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I love using a variety of different bath and shower products and one of my favourite brands is Molton Brown who make a range of high quality bath and shower gels, hair products and candles all based on their unique scents. This Relaxing Yuan Zhi Bath and Shower gel is one of my favourite product in their range.
The bath and shower gel comes in a clear plastic bottle with a silver flip lid and the Molton Brown logo on it. You can see the product through the bottle which is a beautiful dark purple colour which looks really stylish in your bathroom.
The bath and shower gel is created specifically for those in need of a little rest and relaxation. it contains yuan zhi extract and Madagascan ylang-ylang oil to help re-balance. The main fragrances are:
Top note: ylang-ylang
Middle note: sweet cardamom
Base note: musk
On pouring the gel into the bath the smell is really lovely. It is a very soothing and calming smell which immediately helps to make you feel de-stressed and forget about the worries of the day. The gel creates a large number of bubbles when poured into the water and is soft and smooth on my skin when I am soaking in the bath without drying it out at all. It is quite tempting to fall asleep with the warm water and the lovely smell.
Molton Brown bath and shower gels are expensive and normally retail at about £18 each. However they are often on offer, especially over Christmas, so it is well worth getting one if you can find it cheaper.
Molton Brown products are I find a bit hit and miss for me, especially considering how expensive some of the products are, I do however love their shower gels and have tried most of them over the tears. This is by far my favourite. The shower gel comes in a clear plastic bottle with a silver screw top that is easy to use and does not leak. The shower gels usually come in 300ml bottles and are priced around £18 each.
Yuan Zhi shower gel is a vivid purple colour and is made from the yuan zhi root, vanilla and ylang ylang. It is supposed to rebalance and soothe you using aromatic oils such as rose and ylang ylang. It has a very floral scent and is long lasting. I find that I only need to use a very small amount of the gel, which I dispense onto a shower puff and it lathers up really well. On first using the product you will be greeted with the scent of the yuan zhi, rose and ylang ylang, it rinses off well and does not leave my skin irritated at all, and I have very sensitive skin. After using it I find that my skin is a little softer and in better condition, especially after using it for a while. I also use it in the bath and it produces lots of soft and florally smelling bubbles for me to soak in.
Overall I would recommend this product to others as it smells great, lasts a long time, is a great colour and cleanses my skin well and helps to relax me after a hard day. The only down side to the product is the price tag.
In the past I have had a bad experience with Molton Brown as I wrote quite a negative review about their Black Pepper 'Recharge' shower gel that I recieved as a gift some time ago. When I recieved the Molton Brown Relaxing Yuan Zhi Bath and Shower Gel I were unsure as to whether I would get on with the product, but part of was looking forward to find out if it was the brand or that particular variety that disagrees with me. The Relaxing Yuan Zhi bottle is certainly more vibrant. The bottle itself is transparent with the Molton Brown branding on the front, but the contents are much more colourful in a deep and rich purple.
On the front of the bottle is the typical Molton Brown branding, with a simple design and the words 'relaxing yuan zhi bath & shower' written towards the bottom of the bottle. The bath & shower gel comes in a 300ml bottle and the silver lid has the words 'Molton Brown' written around it which is a nice touch. Costing a shade under £20 Molton Brown products are by no means cheap, but as I received it as a gift this wasn't an issue for myself. I wouldn't have bought this had it been my choice, as I have had a negative opinion on their products in the past, so this was my opportunity to change that with the Yuan Zhi shower gel.
Mango oil within the shower gel is said to condition the skin, and the product is aimed at moisturising your skin and helping relax your body. Essential oils including vanilla, rose and ylang-ylang create an intense yet soothing fragrance and Yuan Zhi is traditionally used to calm your senses.
I used the bath & shower gel in the bath and found that the fragrance did have a calming and relaxing effect on me. The scent is very noticeable but not too overpowering, which allows you to wind down. The gel easily creates a thick and rich lather, and the scent of the essential oils did last a while after my soak. My skin did feel a little softer than usual, and I think the moisurising claim does ring true. My faith in the Molton Brown brand has been restored, but whether the Yuan Zhi bath & shower has done enough to justify the pricetag is still up for debate.
I always look forward to using Molton Brown products, their luxurious range of body care shower and bath gels are a little bit special and are used by leading hotel and airlines as courtesy gifts. The one and only time I have flown buisness class transatlantic with B.A. I was given a smart little goody bag full of Molton Brown products. This did not, however, make up for a one engine emergency landing in the Azores, but I keep the little bag as a memento!
