I was introduced to the world of Molton Brown around a year ago by a friend whose bathroom is a bit like a Molton Brown showroom.I'd never really gone near it before because the prices put me off (I was a student until very recently),though I'd used a few samples of handwash,face cleanser etc and was very impressed.
The Wild Indigo range is probably my favourite Molton Brown scent.As with all of them it's difficult to describe,but it's probably the unisex nature of it that appeals to me the most.I'm not all that keen on girly,floral scents and Wild Indigo makes a nice change to everything else I have in my toiletries cabinet.I have the shower gel,moisturiser and body spray.I've heard from other people that the smell of this body spray wears off quite quickly,but actually I've found the opposite.Whereas most body sprays/perfumes I use evaporate pretty much as soon as I've put them on,this one lasts for hours.
Of course,£20+ IS a lot to spend on body spray,but somehow Molton Brown ones seem to smell expensive,and they don't make me sneeze like lots of others do,which is nice.Anyway,you could always do what I do and just drop a few hints around Christmas time/birthdays...
Most people know Molton Brown for their range of "posh" toiletry products, most notable the VERY popular handwash "Naranji". They started off as a hair salon in Londons exclusive Mayfair district, and now have a range of spas and outlets worldwide.
They have always maintained their exclusivity by only selling within certain stores or by charging a premium for their products. Their body washes are used within the worlds leading hotels and I have always found them to leave my skin feeling fantastic and well moisturised so much so that there isn't necessarily always a need to use their brilliant range of body lotions.
I was given a can of the Wild Indigo Spray at a promotional event in London recently - I certainly wouldn't have paid the £22 that this costs. The press release and blurb for it states that it is:
"designed to elevate the mind and set it up for a positive day, the wild-indigo plant is plucked from the lush green slopes of the Indian Himalayas to help urban dwellers feel centred, in control and relaxed. "
Molton Brown do not seem to say if it is designed for men or women and to be honest the smell is fairly neutral. Many men my feel however that it is too "floral" and so not for them.
Contrary to the claims Molton Brown make, I found it did leave some white marks which was very annoying. The dispenser creates a wide cloud so tends to go everywhere rather than a relatively concentrated spray. The smell wore off much quicker than my Right Guard spray I normally use and so I wasn't too impressed. I did like the smell however but in the mornings or post-gym shower I'd rather be "invigorated" or "refreshed" than clamed and centred.
As a gift I think it might be ok but for the same money you could get something nice from Jo Malone or Cowshed etc.
Overall, bit too pricey for what it is and not worth the money in my honest opinion.
Molton Brown is one of my favourite beauty brands and I have never yet been let down by one of its products until now.
*My initial thoughts*
I received this body spray as part of a gift set from my husband for Christmas 2007. I was very intrigued and decided to give it a try.
To begin with, I wasn't too impressed by its appearance. Although, for a body spray the bottle is quite unique, to me it looked like an upmarket air freshener spray bottle. I probably checked a few times that it was meant to be used on my body before I finally sprayed it and luckily for me, it was safe!
When pressing down the pump, the body spray does not come out like an aerosol but squirts liquid fragrance. I wasn't too impressed to be honest with the spray as it emits small splodges rather than than an ample and long spray.
*The fragrance itself*
The smell of the fragrance is a light and floral one. Compared to my initial disappointment with the bottle, I did actually quite like the fragrance & it was a bonus to not smell like an air freshener.
As mentioned on the bottle the fresh and floral scent in this product is due to the Himalayan Indigo plant.
The fragrance provides a long and well rounded fragrance which smells nice but it is not a fragrance that I would choose to wear to a special occasion, maybe just a daily body spray.
The fragrance does feel nice on the skin and it feels almost oily though not greasy with it. If sprayed on to clothes, it leaves no marks or stains and leaves a long lasting impression whether on clothes or skin.
*value for money*
As of January 2009, the price is £20.55 for a 200ml bottle. I find that this is a very high price for a body spray, regardless of its brand and this one certainly isn't worthy of this price tag.
On the plus side, to maintain a good lasting fragrance only a few smalls sprays are required, however, this would not be enough to encourage me to make a purchase myself.
Sorry Molton Brown, you let me down on this occasion.
I love Molton Brown. The name alone conjours up images of style, finesse, and richness. Posh hotels with thick pile carpets. We have various of their products throughout our house.
Wild Indigo is a range from Molton Brown which is reported to be from the plant plucked from the Indian Himalayas. It is expensive at just over £20 which is pretty normal for their products. It has a fresh and distinctive smell which gives a feel good factor. As well as wild-indigo it has a mixute of different oils within it. I feel very decadant spraying it on after a bath and it complements the body lotion in the same range. I use it when I just want to smell good. The smell is not overbearing but it is unsual smell which is subtle and expensive smelling!
Like all Molton Brown products the presentation of the spray is stylish and modern but classic at the same time. The bottle is attractive and stands proud in a bedroom or bathroom.