Friday, October 14, 2016

Ultra-Luxe, Covet-Worthy Holiday Picks from Molton Brown and Philip B. | Review and Gift Guide

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I am utterly obsessed with luxury haircare and body care, and Molton Brown and Philip B. are two of my all-time favorite brands in which to luxuriate. Furthermore, there is just something about the crispness of Autumn that makes me relish taking the extra time to really savor the experience of using luxe skin, body and haircare products. Since the holidays are just around the corner, I thought that I would share a few of my Molton Brown and Philip B. favorites that are so amazing that they are justifiable splurges, and they make perfect gifts for yourself or the people on your list who love luxurious beauty products.
Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Body Wash is an ultra-luxe body wash that forms a creamy rich lather, but never strips the skin. The aroma is a deep, warm black peppercorn tempered by a faint note of honeysuckle, vetiver and coriander. It embodies a delectable blend of masculine and feminine aromas that really resonate with me.

According to Molton Brown,

A luxurious bath and body wash blended with Madagascan Black Peppercorn oil.

Top note: refreshing coriander.
Heart note: black peppercorns.
Base note: aromatic vetiver. 

Ingredients: Water (aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Laureth-4, Fragrance (parfum), Piper Nigrum (pepper) Seed Oil, Peg-18 Glyceryl Oleate/cocoate, Ppg-26-buteth-26, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool, Sodium Phytate, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Blue 1 (ci 42090), Red 4 (ci 14700)

Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Body Wash is a non-stripping, richly lathering body wash with an absolutely hypnotic aroma. The pink peppercorn is enriched by a fusion of ginger and rich, warm patchouli. I tend not to like most patchouli scented body care products, but it is so tempered by the other aromas that it is scarcely recognizable.

According to Molton Brown,

A spicy, moisturizing bath and body wash blended with pink pepperpods for antioxidant protection.  

Top note: fiery pink pepper. 
Heart note: ginger. 
Base note: rich patchouli

Ingredients: Water (aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Laureth-4, Fragrance (parfum), Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Aframomum Melegueta Seed Extract, Peg-18 Glyceryl Oleate/cocoate, Ppg-26-buteth-26, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Benzyl Benzoate, ButylphenylMethylpropional, Citral, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Sodium Phytate, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Blue 1 (ci 42090), Red 4 (ci 14700), Red 33 (ci 17200), Yellow 6 (ci 15985).

Philip B. Maui Wowie Volumizing & Thickening Beach Mist is an ultra-light, non-sticky spray that gives hair tousled beachy waves with a gorgeous glossy shine. It moisturizes my hair, while enhancing my curls and adds textured volume. It also has a delightful beachy aroma that I really love.

According to Philip B.,

A texturizer and conditioning treatment in one, loaded with botanical moisturizers
Boosts volume and amps up waves to recreate the piece-y, tousled, bombshell texture you get from the ocean. Leaves hair gleaming and bouncy, not stiff; pure Orchid and Kukui oils impart a healthy, voluptuous feel.

  • Blend of Sea Salt and Aloe Vera creates gorgeous lift
  • Infused with sexy, mood-boosting notes of pure Coconut and Tahitian Gardenia; perfect for your late-afternoon revival kit!
  • Paraben & phthalate free; color & keratin-treatment safe
Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Sea Salt/Maris Sal, Gluconolactone, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Aminomethyl Propanol, Fragrance/Parfum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Propylene Glycol,  Cymbidium Grandiflorum (Orchid) Flower Extract, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Sodium  Benzoate, Blue 1/CI 42090.

Philip B. Scent of Santa Fe Balancing Shampoo is a very hydrating and nourishing shampoo that is gentle enough for daily use, and it has the most incredible aroma punctuated by Sage and Juniper Berry. It smells like a beautiful Autumn day– which is an utter delight this time of year. It is suitable for all hair types, and it thoroughly cleanses without stripping the hair or scalp of their precious oils.

According to Philip B.,

This award-winning shampoo soothes and nourishes as it cleanses for unbeatable volume and shine. Formulated for all hair types, the gentle blend of nourishing plant extracts, moisturizing and strengthening agents make hair silky, soft and full of body. Pinon, sage and juniper berry create a delectable aroma while normalizing and soothing scalps.

