Product Type: Molton Brown Hand & Nail Care
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Light, pleasant lotion but you are paying for the name
Molton Brown Rose Granati Soothing Hand Lotion
Member Name: helenc72
Molton Brown Rose Granati Soothing Hand Lotion
Advantages: Nice scent but it is subtle, sinks in quickly, no greasy residue, nice bottle
Disadvantages: Expensive, no significant moisturising effect on the hands
My brother and sister in law always have this hand lotion in their bathroom and I use it every time I visit them. I often stay at their house for a few weeks at a time and am staying with them for a couple of weeks now to revise for exams, so I have used this hand lotion regularly over the last couple of years even though I have never bought a bottle myself.
Molton Brown is a well known London company producing toiletery products and people often associate it with luxury, probably partly because lots of hotels and restaurants provide their hand washes and hand lotions for customers.
The lotion comes in the typical Molton Brown rounded bottle with pump top. The design is minimal but distinctive, with Molton Brown written on the front in fair sized letters and rose granati soothing hand lotion in small letters at the bottom of the bottle. It is pale pink in colour with a silver ring around the neck. It looks attractive and high quality without being ostentatious.
The pump dispenses quite a small amount of the lotion. I find one pump is usually enough to rub all over my hands for a bit of light moisture, but sometimes I take two pumps. The lotion is very light but not runny in texture. I would say it is a smooth, thin cream. It sinks into the hands very quickly - almost immediately if I have only used one pump - and does not leave any residue or greasiness at all. It doesn't have much hydrating effect on my hands and I don't real feel any improvement in the condition of my hands after I use it. Any slight effect it has wears off quite quickly!
From the name, Rose Granati, I originally expected the scent to be very floral. Molton Brown do describe this scent as being in the floral family, but it is actually not how I first thought it would be. It doesn't smell of rose. The scent is very subtle and a light hint of spice to it.
Molton Brown describe it as follows:
London via Marrakech
Granati pomegranate with ginger and cardamom. Be seduced by scents from the souk with our gently spiced, moisturising hand lotion.
Shimmering. Heady. Exotic.
The way we blend it
- Moroccan pomegranate
- Spicy black pepper oil
- Cardamom (straight from the spice trail)
- Fiery ginger
Fragrance Family: FLORAL
This description sounds gorgeous but I unfortunately can't really experience all of that when I use this lotion! In my opinion it is just lightly floral with a bit of spiciness, but very subtle and doesn't linger too much on the hands. It is very pleasant but I think their description of "heady and exotic" is really overegging it, as this is not a dramatic smelling lotion. I can't smell any ginger in it.
So does it live up to the hype of the Molton Brown brand? In my opinion, not really. I like it and think it's a nice hand lotion which I enjoy using, but it doesn't have much moisturising effect and it's not a product I would rave about. Although it is better than many of the cheap lotions which leave a greasy residue or have a very artificial scent, you can get nice mid-range lotions for cheaper than this and which have a greater effect on your hands. With Molton Brown I think to some extent you are paying for the "prestigious" brand name. This lotion costs £16 for 300 ml which is on the high side for me. I would really have to absolutely love a hand lotion before I paid that. I think I will stick to using it at my brother and sister in law's house!
Summary: An okay lotion, but not as special as you would think considering the price and brand
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