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There is a famous quote that says that in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. Well I’d like to add a third to that in that every year there is a certainty that I am going to be bought Molton Brown bath and shower gel as a gift be it from my wife or the in-laws.
My wife absolutely loves the stuff and I’m quite partial too.
The thing is as much as I like it, I do often wonder whether it is worth the money that she spends on it.
I’m a huge fan of their Black Peppercorn body wash and recently started using their Eucalyptus body wash, both come in 300ml bottles and cost £20.00 each. As a gift at that price it doesn’t seem to be that bad value, but would I buy it for myself at this cost? As someone who waits for Christmas and birthdays to get anything new, I’d have to say no, with a caveat.
Like many things in life there is a perception of quality and luxury associated with certain brands and Molton Brown is one such brand.
- It smells fantastic – I’m not easily impressed but love their numerous fragrances. Their hand washes and moisturisers aren’t that bad either
- It lasts a long time – hopefully this isn’t a testament to my daily hygiene routine, but I’m tiny so that might be to my advantage as there is not as much area to cover so only need a small amount. On average I can make a bottle last up to six months
- They offer a range of products that complement each other
- Makes for a perfect gift
- It’s not tested on animals and they have in fact been awarded the Leaping Bunny stamp of approval by Cruelty Free International
- Can be bought in John Lewis and Boots and House of Fraser as well as other online stores as well as direct from them in-store or online.
- It’s expensive – similar products of similar sizes can cost as little as £3.00
- In a recent TV programme a fan of Molton Brown found it difficult to tell the difference between Molton Brown and a soap from Aldi
The question I raised in this post was whether Molton Brown is worth the money.
If you still feel like I haven’t answered the question, you’re right I haven’t and for good reason.
Whilst I wouldn’t pay for it myself, I’m more than happy to receive it as a gift, I genuinely like their product. If money was no object I would consider buying it myself as a treat now and then.
There are going to be some that are reading this, thinking that I must be out of your mind to even think that £20 for a 300ml bottle of soap is worth the money.
The thing is there are a number of items that we could question the true value of and something is only worth what people are prepared to pay for it.
A car has four wheels, an engine and a steering wheel but there are some that wouldn’t think twice about spending £1m+ to buy one. Mobile phones don’t necessary change that much with every new release but there are some that would stand in line outside of a store to be one of the first to own a new model. Why do these people do this? because it’s worth it to them.
I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the matter, so don’t hesitate to leave your comments below.