On a recent morning, I washed my hands with Malin + Goetz Rum Hand Wash just before leaving the house for work. During my commute I caught myself thinking, “Something or someone smells good,” before realizing that I was breathing in the lingering scent of my own hand wash.
The fragrance of Rum Hand Wash is a match to Malin + Goetz’s popular Rum Tonic Eau de Toilette and delightfully potent Dark Rum Candle: it combines top notes of bergamot and plum, middle notes of rum and leather, and a base of amber, patchouli, and milk. The resulting scent is fruity, but not orange-juicy, and sweet, but not cupcake-y. The amber and patchouli are subtle, yet they anchor the scent in “shared” gender territory and they keep it closer to the skin. It’s a pleasingly unclassifiable fragrance, and it feels bright and soothing at the same time.
Rum Hand Wash’s formula boasts “amino acid hydration,” and although I’m not sure exactly how that works, I can feel that something is working. This wash is a gel, rather than a liquid, and its blend of glycerin, fruit extracts and gentle, synthetic detergents (all listed directly on the bottle, in Malin + Goetz’s signature type) transforms into an amazingly soft lather. Although I normally apply lotion after washing my hands, I don’t notice any tight dryness if I skip that step after using Rum Hand Wash.
My bottle of Rum Hand Wash has found a useful place next to the kitchen sink, but I’ve also tried this product as a body wash, as suggested by the finer print on the bottle. One pump is more than enough for the hands, and two or three pumps produce enough foam for the whole body. Maybe someday Malin + Goetz will produce a matching hand cream or body lotion; its lightly citrusy Vitamin B5 Body Moisturizer would pair well with the Rum scent, but a companion product would be even better.
Malin + Goetz Rum Hand Wash sells for $20 for 8.5 oz. For buying information, see the listing for Malin + Goetz under Perfume Houses.