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Lately I stayed in a four star hotel where during my stay I was presented with some Molton Brown goodies from a room service assistant. These products were mini or travel sized versions of the actual products which are a highly priced and exclusive brand. I am therefore basing my review on the 30ml small sized Molton Brown Ultrasmooth Coco De Mer Body Lotion rather than the full sized 200ml version.
Molton Brown are a company who make toiletries such as lotions and moisturisers, bath and shower gels and cleansing aids, shampoos and conditioners, fragrances and more for both women and men. Their Ultrasmooth Coco De Mer Lotion is one of the many body lotions they produce.
The brand have a UK based website shop where you can buy their products as well as find out more information about the company and the products themselves. You can locate a page detailing this product in the section called 'Body lotions and Creams'. Although this category is not gender specific I would say this lotion is primarily aimed at women although I feel that the fragrance of the lotion is that inbetween place between a musky woman's perfume and a gentleman's aftershave (I'll discuss the qualities of the fragrance at length later on).
Molton Brown describe this lotion as being a blend of "pure coconut, fruit extract and honey" and say that it's "ultra light" consistency melts quickly into the skin leaving it hydrated and wrapped in a "protective moisture cocoon". 'Coco De Mer' is a French term for Sea Coconut which is a palm tree native to the Seychelles. The seed of this tree is the biggest in you can find in nature and the oily contents of a mature 10 year old seed are supposedly ultra hydrating.
The lotion is white in colour and mine comes in a clear recyclable plastic bottle although the packaging differs on the larger sized versions which come equipped with a pump action dispenser. The consistency of the lotion is quite thick so when I turn the bottle upside down nothing moves or drips out of the bottle. You have to thrust the bottle to dispense the lotion - a pump dispenser would of course solve this issue!
When the cream is dispensed on to my skin it looks very much like plain yoghurt. It has a light milky texture and when I smear it over my skin it vanishes quite quickly. There is no need for extensive rubbing. Once the cream has melted into the skin it dries quickly and transforms the way the skin feels instantly. The lotion has a softening effect and makes any area of the body feel as smooth as baby's skin. However, whilst it makes the skin feel different it doesn't alter the appearance of the skin much so that drier areas still have that dullness. The lightness of the cream means that applying the lotion isn't really an indulgent experience, it's more like a duty. I do like a more creamy, sensuous lotion than this.
The fragrance of the lotion is the biggest let down for me. As I mentioned the lotion has a kind of musky scent to it that is not very feminine but not obviously masculine either. When you first apply this lotion the fragrance is like a sharp, city slicker fresh from the washroom kind of scent. After the lotion sinks into warm skin the scent transforms slightly and smells like a mature man's aftershave mixed with milk dregs. The fragrance is certainly not one I'd ever choose to spritz myself with and infact this is not a fragrance I'd use to impress someone as I just don't find it very appealling. It certainly does not have any hints of the ingredients of coconut, honey or fruit. It's rather more of a chemically blend with a cow's milk undertone.
Whilst I'm used to finding body lotions in hotel bathrooms I imagined this one might be something special when it was brought to my room on a tray and presented with love and care! In fact this lotion is really no better than any of the other, much cheaper free body lotions I've had from budget hotels. I have brought my little travel sized version home and it sits amid my other body creams. However I do not envisage using this Molton Brown product much and it's qualities certainly haven't compelled me to want to buy the £18 200ml version. My guess is you are paying for the exclusive Coco De Mer oil which unfortunately is a wasted gem in this let down of a lotion.
I love Molton Brown and order from their internet catalogue quite regularly. This body lotion contains pure coco de mer and honey, it's very moisturising and rich, but sinks right into your skin without leaving any residue. The skin on my shin bones was very dry and itchy but after a few nightly uses, is much smoother and comfortable. I do not like the smell very much though. At first I thought it had gone off because the fragrance is somewhat stale or rancid like. Maybe it does not contain any fragrance at all, maybe it's the natural smell of the ingredients ... whatever it may be, is not very pleasant!
I was bought this for my birthday and had not used it before although have always been impressed by Molten Brown products as a whole. It contains Wild Honey and Milk Protein and the smell is slightly old fashioned, very hard to describe not unpleasant but not the best I have smelt I must say. To me it's a no fuss moisturiser with a pump action applicator which gives ease of use. I have only been using it for a few days but have noticed my skin is a lot more moisturised. Once applied this moisturiser does sink in very fast and doesn't leave any oily residue which a lot of the richer creams can do. I perhaps wouldn't buy this cream for myself due to the smell but the results are good and I would recommend you go and try this product just to see if the smell is for you or not. I also can't give you a price as it as a gift but I expect is was around £13.00
I usually base how a good a body lotion is on smell (it's so important!), the texture and then, the results. From the first application, this product had already failed my first requirement. The smell is horrible (in my opinion). So antiseptic-like. The advantage of this product is that it contains wild honey and milk protein, two very nourishing and moisturising products. The creamy lotion is particularly good for dry areas of the skin because it's so rich. I now only use it on my leg area (away from my nose!) in the evenings because this is the area which I am particularly proned to dryness. It takes a while to sink into the skin, but at least I know it acts like an invisible moisture stocking on my dry areas while I am sleeping. Frankly speaking, although it is a rich moisturiser for the body, the smell deters me from buying the product ever again. I much prefer a very similar product but by L'Occitane called shea butter body lotion, which is also rich, but it smells gorgeous! It's more expensive compared to the Molton Brown one - £6.60 compared to £3.67 per 100 ml each.