“ Brand: Molton Brown / Type: Exfoliator / Subcategory: Toner / What it does: Exfoliates, „
I know it?s not usual for men to use toners but after researching the subject online, I came to the conclusion that a toner in theory would be could for the skin as it would help refine and close the pores on the face after cleansing thus helping to alleviate problems such as blackheads which I tend to suffer from. The first thing I have to comment on is the smell. This product, I suppose to be expected form a company such as Molton Brown, smells absolutely brilliant. It?s fresh, fruity, not floral at all and not in any way sickly or heavy. The smell is an excellent pick me up in the morning and is totally unisex so I don?t feel uncomfortable about using it at all and I doubt if any man would. The toner is alcohol free and so won?t overly dry out the skin. I used a cheap toner containing alcohol in the past from my local supermarket and boy did it sting! I was also left with a dry patch on my face for around a fortnight. Molton Brown?s toner on the other hand is gentle and doesn?t sting at all. Instead you feel a slight tingling, giving a really fresh clean feeling. The product contains various fruit and plant extracts to give a light exfoliating effect. In a similar way to AHAs, fruit enzymes help remove dead skin cells by dissolving the ?glue? that sticks them together. All sounds very scary but believe me this is a very gentle toner and although it exfoliates in this sense, I doubt it should replace your regular exfoliator. The toner helps remove any debris left on the skin after cleansing and any trace of the cleansing product you use. This helps to really give a feeling of clean and freshness. In fact I find it quite surprising at the amount of dirt and particles present on the cotton wool pads after toning on my supposed clean face that I have just washed. After about 2 weeks use, I see a definite change in my skin. It does indeed look a lot fresher and cleaner. Blackheads appear a lot less obvious due
to the fact that the pores are not as open. This product on its own will not cure blackheads but it will help diminish them and combined with a good cleansing routine, should help clear them up with time. Molton Brown seem to have had an overhaul in their products and their toner is now called Skinbalance Toning Lotion. I believe that this is the same formula only packaged differently but I may be wrong. Anyway this review is totally based on their Gentle Exfoliating Toner.
This opinion is about a variety of Molton Brown products as I wanted to cover a cross section of the range.I have asked for a "general" Molton Brown category but it has not come to fruition! Therefore, if you are only interested in the toner please scroll down a bit! I first encountered the Molton Brown range about four years ago when I saw it demonstrated several times on QVC. I tried some of the products and thought they were really good, so I subsequently paid a visit to one of their London Salons to try out more of the range. QVC are very good and have some fantastic Molton Brown offers, but they sell mostly the face care and bath range and I wanted to have a look at the make up as well as some other products I had not used. It is worth the trip. The extended range is super and I became a convert! Let me tell you about the company and the ethos behind the products. I know this sort of thing can be a bit tedious, so please bear with me. Frankly, I won't stick anything on my skin unless I know it comes from a reputable source, how it has been tested etc. Molton Brown started life as a rather pucker hairdressing salon in Mayfair. All the Debs used to use it, as did many models. In 1973 the company diversified into the manufacture and retail of hair and body products and also make up. The ethos of the company is to use natural products and to produce cosmetics of the highest possible standard. The ingredients used are mainly flowers, plants and marine extracts. Molton Brown products are never tested on animals and neither do they contain any animal extract. Ugh, doesn't that sound revolting?! The extracts, I mean, not the fact they do not use them! In making the range Molton Brown the company work from a holistic approach to health and beauty and use the idea of Yin and Yang to balance everything. They also care for the environment and so minimise packaging wherever possible. This is very
