I was excited to learn Molton Brown launched a men-specific grooming line (pretty late in the game!). The brand has been around long since I've been into beauty and I've been a fan of some of their products. I had to call in for a sample to give it a shot and received the Deep-Clean Mineral Ions Facewash, which is meant to be a practical daily cleanser for all skin types.
The unique component of Molton Brown Men's Deep-Clean Mineral Ions Facewash is that instead of going the route of featuring "organic" or herbal extracts, it went with a mineral approach. I thought this was clever, considering it stands out from the wealth of other brands that flaunt the herbal theme (even though that's how I roll). The key ingredients in the face wash are calcium, magnesium, potassium and buchu extract. The formula of calcium, magnesium and potassium is invigorating and gives a total power cleanse.
When applied, it's scentless and the lather is pretty fierce (blame it on the sodium lauroyl sarcosinate). I almost felt like it was enough lather for a shave. But it didn't leave my face completely dry afterward, a nice touch, which I believe is primarily the works of the Buchu Extract. An interesting ingredient, the buchu Extract is found in Cape Town, South Africa and hasn't really been exported. It's been one of the top treatments for skin disease due to its antibacterial and antibiotic characteristics and helps moisturize.
I'm not sure why fragrance is one of the ingredients as there is none and it only adds to the hazard level (moderate ones include the SLS and cocamidopropyl betaine, which are some of the most prominent ingredients here). They could have easily added some essential oils to give a pleasurable scent. A lot of the other ingredients are quite drying but the minerals and the buchu are the saving grace.
Water, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, cocamidopropyl betaine, xanthan gum, fragrance (parfum), barosma betulina leaf extract, maltodextrin, calcium pantothenate, glycerin, urea, magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, potassium lactate, magnesium lactate, sodium citrate, glucose, ethylhexylglycerin, limonene, phenoxytheanol, caprylyl glycol, sorbic acid, citric acid.