  • Hydrates and softens hair with Shea Butter & Panthenol (Vitamin B5)
  • Refreshes and deep-cleans your scalp with 10% pure plant extracts of Piñon, Sage and Juniper Berry – a fresh, invigorating blend inspired by the Sangrê de Cristo Mountains of Santa Fe
  • Natural anti-bacterial botanicals gently clean without stripping
  • Paraben free; color & keratin-treatment safe
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamide MIPA, Fragrance (Parfum), Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycol Distearate, Limonene, Panthenol, Sodium Chloride, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex (CI 75810), Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Betula Alba Leaf Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Frangula Alnus Bark Extract, Geranium Maculatum Extract, Juglans Nigra (Black Walnut) Leaf Extract, Larrea Divaricata Extract, Quassia Amara Wood Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Symphytum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

$33.00 for 7.4 oz. from Philip B. and Skin Store.
Philip B. Oud Royal Forever Shine Shampoo is utterly unbelievable! This ultra-nourishing shampoo features time-released botanical moisturizers that make hair soft, supple, hydrated and give it a praiseworthy glossy shine. Oud Royal Forever Shine Shampoo is able to give my naturally curly hair unprecedented shine, and those among you with curly tresses know the extent to which it is difficult achieve shiny curly hair, but this miracle formula really delivers serious shine.

According to Philip B.,

In addition to delivering shine and deep hydration, Philip B. Oud Royal Forever Shine Shampoo gives hair volume and bounce. The scent is a delicious warm aroma that is utterly intoxicating.

What if your hair became more beautiful as the days went by? Introducing the first-ever shampoo with time-released botanical moisturizers, for sexy volume, shine and a gorgeous scent that go on and on.

A truly new technology: Moisturizing botanicals are treated with high-vapor energy, breaking them into tiny molecules that sink in and strengthen hair from the inside out.

Transforms all hair types with instant, dramatic results: Revives, defines and de-frizzes curls; creates sleek, swingy blowouts; and lends fine hair uplifting body and fullness.

A time-released botanical delivery system (made with natural Safflower Oleosomes) infuses hair with lasting glossiness, bounce, and the light, seductive scent of pure Oud.

Apply to wet hair, work into a lather and let the nourishing moisture sink in for 1-2 minutes. Rinse well. Repeat if desired.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Fragrance (Parfum), Cocamidopropyl, Betaine, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Cocamide MEA, Glycol Distearate, Acrylates Crosspolymer-4, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Stearic Acid, Polyquaternium-39, Panthenol,Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Linalool, Sodium Hydroxide, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Limonene, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica, Amyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Silica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Lupine Seed Extract, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Tin Oxide, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Glycine, Alanine, Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Green 5 (CI 61570), Red 4 (CI 14700), Histidine, Phenylalanine, Styrax Benzoin Resin Oil, Benzaldehyde, Benzoic Acid, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamic Acid, Coniferyl Benzoate, Vanillin

*Ingredients are subject to change at the manufacturer's discretion. For the most complete and up-to-date list of ingredients, refer to the product packaging. Paraben free; color & keratin-treatment safe.

$88.00 for 7.4 oz. from NordstromSpace NK.

Philip B. Oud Royal Forever Shine Conditioner is the embodiment of a luxe conditioner. The ultra emollient formula, coupled with the delectable scent, makes using this conditioner a supremely enjoyable sensory experience. Like its matching shampoo, Philip B. Oud Royal Forever Shine Conditioner boasts the highly innovative and cutting-edge time-released botanical delivery system that imparts hair with unprecedented moisture and shine over a sustained period of time. While one only needs to leave it on for a minute, I prefer to leave it on for 10-20 minutes for deeper hydration. It infuses hair with lasting moisture, glossiness, bounce, and the delectable scent of pure Oud. 

