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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Body Wash Product Review

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for AVEENO®. I'm a 2014 AVEENO® Ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own. I received a 12 oz bottle of AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion and a $100 Visa gift card for participating in the #AveenoDailyChallenge. Come with me on my three week personal journey, as I commit to activities that will help me de-stress, meditate, reflect, and take time for myself. I'll be using AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion everyday, along the way.
Challenge #13 - Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Body Wash vs. AVEENO® Stress Relief Body Wash

Before I review this, let me tell you about my first encounter with Molton Brown. I joined a cheap ($19 a month) gym while in college and got sick of the "muscle-heads" looking at my ass while I was on the treadmill. Gyms always position treadmills in the front (ladies) and weights in the back (men). I wanted a guy to notice me, but these "gentleman" didn't have half a brain!

So I left that JUNGLE gym and decided to join a RITZY gym. REAL RITZY! $80 a week ($320 a month). I signed a contract that had so many pages, you would've thought I was buying a house. HAHAHA

After paying all of that, I really didn't need a gym membership, because all of my food money went to them! HAHAHA  I was in college! I was super thin and the youngest there. The people there were very mature ladies and very mature men (old doctors & lawyers). Too mature for me! They didn't look at my ass. They were too busy checking their heart and pulse monitors. HaHaHa So, instead I ended up enjoying the gym's amenities. One amenity was Molton Brown (made in England) body wash. I fell in love with their Warming Eucalyptus. It was perfect after a workout. A powerful, yet pleasing scent! A fabulous lather! It was soothing to my muscles! My skin was soft! I Loved Molton Brown! Now here's my review of the Ylang Ylang Body Wash.

I seriously don't know what has happened to Molton Brown, but the formula is different. I read a lot of beauty reviews and there was chatter that their formula had changed (but I didn't believe them). Molton Brown recently changed ALL the names of their body washes, which I thought was odd. Ylang Ylang was formerly called Relaxing Yuan Zhi. There are TWO POSITIVES! The bottle it comes in looks exquisite! The scent is awesome! Now the problems. Once you pour it, the scent seriously dissipates as you shower (and I poured a lot, which I never had to do in the past). So it's weak! It lathered, but even that was weak. Molton Brown use to really lather with just a quarter size in your palm. I am SO DISAPPOINTED in this! It's $30 a bottle! I wish I could show you my facial expression right now. HaHaHa I really thought Molton Brown was going to knock it out the park! I want to knock this bottle out my bathroom! HAHAHA It breaks my heart to say this, but I can't recommend it. Nobody has money to waste. I'm going to use this as hand wash. I'm going to purchase their Eucalyptus (formerly Warming Eucalyptus) and do a review on it (I know crazy). I'm interested in seeing, if it's just limited to their Ylang-Ylang formula (I hope so and will let you know). I challenge anyone to purchase AVEENO®s Stress Relief Body Wash and compare it to Molton Brown's Ylang Ylang! I know it sounds super crazy, but AVEENO® puts this to shame. The scent is better. It lathers better. It's MUCH cheaper. It makes your skin softer. PLUS IT RELAXES YOU AND PUTS YOU TO SLEEP! This just goes to show you, more expensive does not equal better. Save your $30 on this one. I'm not trying to make Molton Brown look bad! I'm not trying to make AVEENO look good! I'm just speaking the truth! I told you the story above, because I KNOW what the ORIGINAL was like (the plus of being older). Someone just trying Molton Brown for the first time, doesn't know. BTW, there was NOTHING relaxing about this body wash. HAHAHA You see how much I'm typing!!! Do I SOUND relaxed? LOL :P
supersweet(run & buy it) sweet(really good,buy it) bittersweet(ok, issues)not sweet(not good,don't buy this stuff)
  Molton Brown Ylang Ylang is Not Sweet


oomph. said...

i don't know why companies change their formulas when it ain't broke, lol!

Ahleessa C said...

I never heard of Molton Brown but from your description, it's a good thing... hehe~

Linda B said...

hmmm, I'll steer clear of this one then. Aha, thanks Kim!
And daaaamn, $320/month and you were in college then? I WANT WHATEVER YOUR JOB WAS! Lol that's one ritzy gym alright!

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The Dainty Dolls House said...

