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Molton Brown Invigorating Ginseng Bath & Shower Gel

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Brand: Molton Brown / Texture: Cream / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body

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      28.04.2013 17:00
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      bottle looks great, but product is a little expensive

      Molton brown is a premium range of cosmetics that are made in England, they are definitely not cheap but make excellent gifts (if you're feeling plush then why don't you treat yourself!)

      I first experienced molton brown as a christmas gift, not sure i'd have spent the money myself (roughly £16 a bottle) but I was curious to try it out.

      The bottle itself is very classy looking, looks fantastic on the shelf and makes your home look more 'luxury'- that might be reason enough to buy he product. The bottle is clear with a chrome cap, and the intense colours of the product are seen through the clear bottle. The label is simple and classy, saying just 'Molton Brown London' and the name of the product. The bottle also has little 'growths' on the side, there's no way to describe them any other way because they just seem to be stuck on at 3 points around the bottle- it feels a little strange and i'm not sure it looks better because of them (although they do have functional use as it lets you know when your hand it close to the edge- incase you lose your grip and spill the expensive product.

      It has a very fiery energetic smell, but it is also quite a masculine smell. It is ok for a woman but maybe not something to shower with if you're going on a date or just want to feel feminine.

      It is a nice product, it lathers well, but overall I don't think it's worth the money to use it every day- just get some to keep on display and for occasional use, and use something different for every day use

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      21.05.2010 08:38
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      Turns a dull bath into a luxurious treat

      Moulton Brown is a premium brand that I'd previously only encountered during hotel stays, but last Christmas a very nice person gave me a bottle of this as one of my presents. I'm just coming to the end of the bottle now so thought it would be a good time to write a review.

      It's a 300ml bottle of amber liquid. The consistancy is quite thin so I've avoided using it in the shower as I suspect most of it would end up going straight down the plug-hole, but I've been using it for my relaxing soaks in the bath once a week or so. I've found that you only need a small amount to create a lovely scented bath with a generous quantity of bubbles (half the fun of a soak) so although it's an expensive product at £17, I think it is good value for money.

      It creates clouds of soft bubbles that give your bathtime that perfect luxurious atmosphere. The scent is delightful. Although if you open the bottle and have a sniff it has more than a hint of men's aftershave about it, once it's in the bath it creates a subtle spicy yet sweet scent that I find very pleasant. The bottle says that the ginseng and other essential oils help to 'awaken the senses leaving you refreshed and full of energy.'

      On the practical side, it gets you clean, and I've found that it is not too harsh on my skin. I can get quite dry skin after using some products but this, despite not being a specifically moisturising one, has left me smooth and soft after my bath.

      The bottle makes a very stylish addition to your bathroom shelves. This brand often appears in hotels.

      It might be one to save up for - or it makes a terrific luxury present - but I think it's worth every penny as you can tell the difference between this and cheaper brands.

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        08.02.2010 18:49
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        Molton Brown Suma Ginseng Bath and Shower

        Molton Brown sell a wide range of lovely hand cream, hand washes, bath and shower gels among other things. I have used a few of the hand cream and washes and have some in my guest bathroom but had never tried one of their bath and shower washes until now. I was given a bottle of their Invigorating Suma Ginseng bath and shower as a present and have been using it in my bath ever since.

        Molton Brown first started out as a hair salon in Mayfair with all their retail products hand-mixed in the upstairs from nettles and chamomile. I think this is probably what has led them to using some interesting smell and ingredients in their products. Examples of these include davana blossom, celestial maracuja and inspiring wild indigo. This bath and shower also has some interesting ingredients. It includes essential oils of juniper berry, cinnamon, oakmoss, armoise and geranium. The smell in my opinion is a nice one, quite spicy which is what they are really good at as a lot of Molton Brown products seem to be quite spicy. The smell does stay on your skin for quite a long while afterwards which is nice. It also smells up the whole bathroom when I use it in my bath and makes the room smell lovely.


        What I love about using this product in the morning is that they say it's meant to stimulate the energy banks and boosts circulation. This is perfect for first thing in the morning when you need to wake yourself up and get ready for the day. Apparently according to their website the fragrances used in this product are naturally reviving fragrances and promote a feeling of wellbeing and Suma Brazilian ginseng is apparently a powerful immune booster which invigorates the body and restores vitality. The product is quite thick, almost like a gel and a little goes a long way in the bath which is nice. It foams up really well and makes lots of bubbles in the bath. It is a lovely orangey brown colour almost like a cinamon colour.

        The liquid also contains a hydrolized wheat protein which is high in vitamin E, a skin energiser and conditioner. I have found that my skin is lovely and soft after I have used this is in bath.

        A 300ml bottle of the soothing hand lotion is £17 in the Molton Brown stores. You can also buy different products of the same smell. The bottle has a opening at the top that allows you to pour out the liquid easily without too much coming out. I would say that's its quite expensive for a little bottle of bath and shower gel but for the luxury its worth it and especially if you get it as a present.

        All in all a good product from Molton Brown that I definitely recommend.

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          02.02.2010 14:56
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          A little bit of a let down

          Months ago I got a set of travel sized Molton Brown products for my birthday, but it's only recently that I've got round to using them. The first one that I tried was the Invigorating Suma Ginseng bath and shower gel. There was no real reason behind using this one first, it was simply the first that I came to when I opened the box!