successful in the hair and body range, but I feel the make up could have even less packaging. When a company states this as part of their policy I find it a little strange that the lipstick and eyeshadow come in an extra box! On the whole though they do make an effort, and hey, nobody is perfect! Molton Brown have gained a reputation for producing safe, non-irritating products. They do not use artificial fragrances and only minimal preservative. Some of their face products come in a pump dispenser, which is much more hygienic! The bottles and packaging (when there is any) is simple and pleasant to look at. These are premium products and look very smart on your bathroom shelf. You will see a lotus flower on each product. Not a real one- a picture! The lotus flower is the Molton Brown emblem and is especially significant. The lotus flower has a 24-hour cycle. Its petals open with the first light and gradually close as the day goes on and the light recedes. MB products aim to work on the same principle. They work holistically and each application is supposed to protect you from the elements for the next 24 hours. I can vouch for the effectiveness of this, their moisturiser is out of this world and you can feel the effects on your lovely soft skin for hours afterwards! WHERE CAN YOU GET IT? QVC is an obvious outlet. It has some stonkingly good offers, so watch out for them as they save you a fortune. My daughters and I tend to stockpile when there is a special offer. If we don?t think we will get through it- well, it makes a nice birthday present for someone! My sister became a convert last Christmas when we gave her a bag full of goodies! There are several salons in London and if you look at the website www.moltonbrown.co.uk there is a store locator. They also sell it by mail order. I have also seen it in House of Fraser. Each Molton Brown outlet is staffed by experienced advisers, beauty thera
pists and/or professional make up artists. I had a trip to London for a free make over and it was really very good indeed! THE PRODUCTS: At last, I hear you say! I am not going to give you the minutiae of every single product, as there is a limit to what you can take in about such a large range. I will, however, give you examples of products across the board and if you like the sound of them you can see the whole range on their very comprehensive web site. NEW THIS SEASON: There are some interesting new products this season. In the well-established and really excellent range of bath gels and matching body lotions there are two new varieties; Arctic Birch Heavenly Ginger Lily Bath and shower gel - £12 for 300 mls Body cream - £14 for 200 mls. I know this seems a bit pricey, but remember that they are highly concentrated and will last for ages. Also, what you are getting is a premium product, none of your Supermarkets own brand rubbish! I am a great believer in taking good care of your skin and try not to be tight where my personal care is concerned! RECOVER EYES: This is another new product. It is a night treatment, which contains MATRIXYL. This is a micro-collagen, which will stimulate cell regeneration. Say goodbye to those black circles and puffy morning after eyes! It also smoothes wrinkles away. £23 is the cost for a pump dispenser. WONDERLIPS BOOSTER: This is similar to the eye product above, only it is for lips. It has a slight iridescence, which can look very pretty worn on its own. WASH, BABY,WASH: Molton Brown has a new range for babies, leaving no part of the market untouched! This one is, as you might think, a body and hair wash it is 100% natural and aims to keep the natural oil and water balance in the skin as it was at birth. Is this modern technology expensive? Yes, I think so. It is £18 for 30
0mls. I loved my babies to bits but there would have been no way to afford a product like this when they were small! Perhaps it might be worth trying if you have a little one with very sensitive skin. There is also a matching "hydrator". Moisturiser to you and me! It is the same price. SLEEP,BABY,SLEEP: Ah, now this might be worth the £20 price tag if it works! This one is a massage balm, which, I am assured, calms unsettled babies. I might buy some of this for my daughter in law to try. Her little one is very fractious at the moment. So are his parents- perhaps the massage would do them more good!! There is also a travelling kit of essential baby things for £19. It comes in a lovely, lined pouch and looks lovely. That about covers the new range, so what can I tell you about the main range? HAIRCARE: I have started with hair, as that was where Molton Brown started. The range is designed to counteract damage; you know the sort of thing, too many perms, too much colour, too much mousse- yes, styling products are often not very friendly to your hair and also the effects of pollution. The range consists of shampoos and conditioners, which are designed to be light and to gently cleanse and re-balance the hair whilst thoroughly nourishing it. I do have some of these and they are very good. I will be honest with you though, I mostly use Aveda. It comes in a 1-litre bottle, which is more cost effective in a house with four females! MB bottles just go too quickly with all of us. If it was just me then maybe, as they work really well The range of shampoos and conditioners start at £9 for 300 mls. This is fairly standard, I think, for a salon brand. There are also styling products in the range. SKINCARE ( FACE) : This is simple and effective. It has a similar ethos to the haircare, in that it is supposed to undo the damage of everyday
