Reviewed: Molton Brown Re-charge Black Pepper Bodyscrub Bar

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Molton Brown Re-charge Black Pepper Bodyscrub Bar

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Molton Brown / Design by Cristina Cianci

What We Like
  • Luxurious feel

  • Leaves skin feeling smoother and looking more radiant

  • Unique, alluring scent

What We Don't Like
  • Its grains make it easy to overexfoliate

  • Scent doesn't linger on skin for long

Molton Brown Recharge Black Pepper Bodyscrub Bar is a journey of the senses, leaving you with renewed and smooth skin.


Molton Brown Re-charge Black Pepper Bodyscrub Bar

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Molton Brown / Design by Cristina Cianci

Believe it or not, the skin on our bodies has different needs than our faces, and oftentimes, we can forget to nourish and care for both. “While each person's skin is different, the average person should exfoliate their body about three times per week," says Kevin S. Berman, MD, PhD, and Partner with the Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Diseases, P.C. “Exfoliating is healthy for the skin as it removes dead skin cells, unclogs pores, and removes unwanted debris, leaving the skin softer. It can also stimulate collagen synthesis—rejuvenating the skin and giving the skin a more youthful appearance—and allow other skin care products penetrate more deeply into skin, allowing them to have greater effect.”

Molton Brown Re-charge Black Pepper Bodyscrub Bar

Best for: Recommended for all skin types.

Uses: This bar of soap was formulated to exfoliate dead skin and leave it moisturized

Star Rating: 4

Potential allergens: Fragrance

Active ingredients: Madagascan black-pepper oil and cracked black peppercorn 

Byrdie Clean?: Yes

Price: $22

About the brand: Award winning British brand Molton Brown creates luxury products for the body as well as iconic fragrances. Founded in London in 1971, Molton Brown is known for sourcing high quality ingredients imported from around the world, Recognized for the quality of their formulations, the brand has received a royal warrant from the queen.

There are many ways to effectively exfoliate your skin from cotton body scrubbers to homemade coffee scrubs. For a more luxurious experience, enter: Molton Brown Black Pepper Bodyscrub, which carries the brand’s signature black pepper scent.

About My Skin: Unpredictable with keratosis pilaris

As my skin acclimates to the new season, the opportunity to review Molton Brown Black Pepper Bodyscrub couldn’t have come at a better time. My skin is as unpredictable as NYC weather with the addition of keratosis pilaris—a skin condition I’ve been dealing with my whole life. With that said, depending on what my skin care needs are, I try to exfoliate once a week in the winter and two to three times a week in the Summer months. My favorite exfoliators come in different forms like bars of soap or liquids housed in bottles.

The Feel: Luxurious and exfoliating

The bar felt hefty in my hands and glided smoothly against my skin in a pleasing way. As the bar began to wear down from the warm water and contact with my skin—revealing the grains embedded within it—I felt the exfoliating power of the seeds at work. When I stepped out of the shower, I noticed that there was no residue left behind on my freshly scrubbed skin and that my body lotion quickly absorbed into my skin—leaving my skin feeling nourished. I always do this, as Dr. Berman advises. "Applying a good moisturizer to re-establish the skin barrier is essential," he says. "A moisturizer containing ceramides is a good option,” he says.

The Results: Soft and moisturized skin

The product does exactly what the brand claims it does: It removes dead to reveal a more radiant complexion. My skin felt smooth to the touch and moisturized. In addition, the signature black pepper scent is intoxicating and added a feeling of luxury to the experience. As much as I enjoy the smell of the body scrub, the scent didn't last on my body. Still, I like the product, as I can layer my personal fragrances without any distraction from another scent.

The Value: Worth the investment

Molton Brown’s Recharge Black Pepper Bodyscrub Bar is effective in its core mission to exfoliate and moisturize the skin and comes in a pleasing form, with luxury packaging and a killer scent. If you are looking to elevate your in shower or bath skincare experience, this product is a worthy investment.

Similar Products: You have options

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap: I’ve used this product for many years and at times been on some sort of waitlist before its restocked. It has the same grit effect as the Molton Brown Recharge Black Pepper Bodyscrub. Its main exfoliating ingredient is bran and oatmeal as opposed to peppercorn. And for a $15 price point why not indulge in both, or alternate?

C & The Moon Malibu Made Body Scrub: If you want something with more grit, I recommend using C & The Moon, which leaves skin glowing. Also, its natural oils which leave skin feeling super moisturized.

MALIN+GOETZ Peppermint Body Scrub: It comes in a tube which makes it ideal if you’re traveling or constrained with time and want to get a quick body exfoliation. This gentle scrub has bamboo, ground pumice, and is infused with peppermint to awaken the body even after you step out of the shower. 

The Final Verdict

Considering that this is not a product that you will be using everyday, it's definitely worth the investment. Depending on how frequently you decide to use it, it could potentially last a few months.


  • Product Name Re-charge Black Pepper Bodyscrub Bar
  • Product Brand Molton Brown
  • Price $22.00

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