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Anyone who reads my reviews regularly will be well aware of the fact that I am an avid fan of liquid hand soaps. I usually just buy the cheapest and bog standard brands but when I saw this bottle to Molton Brown Fine Liquid Hand wash for sale in TK Maxx at the drastically reduced price of £5 (RRP £12) then I knew I just had to try it. I took the top off in store to have a sniff first to make sure I liked the fragrance - and I did!
Thsi si not the sort of hand wash that you want or need to transfer to another container. It will impress guests when left on the side of the sink. This is a soap less hand wash and it is PH balanced and so very kind to the skin. Once you have used this you are truly spoilt and you don't ever want to go back to the bog standard brands again. Unfortunately, this was the last bottle though in TK Maxx and I will not be buying more at full price as it is just far too expensive as we go through such a lot in our house.
It has a very distinctive smell which lingers on the skin for ages after it has been used. It lathers so well and doe snot leave the hands feeling dried out at all. It actually seems to nourish the skin and help them to feel more hydrated.
It would make a lovely gift and I think it is a really lovely luxury item for the bathroom.
It comes highly recommended.
We regularly have four or five bottles of liquid hand wash on the go. One in the kitchen and two in each of the bathrooms. Why two? In the main bathroom one bottle is for our young daughter and one is for guests, and then my husband and I each use a different bottle in our en suite bathroom.
This lovely Molten Brown hand wash was part of a gift package I received several years ago. And what a luxurious version of a simple daily-use product this hand wash is. It no longer appears on the Molten Brown website, however similar versions of this 300ml product retail for £16.00.
The soap-free hand wash comes in a clear plastic bottle with a pump action top that dispenses a small, pea-sized amount of the solution. This really is all that is needed for each wash, provided it is applied to hands that are already wet.
This light green coloured hand wash lathers up nicely, in a way that reminds me of soft creamy bubbles. In my opinion, the scent is slightly fruity and with a hint of citrus. The scent is pleasant and long-lasting.
The product, which the manufacturers claim is paraben-free, contains a whole host of ingredients, with the most noticeable being orange oil and grapefruit seed.
I really like the way this wash feels on my hands and the remaining scent is lovely. Thankfully it is not at all overpowering despite being noticeable a few hours after use.
Recommended - for luxury hands.
I absolutely love Molton Brown but their lovely products are well out of my price range so I was delighted when my older daughter bought me a load of their goodies one Christmas. I am unsure how long the shelf life is but have been so mean when using them that I still have plenty left after 18 months. The RRP on this 300ml hand wash is £12 but, knowing my daughter is a savvy shopper, I believe she bought them at Molton Brown's Outlet Store in Salford Quays.
This is more than just a hand wash though because it not only REALLY cleanses the hands but also claims to 'protect skin from dryness and irritation' and I have to say, since I have started to use it once again, that my hands do feel much less dry and the area around my nails is no longer cracked plus the couple of 'hangnails' I had have disappeared. As I have not changed my diet nor use any other product on my hands I believe it is due to using this product.
It is a pH balanced and soapless and like most (if not all) of MB products it contains natural ingredients - in this case sweet Florida orange oil and grapefruit seed extract but don't be fooled into thinking this means it is citrussy and heavy because it is subtle and sophisticated. The smell is truly lovely and in this hot weather I have washed my chest area and arms as well as my hands because the smell lasts for hours and people have often asked what perfume I have been wearing!
As a hand wash it could not be better in my opinion - I love the way it is soap less yet lathers plus it contains bactericides. I was peeling a load of onions the other day and used my Cuticura which sits by my sink but the smell was still there but when I later used the bathroom I used the MB one and it disappeared and I was left with lovely smelling hands.
I think this would be a fab present for someone who uses their hands a good deal but would like to feel a bit pampered too. My bottle has lasted for ages because when you unscrew the top you can be as mean or as generous as you like with the liquid because the hole is generous.
It can be bought online or at 'posh shops' such as House of Frazer or John Lewis plus Debenhams stock it I believe. QVC occasionally do offers too especially before Christmas.
I have to award 5 stars for this product because, in my opinion, it is the perfect soapless hand wash I have ever come across.