Molton Brown started in 1973 as a hair dressing salon in,you guessed it,58 Molton Street in london´s Mayfair. Their first cosmetic range was produced above the salon with their aim being to produce a luxury range using the properties of natural ingredients which now,is fashionable but at that time was swimming agaist the tide. They now sell their products worldwide and their sucess as a producer of luxury products is reflected in the price. This gel sell for 20.50 for 300ml ! Ouch!
The simple clear plastic bottle shows off the stunning deep purple colour of the translucent gel. On the front is printed Molton Brown, London in a toning lighter shade of purple, as is the legend, relaxing yuan zhi ,and the size, in my case 100ml. Bath and shower gel is highlighted by being printed in white. On the revese appears the Molton Brown logo in white and on one side of this appears a desciption of the gel´s properties and on the other the ingredients, both in toning purple. The bottle is topped by a twist on silver cap embossed with the words Molton Brown. It looks attractive and classy.
Twist off the top and the fragrance fairly leaps out at you, it is definitely oriental and quite strong and heady. It contains Yuan Zhi which Molton Brown say is a unique wild plant from Southern China traditionally used to balance energy and sooth the spirit. Ylang Ylang, which is a favourite of the perfume makers is also there ,the oil is extracted from the petals of the tropical tree Cananga odorata and is used for calming and soothing. The mango oil it contains helps to smooth your skin and mingles with the fragrance of vanilla and rose. It sounds lovely doesn´t it ,but ,here´s the problem I just didnt like it!¨
Once in the shower it nearly redeemed itself by being really frothy on my sponge using even a tiny splodge of the gel, and, my skin was left soft and moisturised ,you could tell it is a high quality product but the fragrance is just not for me. I much prefer the Warming Eucalyptus or the Heavenly Gingerliliy gels.
Sorry Molton Brown the scent reminded me of hippie shops and joss sticks in the 80´s ,perhaps it has it´s work cut out on my dour Scottish spirit! I would love to know if there is a phsycology to scent which makes you favour one type over another, answers please to "Springtide" !
Available from Molton Brown on-line ,good department stores and B.A. flights! 20.50p for 300ml
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When I began writing this review, my first peice of research was to find our what yuan zhi is/means. Somethng deep and meaningful - surely? But according to google he's a Chinese volleyball player. Now I don't know if this bath and shower gel is named after him, but I'm guessing probably not.
A little further research told me that yuan zhi is in fact a wild plant from South China that is used to balance energy and soothe the spirit. This gel also contains mango oil, which is an anti-oxidant skin conditioner, as well as rose and vanilla.
The gel can be used as a shower gel or bath foam, and is intended to help you destress and relax, and is good to use before bed to help you get a peaceful night's sleep.
As with all Molton Brown products, this gel comes in lovely, expensive looking packaging - which it darn well should at £17 for a 300ml bottle! The bottle is see-through and the beautiful purple colour of the gel inside makes the product look even more luxurious. It is definitely a nice product to display in your bathroom.
I tried this out in the shower. The gel is extremely thick and very rich, and you really need very little. It lathers up nicely and feels luxurious on the body. It is a real pleasure to use, and the scent is quite exotic and musky - not like any other products I've used. I didn't detect the rose or vanilla in here, but there is a slight floral undertone to the fragrance, and it leaves skin smelling lovely and feeling soft and moisturised after use.
Sadly the price of this product is off-putting, and I have to say it isn't something I would splash out on for myself - I was lucky enough to receive this as a gift. But you do need very little so I think it would last a lot longer than other, cheaper shower gels, so this could help justify the cost! I'm also really looking forward to trying this out in the bath as I think it will make a really luxurious bath soak.
Overall, a lovely, expensive looking and feeling product.
Still trying to use up all the mini Molton Brown products I received in a gift set, I now move onto their Yuan Zhi shower gel. As you may know from my previous reviews, I've found Molton Brown products are nice, but generally the quality does not match the expensive price tag. For this reason I began using this without very high expectations.
This shower gel comes in a clear bottle with a silver screw off cap which is embossed with the Molton Brown name. The actual gel is a light purple, and the colour is not quite as deep as that shown in the photograph above. The packaging is simple yet luxurious, and looks good on a bathroom shelf.
The packaging describes this product as 'intensely moisturising' and says the potency of yuan zhi extract will relax the body and mind. As well as yuan zhi, (which having googled it, is a traditional Chinese herb) this also contains essential oils of vanilla, ylang ylang and rose.
