Who knew Molton brown had a range for the modern man? Bought as a gift for me as a leaving present, I was not really sure what to expect. I knew of their high end hand soaps and bubble baths etc, but I had no idea that they had a mens range, let alone a range specifically aimed at the sports market. The brand and sports do not necessarily go hand in hand together, however I was intrigued to see what these high end (in the £15 to £30 a product range) had to offer.
In my gift box I received three products : the bracing silverbirch thermal muscle soak, the 4in1 Sportswash and the body-warming sports balm. (The latter two coming from the mens sports range).
Firstly I should say that all of these products are great and do exactly what they should do! Which is always a good start! The thermal muscle soak is my most used product – essentially warming bath salts, they are bright green and smell kind of woody. They claim to “soothe muscles, flush toxins and boost skin condition” and In honesty they do all of these things the aroma is proper relaxing and achy muscles are noticeably more relaxed after a long soak in these bath salts. This is a great product. It has style and I also love the packaging which looks great and is functional as it is metal and therefore unaffected by the moisture in the bathroom air. (£19 for 300g www.moltonbrown.co.uk) and what’s even better is you don’t have to use that much to get the effects of it!
Both of the other products are from the sports range. They are aimed at the active, gym going male that takes a bit of pride in their appearance. They are the same fragrance and I do not hesitate to say that they both smell very good! It’s manly but not in a 1950s old spice way it’s light and almost citrusy with a definite woody aroma as well.
The 4 in 1 sportswash (£16 for 200ml www. moltonbrown.co.uk) claims to be for body, face, hair and shave. I have not yet shave with it but for the first three boxes, it absolutely ticks them and it really does smell good. The letdown for me however is the packaging ( and yeah in the long run what does it matter? It’s only gonna go in the bin right?) but I really think that this packaging does not sell the great products that are inside it. It comes across as just another product on the high street, which this is not.
The star product in this range is the body warming sports balm. It is a natural warmth that is created and is perfect for pre or post exercise. And boy does this work, the effects are stronger and longer lasting than your traditional muscle warmer from the high street, not to mention the fact that it smells insanely better. I have been doing a lot of running, and this has been a godsend to me. At the time of purchase this was £18 for 200ml but is not currently available online. My one word of warning gentlemen is … Please make sure that you wash your hands properly after you use this product, trust me when I say that you don’t want this too close to “sensitive areas” if you know what I mean. THAT is a whole other story in itself!
This is a great line of products, which despite their price, I think are great. I will certainly repurchase the the muscle soak and the sportsbalm, I just wish the design in the sports range was better and more suited to a high end product.