living- the sun, stress and pollution. Each product is designed with a sensitive skin in mind. They will soothe and comfort whilst getting on with improving the condition of your skin! These products really produce fast and excellent results. I use them often and I highly recommend them to you. FACIAL WASH: This is for the soap and water addicts amongst you. My girls use it but it is the only product in the whole range, which does not suit me. I am not good with water and this one dries my face out. The girls all like it a lot, so one man's meat? Cost £16 for 200mls and it comes with a pump dispenser. TOTAL MAKE-UP CLEANSER: I use this one! It is lovely, lovely, lovely!!It contains rosehip oil, white lily and cornflower. It makes very light work of removing a days make up and grime and really soothes your skin. The smell is divine. Cost £16 for 200mls and worth every penny! GENTLE EXFOLIATING TONER: This is a unisex product. It is non-astringent and re-balancing. It polishes and softens the skin using extracts of lime and grapefruit. This one also smells fabulous. Cost £16 for 200mls. It makes your skin feel really soft and is an AHA toner.It is really refreshing and leaves your skin beautifully prepared for moisturising. If you chill it in the fridge and soak cotton wool pads in it it makes a lovely eye compress - smashing for tired or "computer" eyes! I do this quite a lot in the bath for a pampering treat. DAILY REPLENISHMENT: A lovely, lovely moisturiser, which comes in a pump dispenser. One application works for 24 hours. It really works. My grotty skin improved almost immediately. It contains liposomes to give you all day moisturising benefits. Cost £23. EYE RESCUE and LIP SAVER: These are used daily in our house. They are both outstanding! The eye one is excellent for reducing black circles and work
s like a mini eye lift. This is a daytime product. Cost £20 The lip saver is the best we have used. It can restore horrid cracked lips to kissability very quickly. It is also a good base for lipstick and makes it last longer. Cost £10 QVC often do these as a pair for about half that price. That is how we get them! BATH AND BODY RANGE: There is a comprehensive selection of shower/bath gels and also special soaps. Prices vary and start at £9.50 for 300 mls. They have matching body lotions for most of these, like the new ones. There are many varieties including Invigorating Ginseng, Warming Eucalyptus, which is fantastic for un-blocking your nose or relieving aches and pains, Vitamin ABC and Purifying Grapeseed. There are also one or two others plus the new ones I already mentioned. BODY MOISTURISERS: The matching body lotions are light, smell divine and cost £16 for 200mls. SPA: These are special de-stressing and de-toxifying products and include Dead Sea salts. There is a seamoss marine soak for the bath- just the business I can tell you! There is also a lovely foot soak. I wish I had not run out before I finished the Christmas shopping! MEN?s RANGE: The emphasis here is on speedy ablutions. I get the idea that they do not think men enjoy pampering themselves for ages in the bathroom. I am not so sure- what do you think?! It is designed for easy grooming and some of the range overlaps with the ladies as much of it is intended to be unisex. Minimum effort, maximum effect! I can?t tell you much about it, as our chaps don?t use it! Finally- MAKE-UP: The make up range is lovely. It is very high quality and stays on for ages. UNDERCOVER LIQUID LIGHT FOUNDATION: This is superb and one of my personal favourites. It has a triple action which firms and conditions the skin. It is also light reflecting which always makes you
look more beautiful! This comes in a pump dispenser. Now, a word of warning on the pump dispensers: if you take them out and about with you or put them in a suitcase lock the top of the bottle. Yes, I know it is obvious, but is all too easy to forget , which is why I went to an engagement party looking somewhat the worse for wear as my foundation had made an intimate acquaintance with one of my suede shoes and my dress!! COST £28 SOFT POWDER EYE-SHADOW: These are anti ageing and have light diffusers to reduce the appearance of fine lines. The range of colours is extensive and lovely. You buy a little compact to put them in. If you are lucky they are doing them as a free gift. Cost £10 MASCARA: Usual colours with a couple of extras. It is fibre free and conditioning. It doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes and many do, so this is quite impressive! LIPSTICK: WONDERLIPS: This has the new MAXILIP technology. This adds up to 40% more volume in 29 days if used 3 times a day! I guess that it beats collagen injections! This also comes in a nice range of colours and has excellent durability. Because it plumps up your lips there is less tendency for the lipstick to bleed. There is also a range of professional quality makeup brushes made from pure bristle. Lovely but quite pricey! So, there we have it, at last we have reached the end of my guided tour to the Molton Browne Range. Why not give it a try? You will be glad that you did!