The scent of this product has got to be its main selling point. It's a beautifully soft scent, feminine and floral, yet with a rather exotic background scent which presumably comes from the ylang ylang and yuan zhi, which adds a warmth and depth to the fragrance. It's an absolutely beautiful scent that screams luxury, and I'd also say it's fairly unique, because I can't think of any high street brand with a scent like this - although if anyone knows of one, please let me know!
One issue I'd found previously when using Molton Brown shower gels was that they did not feel particularly luxurious or special to use. I had my first experience of Molton Brown products when I was fairly young, as my late uncle bought me a gorgeous set of different products that must have cost an absolute fortune, and at the time I remember using the bath products and being amazed at how luxurious they felt against my skin. I was disappointed when it came to using the products that I received in this latest gift set, that so far they haven't really felt any different from a £2.99 shower gel to me. I think the yuan zhi fragrance has to be the exception...
The purple gel is fairly thick, yet pours from the bottle easily. Most of the time I apply it to a bath scrunchie rather than directly to my skin, as this produces a good lather using only a small amount of the product. It lathers up really well (with or without a scrunchie) and feels very luxurious against the skin. It has a very silky, velvety feel to it, and for once I found that I could tell I was using something expensive.
Even after rinsing this off, when my skin is still wet, I can somehow feel that my skin feels much better. Once my skin is dry, it feels incredibly soft and moisturised. I have fairly dry skin to start with, and after using this I don't feel the need to immediately slap on the body lotion, as this seems to hydrate my skin all by itself.
I suppose my one criticism of the product would have to be the fact that the scent doesn't stay on my skin after use. That's quite disappointing really, firstly as it smells so lovely, and secondly given the price of it, I would expect it to be perfect in every way.
Talking of price, Molton Brown products certainly do not come cheap. The brand has a luxury image and to go with it, luxury price tags. A 300ml bottle of this will set you back £17 from John Lewis, a slightly ridiculous price tag for a shower gel. Saying that, because of the thickness and ease with which it lathers, only a small amount is needed per use, so if you were to splash out, then at least your bottle should last a long time.
I would have to conclude that this is an absolutely amazing product. It smells delicious, and it leaves my skin feeling absolutely amazing. Of course, it is very overpriced, but if this is something that you can afford, then I would fully recommend it.
I was very lucky to receive a bottle of the Molton Brown Relaxing Yuan Zhi Bath and Shower Gel for Christmas. It was bought for me because I had been having difficulty sleeping with general tension and the Relaxing Yuan Zhi Bath is said to aid relaxation, relieve stress and promote peaceful sleep. Before using this I did know of Molton Brown but had never tried any of their products, as for me they are just too expensive. For example, this gel retails at an eye watering £17.00 for 300ml. I did feel rather guilty at the time of receiving it as I was happy enough just using cheap shower gels, so I thought the gift was wasted on me.
Molton Brown endeavour to use as many naturally derived unique ingredients as possible but this doesn't mean that it equates to a completely natural product. None of their products are tested on animals. The main ingredients in the gel are: Yuan Zhi which is a wild plant from South China, traditionally used to balance energy (Chi) and soothe the spirit. Mango oil is added due to its anti-oxidant powers and also acts an anti-inflammatory to restore the condition of the skin. The gel also contains aromatic essential oils of vanilla, Ylang Ylang and rose. It can be used as both a shower gel and bath foam which I think is good as although I'm mostly a shower person I do have the odd bath from time to time.
The Relaxing Yuan Zhi is a deep purple colour and comes in a very stylish clear plastic bottle, bearing the classic Molton Brown logo. The bottle has a very swish looking silver coloured screw lid which is also embossed with the Molton Brown logo. The overall look is very high end, almost too good to use but its not meant for just looking pretty. If you buy the Relaxing Yuan Zhi from a Molton Brown shop they will package it in a lovely box which is tied with expensive looking ribbon. This is ideal for special gifts.
As soon as the bottle is opened you get a whiff of the strong fragrance. I just love it, I can definitely detect Ylang Ylang, vanilla and mango. All of these smells combine together to produce a strong exotic, musky smell. I don't think it favours either a feminine or masculine smell. Molton Brown products often don't differentiate between sexes, so their shower and bath gels can be used by both males and females. I feel the Relaxing Yuan Zhi would be suitable for men and women, although I guess it comes down to personal taste.
