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A few years ago I received a small gift set from Molton Brown for Christmas and instantly loved the product. The packaging is great; nice clean packaging without gimmicks and tackiness. It looks like a company you can trust. Their products are pricey and so ordinarily they are not things I buy for myself, I ask for them as presents and buy them for other people as presents, but they are a great brand for when you want a bit of luxury. The Look: Molton Brown Hand Creams come in a variety of scents but they all have a similar appearance. The typical size is a 300ml (10fl oz) bottle with the company logo printed proudly near the top and then the name of the cream towards the bottom. They all have a silver band around a black pump dispenser which again reads Molton Brown. The pump is really good and one pump normally gives you enough product. Their products also tell you about which essential oils are used, in this case Provencal mimosa, elemi and green tea leave. This hand cream really is one of those products you would like to have on show in your house, it just looks so appealing! The Product: Now this is the first time I had tried one of Molton Browns regular hand creams. Previously I had had a very small tube of their Desert Bloom Intense Hand Rescue (Which is amazing!) and so I had high hopes for this. The smell is divine, as it is with all of their products. Fresh and perfumed at the same time, the Mulberry is there as well as the berries from the essential oils. Molton Brown is good in the fact that whilst the fragrances are incredible they are not overpowering. The Application: As I have said I had high expectations for this product. Molton Brown is more expensive than regular handcreams, it retails at around £17 a bottle. I had been impressed by the design and the smells, but as soon as I had the cream on my hands I was less than impressed. It just feels greasy and takes ages to sink into my skin. I do feel like it is moisturising my hands but I just can't bear the greasy feeling. The Verdict: Great company, great smell and packaging, pity about the product. The feel of the cream on my hands is the most important part and I just don't like it. I've had it for 9 months now and am having to make myself use it as it was expensive and I don't like to see waste. I do love most of their other products but I ownt be trying their hadncream again (apart from the Intense Hand rescue which is brilliant on really dry hands, a great winter treat)
Molton Brown is such a lovely brand. Although at first it may seem a little expensive, it is well worth the money!! I recently brought this hand cream for the house hold and it went down such a storm. Everybody loves this, even the men- although they have not come forth and admitted. This smells soo nice and refreshing, it doesnt smell florally, unlike most hand creams. This texture of this is light and doesnt leave your hands feeling coated in thick goo, which is sometimes a hazard with other hand creams as they do leave a thick residue. Instead, this Molton Brown hand cream feels almost non existant after running it into your hands, no matter how much you use! It soaks into the hands nicely and at a rapid pace. This hand cream has a very light consistency and moisture's your hands well. As a hand cream, it is one of the best. It really does heavily moisturise your hands and is much better than any other hand cream I, personally, have tried. My hands are almost always sore and cracked but this restores the moisture and leaves your hands smooth, whether its just after you have done the washing up or whether your hands are in need for some extra attention.
There are some brands that when you see them you know to use them sparingly, and Molton Brown is one such brand. You may see their products in quite a few places, but unless you can get a value gift pack or receive some as a gift, then isn't likely to be the sort of thing that finds a place in your weekly shop. A 300ml bottle of it costs around the £15 mark! Molton Brown is an English company bought out by a Japanese company a few years ago. Maintaining much of their traditional formulae and point of sale, the company has seen more of an online presence of late, and the number of shops where you may find products such as the White Mulberry hand lotion is low. This particular product comes in a see through bottle with a top pump dispenser on the top. It's pleasant enough to look at, the gloopy white liquid inside looking soothing. The pump itself is decent enough, although to be honest it isn't the smoothest if you need more than one pump to get enough solution out. I can't imagine you would though, as this is to be used as a moisturiser and not as soap. I find that using just one pump of this is sufficient, and as you dispense it, the liquid is slightly gloopy and easy to spread around your hands. It starts rubbing in quite well, but you get to a point where you can't rub any more, and there's still some sort of residue on your hands. This usually disappears after a minute or two but I had expected it to disappear straight away and was rather disappointed to find that it didn't, if I'm honest. It leaves a weird feeling on your hands, not just a moisturised one but that there's something there that shouldn't be. Luckily this feeling goes when the solution sinks into your skin. Any itchy or dry feeling areas soon go away, and you certainly feel as if it's done its job well. There's an ever so slight swelling as the skin moisturises, and the smell is lovely, a gentle fragrant aroma that makes you smile. Some moisturisers have undesirable odours, but this one is rather nice. The white mulberry content is also designed to enrich your skin, lightening it and moisturising it efficiently. I found that after using it regularly for a while my hands were dry on a less regular basis, but that stopping using this didn't provide much lasting protection, as the dryness soon came back. To be expected, really. As you only need to use a small amount each time, and it's the sort of thing that you don't necessarily have all the time, the bottle tends to last quite a while, increasing its value for money. I have encountered other moisturisers that do the job just as well and are cheaper, although they don't always last quite so long in terms of the pleasant aroma, and I find that I may need to use more product to achieve the effects that a single pump of this one may do. Overall then, this isn't perfect, but it's very lovely and certainly something I'd recommend having especially if you have guests coming round - Molton Brown carries with it a good name, and is backed up by the overall quality of the product. Recommended.
