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Oh Dear Dove, What Have You Done?
Dove Fresh Touch Cream Bar
Member Name: Nar2
Dove Fresh Touch Cream Bar
Date: 23/09/07, updated on 23/09/07 (1035 review reads)
Advantages: Great fresh scent of cucumber
Disadvantages: Doesn't fulfil its promise
Cucumber; itís supposed to be good for your skin. Used by many holistic therapy massage parlours, it appears to be one of the better vegetables when sliced, appeals to the eyes and general facial products which use cucumber as their ingredients tend to give blemish free, soft skin. Thereís definitely something in cucumber which is great for skin.
This is why I was initially attracted to Doveís Fresh Touch soap. I couldnít help but notice that some other shopper before me had ripped open a four pack cellophane wrapped box to see what it smelt like on the shelf, and at £2-99 for a pack of four 100g soap bars in a pack, I was stuck for buying either my favourite original blend or this latest in Doveís newer range of Dove Soaps with a twist. At a pound more for the original blend, I decided to go for this fruity soap instead believing that it would carry the same result as the original version.
The advertising however would have you believe that Doveís Fresh Touch is a cream bar which hydrates skin. Now rather unlike some other reviewers, I wonít touch the misinformed Wikipedia for finding out what hydrating for skin actually means. Instead Iíve asked a friend, a dermatologist who knows a thing about products which hydrate skin. Supposedly products which are designed to hydrate just replenish skin with normal fluid lost, but it doesnít help anyone with very dry skin in the hope that it will cure conditions which relieve the pain of dry skin, but rather it just replaces fluid in the skin. So if it has the same amount of moisturising milk like the original version, then that means double action softness...or does it?
** Design & Scent **
The design of the soap bar follows on with other Dove soaps in the same way that it is oval shaped, slightly raised like a concave from both sides and in the middle has the familiar emblem of a Dove. It is also coloured in pastel green as opposed to original white and if you find a single box you donít even need to open it up to smell the soap as the box reeks of cucumber!
Upon opening the box which opens up the way like a mini box of chocolates, Dove have wasted no money in heavily advertising the inside of the box with different languages to indicate what this version of Dove is.
Outwardly the package states that it is a beauty cream bar, but the scent however is extremely fresh, full of cucumber tones and to some extent fresh Strawberries or Melon which are also great scents. It also carries Tea Tree oil but there is no woodiness to the scent here. Evidently whilst cucumber seems to be added to this product, it does appear that Dove may well be listening to its consumers if looking for a different scented product which may carry the same promise of extra moisture after showering or bathing. Or does it?
** Performance **
So of course I was excited about this product because Iíve been using Doveís original soap for years, infact when it first came out in its blue and white packaging I was first to try it. Iíve also tried their exfoliating soap but found it to be disappointing. Here however it does appear that Fresh Touch may well suffer from the same effect that the exfoliating bar suffers from; it doesnít leave skin smooth and soft like the original blend.
As per usual I lathered up the soap and found upon keeping the soap in my hands that it does lather up extremely well, and into a whitish light pastel green coloured cream which feels smooth and soft to put onto skin. Washing it off however reveals that heavenly scent but it left my skin feeling rough and similar to any other soap on the market which doesnít have ďone quarter of moisturising milk added.Ē I stepped out of the shower and grabbed my normal Dove soap bar to see the difference and by god I could feel it the moment I soaped it all over me and washed off. Frankly Fresh Touch seems to only go by its scent and nowt else. Oh dear Dove what have you done?!!
Since this is a beauty bar, it could then be argued ďoh well Nar isnít using it right, since it appears to be a Beauty soap.Ē So how does it fair on me mug?
Well, according to the packaging Doveís Fresh Touch also includes Tea Tree oil. Iíve used Tea Tree oil in the past and find it great generally for spots. As a facial soap I found it made no difference to spots on my skin whatsoever and whatever Tea Tree oil content it has, itís very small to detect. Usually Tea Tree oil attacks spotson contact... Whilst the soap feels wonderfully smooth on my skin when applying, washing off on the face reveals little dryness compared to the shower and bathing experience. So perhaps it does work after all!
After towelling down my face doesnít feel overly smooth Ė certainly not as smooth as it does normally when washed with Dove original soap Ė whilst my moustache line and cheeks feel dryer later on which is a shocker for a soap which is supposed to leave skin smooth.
So, Round Two it doesn't leave my face smooth after towelling down then, or leaving my skin to dry to room temperature either - yep I tried that too!
** Price & Range **
As previously mentioned, I paid £2-99 (from Co Op) for a 4x100g pack of Dove Fresh Touch. Prices for this four pack seem to be the same everywhere I have visited from Superdrug to Boots. There is also a lengthy range of Dove products now, which have extended their hand wash to shower wash creams, shower gels and oodles of new soaps which I have a funny feeling have either been renamed or touched up in their packaging to appear as new. One single box may cost 85p which I happened to come across in Sainsburyís supermarket.
Worst of all, there is nothing on the package to suggest whether the soap is hypoallergenic or not although there is a lengthy list of ingredients bigger than most shampoo products Iíve used. For a product which according to Unilever is supposed to be full of natural agents and Ph neutral, thatís one hell of a long list to get through on the back of the box and includes the usual from Glycerine right through to Citric Acid. How can acid be ph neutral?
** Conclusion **
So why does Fresh Touch exist? Well I think it largely exists purely because of its ďFresh TakeĒ on a new fruity scent with some added softness from Doveís original formula. But of course I know why Ė and perhaps you know why Ė Dove havenít messed about with their original formula; if they made it as good as the original formula consumers would end up buying Fresh Touch against the original version. Sadly for Dove, their test on me hasnít convinced me and for them itís a firm reply of staying with the original formula. Two stars for a Beauty soap which is now firmly relegated to the kitchen and bathroom sink. Thanks Dove and thank you for reading. ©Nar2 2007.
Summary: Stick to the original formula and then douse yourself in Boots cucumber body lotion.