Molton Brown is a well known luxury band of bath and body, fragrance etc type products. They are probably best known for their hand washes and hand lotions which you often see in hotels and restaurants. These hand washes cost £16 for 300 ml so I don't normally buy them as that is pretty expensive for a hand wash by my standards, but as I had some vouchers I ended up getting a couple of hand washes recently.
The scents that I have had are Rose Granati, Naran Ji, Thai Vert and Amber Cocoon. I have also tried a couple of others in the store or at restaurants and other peoples houses.
The hand washes come in fairly simple bottles. They look simple and understated but are very recognisable as Molton Brown due to the shape of the pump and the silver coloured ring around the neck of the pump. The brand name is clearly written on the front along with the name of the scent. However, if you had never heard of the brand you would probably not realise the price as it doesn't look that luxurious or expensive in my opinion.
The hand wash itself is visible through the clear bottle and this one is very pale yellowy green colour. Pressing down on the pump just once gives a smallish amount of the liquid, which is enough to thoroughly wash my hands with as it does lather up well and produce a good amount of bubbles. The main selling point of these hand washes is the scent that they have.
The Naran Ji one is their original and their best seller. It has a clean and fresh scent, which has the tanginess of citrus. The fragrance is neroli (orange blossom oil) and grapefruit. I think it seems fairly true to these ingredients but it is by no means overpowering. It is fruity but not too tropical and sweet so it doesn't leave your hands smelling like a fruit salad! The scent does linger but only quite subtly.
Rose Granati is a really nice one which is not rose scented as you might think from the name. It is just called that because it is pale pink. It is a spiced pomegranate scent which is fresh, light and fruity but with a very slight spice to it. It has pepper, cardamom and ginger, which admittedly I can't really pick out, but I do enjoy the general spicy edge to this hand wash.
Thai Vert is also lovely. It is a very fresh, green, clean scent and smells like spring time to me! I first tried this in a Thai restaurant and loved it. It is also quite unisex as its not too flowery or overpowering, just clean and citrusy. It also has patchouli to give it a bit of spice.
Amber Cocoon is what I currently have in my bathroom. The scent of this one is quite warm, rich and Christmassy in my opinion. It is an amber orange colour as you might expect and the scent is comforting, woody but still fresh. It has amber essence, sandalwood and vetiver. I would say this one is also quite unisex as its not too girly.
There are also various other scents so most people should find a few to suit them.
This hand wash has more of a liquid gel consistency and has no real creaminess to it at all. It doesn't dry my hands out like some gels can do however nor does it particularly feel moisturising. You can use it without a hand lotion or cream but I do prefer to use one afterwards to keep my hands feeling soft and moisturised.
Overall it is a pretty nice hand wash but personally I think the price is no where near justified for me. It is not that much better than a normal handwash and I actually think some cheaper ones are even nicer (like the Original Source Shea butter one for about £2 or Body Shop creamy almond hand wash for £5) so with Molton Brown I definitely think you are paying for the name. They make good presents, especially for people who are into brand names, but I wouldn't make it a regular purchase for myself even though it is a good product which smells nice and washes my hands well.
I have tried and used all of the hand wash ranges that Molton Brown offer and my favourite by far is the Thai Vert Hand Wash. These currently retail at £15 per bottle and is a luxury item but I think it is a must-have if you can justify the price tag as you only need one squirt.
I first sampled Molton Brown products whilst on my Honeymoon in Bora Bora and decided to purchase some on my return to the UK. I also read somewhere that George Michael is also a fan of Molton Brown!
The handwash comes in 300ml clear bottles with a pump action dispenser - which makes it easy to use without have to unscrew a lid. It also prevents too much of the product coming out of the top as you only need one squirt. The only gripe about the packaging is that it is difficult to get the last of the product from the bottom due to the inner tube not reaching the base of the bottle. I have had to add water to get the use of the small amount that is left.
The ingredients in this handwash are thai kaffir lime leaves and grenadan virgin lime oil which gives the handwash a citrusy fragrance.
Information from Molton Brown regarding their choice of ingredients:
Kaffir lime leaves, grown in Thailand for their uplifting aroma and tangy flavour are naturally toning and actively deodorise the skin.
The virgin lime oil is cold-pressed from the rinds of fresh limes grown in Grenada, West Indies also has excellent cleansing and toning properties.