Molton brown mulberry hand On Molton Browns website one of their proud boasts is that they are "unmistakeably English" however in 2005 they were bought out by Japanese company Kao, and ever since their products have been more difficult to get hold of. They pulled out of QVC, and Debenhams, so if you want Molton brown products now you will have to buy online, at one of their spas, or outlets such as Harrods or John Lewis. It is quite an ethical company which treats its employees very well, and does not test on animals, so I can forgive it a bit of snootiness - if not the high price tag. This hand lotion costs £15 for 300ml. I received this as part of a gift pack, with a few of the bath products and sample sizes of their daily defence cream, which was a very economical buy, I think I paid about £35 for nearly £100 worth of products, this was in the days when they still sold through QVC and had special value presentations at super prices. I like the packaging of most Molton Brown products they look minimalist and utilitarian while still retaining a certain aesthetic appeal, and this hand cream is no different. The pump dispenser works well and gives a nice amount of product with every pump. The tactile sensation when you press the pump is a bit 'soft' and isn't as satisfying and solid as some products, but it does the job and didn't fail during use. I love the Molton Brown scented body lotions so I was looking forward to using this, I use hand cream regularly and this would sit nicely next to my sink, where my hands seem to spend most of their lives. The scent of this lotion is very nice, I can't pick out any specific familiar aromas, but it combines in a light airy, clean fragrance which does linger on the hands for a while afterwards. The product once dispensed is a nice crisp white colour, it isn't particularly thick, and though not runny it feels 'wetter' than other lotions and hand creams I have used. It slides over my skin very quickly and easily, a little too slippery for me. My hands look and feel quite wet after application, but this only lasts a few seconds and the lotion is quickly absorbed and dries down to a non greasy almost powdery finish. I don't feel that this leaves any protective layer on the skin, but my hands do feel plumped up a little, so I feel that the moisturising qualities have done their work where needed deeper into the epidermis. This lotion contains extract of white mulberry (root I think, hence the name of the product) which is supposed to be known for its skin lightening and brightening qualities and is often used in skin care products to stave off or treat age spots which are already present (caused by too much sun exposure). The lotion lasted me a few months of regular use, but in all that time I noticed no lightening effects, I can't speak of preventative action as it isn't something I have continued to use. As so often with skin care, I suspect that the quantity of the extract is too low to have any noticeable effect. The lotion is described as "Enriched with white mulberry, oils of Provencal mimosa, elemi & green tea". This combination seems to be very light and moist as opposed to oily, and I'm more used to a richer formulation with this sort of ingredient family. Green tea of course is used for its antioxidant properties so this cream seems to be targeted at keeping skin youthful, and doesn't seem to be so concerned with dryness and keeping the skin comfortable. The creams claim to be soothing I can't agree with as my hands are quite sensitive and react badly to allergens etc. While this lotion had no irritating effect it didn't calm any little sore spots I had on my fingers, in fact the 'wet' feel of the lotion made them feel uncomfortable while applying (though not once sunk in). While using this my hands looked nice, but no better than with my usual hand products, and the moisturising effect though not obvious did seem to last longer than cheap lotions which give a shot of moisture but seem to wear off quite quickly. The moisturising effect of this product isn't as good as I'm used to with my preferred creamier products and I'm sad to say that I wouldn't rate this any better than a reasonable quality high street product. It also has no sun protection factor, which with a lotion that targets sun damage and at the price point it sits I would expect. I know I certainly will never be paying £15 for a hand cream, and particularly not this one. As you may realise from my comments this hand lotion isn't for me, it isn't as moisturising as I would like and I don't like the almost powdery feel it gives once rubbed in. However it really is a smashing product, it smells delightful and if you don't expect miracles and like a lotion that leaves your hands dry and ready to rock then this could be a good one to try. As long as you don't mind the price. I'm knocking two stars off for the fact that I noticed no treatment or prevention of age spots, and the price considering it's on a par with much cheaper products.
