Welcome to another installment of our amenity kit review series. As in previous reviews, I will be reviewing this amenity kit on a scale from 1 to 5 (being the best) and will rate it based on five categories:
- Bag/container: design, quality and reusability/collectibility of the bag.
- Product: quality, size and variety of the facial and body products.
- Comfort items: eye masks, ear plugs, etc.
- Miscellaneous: pens, tissues and everything else.
- Extras: additional items that make your flight just a tad more comfortable including pajamas, slippers, etc.
In this installment, I’ll explore jetBlue Mint’s “Hayward & Hopper” brand amenity kit, introduced in 2016. Though the brand includes both names, the specific branding on each kit differs by gender. “Hayward” kits are provided for women, and “Hopper” kits for men. Therefore, this review focuses on the “Hopper” half of the brand. For some background, Hayward & Hopper is a New York-based luxury brand founded by Marin Hopper, daughter of Hollywood legends Brooke Hayward and Dennis Hopper. As you’d expect, Hayward Luxury is the women’s brand, with Hopper Goods the men’s brand. Now with that out of the way, on to the review.
Note: this post is part of my trip report series about my weekend trip to try jetBlue Mint. Click here for the trip report index and introductory post.
This is a small though stylish bag. The cloth bag feels sturdy and durable, and the leather “Hopper” logo adds a touch of class. Though smallish, it is just large enough to take a quart-size toiletry Ziploc. Also, several of the items inside (described below) match the bag color. Score: 4.
Initially, when I reviewed my jetBlue Mint experience, I thought the kit contained no comfort products. However, I later discovered that a small pouch with a few had fallen out.
The mini-bag includes body lotion, lip balm, and a facial mist. While the selection is average, the items are good quality. In addition, kudos to jetBlue for utilizing local California and New York suppliers. However, I think mouthwash is a must in these kits, and was disappointed not to find any. Score: 3.
The kit includes standard comfort items, such as socks, an eye mask, earplugs, and a toothbrush with toothpaste. Oddly, the kit also comes with a pair of gloves. I can’t say I’ve ever gone to sleep wearing gloves. Perhaps it’s a seasonal thing on account of those tough Massachusetts winter. Anyway, I’ll tack on an extra half point for the color coordination with the bag, and the matching design on the eye mask. Score: 3.5.
What you see is what you get. No miscellaneous items are provided with this kit. Score: 1.
I suppose the gloves count as “extras”. They’re decent quality and a nice touch, at least. Score: 2.
jetBlue Mint Hayward & Hopper Amenity Kit – Final Thoughts
The jetBlue Mint “Hopper” version amenity kit averages out to a 2.7/5. In the transcon Business Class space, that puts jetBlue in the middle of the pack, I’d say. The kits are better than American’s Business Class kit, which consists of just a couple of items in a plastic bag. Contents seem similar to United’s Cowshed goodie bag, though I’ll give the edge to the Hayward & Hopper kits for the superior case. But it doesn’t look as good as Delta’s Tumi kits. I’m flying transcon Delta One in March, and will report back my results.