Product Type: Molton Brown Hand & Nail Care
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Molton Brown White Mulberry Soothing Hand Lotion
Member Name: Dryad
Molton Brown White Mulberry Soothing Hand Lotion
Advantages: Don't test on animals, a lovely scent, and non greasy
Disadvantages: Bloody expensive, not moisturising enough for my skin
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.
Summary: A lovely product, but pretty average at a luxury price
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