I was given this hand lotion as a birthday gift by my parents this year. My mum loves it and was also given it as a gift by one of her friends. I'm glad it was a gift because when I discovered the price I was shocked! This is definately not a good choice if you are looking for your average everyday lotion! The product costs £15 for a standard 300ml bottle. This is a luxury product and I feel that the bottle and packaging reflects this. When I recieved the gift it was wrapped in a Molton Brown gift box which was a lovely brown/gold colour with a big ribbon tied around it. The box had been contained in a Molton Brown gift bag. This was the same brown/gold colour on the wide sides and was white on the narrow sides. The Molton Brown lettering was printed along the white sides in the brown colour. The bag was sealed with a bow at the top. I have to say the packaging was some of the nicest I have seen! I still have the bag and the box because I can't bring myself to throw them out! The bottle is a sturdy clear plastic which means you can see exactly how much of the lotion is left! There is a dispensor on the top of the bottle (similar to a soap pump) which is the brown colour of the packaging. All of the writing on the bottle is either in the brown colour or in a lovely duck-egg green shade. The actual product is white and the combination of the colours makes the bottle look very sophisticated. The pump on the top is very easy to use and dispenses the exact right amount for moisturising your hands. This is very useful as it doesn't feel like you are wasting any of the product by using too much. The bottle is a nice size for placing next to the sink with my handwash. On the bottle it gives the usual information, website address, ingredients and the logo telling you to use the product within 12 months. Also printed on the side of the bottle is this description: "Immerse yourself in an indulgent cocoon of white mulberry and pure essential oils. Our caring blend of skin hydrators and anti-ageing white mulberry enlivens the skin, while oils of provencal mimosa, green tea and elemi leave the hands with a luxurious crisp aroma. The white mulberry has been grown in China for thousands of years and has been traditionally used to promote a clear even skin tone." The actual lotion itself is fantastic. It feels very smooth and is a nice consistency which isn't too runny or too thick. It is easy to smooth over the whole area of the hands and wrists. The lotion is described as "soothing" and that it certainly is! After use my skin feels particularly soft and smooth and this feeling easily lasts all day. The lotion is easily absorbed into the skin so you don't end up with lots of lotion left on your hands. With other products I do find that sometimes I have to wipe my hands clean after moisturising because my hands are a bit slimy. After having used this product for a couple of weeks I do notice the difference in my skin. Since my skin is now much softer, I don't use the product as much, meaning it lasts longer! Last week I started to use the lotion on my feet as well as my hands. It seems to work just as well and has worked really well on some dry skin I had from overuse of high heels! I have quite sensitive skin and have had rashes from a few products in the past. This product has never caused any type of irritation to my skin. As for the smell of the lotion I really enjoy it. I have used products from other companies which have been scented with mulberry and they always reminded me of my gran. Being in my 20's that would not be ideal for me! However this scent is a lot less musky and makes my hands smell quite fresh. The scent does last quite a while, although I cannot be sure exactly how long because I also use scented soap. In summary this is a great lotion and really works. It is expensive but I have found that the 300ml bottle will last quite a while. For a luxury product or a gift it is an ideal purchase. After my bottle eventually runs out I will be tempted to buy another one, or drop hints to my other half around birthday time!!!
Molton Brown White Mulberry Soothing Hand Lotion / Indulge your hands with this deliciously pampering blend of white mulberry and essential oils / Moisturising / Pump applicator.