I love this handwash so much that there is one in our bathroom, one in the kitchen and one in the cloakroom. Of course I had to buy the matching cream and arcs for them to be displayed in.
I have suffered with contact dermatisis from working with chemical from many years ago. Since using this product I have not had a flare up at all. I love the aroma that it leaves and my hands really feel and smell fresh.
Whenever I go on holiday or relatives and friends go abroad I always purchase some from Duty Free!
You cannot purchase this product in your local supermarket but can buy it in most of the main Department stores or in one of Molton Brown's own stores. You will find in a Department store such as Debenhams that it will be near the perfume and makeup sections in it's own area. The Thai Vert Hand Wash itself is green in colour and is displayed in the attractive Molton Brown clear bottles. Molton Brown really is a premium brand that you will find in some 4 and 5 star Hotels!
300ml of handwash £1.... £2... Try £14. This is one of those luxury products that us mere mortals cannot afford, or we would never buy for ourselves.
However whenever birthday time comes around I know I am bound to get a luxury item. This year I received the Blu Maquis Handwash. It has Corsican Fir and oils of rosemary, nutmeg and patchouli incense. Corsican Fir is known for its skin purifying and deodorising properties.
The smell is what can be described as masculine, it smells very clean and earthy, it foams very well on your hands, whether oily, covered in make up or dirt it cleans very well. The smell seems to zoom around the whole bathroom, so while the smell is very clean, it does smell like the type of scent you would have in your bathroom (but not like Pine toilet cleaner!).
If you can afford this on a regular basis, you probably would try a few versions of this, otherwise, going into high class restaurants in London, they will have the handwash and hand cream for you to try, or ask a friend nicely to get it for you. Molton Brown can be bought on the internet, House of Fraser, TV shopping channels and of course in their own stores.
From previous experience this bottle used perhaps twice a day, will last up to a year, which is pretty good. The dispenser will not squeeze out more than you actually need to get a good foam on your hands, so while expensive is not wasteful, however I would not replace this myself, perhaps filling the bottle up with a cheaper brand will suit me better !
I love this hand wash! I have pretty dry skin and all supposedly moisturizing hand washes/soaps always leave me running for the hand cream afterwards. I have the benefit of staying in many nice hotels for business so already had plenty of experience with this product. It is expensive but i can usually manage to pick it up duty free at Glasgow airport which knocks a few quid off the price. I did buy the hand cream to go with the hand wash however it is still mostly full and i am on my 3rd bottle of the wash! I always go for the narnjji as i love the smell but Molten Brown has a range of at least 8 other fragrances to try. The other advantage to this wash is that after you use it not only are your hands clean, smell fantastic and are not dry feeling but the scent also lingers around your sink area leaving your bathroom smelling quite fine!
This review is on the naran ji blend of liquid handwash.
A friend in work who is another shopping channel addict always got over excited when she ordered Molton Brown products. She seemed to use everything in the range but when she told me the price I nearly dropped I mean we are talking £14 or so for a bottle of handwash. She did try to persuade me but I stood firm that no soap could be worth that much and that I'd be sticking to me 99p ones thanks very much.
Not one to give up obviously I unwrapped her Christmas present and lo and behold there was a bottle of liquid soap from Molton Brown named naran ji. I have to admit to being well chuffed I wouldn't pay for it but getting if free was a completely different matter. I sniffed at the nozzle expecting to experience the wild and exciting fragrance my friend raved about but there wasn't much there.
I decided it would look out of place in our bathroom and anyway mere peasants (hubby and children) might use it so I hid it in my wardrobe to keep it good. In April I finally got my new white bathroom installed, (no not just to go with my posh soap) I was going to get it in anyway and decided this was now a room fit to house such a luxurious product.
I warned everyone that it wasn't for using and placed it where visitors could see it and be impressed at my poshness.
Anyway there it sat until last night my son shouted at me to come upstairs quickly. As I began the ascent the most glorious smell wafted towards me, my son exclaimed that he thought his sister was using a bottle of my perfume and that I should smell her room. I walked in and my first thought was I'm going to ******* **** her (fill in your own blanks). The smell was strong and beautiful and I really believed it was one of my expensive perfumes. She denied having touched my perfumes and brought the bottle of liquid soap out from under the bed.
