I have long been a devotee of all Molton Brown products and cut corners where I can to make sure I can still afford them!
I purchased this one on Saturday at the Bath shop (how appropriate!) and decided to treat myself last night to a luxurious soak! The crystals are very fine and not the huge fake jewel types that I remember from bath salts in my youth. They turned the water the most gorgeous shade of teal blue / green and the smell was, as with all MB products divine!
I had a very loang soak and finished a couple of chapters of my book, totally relaxing in the beautiful enveloping fragrance and soft water. Afterwards the bath rinsed round absolutely fine and there was no staining or powdery residue left.
This alone is enough to make it one of my hero products but the relaxation it invoked continued through the evening and I have had one of the best nights sleep ever and my skin still feels smooth today!
My idea of a lovely gift to myself (preferably bought for me by someone else, rather than having to rely on me buying my own "treats".....) is anything from the Molton Brown range of products.
I discovered Molton Brown several years ago when I was visiting a particularly up market hotel for a work conference, and they had MB products in their washrooms. I was instantly struck by the quality, and decided straight away, that if I was rich, I would have these in my own bathroom as a matter of course.......
Sadly, richness (in money terms) has not come my way, so I only get a Molton Brown product when someone kindly buys it for me.....as was the case with the item I am reviewing.
This is a stress relieving bath soak, described as "Seamoss".....I wonder whether the word "moss" is used as it sounds better then "weed".......after all, you are paying a premium for this type of bath soak!
The container is a metal tin with a screw top lid, in a mid-green colour, with the Molton Brown logo on the front. As it is, it looks great on your windowsill or shelf in your bathroom....
The tin contains 300g of bath crystals. I remember having bath crystals and bath salts as a child - usually highly perfumed, and usually leaving a gritty mess on the bottom of the bath, so I will admit to being just a little disappointed on seeing that these were crystals and expecting the same sort of performance.
The crystals are a deep blue-green colour - an appropriate colour for something labled "seamoss" I reckon.
The tin claims that you can turn your bath into a marine hydrotherapy experience. "Lie back and let the Dead Sea Salts, red and brown seaweeds, and horse chestnut extracts help flush toxins from your body and replinish your skin"......sounds good so far!
It then goes on to describe how muscles will relax while blood circulation and lymph function improves...........great!
It tells me that I will feel refreshed and rejuvenated! Woo hoo - I am off to run those bath taps....this is what I need!
Finally it tells me that osmotic absorption it will keep the skin healthy and ease conditions such as psoriasis.....ooh, the science bit. Now, it is quite brave of a manufacturer to list a skin condition so clearly on its tin, but I would hope that they have the necessary research to back this up.
I'm sure Granny's bath salts didn't claim all of that stuff!
**How to use it**
Simply add two capfuls to running water.
Well, after putting the blue crystals in the running water, you can immediately see the water change to the same colour. It is a pleasant "clean" colour. There are no bubbles, just a blue water.
The smell is not overly powerful, again, a "clean" smell rather than a scented smell.......this is not like having a flowery bubble bath, or putting essential oils in the water......it is almost non descript, yet has an undeniable presence about it. I suppose I expected it to smell a bit "salty" being seaweed based, but it didn't, and for that I am very grateful!
We live in a very hard water area, but there was no "film" or "scum" on the top of the bath - the crystals dissolved really well, and there was no gritty feeling as I stepped in.
**A hydrotherapy experience?**
Well, having had a good soak in the bath, I wouldn't say that this is the same as going to the Red Sea, or to a spa for a treatment! But I suppose it was never going to be, but it was certainly relaxing.
I have used the whole tin now - I kept it for those baths that I wanted a long soak, or after I had done a particularly long run which required significant muscle rejuvenation, so it has lasted me for quite some time, without loss of effectiveness
As for its claims above - well, I don't have psoriasis so can't comment on that, but it certainly is pleasant and not overpowering. I feel relaxed after my long soak, but then I generally would regardless of the type of bath product I am using - just the escape from the madness surrounding me is good enough for me!
Would I buy it again - yes, as a treat, but I would probably want to try some of the other products first. I certainly wouldn't complain if it was bought for me!
Currently £17.60. Of course this is more expensive than Radox, but comparable with the cost of Lush bath products, especially as I have had a good number of baths out of this, and it has lasted me for ages.