According to Philip B., 

A revolutionary innovation in hair care. PHILIP B® Oud Royal Forever Shine Conditioner contains time-released botanical hydrators, which are molecules tiny enough to pass through the fiber of your hair and moisturize each strand from the inside out. Powered by a botanical delivery system, made with natural safflower oleosomes, for your fullest hair ever and an amazingly glossy shine that goes on for days. Perfect for reviving, defining and de-frizzing curls; creating sleek, swingy blowouts; and plumping up fine, limp hair for lasting volume.

Apply after every other shampoo (more often if your hair is dry or damaged). Leave on for a minute to let the nourishing ingredients sink in. Rinse well. 

To enhance curls and waves: Rub a dime-size amount between your palms and scrunch into clean, towel-dried hair. Air dry or dry with a diffuser for perfectly defined, bouncy ringlets.

Suitable for all hair types.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Esters, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Amodimethicone, Glycerin, Panthenol, Schinziophyton Rautanenii, Kernel Oil, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Quaternium-91, Cetrimonium Chloride, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Methosulfate, Citric Acid, Silica, Cetyl Alcohol, Trideceth-12, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sodium PCA, Styrax, Benzoin Resin Oil, Benzaldehyde, Benzoic Acid, Cinnamic Acid, Coniferyl Benzoate, Vanillin, Hydrolyzed Lupine Seed Extract, Sodium Lactate, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Green 5 (CI 61570), Red 4 (CI 14700), Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Amyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate.

Sulfate-free, Sodium chloride–free and Paraben-free. Color & Keratin-treatment safe.

$95.00 for 6 oz. from Philip B.NordstromSpace NKSkinStoreDermstoreCult Beauty (UK), Selfridges and
Overall Assessment: My obsession with both of these brands spans many years, and with each passing year I love them even more. If you are looking to treat yourself, Molton Brown and Philip B. products are most definitely worth the splurge!

What are your favorite Molton Brown and Philip B. products?

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  1. My fave from Moulton Brown is Ylang Ylang because it reminds me of a scented fan that I bought in NYC Chinatown years ago. One of these days I will try Philip B coz I know it's your fave and I value your recommendations!

    1. Oh yes, their Ylang Ylang is intoxicatingly beautiful! I love how fragrances carry associated memories! I really think that you will LOVE Philip B. once you try their luxurious products!

  2. I really need to check these out. I have heard so many great things of Moulton Brown products but I haven't tried any.

    1. Milton Brown makes absolutely fantastic products! They are such a pleasure to use!

  3. Love their stuff! They're even Leaping Bunny certified.

    1. Me too! The Leaping Bunny certification is so fantastic!

  4. I'm really loving the Molton Brown body wash I using currently!

    1. I completely understand why! Their products are outstanding!

  5. I love the heavenly gingerly and templetree body wash, and the pomegranate and ginger hand wash by Molton Brown. They have such a great line, I'm sure there are more discoveries to be made! The Phillip B hair treatment oil (forget the name) smells amazing and is an amazing if expensive hair treatment.

    1. Hi Kirsten, Oh yes, the Heavenly Gingerly is amazing! I haven't tried the Templetree Body Wash, but agree that the Pomegranate and Ginger Hand Wash is lovely. Their line really is incredible! Yes, the Philip B Rejuvenating Hair Oil smells amazing, and is amazing! I have a bottle that I am savoring!

  6. I was thinking if Mowie Wowie didn't smell coco-nutty I'd be very disappointed. I kind of want one of everything but definitely want to try the Pink Pepperpod shower gel.

    1. I don't detect coconut so much as just an overall beachy aroma. It's such a great hair mist! I really love all of these products, and am crazy about the quality! The Pink Pepperpod Body Wash is heavenly ! am such a huge fan of Moton Brown products, and their body washes are such a treat to use!

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    1. They really are! They are so luxurious, and a serious pleasure to use!

  8. I have never tried Molton Brown, but Philip B is a fantastic brand. Great picks!

    1. I highly recommend trying out Molton Brown products– they are such a treat to use!

  9. My favorite Molton Brown shampoo is the ginger extract thickening shampoo from b-glowing!

    1. Hi SammyGregory, I love Molton Brown, but have not tried that shampoo! I will have to add it to my list! Thanks for the recommendation!


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