Product Type: Molton Brown Bath / Shower
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Not as good as Black Pepper but still fantastic
Molton Brown Bracing Silverbirch Body Wash
Member Name: jipp05
Molton Brown Bracing Silverbirch Body Wash
Advantages: Good distinctive fragrance, lasts for ages and doesn't dry out skin
Disadvantages: Nothing particularly wrong with it but I wish it had the same punch as Black Pepper
Bracing Silverbirch comes in a range of products including an Eau de Toilette. I love the scent of the Eau de Toilette but because it just doesn't last long enough it is something that I never buy anymore as I just don't think that it can justify its price tag as it only lasts for an hour or so before disapearing. Luckily like most of the accompanying body washes from Molton Brown this is much better than the fragrances.
Bracing Silverbirch is a man's body wash and unlike a lot of the body washes available from Molton Brown this one definitely smells more masculine to me so I personally wouldn't say it can be used by everyone but that is a personal choice and this is just my opinion.
I love the clean and classic packaging of Molton Brown and this particular body wash comes in a plastic bottle with the tell-tale silver lid and unlike some cheaper knockoffs the plastic on this bottle doesn't cave in on itself just by holding it in your hands.
It contains extract of Silverbirch, Cedarwood, Cumin and Incense and is described by Molton Brown as being a woody and masculine scent. This does smell very 'woody' and has a really outdoors feel to it. This is the kind of fragrance that smells really fresh but has a little bit of spice to it at the same time to stop it from becoming non-descript. As with most of these body washes that contain unusual ingredients it is difficult to really explain the smell properly as it doesn't really smell like anything else on the market which I think is a good thing as there is nothing generic about the smells of Molton Brown body washes.
This lathers up fantastically and you really only do need a tiny amount of it to lather up your whole body hence why a 300ml bottle will last for ages even if you use it morning and night. It can also be used on hair and I don't find it too harsh to use on my hair like a lot of shower gels can be. This doesn't strip my hair or leave it feeling dry. It is the same on my body. Although it gives a really strong lather it doesn't dry out my skin or leave it feeling itchy afterwards. I have a real problem with dry skin so I need to be careful with what I use in the bath or shower and in my experience Molton Brown body washes are some of the best when it comes to not stripping the moisture from my skin.
The fragrance of this really fills the bathroom when using it and it also lingers on my skin for ages afterwards too. Some shower gels will smell nice when you are using them but as soon as you have dried yourself you can't smell them on your skin at all but this isn't the case with this one as you can smell it for a good few hours afterwards. Although the fragrance is quite unusual it actually compliments loads of other aftershaves that I use really well. I am a big fan of the black pepper range from Molton Brown and although they also do a fantastic shower gel this one will complement the black pepper aftershave if I have run out of it. It also goes really well with loads of other fresh and spicy fragrances without competing for attention from them.
I find this to be really refreshing when using it and it is helpful at wakening me up in the mornings as it has a really livening aroma to it which does help to get me going.
The only major problem that I have with this is when comparing it to the black pepper shower gel as although this is perfectly nice in its own right I really don't think it is anywhere near as good as the black pepper one so this is what stops me from buying it more regularly. Although I love all the ingredients used in this separately together I would expect them to wow me a little bit more and while I really like this and would happily use it I would like it if it just had a little bit more pizazz to it.
I know a lot of people seem to dislike Molton Brown products but for the life of me I can't understand how people can tell the difference in quality between them and cheap brands as to me it is apparent. I agree that some of their other products can be a let-down but the shower gels are much better quality and they feel much nicer on my skin and the scents are much more distinctive. Even though Bracing Silverbirch isn't my favourite Molton Brown body wash it is still fantastic and better than most of the other ones that are available to buy.
Summary: Not my favourite Molton Brown body wash but still better than most