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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 and this Naran Ji scented one was one of them.
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 and this 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.
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.
My mum does a lot of babysitting for a lot of affluent families in the Chelsea and kensington area and noticed in most of their houses they had molton brown products in their bathroom. Obviously from its 'prestige' reputation she felt it was clearly a good and elite brand so she asked for it for christmas. I purchased this 300ml pump handwash for £15 and the 300ml naran ji hand lotion also for £15 as a nice box set for her for christmas, and thinking she had good taste I also bought the same handwash for myself to sit in my bathroom at home.
Now my first issue is the scent. When I went to the Molton Brown store in covent garden, I wasn't sure exactly what my mum wanted and I didn't want to call her and ask, as I wanted to surprise her so I asked the store assistant what was their best selling scent and she recommended this one, as their classic. They have a wide range of other scents, such as thai vert fine, white mulberry fine, amber cocoon (which I thought sounded most appealing) amongst others but as she said this was the most popular I trusted her judgement and bought it, wincing as I entered my card details in the keypad (£45 on 2 handwashes and a hand lotion! It was only because it was christmas I could justify the expenditure).
To be quite honest I was very disappointed. For £15 I expected a lovely scent, which would make me want to wash my hands all day and would lather lovely, and make my hands "soft and supple" as it so says on their website. The description of this handwash also says it is made from orange oil and grapefruit seed extract....which is weird as it is quite hard to pinpoint the scent but I had it down as a more vanilla based, subtle sweet scent (which by the way doesn't last particularly long.) In addition, it supposedly is non-drying and restores your skins natural PH balance. This could just be my hands being weird, but I found that after washing my hands with it I was desperate to moisturise my hands as they felt immediately dry. My mum does have the accompanying hand lotion which I have used straight after at her house which does help, but in reality spending £30 on handwash and lotion is a bit steep. I have bought other brands such as palmolive or radox and they do the job just as well, with some normal hand cream afterwards. It is annoying as you are pretty much paying for the name on the bottle and the pretty bag/box it comes in, there is nothing special about the products at all.
Only thing I did enjoy, is that as it was christmas, I was given a free sample of their invigorating suma ginseng bath and shower gel which retails at £17.50. It was absolutely amazing, and did what it said on the bottle. It completely woke me up and made me feel refreshed in the morning. If I was feeling generous, I probably would pay the price for this shower gel. (The product isn't on dooyoo to review so I just felt like adding a few words on it here, sorry for rambling off.)
So it could be that some of their products are worth the price but it is unfortunate that this handwash doesn't at all.
Often at various times of the year such as birthdays and Christmas, I receive a large amount of bath and beauty items as many friends and family know this is what I love. I was lucky enough to receive a Naran Ji Liquid Hand Wash from Molton Brown's collection. If you did not already know, Molton Brown is quite a luxurious and expensive brand who provide various beauty items such as hand wash, hand lotions, candles and lovely smelling goods which make the perfect gift for people... but at a price!
This particular hand wash retails for £15.00 which is definitely not a price I would be willing to pay for hand wash despite how much I loved it. This shows that it would only be a luxury expense and would not be constantly topped up in my bathroom considering I'm used to spending around £3.00 for a hand wash! For this price, you do get 300ml worth of product which is quite a large amount, however I still feel that this does not justify the price tag.
So how was the hand wash itself? It comes in a lovely bottle, which definitely separates the usual Radox to this little beauty. You can tell from the bottle that it is a high end product, as it is quite sleek yet minimal. It is see through, and you can see the liquid inside which is a murky shade of colour which is slightly colourless yet with a green tinge to it...not the most attractive!
I have to say I do love the hand lotion, however I do not feel that the hand wash lives up to expectations. You only need one pump to get a decent amount to wash your hands with. It does lather quite easily making it nice to wash your hands with, but that's about the only positive for me. Naran Ji is their biggest selling range, and it does have quite a distinct scent to it. It combines of orange oil and grapeseed extract, which I have to say is not my first choice. From these ingredients, it makes it sound quite fruity and girly which would be my normal choice, however it has quite a kick to it, and reminds me of oriental scents, and I definitely feel that this is not one for those who are used to lavenders and coconut in their hand wash! Due to the scent being of such a high taste, it does unfortunately mean that it is not for everyone. I do think it is okay, however for £15.00 I would want my hands to be smelling delicious!
Unfortunately, I did not feel that the hand wash did anything spectacular for my hands. I was hoping for silky smooth hands, but I only get this when I combine it with the use of the Naran Ji hand lotion, which I have also wrote a review for. Some good attributes to this hand wash however, are that it is kind to skin, and leaves no irritation. It is also pH balanced to protect your skin, therefore it is worth trying out this range if you often have quite sensitive skin, but would still like a distinct scent of hand wash.
Overall, it does the job of cleaning your hands well, the scent is okay, however it does not deliver enough for it's whopping £15.00 price tag. Unfortunately, I would not be happy to buy this in the future, and I will be sticking to the usual Radox or Dove since you at least get value for money with those! Thank you for reading.