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The Product Worth Stealing From a Birchbox Man: Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper Wash

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We all suspect (or are certain) that our guy friends, little brothers, and significant others dip into our anti-aging creams and use every opportunity to test out our luxe shampoos. But we rarely take beauty cues or products from the boys—with a few key exceptions, namely Molton Brown’s Re-charge Black Pepper Bodywash.

Originally designed for men, this shower essential quickly gained a cult following among savvy ladies thanks to its energizing blend of spices and unique formula. Our very own Mollie Chen swears by the Black Pepper Bodywash—it’s been her favorite for years.

Clearly I had to try this wonder for myself. Being a sensible (and extremely stingy) beauty lover, I immediately appreciated that it only takes a nickel-sized amount of cleanser to achieve a rich lather. And unlike other shower gels, it gives you a soft, clean feeling without any excess film—or that too-tight effect.

But the ingredient that turned me into a true Re-charge believer is the Madagascan black pepper oil. This exotic addition causes an immediate pick-me-up—the shower equivalent of a whiff of black coffee—and is loaded with antioxidants to boost circulation and rid the skin of toxins.

The shower gel’s addictive aroma comes courtesy of vetiver, basil, bergamot, galbanum, amber, and vanilla natural oils. The blend is perfectly spicy, without being overly masculine—and if you’re a single note fragrance lover the mix pairs particularly well with minimalistic floral notes.

Suffice to say, I’m a convert. And I’m not sharing.

—Ally

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