There was only about half a inch missing but the smell had filled the house. She had obviously been putting in on herself and her skin smelt so citrussy and fresh I just fell in love with the fragrance.
I returned the bottle to the bathroom and decided I had to bite the bullet now that it was open and actually use it for its purpose rather than as an ornament. I put about the size of a ten pence piece on my hands and the smell was probably nicer than any perfume I own its very fresh and clean but has a little hint of sexy in there too. Once in your hands it feels velvety soft and quite thick not all watery and runny. I was surprised that it didn't produce loads of suds but having looked into it tonight on the internet that is because it isn't full of chemicals and soaping agents. There is a little bubbling which feels smooth and silky.
After rinsing my hands felt beautifully soft and moisturized and smelt gorgeous. I used it again this morning and every now and again through the day as I moved I would still catch a little waft of it so it stays around. As its soapless I think it might also work well for those with eczema.
Molton Brown's description of this product is:-
This mild, pH balanced soapless cleanser with natural bactericides is perfect for everyone, including cooks and gardeners. Sweet Florida Orange Oil and Grapefruit Seed Extract deodorise and protect skin from dryness and irritation.
I am in love with this hand wash, I won't be rushing out to buy it at £14 + postage but if I ever see it on offer or in a kit from QVC with say shower gel and body lotion I'll be having it. I also intend to be very nice and helpful to my friend in work in the hopes that I get it again this year.
I'd give this 5 stars for smell and usability and 1 for price so I'll average that out at 3 stars.
If you are rich have one of these in every bathroom in the house.
After watching the Molton Brown hour on QVC, I was impressed with the quality and value of the products and just had to try some of them.
I purchased for myself (an early Christmas gift to me) a set that contained the fine liquid hand wash.
First time I used it, I was hooked, and the scent filled the whole bath room and stays on your hands for quite a while. It also seemed to hydrate my hands which some hand washes claim to do but I have never really noticed a difference.
All my guests that used my bathroom all commented on the hand wash rather than the newly decorated bathroom!
The Heavenly Gingerlilly bath gel is also a product I cannot do without, I have sensitive skin and even though these products are quite scented they still seem to do to job and never irritate if not sooth my skin, I feel very lucky to have found Molton Brown as now I can use scented products on my skin without worrying about the side effects.
Another advantage of Molton Brown products, is that a little goes along way and a bottle of the hand wash even though it was used a few times a day by a number of people, lasted at least a month.
I have found that the Molton Brown hour on QVC although not on very often seems to be where you find the best offers I always purchase one of the gift sets, the last one I bought contained 10 bath gels, 1 hand wash and a bottle of hand cream which cost £40, although these are the smaller bottles, one purchase will last me a whole year at least.
I can understand anyone who might think that Molton Brown hand wash is an extravagance too far, and I thought the same until I was purchased a bottle of Molton Brown Thai Vert hand wash and hand lotion a couple of years ago. Since then I have become hooked on all things Molton Brown and I have tried various fragrances within the hand wash range including Naran ji, Rose Granati, Thai Vert and most recently White Mulberry. I must say this is by far my favourite. It has a fragrance infused with oils of Provencal mimosa, elemi and green tea which leave the skin with a luxuriously crisp, fresh aroma. It also contains white mulberry tree root extracts which contains anti-ageing properties for your skin. . The essential oils leave your hands feeling clean yet moisturized and soft. Molton Brown is quite unlike other regular hand wash products in that it is mild, PH balanced and does not contain soap so it is mild and gentle on your skin. I love the natural ingredients in these products which definitely leave your skin feeling invigorated. In terms of fragrance, this product has a very light, uplifting, springtime aroma.
Molton Brown hand wash comes in a 300ml pump dispenser for easy application. The stylish bottle looks great in the kitchen or bathroom and can be co-ordinated with matching hand lotion. Although £14 for a bottle of hand wash may appear an extortionate price to pay, a little of this product goes a long way. My last bottle of thai vert lasted about 4 months, which isn't too bad. If you have the money to splash out on luxury accessories for the kitchen or bathroom, then it must be a bottle of Molton Brown hand wash, it's worth every penny!