Rich, smooth and silk like - this must surely be the reality of those numerous adverts that can only pretend to ‘walk in the footsteps’ of this Molton Brown product. The product itself is in the form of bath granules, in the colour that I can only describe as ‘vibrant’ emerald green. As it’s title suggests, oceanic scents surface from ‘the tin’. Yes, I said ‘the tin’. OK so let’s do the obligatory packaging – ‘the tin’ is as expected green and accompanying it a silver lid. The green, however, is a shade of green that I would depict as a darkish green – certainly not as vibrant looking as the granules inside. If anybody really wants to know the height and circumference, please let me know, and I will oblige. The weight of ‘the tin’ I am reviewing, however, is 250gm. On opening ‘the tin’ you will find a plastic bag filled with the vibrant green granules, held inside. The marine smell will hit you immediately. A pair of scissors will now become very handy here, as the bag is sealed! I suggest a very careful slicing of the plastic bag as you really don’t want to lose even one granule, especially when you see the price at the end of this! As I am sure you all know how to run a bath, I certainly will not go through the motions. It is recommended that these granules be added to running tap water, obviously to create a foam. The recommended amount is a handful (which I feel is to be interpreted as approximately a nearly full ‘silver lid’). However, those lucky enough to have a whirlpool bath, will need half or even less of this of this amount. You will immediately notice the aquamarine colour of the bath water, which temporarily transposes you to somewhere other than your bathroom. As you step into the bath you feel the silky water hug every inch of your body. Is i
t stress relieving as the title suggests? I think a long soak in a bath can do wonders for stress relief anyway, and together with the rich velvetiness of this product, I can say that I truly feel totally relaxed afterwards, and sometimes in absolute need of my bed. We are fortunate enough to have a whirlpool bath, and when switched on at the highest speed for a few seconds, it will produce the highest quality of silkiness imaginable. A long lengthy soak is highly recommended. I never emerge looking like a dried up prune after using this soak therapy, it always seems to have moistened the skin. This luxury of luxuries is made by Molton Brown, who have been around since 1973 (although in those days as famous hair studios) They never test on animals, use animal extracts and, their packaging where possible is kept to a minimum. They do not use artificial fragrances or high levels of preservatives. The ingredients of the Seamoss Stress Releiving Soak Therapy are as follows: Dead sea salt, sodium lauryl sulphate, fragrance (parfum), calcium silcate, seaweed powder (focus vulgaris), extract of horsechestnut (aesculus hippocastanum), sodium sesquicarbonate, chromium oxide green. I understand that normally on packaging the first ingredient listed is largest presence in the product, running down to the last ingredient being the least. The first listed here is Dead Sea Salts, which are said to be a concentrated source, felt to be a need of the body - apparently they help psoriasis. Also listed (about two thirds of the way down), is Extract of Horse Chestnut. This is said to contain tannic acid, which has a soothing effect. It also allegedly extracts to detoxify and de-stress the body and mind. Brown & red seaweed extracts, which I believe are used within the seaweed powder, supposedly revitalises, energises the skin and restores it’s natural radian
ce. The price for this 250gm luxury is £15.50 (QVC price, plus there will be postage and packaging added) Wildly expensive, I hear you say. Yes, I suppose it does seem that way, but used in proper proportions, and not in an everyday bath, it can last a couple of months rather than weeks. MY VERDICT Personally I think it is well worth the money – I try to make one ‘tin’ last for at least four to five months (although the first one I ever bought went within two weeks). I always make sure that I have enough time to appreciate it.
This is supposed to be one of Madonna's all-time favourite bathing products - but don't let that put you off! <g> Molton brown have created some *serious* bath salts here, nothing like those tackily perfumed crystals so beloved of Church Christmas Fayres and bazaars. As a devotee of bubble-type baths I didn't expect to like this much; and nor did I expect that salts would cleanse especially well - but I was wrong on both counts. These fine and delicate salts smell quite refreshing and 'clean'; and instantly turn bath water a very deep and inviting green. A bath in this is certainly invigorating, and is supposed to be detoxifying too. I certainly feel quite surprisingly 'fresh' after sitting in this awhile and although I'm not going to switch from my bubbles, this definitely makes a nice change. A big tub will last for at least a dozen baths (depending how big your bath is!), so it's not cheap; but considering the quality of the ingredients, including several essential oils, I think it's reasonable value
It's the colour right, it's formulated so that it looks like a perfect, turquoise tropical indian ocean. I must say its a uniquely inviting thing to have in your bath. It's in cystal form which disolve in with a couple of quick stirs leaving no annoying residue to buff the old derrier.As for the relaxing properties, well a hot bath normally does the trick for me. It smells nice, looks the part and if relaxation is 99% mental thats surely enough.
Molton Brown Seamoss Stress-Relieving Hydrosoak / Transform the bath into a marine hydrotherapy experience / All skin types / Purifying/ balancing.