          The shower gel comes in the distinctive Molton Brown packaging of clear bottle with silver lid, embossed with the Molton Brown brand name. In recent years many products in copy cat packaging have turned up on the market - most notably the Bayliss and Harding products - and I think just the fact that so many other brands want to emulate Molton Brown goes to show how popular it is.

          Obviously from the product name I knew this contained Ginseng, but to my surprise the packaging also revealed that the product contains essential oils of juniper berry, cinnamon, oak moss, armoise (That's a new one on me and don't - as I did - confuse with armoire which is a sort of French wardrobe!) and geranium. Apparently the Brazilian Suma Ginseng will boost circulation and 'stimulate the energy banks.'

          I do like the scent of this product, but I feel it is a little on the masculine side for me, although this isn't actually from the men's range. It's a fairly deep scent, with the ginseng being the dominant fragrance and a spicy, almost earthy undertone which presumably is a combination of the cinnamon and oak moss.

          The actual gel is yellow in colour and not the deep orange that it appears to be on Molton Brown's website. I got my first taste of Molton Brown when I was around 14 years old, thanks to a late relative's generosity and what I remember most about the shower gels was how thick they were. I found that to be the case here too, and I think just the consistency alone makes the product feel quite luxurious on the skin.

          Alone this gives a fairly adequate lather, but I find that I get best results when lathering it with a body puff. This way I also get more uses out of my small bottle too. The scent stays fairly strong when using this although personally I don't think I'd go as far as saying that I felt invigorated after using it.

          After use, I was a little disappointed to find that the scent of the product didn't stay on my skin. My skin tends to be quite dry and although this didn't appear to dry it any further, or for that matter irritate the patches of eczema I have, it didn't seem to do anything special for my skin either. For me this was quite a let down as with a brand like Molton Brown, something special is what I have come to expect. Although 'nice' in every way I also found it to be quite average and on the whole not all that much better than something I might pick up from the shelves of ASDA.

          As it's labelled 'bath and shower' I also tried pouring a little under running water to try to get a bubble bath out of it. Although it did produce a small amount of bubbles they faded fast and so I would recommend to sticking to use as a shower gel with this one.

          At £17 for a 300ml bottle, this product is not cheap, and the price only raises expectations, so it's a little bit sad that they were not met.

          So on the whole although I did like this product, I thought there was room for improvement. If I was going to part with £17 for a shower gel I would expect it to be of an extremely high quality and tick every box which unfortunately this one did not.

          Buy from John Lewis or www.moltonbrown.co.uk

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            14.08.2000 07:33
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            This is the best shower or bath gel there is for those mornings when you really wish you hadn't had to get out of bed. I'm not a morning person and this is one of the few things that that get me out of my comatose state. the scent of this is just so indescribably gorgeous! It's fresh and zingy, but not herbal or citrus - quite like anything else I've smelled before. It's quite a complex scent, but suitable, I'd say, for both men and women. It can be used on a sponge in the shower or poured into the bath for lovely bubbles. All Molton Brown's bath products are excellent quality, they're fine on sensitive skin and a little goes a very long way, so this can work out quite a bargain buy.

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            10.08.2000 23:00

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            A brilliant product from a brilliant range. I am a big fan of QVC and I am grateful that QVC has introduced me to all the Molton Brown products. Its aroma is gorgeous and you don't want to get out of the bath. It doesn't dry your skin. You only need a small quantity, so it's gonna last long. It's a unisex product and you can share it with your partner. It's not tested on animals and you can recycle the packaging. If you get it from QVC: for £9.97 you get 300ml shower/bath gel and 100ml of body lotion. ( check www.qvcuk.com for more details).

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            21.06.2000 18:24
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            Are you looking for something zingy and refreshing to wake you up in the shower each morning? If so, then read on as this review might be helpful to you. Molton Brown have a fantastic range of shower and bath products, one of which is the Invigorating Ginseng Shower Gel. This gel is perfect to get you going first thing in the morning as it has a very refreshing, almost "zingy" fragrance that lingers in the bathroom. Now, this isn’t a strong overpowering smell and, until we can get "scratch and sniff dooyoo", I don’t think I will be able to describe the fragrance very well. However it is very fresh and not at all "girly" (thus perfect for all you men out there!) It contains Brazilian Ginseng which is reported to help stimulate cell regeneration and thus give the invigorating and revitalising effect. The gel itself lathers up very well and doesn’t leave skin feeling tight (even though I have a touch of eczema on my arms). In fact, I have found that the lather can actually leave my skin feeling quite soft and not in any way irritated. I also find that even although it is sold as a shower gel, you can also use it in the bath by adding two or three capfuls to running water. It creates an impressive array of bubbles and the gorgeous fragrance wafts though the house. As for price, at £8 for 300ml, it is probably more than most people would pay for a shower gel but as far as the MB range goes, this is a very reasonably priced product. It does last a long time as you really only need a tiny amount at a time and, if like me, you just save it for use in the bath, it will last for months. It is packaged in a stylish 300ml bottle with the Molton Brown logo on full display (looks good on your bathroom shelf!) and has a shiny silver cap which is ideal for measuring how much you need for a bath full of bubbles. As with all MB products, it is not widely a
            vailable on the high street but you can get it in some House Of Fraser Stores, QVC and direct from Molton Brown themselves. Check out their website on www.moltonbrown.co.uk for details on how to order. Now I think I deserve a nice soak in the bath before writing any more ops!

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          Brazilian Ginseng aims to boosts the circulation, calm the mind and induce a sense of well-being