Product Type: Dove Bath / Shower
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Dove Fresh Touch Cream Bar
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Dove Fresh Touch Cream Bar
Date: 25/09/08, updated on 06/10/08 (266 review reads)
Advantages: Nice smell, cheap price, does hydrate the skin some
Disadvantages: Smell doesn't last above an hour and skin isn't all that hydrated after using it
I'm not huge soap fan. We've come a long way in shower gels and bath gels over the years and long gone are the days of skin drying out after using lack lustre soaps. I remember having a huge white bar in the bathroom that seemed to sit there for months on end when I was younger and I may have been clean when I had my wash but skin was dried out to the bone!
However when I have a bath I do like a nice soap and it usually comes in the form of something Lush bound and I like their shower gels etc for of course the shower! The other soap I absolutely love is Dove. The one in the dark blue and white box which I deem to the the original is actually my all time winner in the battle of the soaps. I love it from the smell to the way it leaves my skin after using it. It's consistently excellent and I use it on special occasions! If I'm going on a big night out, out comes a new bar. Small price, big results and it never lets me down where as a bar of something Lush you haven't tried can cost 6 times more and be rather displeasing!
So being a fan of the original bar it was a tough choice whether to dare to try 'Fresh Touch'. Sure I wanted to but so happy I am with my usual purchase that it was a struggle to try something different. What pushed me into this purchase however is this soap was in a pack of four priced in Sainsbury's at 85p (yes four bars!) so I knew I was getting a bargain and there was only one pack left as it was, of course it was a special offer.
If you buy a multi-pack which is two or four they come individually boxed and are covered by a white, plastic wrapper which of course tells you that the products are Dove, Fresh Touch, Cream Bars and has a small silver Dove on the front. It's distinctive packaging. Each soap then comes as I said in it's own box which is a square shape and is pale green and white and in navy blue large writing on the front and the back you get told it's Dove, the little silver Dove is again on there and then you are told it's Fresh Touch, Cream Bar again and some stuff in foreign languages (I don't understand) and then there is a little silver spot on the there that has 1/4 written on it which I assume is referring to the fact that this has 1/4 moisturising cream within it. The box of course has four sides to it. On one side I'm told 'Refreshment that cares for your skin. It combines refreshing cucumber extract, calming green tea and 1/4 fresh hydrating cream and then again, I'm told alot of stuff in foreign languages. On the other sides of box I'm then told the ingredients, contact details for Unilever (the manufacturer of all Dove products), size of the soap (100g), that the box is recyclable, lots more stuff in foreign languages and a bar-code. Nice enough packaging and informative enough, it is.
Before you get the soap out of the box the smell hits your nostrils. Although very strong it somehow remains delicate and not in your face knock out smelly! It smells as described... fresh! When you read all about it on the box it of course contains a cucumber fragrance and you imagine that smell but it isn't that. It doesn't even smell of what you think green tea would smell like either! It's sort of smells of that and smells blended well with a sweetness to it and saying that still remains in my view suitable for men, women or children. It's an unusual smell which isn't like an old fashioned soap smell in any way shape or form and has a creamy tone to it that is really pleasant and and not one bit cheap smelling. This is all written by me with the soap sat in front of me unopened! Taking the soap out of the box and having a sniff of course it's much stronger than that but still nice. The only difference really being that it is alot sweeter. The cucumber smell appears to sort of run under the soap and the sweetness of the green tea becomes more apparent. It's nice and as I said fresh.
Using the soap couldn't be easier really. It's an oval shape, thick and light green in colour (with the word Dove inscribed on both sides of it) and it isn't shiny as it's made of a cream. It isn't like a brick and hard though and although solid feels slightly dense. The shape is great because to smooth over the body you don't have to grip the soap for dear life. It rests in the hand because of it's slight curved shape.
Every time you use this soap it's like the last time you used it so if like me you don't want to use it everyday that's fine and you can store it where you like. It doesn't dry out or crack over time and I've sometimes had a bar last me 6 weeks because of me only using it occasionally and it's been absolutely fine and kept the smell and everything. I like to keep a bar in my bathroom even if it's in the box just for it's air freshening abilities which are fabulous!
Washing with it is great. From 'First Touch' with moist skin it gets to work gently melting it's green oils on the skin cleansing and moisturising you as go and no scrubbing is required. Not loads of the green soap comes off but as I said it does it in soft way and you don't get loads of bubbles (just a few) and bits of the soap doesn't cling to your body. It's great for shaving with, it softens the skin as it goes and feels hydrating. This one is great as a hand soap as well and it lasts ages and doesn't melt down a plug whole within three uses!
It washes off the skin really easily leaving no residue, no harsh drying out or tightening of the skin, no oily or soapy feeling at all and skin feels comfortable.
Well as I touched on there this is a great hand-wash soap and I'd like to firstly explain why. It's better at that for me! It leaves hands soft, clean and fragrant and keeps a bathroom smelling nice to. It eradicates food smells well and I love it for washing my hands with when I've been cooking with smelly foods!
On the body it's slightly disappointing though. I do say slightly. If you haven't had the pleasure of using Dove Original soap then I'm sure you' be delighted with this soap but me, I prefer the other soap for sure. This one doesn't lather up so much on my skin and I like a lather to see where I've cleaned. The smell is an acquired taste and when purchasing it and I liked it and the price of course swung it for me but the smell once on the skin doesn't hang around for above about an hour. My skin doesn't feel as moisturised with this at all though I'm not saying it doesn't at all just as not as with my original soap.
So in conclusion my original soap leaves me smelling nicer than this and makes my skin feel softer and more hydrated and all round I prefer it on every level
This soap leaves me not smelling as nice and I don't feel so smooth and soft and the softness I achieve after using this doesn't last half as long as with my original soap choice. With my original soap I feel hydrated and comfortable all day long and with this I forget I've used it!
If my original Dove soap wasn't available to buy, yes I would buy this. It doesn't for some reason over excite me and I'm not overly keen but it if I'd never tried the Original Dove then I'm sure I'd be more than pleased with this.
For me where my Original Dove remains a luxury item for me for some reason, this one isn't. It's an ok every day sort of soap but it lacks something special and doesn't quite hit the standard I require so I can't over enthuse about it.
It is a nice enough soap however and fulfills it's promises!
Expect to pay around 60p per bar in all good supermarkets.
Summary: I'll be sticking with my Dove Original lol