I normally use quite a large glug of my cheap shower gel in order to get a good lather. I didn't want to waste this so I was pleased to see that it's recommended to use approximately 5-10mls (this equates to about ½ - 1 capful) dispensed onto a sponge or cloth. I have to tentatively pour half a capful onto my sponge and start to later with water. I say tentatively as it is easy to pour too much out because the gel comes from a large pouring hole at the top of the bottle. I feel it would be better dispensed from a pump but this just my individual preference. I didn't expect this amount of gel to give me much of lather, I was surprised to find this not the case. There was a generous amount of lather which wasn't just for show either as sometimes I find you get a lot of bubbles but not much substance behind them. This was bubbly but had a richness as well that is luxurious on the skin. The fragrance is intensified as the warm water is added to the gel. Again the fragrance isn't just for show, after showering the skin does smell quite strongly of the fragrance, it's almost like I've sprayed some fragrance on as well. The scent does linger on the skin as I drift off to sleep. When I wake up in the morning I can still smell it on my skin which I find really nice. I've used the gel a couple of times in the bath where it's recommended 25ml-30ml is poured under running taps, though I find it sufficient to use just 1 ½ caps. This is enough to give a good amount of bubbles. It's nice to have a good soak and have more time to take in the fragrance. As far as moisturing the skin I think the gel does a good job. I always use moisturiser after my showers as standard but the gel does leave the skin feeling soft and smooth, I just like the added moisture of a cream.
Before using this gel I never really thought showers could be all that relaxing as I tend to have one in the morning to wake me up. I've now got in to the routine of having one in the evening and use the Relaxing Yuan Zhi to wind down. I can get in the shower feeling stressed and uptight but something in the luscious purple potion makes my whole body ease, clears any fuzzy head and just generally puts me in a better mood. I was sceptical to say the least with its 'promoting sleep' claim but I have to say I do find it easier to get to sleep after I've used this. The problem being I now love the Relaxing Yuan Zhi I'm a traitor to my cheap shower gel. It's just too expensive for me to buy myself though so think I will have to keep my fingers crossed for my Birthday. I do expect my current bottle to last me a good while longer. As only a bit of gel is needed I still have over two thirds of my bottle left and I've used it daily for 10 weeks.
The Relaxing yuan zhi can't be be bought direct from Molton Brown (www.moltonbrown.co.uk) or from department stores like John Lewis. Also in the Relaxing yuan zhi range is a body cream, a sleep mist and candle, but again prices are extremely high at £17, £25 and an eye watering £49 respectively. Which is a shame as I think it would be lovely to layer the gel and body cream together to get an added depth to the fragrance.
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I absolutely love most of Molton Brown's products but I'm afraid they're so expensive for me to buy now so I was absolutely delighted to receive a big box of goodies from my older daughter for Christmas.
I was pleased to see there were some items I'd not tried but really wanted to & one of them was a 300ml bottle of Relaxing Yuan Zhi Bath & Shower Gel. The bottle contains a distinctive purple liquid which looks fab - although it's actually plastic it does look like glass & has a smart silver screw-on/off top with the embossed MB logo - very classy. I didn't really want to look up the price as it was a present but felt I had to for Dooyoo purposes & although I knew it was expensive I must admit I was staggered at the £16 price tag.
Is it worth it? Well I have to say a resounding 'YES'!
I'm a bath rather than a shower person & as soon as I opened it I was hit by the beautiful aroma. MB are really good at combining fragrances which may sound a little strange when listed, but I've found they always work extremely well. To be honest I couldn't describe the actual combination of smells at first so had a good look on the bottle after having had one of the most luxurious bath soaks in my entire life.
Apparently it contains vanilla which seems to give it 'body', rose which supposedly promotes balance & harmony, yuan zhi which calms the spirit & mango glycerides which are great for dry/ sensitive skin. Furthermore it contains ylang ylang & wheat protein which act as an antioxidant. All I can say is, before reading this information, having stepped out of my long bath I felt relaxed & de-stressed mentally whilst my skin smelt & felt wonderful. The effect was quite long-lasting & the lovely aroma lingered in the bathroom for a good couple of hours.
I must admit that I didn't use a huge amount & let the lovely liquid gently dribble under a running tap so I was surprised there weren't more bubbles or foam but I'm not concerned about this - just to advise those who like a real bubbly bath. It can also be used in the shower but I think baths are so much more relaxing & it gives more time for the lovely ingredients to work their magic.
I have to recommend this product & give it 5 stars because for me there was absolutely nothing negative to say.
