Product Type: Dove Bath & Shower
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Dove Beauty Cream Bar
Member Name: cmh4135
Dove Beauty Cream Bar
Advantages: Non-drying, moisturising soap
Disadvantages: Clinical smell
Dove, as a beauty brand, has become synonymous with promoting ďrealĒ beauty. Their advertising campaigns have moved away from using commercial models with perfect skins (well, at least perfect skins after the computer has airbrushed them) and flowing locks to ads which use the woman in the street, lumps, bumps and all. So, with this different approach to beauty are the products any different?
I first tried Doveís beauty cream bar at my mumís. Not known for her adventurous taste I was intrigued when I visited and found a white bar of soap in place of the usual Imperial Leather bars that have been used for years. A sniff of the bar told me that it hadnít been picked for its scent and, if Iím honest, I thought it smelt cheap. There must be more to it.
So, I asked my mum why sheíd changed, expecting her to say something along the lines of ďI found this soap in Poundland and thought Iíd give it a try.Ē In fact, her answer was quite different. It transpired that sheíd been moaning to a friend about having very dry skin on her hands and said friend had suggested that she try Dove soap. Going one step further this friend had actually given mum a bar to try, hence the new white soap in the bathroom. Mum couldnít stop raving about how much less drying this soap was on her ageing skin and then proceeded to get me to feel the skin on her hands (in a way only a mother could do!). True enough, her hands did look and feel a lot less dry. But, a soap is just a soap and I thought little more of it.
Since stopping work and being at home full-time Iíve found that Iíve been washing my hands a lot more frequently. As a result my skin has also become quite dry. Then, on a trip out to the supermarket I noticed the Dove bars on special offer and my conversation at mumís was called back into my mind. It was worth a try and Iíve been quite surprised.
The soap produces a rich lather with minimal water and the lather feels very creamy on your skin. It rinses away fairly easily and, instead of leaving your skin with that squeaky clean feeling that regular soap can produce, your skin does actually feel softer. It doesnít do away with the need for moisturiser but I have noticed that the backs of my hands in particular are looking a lot less dry and flakey.
The soap is pure white, the only concession to design being that it is a rather ergonomic oval shape thatís slightly domed. An embossed dove logo appears on both sides. The shape of the soap is relevant, however, as I have found that if I do not place the bar on the soap dish dome-side up it does have a tendency to go more soggy than a regular bar of soap more quickly. As the bar gets smaller it seems to be less of an issue.
The scent of the soap is really not going to sell it to you unless you like a clean, almost clinical smell. There is no discernable perfume but the soap still smells. It reminds me of cheap soap of the type you might find in a travel lodge or cheap hotel. Something about it makes me think of school bathrooms too. It is quite a strong smell which is evident from the moment you open the box. The smell lingers on your hands after washing although itís diluted enough that you just think itís a clean smell. If you like perfumed products then this is not for you.
As the product is not heavily scented and is not drying on the skin I also use this on my baby son. He loves the fact that we can produce a lot of bubbles and I like the fact that the product seems a lot less harsh than many soaps on the market. Of course, it should be used infrequently on young skins as you would with any soap product.
I have found that this soap does offer something different to the majority of soaps on the market and Iím converted!
Summary: Non-drying, moisturising soap