If you have ever flown across the Atlantic on a British Air flight in business or first class, you most undoubtably experienced the lux line of spa-like products offered by Molton Brown. Or, perhaps you met a friend for tea at 51 Buckingham Gate hotel and washed your hands in the hotel lobby restroom? If you’re guilty as charged, that liquid ginger soap you coveted was manufactured with love and care from the good folks at Molton Brown.
However you found this little gem, be grateful. They are without a doubt one of London’s finest purveyors of shave, hair, and skin care products. Founded as a hair salon in 1973, Molton Brown brought Dale Daxon Bowers to their team of lab coats in 1978. She immediately set to work in a makeshift lab in the kitchen above Browns boutique. Dale’s passion, creativity and belief that nature would be the focus for her new inventions, was the source of a whole new range. She was a perfectionist and she wanted to follow her own path.
In 2005 Molton Brown was purchased by the Kao Group, a giant-sized (7th largest consumer products company in the world to be exact) cosmetic and consumer goods company headquartered in Tokyo. Did Molton Brown lose its charm, founder or spiritual direction? Some die-hard Brownies would argue yes, while others like me who didn’t find Moton Brown until the new millennium would argue its only gotten better. (New products, new website, new stores including the US.)
If you’re in London, by all means visit Molton Brown’s original store at 58 South Molton Street. (By Tube, get off at Bond Street stop and take a hard right down across Molton Lane one block over to Molton Street. The street runs all of a London block and includes another shopping gem; Brown’s for Less, the discount store for Brown’s Ltd., a high design fashion house. Continue down the street and you’ll run into Brook Street, home of Claridge’s. Their new flagship store in London is located on Victoria Street.
Its huge, well stocked but rather uninspiring.Whilst you’re in the neighborhood, walk down Avery Row (away from Molton) to find Paul Smith’s one and only discount store. It’s hit or miss, but you can find steep discounts on Smith clothing, jewelry and of course shoes!
As soon as you open Molton Brown’s ultracalm lemon leaf shavewax and put a quarters worth in your palm you’ll realize this product is all about lemon. Don’t be freaked.
Rub it into your beard using your fingertips and give it a minute or two to absorb into your face. If you’re awake you’ll start to smell subtle ginger and maybe even lavender scents. All good for your face and charm. By now you should also notice the product lays down clear without any foam. That means no soap agents that could dry your skin out, and you should be able to see where you’re shaving. (Clear faces also provides creative clarity for shaving those sexy psychodelic goatees, burns and manchu mustachios.)
Don’t forget to rinse your razor early and often to prevent the dreaded clog of product and stubble. When you’re done rinse with warm water, and pat dry with a soft towel. Molton’s shavewax comes packed with shea butter and vitamin E to help those of us with baby faces stay moisturized.I was extremely pleased with the end result of my shave. You’ve got to love citrus or this product is NOT for you. I personally find it invigorating. I great wake-up call.
Splash the face with warm water, apply generously and massage across the skin with moist fingertips. Shave and rinse off with warm water
I’d recommend this product to almost anyone. Especially young shavers who are coming off the cheap shave buzz kill and are looking for a sophisticated shave with a nice scent. Plenty of glide to go around. Don’t forget to rinse your blade early and often to avoid clogging. Experience a fresh concept in shaving.
The new preparation from Molton Brown offers a modern solution to male shaving irritation: a smooth cream-wax that delivers a close shaving experience, deep cleansing with an ultra calm finish, perfect for those with skin sensitivity. Smooth cream-wax delivers a close shave while it deep cleans with no irritation. The best razor glide there is!