What a shame, I hate when formulas get changed - if aint broke!! And that is too expensive to be unsatisfied with it!! But, your being honest and saving us all a lot of money - thanks doll, I appreciate it ;) Will steer clear!! xx

Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

You know, I've aways liked MB, but never really bought it simply because I think they are overpriced for what they are. Like their candles, though. :)

Busola Coutts said...

First of all, your story about joining gym is just priceless and i couldn't stop laughing. So cute. Now as for the Molton product, i think it is sad when company's start to cut corners and cheapen their products. Forgetting the reason why customers liked their stuff in the beginning. Well this is why we blog and this is really very helpful. Thanks dear.


Anonymous said...

Hahaha your gym story is so funny. I can't believe you managed to join a high-class gym on a student budget! I am killing myself in the student gym at the moment and it is seeeeriously embarrassing in front of the male species. I wish I was on a Ritzy membership but London is priceeeay.

Rosemary x

Cory Lo said...

Haha! I love your gym story. I tried this body wash and it feels and smells beautiful! Love your blog, I followed x


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Jackie Harrison said...

The companies always try to change for the better when the product work just find I guess I will not use this one. Impressive review doll.

Lilli said...

Ahahah, Kim, the story of your past at the gyms made me so laugh! Lol! Btw, what a shame they have changed the formula and the products are now so different and so bad would add. I never tried the brand so I can share my experience but for sure will keep urs in mind! Aveeno one looks much more better. Kisses Kim! xo

Random_Hi_D said...

Very funny story about the gym. Really hard to find a nice decent guy now a days.
Great review! Thanks for sharing.


Pamela Soluri said...

hi Kim,i want this product,very great review
thanks for your lovely comment
have a nice day

Emma Henderson said...

Oh that's such a pity the molton brown formula has changed but great news that Aveeno do a superior (and cheaper!) product!

Abby Templeton said...

Good to know that Aveeno is better than Molton Brown - my wallet thanks you!


Maria Hussain said...

I really hate it when companies sometimes change the formula without informing and customers keep on thinking what the hell has happened to our skins....Very nice and detailed review.....xoxoxo....^_^

Rakhshanda Rizvi said...

Dear Kim, your story about joining gym is just sweet and i couldn't stop laughing. The Molton product, it is sad when company's start to cut corners and cheapen their products. Forgetting the reason why customers..thanks honey for saving money of your readers! Have a nice day!! Kisses <3

Elizabeth Hisle said...

Why fix something that is not broken? I tend to use basic Eucalyptus scented soaps for relaxing. I sure as heck would not pay $30 for this. :/


TheTinyHeart said...

Your story about the gym made me laugh! $80 a week is INSANE! I like to work out in the comfort of my own home. It's free and no one is looking at me :)

That is such a bummer that they totally changed the body wash!

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MaysaAndSunshine said...

How you got me laughing when reading your gym story, Kim. I am too cheap to be spending any money on gym membership for sure. I tend to go crazy at any products that have Ylang Ylang in them but too bad on this one. At $30 a bottle, glad you did a review.

Stanislava E. said...

Hey, thanks for letting us know not buying this product. And 30 boxes for this is way too much! I thought it is a nice product but seems that not awlays the more expensive things are better. The story with the gym is funny but 320$ a month? That's crazy! Haaha


Always Maylee said...

I've never heard of this brand before, but I guess there's a reason for that. Thanks for your review, you're so funny!

xo, Yi-chia
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Emmylou said...

Hahaha....Kim, you are the best storyteller. I would've loved to see you tell this gym story IRL:D
And that's really too bad about MB changing the formulation. I mean, with the price, you'd think it'd be better!

Cee said...

What a disappointment! Formula changes are almost always a let down - but at $30 a bottle for body wash, when there are so many reasonably priced competitors, that was a big risk for Molton Brown to take with their products. And, obviously, it failed. What a shame.

Hélène Heath said...

Good to know, def won't be using this then!

xx Hélène

Alice said...

hello kim!

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kiss kiss,


I actually have heard of Molton Brown through my sister. Sorry to hear about this, but definitely appreciate your honest review. Plus, there's so many other brands that you can get double the quantity/quality out there. :)Have a great day Kim!

Jane said...

ah too bad that it isn't the same as before!

Beauty Fashion Skin Care Blog - Girlie Blog Seattle said...