Every December I have to organise a cocktail reception for my company and it is usually held at the Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London. Last December I noticed on my first visit to the loo that the liquid hand wash and liquid hand cream were both exquisite. The smell was absolutely gorgeous and I kept holding my hand to my nose to smell the beautiful fragrance. On my second visit to the loo I had a good look at the bottles and noticed they were produced by Molton Brown. What can I say? Such a fantastic establishment as the Institute of Directors could provide nothing but the best for their clientele. Let me tell you that I immediately felt that I was being totally pampered by this grand institute and felt like a million dollars. I had seen quite a lot of products by Molton Brown on QVC but I still thought they were quite expensive but did ogle them quite a lot! A few weeks ago, on one of my many visits to Gunwharf Quays (see separate review) I saw, with instant delight I may add, that Molton Brown had opened up a beautiful outlet shop. Without further ado I asked if they had any liquid hand wash but, unfortunately, they did not. I was informed that this product is one of their bestsellers. However, last week I was highly delighted when I visited Gunwharf Quays to find that Molton Brown had a gift box which contained the liquid hand wash, liquid hand cream and a free room freshener. The gift box came in two fragrances: O Thai Vert or O Naran Ji and I chose the latter. Let me tell you that the smell of this Naran Ji hand wash is just simply divine. The 300ml container is see-through and the liquid is a nice warm orange colour. The dispenser unit has a piece of plastic underneath so that if you happened to carry it loose in your bag (well, people do strange things) then you wouldn?t find a spillage of liquid all over your bag! The container is quite plain but elegant looking and looks fantastic in my bathroom. It mak
es a statement ? not too fussy, does the job it is intended for and satisfies its customers. The pump action distributes the correct amount of liquid but, in my opinion, you need half that amount as a little goes a long way! The liquid feels soft and silky on your skin and quickly lathers around your hands but not in the way that soap does. You do not see lots of frothy bubbles at all. It is a different kind of lather, creamy and smooth. My visitors are categorically told that they only need the tiniest drop of liquid to wash their hands and I always prey that they don?t go wasting my little bit of elegant luxury. These hand washes contain essential oils and natural cleansing ingredients and shouldn?t be classed as ?soap?. Naran Ji is ideal for most people; it is mild, pH balanced and doesn?t froth too much at all and has natural bactericides. It has deodorising powers due to Sweet Florida Orange Oil and Grapefruit Seed Extract and it protects your skin from becoming dry and irritable. O Thai Vert contains Thai Kaffir Lime leaves and has quite an Eastern fragrance, rather like citrus. MOLTON BROWN? Who are they? ============================= Molton Brown began life as a famous Mayfair studio in 1973 and their international clients wanted natural products. Basically, since this date they have been directing their product development to the needs of everyday modern living. Their new products capture the potent energy contained in plants, flowers and marine extracts so that a really long lasting benefit is derived by their customers. Their emblem, The Lotus Flower, is essential to all their products. Why? Because it is likened to the 24 hour clock, opening with light and closing with the fading daylight. Molton Brown work 24 hours a day to create lifestyle products for all of us. Our wellbeing is their business. Molton Brown has now become a great international brand and they have lots of emporia in th
e UK, London department stores, Ireland department stores, France, USA and the Middle East. Just look on the website to see if there is an outlet near you: www.moltonbrown.co.uk/stores Now we come to the crunch. How much did I pay for my gift set? Well, it wasn?t cheap but was worth every penny. It cost me £21 for the set but I reckon that the hand wash and hand cream will last me about 4-6 months if used wisely. A replacement pump can be bought for £1.50. As you may know ? I love my Crabtree & Evelyn hand cream and so I now use my C&E at night, just before going to bed so that my hands and feet have a deep penetration of hand cream and use the Molton Brown hand wash during the day so I have the best of both products. I can highly recommend Molton Brown hand wash and on my next visit to their shop I will be trying some of their other products so, Dooyoo'erswatch out for more reviews on MB!