I don't usually say this to any products, but I like this product! It's a toner that contains fruit and plant AHAs which gently exfoliates the skin. Compared to alcohol based exfoliating toners, which strips the skin of moisture, this is many times better. It helps to open up the pores so that your moisturiser can absorb better into the skin. Most toners I find, are very fancy and smells nice but they just basically softens the skin and some actually close the pores! This product contains extracts of bilberry, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, wild rose and white lily. Phew? that's a lot of stuffs! When applied onto the skin, the skin feels refreshed and not tingly like what alcohol toners do. It doesn't exfoliate deeply, just on the upper surface, so you cannot skip your weekly normal exfoliation programme. The price isn't too bad either. I have flaky skin and so far, most of the flakiness has disappeared, thanks to this toner! It's £16 for a 200ml bottle.
I initially bought this toner as part of a set that included the full beauty routine...cleanser, toner, eye cream and moisturiser. This was priced at £15 as a special offer in our local House of Fraser...it is a fairly regular offer, and I would suggest checking regularly if you want to try Molton Brown. They also sell on QVCUK.com at good reductions. You can buy it in a variety of sizes, and it is always presented in a stylish clear bottle with silver top. Normally, I use Decleor, which is a light and calming toner, so I was unsure about this on first examination. There is a slightly flowery scent, but my initial thoughts were that it was a bit 'chemically' smelling. I used it after the cleanser and was impressed with its cleansing ability. My skin felt clean and fresh, and not dry, though i did feel I needed to moisturise! I am not sure how well it exfoliates...it is a watery liquid and I've only ever used grainy exfoliators before. If your skin is too sensitive for these, it may be worth trying! After a few weeks of use I was pleased with the effect on my skin. Normally I have combination skin, and my oily zone felt a lot clearer after using this toner. However, when I finished the bottle I reverted back to my decleor (see review!!) The great advantage I think is that this is such a neutral, if not masculine smell, and because it's water based and doesn't leave a shiny residue, it is great for men to use. If I come across a good offer again, I would definitely buy it...and give it to my husband!!!! If you buy it from a Molton Brown shop it is well worth checking out their services. I have in the past received free makeovers and facials and lots of free samples too!
I have been a big fan of the Molton Brown range ever since I was introduced to the products a few years ago by my daughter. They have a wide range of facial and body products and even although I was not a big fan of using toner, I found this one to be very good and gentle on the skin. To be honest this is what I would call a moisturising toner if there was such a thing. I used to be quite wary of toners as they usually leave my face feeling quite tight because I have mature skin that is quite dry and gets irritated very easily. I usually apply the toner after using a facial wash or cleanser and I find that it leaves my skin feeling great - no signs of dryness or tightness at all. This is probably because it is alcohol free and thus suitable for sensitive skins. It also has a wonderful citrus fragrance and I feel that it is gentle enough to use pretty near my eyes - although I’m probably not supposed to! I have to admit that I'm not very sure about its exfoliating properties though, as I haven’t really noticed any significant difference, but then I use a separate exfoliant on a regular basis anyway (when I remember). It used to be packaged in a 300ml plastic bottle but now only comes in a 200ml one which is I find a lot easier to handle as it can be very easily spilled when you are tipping it to apply it to a cotton wool pad. This is because it doesn’t have a narrow top to restrict how much is poured out. The 200ml size costs around £14.50 from department stores and mail order although if you have access to Sky Digital then it is regularly featured on QVC (channel 630) at reasonable prices. For more information and advice visit Molton Brown's homepage. Here you can read more about the products and order online.