Thanks for the honest review. I've never heard of this - and now will def. not invest in it. $30 is very expensive. BTW, loved your gym story. Yes, there are many muscle heads in cheap gyms. I'd rather work out with doctors and lawyers who keep their eyes to themselves :O)

Have a nice day!

Alicia Mackin said...

Haha this made LOL! But wowzie $80/week that is steep for sure. But the shower gel does sound awesome.

Allie of ALLIE NYC

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

That is so disappointing that the quality of this body wash doesn't match up with it's $30 price tag. So true that sometimes the pricier items aren't necessarily better.

Rowena @ rolala loves

LyddieGal said...

I always trust your reviews and I am so sorry the Molton Brown was such a disappointment! $30 for lackluster body wash is crazy!
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Debra Lynn Mejia said...

That's too bad. I used to use Molton Brown products and they were really great. I haven't used them in a while since they are kind of pricey. And I assumed all the Aveeno products were scent free. I might give the Aveeno body wash a try.

Nats ~Coral Tinted Perceptions said...

Oh that's too bad! But that story you told about the gym is funny :)

Sara Gerard said...

Oh wow, I would have been pissed to drop $30 on something to have it not work like that. Good, honest review Kim!

LoveT. said...

You are amazing <3
The review sound not good for this Product ,but it was so much Fun to read this :D


Hannah Anderson said...

So glad for this review! I love it when the more affordable items win out!

Jane said...

Oh no, I loved MB! I used to use the body wash all the time. Glad you did a review. I've been using the philosophy coconut body wash lately that I received for my b-day, love it. So disappointed in MB, guess nothing stays the same forever.

Carmen said...

So interesting to read your gym story :D And so sad the products changed to worse :/

Coco said...

The beginning of the story was so promising! I'm really looking forward to the Eucalyptus shower foam review. However, I think that a brand who fails the formula of a product retailed at a medium-high price is not to be trusted. On the other hand I will soon try Aveeno :-)
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Svetlana said...

This sounds horrible!
I hope that you got some relaxation anyway, although not from the body wash ;)

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Joie Fatale said...

While I'm glad to know NOT to try Molton Brown, I have to say KUDOS to your observation! I always thought that was funny too! There are some gyms where the cardio is upstairs weight downstairs.
But the one story gyms tend to have that set up 90% of the time!

Maggie said...

Such a good review and funny too!


Marija M. said...

I never heard of them, but thanks for sharing, it's a shame for them ;) xo


Jess said...

Great post! I didn't know about this brand!
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Darcy said...

I have never heard of this brand before... but since it doesn't work well I guess that's okay! haha

Mimi said...

Bummer, but hey Aveeno is less expensive so I'm excited you like it so much, great review!
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Laviña Jampit said...

thanks! now this brand is new to me, dear :)


Poppy Lee said...

lovely product
love this ,wanna have a try


Manasi Nanwani said...

Nice product!

Tina Bradley said...

Sorry to hear this disappointed! A long-lasting scent is essential--no doubt. I agree with you about the packaging--looks nice. Great review--as always. T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Missy May said...

LOL for your gym story. You cracked me up!! But gotdamn you were paying a lot for the 2nd gym! wow! Passed by this product a couple of times in store, just too pricy I always thought. lol! Loved your post :-)


Anonymous said...

thanks for your honest review dear ! xx

Jo said...

I had wanted to skim through this post coz I thought I wouldn't really buy Molten Brown products. I currently have 3 miniature bottles of shampoo, conditioner and moisturiser in my room from a wedding favour gift and thought ok, maybe I would read this review and see how good or bad MB is but I ended up laughing at your gym story. You're so hilarious, Kim. LOL!!! I loved the way you put your words together. It's a shame when formula change and the new one just isn't as good. I've experienced way too many holy grail products changing formula only to end up having to search for new products since my HG aren't working with the new formula anymore.

Coco Colo said...

Great Review :)
Thanks for all the Information :)


Pamela RG said...

Hmmm this smells so good. Molton Brown is one of my favourite. They smell so god and so luxurious too.

Shea Coleman said...

I love when you tell stories from your past. They are always exciting. I've never heard of MB and I hate that you didn't like the updated version. I dislike when companies make really good stuff at first and then cut back to make more money and diminish the quality. Thank you for your honest review Kim!

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