Product Type: Molton Brown Hand & Nail Care
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Nice but expensive with scents for every taste
Molton Brown Fine Liquid Hand Wash
Member Name: helenc72
Molton Brown Fine Liquid Hand Wash
Advantages: Lots of scents, interesting scents that are nice and not too girly, the brand (if you're bothered)
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.
Summary: A really nice hand wash but only if you want to splash out - not worth it for every day
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