This is one of those products that I fall back on if I'm unsure what someone might like or would be effective for them. It's a crystal clear toner with a light, refreshing, rather citrus-y scent; which manages to both be highly effective and very gentle. First and foremost it's a good toner - whisking away the last traces of make-up and preparing the skin for moisturiser. In addition, however, it's an effective exfoliator - most excellent for those of us who don't get around to that beauty chore as often as we might. Good for all skin types, including sensitive.
As some of you may know from my other reviews, I am a big fan of the Molton Brown range and use many of their skin and body care products. I do, however, use other skincare ranges too but one product that I continue to use is Molton Brown's Gentle Exfoliating Toner. To be honest, until a couple of years ago, I didn't really see the point in using a toner but after trying this particular one I have been using it ever since. The purpose of a toner is to refresh the skin and remove any make-up and cleanser residue. This is particularly important if you remove your cleanser with cotton wool (as opposed to splashing it off with water) as you never seem to get all of it removed completely from your skin. Admittedly, toners have a reputation of being harsh, drying to the skin and serving no purpose other than dissolving the remainder of your cleanser but the Molton Brown Toner is definitely different. Firstly: it is gentle on the skin and doesn't cause dryness. This is because it does not contain alcohol and thus is not as harsh as other toners can be. It also contains White Lily extract which is used to soothe and soften skin and Rose extract which is reported to have both soothing and hydrating properties. Whatever it contains, it certainly doesn't dry up my somewhat sensitive, eczema-prone skin. Secondly: it's purpose other than removing cleanser, is to gently exfoliate the skin. It does this because it contains fruit extracts of lime and grapefruit which contain naturally occurring AHA's (alpha-hydroxy-acids). These can help to promote the shedding of the upper layer of dead skin cells and thus have a gentle exfoliating action. To be honest, I haven't really noticed any significant exfoliating properties myself but I do use a separate exfoliator on a regular basis anyway. As with all Molton Brown products, it has a gorgeous fragrance - almost like a sharp blend of citrus fruits and is
just the thing to wake you up in the morning! Packaging wise, it comes in a clear, plastic, bottle emblazoned with the familiar Molton Brown logo (looks great on your bathroom shelf). 300ml bottles are still available but are quite difficult to find but the 200ml bottle is the most common size on sale. The price may be a bit off-putting to many as a 200ml bottle will set you back around £16. Although this will last for months, it is quite a bit to pay out just for a toner. However, if like me, you are a fan of QVC (Sky Digital channel 630 or www.qvcuk.com), they have very good gift sets and deals on Molton Brown Skincare and many of their sets usually contain the exfoliating toner. I have been using it for a few years now, and not once have I had to buy a full-price bottle as there is always a very good value for money deal on QVC. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to buy in some branches of House of Fraser, Fenwicks or Debenhams. If, like me, you live in Glasgow, you are spoiled for choice as Frasers (Buchanan Street) has it's own MB counter, Debenhams (Argyle Street) have just started to stock a limited range of MB products and a Molton Brown Emporium has recently opened in Royal Exchange Square. Alternatively, you could shop online with www.moltonbrown.co.uk which also has up-to-date product information, offers and advice. Happy shopping!
Refreshing alcohol-free lotion containing lime and grapefruit extracts which aim to gently polish and balance skin /