I received this as a present from my parents this christmas and how excited was I? I adore Molton Brown items in general and this is one I had been recommended by a friend who also favours their products. This is my first attempt at a bath products review it's a long way from a book review which is my usual, so bare with me..
Packaging and product Info!
The first thing I noticed about this product was it's gorgeous packaging. It came in a box which was cream in colour with Molton Brown Logo in Gold as well as tied with a Maroon ribbon also with the Molton Brown writing along it. Once you open the packaging you see the bottle which was300ml, clear plastic, with a silver embossed screw top lid, with the Molton Brown writing and Logo on it along with the name of the scent Relaxing Yuan Zhi written in lilac on the front and the address and website address on the back.
Also on the bottle you will find this information about the main ingredients..
This intensely moisturizing bathing therapy harnesses the potency of Yuan Zhi extract to combat stress and promote inner peace, mango oil ensures the skin is soothed and conditioned, while essential oils or vanilla, Ylang-Ylang and rose help relax the body and senses. Perfect at the end of the day to calm restlessness and encourage sleep.
Yuan Zhi is a unique wild plant from Southern China used traditionally to balance energies and soothe the spirit.
I poured only a small amount under the running water of the bath and to my surprise it didn't need much liquid to create the bubbles, which is a shock as many brands I have used before need a lot more to create a decent amount of bubbles. I'm a bubble girl if I'm honest I don't see the point of a few tiny bubbles, if you're going to do it, do it properly.
The first smell that I got from the Bath Liquid was definitely Ylang-Ylang which I was happy with because it's a fragrance I love, although I don't know what Yuan Zhi is supposed to smell like so it could have been in there too. One I didn't pick up which was on the ingredients list was vanilla.
I would describe the scent as slightly woody although not overpowering, it's definitely a lot stronger smelling from the bottle as it is once in the water.
Did it do what it said on the bottle?
I have to say I always wonder about bath soaks that say they calm stress, unwind the muscles and so on. Can a simple bath really make you feel relaxed and free from stress?!
I can't say that as Molton Brown claim Yuan Zhi promoted inner peace in me but it honestly did make me feel a lot more relaxed. I have been suffering from tension headaches for the past few days worrying about job hunting and after spending some time in the bath this morning it really does seem to have eased both my headache and some of my internal stress so maybe there is some truth in this. I found the smell to be quite calming and thankfully not overpowering, which some Bath liquids are guilty of being.
All in all a thumbs up for Molton Brown's Yuan Zhi fragrance. I left the bath feeling a lot more relaxed than I had upon entering it, and it has also made me skin feel a lot better, as I am suffering a lot with dry skin in this nasty winter weather.
I would give it a very healthy 8/10
300ml Bottle price - £16
Sample of others In Range -
energising seamoss bath & shower
sensual hanaleni moisture bath & shower
invigorating suma ginseng bath & shower
warming eucalyptus bath & shower therapy
heavenly gingerlily moisture bath & shower
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I'm a big fan of Molton Brown bath products, and this one, from the Oriental Rededies collection, is probably my all-time favourites. Like the rest of the range it has a quality fragrance that lasts for ages, non-drying bubbles and it's concentrated so a little goes a long way. But the best thing about this is the relaxing, but not soporific, properties of the ingredients, which include Chinese herbs and essential oils. They create an evocative, oriental scent which is great just before going out on the town. Also highly recommended is the matching body lotion
If you are looking for a great Birthday or Christmas present then look no further than the Molton Brown range where you will find an array of skincare and bodycare to suit everyone - including all you guys out there. One of my favourite bathtime products is the impossible to spell Yuan Zhi relaxing bathing gel. It is one of Molton Brown's "Chinese Collection" products and is fairly new to the range. It is a fantastic purple coloured gel with an unbelievable smell to match. It is supposed to be a relaxing bath gel and the smell alone makes you want to lie in the bath for hours (well, any excuse for me!!) You only need about one or two capfuls to get a bath full of gorgeous smelling bubbles and the water actually feels soft - if that is at all possible. My skin feels pretty soft after using it and the heavenly smell lingers in the bathroom for ages too. I have to admit that it is quite expensive for a bath gel and it wouldn’t be something that I would use everyday - it would be more of a "luxury" type product that you would use on a Friday night to wind down after a hard week at work. However, as you don't need to add much to the bath, it does last a long time and as far as "luxury" products go, is pretty decent value for money. It is also a great present to get - hint, hint!!
Molton Brown Relaxing Yuan Zhi Bath & Shower / This rich cleansing and bathing gel helps to relax and soothe the mind and body / All skin types / Cleansing.