well with minimal greasiness and has a pleasant, light scent. I couldn’t detect a flavor for the lip balm and it does the job well. The fragrance, really cologne as it’s fairly masculine, is fine if you’re into that sort of thing (I generally don’t wear any). Additional cologne and lotion can be found in the lavatories, according to the back of the Clarins product information card. And razor kits are available upon request. All are great amenities for business class. Score: 6
Oral Care: A full-size, medium-bristled toothbrush with head cover and a small tube of standard-flavored Colgate toothpaste come in a plastic sleeve inside the kit. And mouthwash is provided in the lavs, so I’m giving this category a bump up from adequate. Score: 5
Comfort Items: The kit contains your standard non-premium socks along with eyeshades that have a soft interior lining as well as adjustable elastic straps. No earplugs, but the kit does include a nifty brush with a mirror in the handle. Score: 4.5
Intangibles: For a business class kit, I think it’s a pretty substantial offering and a notch above some of the other international carriers. I particularly like when airlines partner with a bag manufacturer giving it a bit more exclusivity. And as always, I do like the branding elements to remind me of where it came from. Score: 5
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