Anyone who knows me by now realises that I like to indulge myself in life?s little luxuries. I?d hate to think that I?d spent my life working hard and forgetting to take the time to enjoy it. That being the case, I like to make sure I ?reward? myself with some of the finer things wherever possible, even in the smallest room of the house? Molton Brown Fine Liquid Hand Wash * * * This Molton Brown hand wash comes in two different types: O Naran Ji ? made with Sweet Florida Orange Oil and Grapefruit Seed Extract. This is a lovely orange coloured liquid with a warm, sweet smell. It is not at all sickly though with the refreshing grapefruit ?edge? to it. This reminds me of a warm sunny day and is great for cheering me up during the colder months. O Thai Vert ? this contains Thai Kaffir Lime Leaves. It has the most gorgeous, refreshing, uplifting and light citrus fragrance and is our personal favourite at home. Even my husband likes it and he is emminently fussy about ?funny smells?. Both come in a 300ml clear plastic bottle with elegant writing, silver collar and black pump dispenser at the top. I think it is very sleek and classy-looking in its simplicity. It just looks fantastic sat on the side of the sink, which always gives me a lift. I never underestimate the power of aesthetics - I do like things to look nice. The packaging not only looks nice, it is recyclable, helping to reduce landfill waste. Has to be a good thing. The bottle details all of the ingredients, making it easy to spot anything you might mot react well to and gives a brief introduction to the product within . The pump dispenser has been designed to deliver the optimum amount of liquid each time, great attention to detail in my opinion. It seems like you only get a tiny amount out but a tiny amount is all that is needed. One squirt produces a lovely fine-bubbled, moisturising lather when a small amount of water is added and the smells released
are just sublime! Trying to get the ?one pump? being enough across to a husband and six year old took some explaining but once tried, they agreed. This makes the handwash last far longer in our house than cheaper ones where you get a big dollop out each time. Both fragrances are formulated using natural cleansing ingredients and essential oils, rather than soap. This is a big plus for me as I find all soaps very drying on my skin. I also prefer handwashes to a soap bar because soap bars always look like a little sticky mess in the soap dish and I was forever throwing away half bars for looking ?grubby?. Now we all have to use handwash because ?it looks tidier?. No hope for me, I know! I ended up hunting around until I found these Molton Brown handwahses because he wouldn?t use the previous moisturising shea butter one I bought, saying it left a ?greasy? film on his hands. We all approve of these because they leave your hands feeling very fresh, delicately fragranced yet are not at all drying. Another reason I love these handwashes so much is that they have natural antibacterial, antiseptic and deodorising properties in the essential oils used. Having a child around I like to know she has washed her hands properly and so the reassurance of the antibacterial properties in these help a lot. My daughter likes using them so much that we no longer have to ?remind? her to wash her hands following a visit to the toilet ? a big bonus! I always kept antibacterial handwash next to the kitchen sink to but this has now been replaced with the Molton Brown handwash because it does the antibacterial and deodorising without the dryness. So who are Molton Brown anyway? * * * Molton Brown are a British company established in London in 1973. They produce top quality products using both natural and scientifically developed ingredients. Their products are used in the washrooms of many prestigious hotels, restaurants, on P&O cruiseliners
, in airports and for business class travel on British Airways. Their products are designed not only to perform well but also to promote feelings of well-being. They have never been tested on animals or used animal ingredients. They also respect the environment, using minimal packaging where possible and not having outer cardboard boxes etc. These philosophies go hand-in-hand with caring for sensitive skin. This is the main reaon I like their products because I have eczema and very reactive skin. The natural ingredient used in he Molton Brown products do not tend to exacerbate these problems in the way that artificial fragrances, mineral oils and petrochemical-based products do. I can use them without adverse reaction, which has been the cause of many products being relegated to the ?unusable? drawer in the past. The cost * * * Having used words like decadence and luxury, being me and given the places this is used, you must surely be expecting the cost to be nothing short of extortion. Well, this does cost £11.00 per 300ml bottle. Ok, maybe that is too much for a handwash but for the cost of a meal out you get luxury every time you wash your hands and that fantastic uplifting fragrance. When you think how many times you actually wash your hands, that?s not bad value really. I would say we get around 6 weeks use per bottle with 3 of us and any visitors using it. Where to buy it * * * Molton Brown have 'emporia' around the country, which are lovely light, airy 'lifestyle' shops with testing encouraged (there's even a sink to try out the hand wash!) I tend to buy mine from their shop in Leeds. They usually throw in a free sample of whatever is new each time you go in. They also have concessions in Heathrow airport, many department stores around the country, including some House of Fraser and Selfridges and several locations outside the UK. Details of store locations are availab
le on the Molton Brown Website www.moltonbrown.co.uk - where you can also purchase online. Alternatively, you can buy fro QVC. I've had several bargains from e-bay too, so always worth a look. * * * There are so many plus points to these hand washes that I think they are worth every penny. We?ve had more than a few impressed visitors and anything that makes me feel good becomes a necessity! Oh go on? indulge yourself! ~ Jo :O) ___ Originally written by me and posted on www.ciao.com on 07/06/2004
Last week I happened to be dining with a few friends from the University. The meal was going swimmingly, the alcohol was flowing, as were the jokes. Every dinner party has of course its own funny stories so let me enlighten you with one of mine. A colleague from the University happened to have arrived late and somewhat in need of the toilet. Our host informed him of the choice of convenience; ?you can have the one outside; it?s an experience but one you?ll enjoy or you can use the toilet at the top of the stairs?. Surprisingly the lure of the outside toilet was irresistible and off he went. No sooner had the outside door closed than our host started laughing. ?It will be a good judge of character as to whether or not Colin manages to wash his hands afterwards? she said. As it transpired the outside toilet had no sink, not to mention the innumerable obstacles in the way of the toilet. I have something of an obsession with hand washing; especially when it precedes a visit to the toilet. It is certainly a good judge of character in my book for someone who doesn?t bother washing their hands afterwards cant have the highest of standards. It?s almost a ritual for me and with anything routine it?s important you do it properly. I rarely frequent venues where toilet facilities are substandard and if I need to use the bathroom on a train I cross my legs until such times as I reach my destination. Plenty of hot water and a clean fluffy towel might be the requisite implements for good personal hygiene but for me the soap is the all-important factor. There are traditional soaps, soaps on a rope, bath soaps, hand soaps and then there are liquid soaps. I?ve used much soap in my time and they really are something of an acquired taste when you have sensitive skin like mine. Liquid soap varies in price from around 69p to anything in the region of £12. Twelve pounds you cry? Yes twelve pounds, but then I did say it was something of an obsession. M
olton Brown is a company that?s right up my street. Based in London, their products are individually made by hand and use essential oils as a primary ingredient. From make up to shampoo and body wash you?ll find almost all of their products have an essential oil as a constituent of their name. Naran Ji Fine Liquid Hand Wash then is a combination of Orange Oil and Grapefruit Seed Extract in what is essentially a soap free formula. PH balanced it?s also formulated with natural bactericides to cleanse and care for the skin. I find that washing my hands too often with traditionally cheap soaps leaves them dry and rough; quite often causing breakouts. Not so with Molton Brown. Naran Ji could best be described as hand cream in the form of soap. Imagine adding some sweet smelling hand cream to your conventional soap and you may come close to the effect Molton Brown?s hand wash induces. You always know someone is well groomed by the smell of their hands and with Naran Ji you can expect a fresh, clean, citrus and sweetly smelling palm. The consistency is, as you would expect of an expensive brand and requires only a small amount to produce a generous lather. If evidence were needed of why I like this product so much and have it as part of my daily routine you need only look at the reviews it has received from some of the leading magazines. Hello described it as ?a real classic known the world over it smells delicious and helps get rid of the most stubborn stains and cooking or eating smells?. At a whopping twelve quid for 300ml it isn?t within most people?s budget. At around 91p per 100ml for a bottle of Carex and £3.67 per 100ml for Molton Brown it is fairly pricey but in my opinion it?s well worth it. I first encountered this particular brand of soap in an Edinburgh Hotel and such was its impact that I was tempted to steal some for myself! Molton Brown is a brand of prestige ? used in Hotels across the world and exclusively on British Airw
ays. It isn?t as exclusive as you would expect with Dagenham?s, House of Fraser and other leading department stores now boasting a Molton Brown counter. If you approach one of these you will no doubt notice the aesthetic appeal of their packaging. You can also purchase direct from their website and quite often when you do they throw in a few samples of other products. With vivid colours, place a bottle of Naran Ji beside your bathroom sink and Christmas guests will be well impressed! www.moltonbrown.co.uk
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