Product Type: The Body Shop body care
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E-xceptional - BAR none!
The Body Shop Vitamin E Facial Cleansing Bar.
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
The Body Shop Vitamin E Facial Cleansing Bar.
Date: 28/03/13, updated on 28/03/13 (81 review reads)
Advantages: Works exceptionally well - Fantastic value - Easy to use - Nourishing to dry skin..
Disadvantages: None whatsoever..
These issues led me to seek out some alternative products to cleanse, tone and moisturise my face, to use on alternate days to my other range of facial skincare products, all of which contain Tea Tree Oil. I felt my skin was extremely dry and in desperate need of some nourishment and care to help restore some of its natural moisture, that felt somewhat 'stripped' away by some of the other, slightly harsher, products I had been using to cleanse my face and treat those irksome spots and blemishes.
I investigated the "Vitamin E" range within The Body Shop, and ended up making a number of purchases from the range, with this review outlining my experiences of using the "Vitamin E Facial Cleansing Bar."
The 100g bar currently costs £3, and you can purchase both in-store, or online at The Body Shop's website @ www.thebodyshop.co.uk, although postage costs will usually apply here.
The packaging for the product is fairly simplistic, with the bar being enclosed in a sort of shrink-wrap covering, that requires the use of scissors to open. There is a label on the wrapping that goes around the bar, and this is presented in the familiar pale pink colours that are used elsewhere in The Body Shop's Vitamin E range overall.
The bar itself is also coloured in a pale pink shade, and it resembles an 'everyday' bar of soap, although its size and shape is slightly neater, I think, with the bar measuring approx 3 inches in length. The familiar Body Shop circular emblem is imprinted on one side of the bar, with the words "Vitamin E" appearing in capital letters on the reverse.
Even as the bar is removed from its package, I am able to detect the faint aroma contained within, which is very familiar to me as I have used a whole variety of the bar's 'sister' products, from elsewhere in the Vitamin E range lately. Even if I hadn't become acquainted with the scent, however, I still think it would feel familiar somehow, as its gentle, 'powder-like' aroma easily reminds me of a gentle 'soap-like' scent, with a delicate trace of baby talc or baby lotion contained deep within its core. The overall scent is very subtle, allowing it to feel delicate and somewhat natural as the product is used.
To use, I simply need to wet the bar under a running tap, and I find that 'coating' the bar in warm water will allow its soapy 'body' to come to life very quickly. I tend to 'rotate' the bar in my hands slightly, for perhaps three or so 'turns' to gently agitate its soapy surface. Doing so will allow the warm water to work with the soap and produce the most gentle of creamy lathers. This lather is what you use to cleanse your face. I have experimented slightly with the Cleansing Bar, and find that this method is what works best for me, but of course you may find a different 'technique' suits you better.
Once the bar has produced a small 'handful' of creamy lather, I put the bar to one side. This is surprisingly easy to do, as The Body Shop has helpfully 'shaped' the bar at each end, giving it a flat surface that is not usually present with most 'general' bars of soap. This shaped 'end' allows the bar to sit upright whilst I cleanse my face, without the bar slipping and sliding all over the wet sink.
(As a side note, I did wonder how to store my bar, as the packaging is not re-sealable in any way. I came across a plastic 'travel' soap dish in a local discounted drugstore for around 50 pence, and this has proven to be the perfect receptacle for housing my Cleansing Bar between uses, keeping it free from dust or grime and offering a hygienic storage solution.)
Washing my face with the soap's lather feels just wonderful. My tired skin feels gently refreshed by the bar's delicate suds, although it is fair to say there is no real 'revitalising' quality evident from this particular product. Instead, the deliciously-creamy 'foam' glides quietly and easily over my skin, feeling wonderfully soft and extremely delicate. I tend to spend a moment or two really 'working' the creamy lather over my face as not only do I want to achieve maximum cleanliness on my skin, but also because I find the lather feels so soft, with a noticeable 'nourishing' feeling evident as it works into my skin.
This is very welcome, particularly as my face has been so dry lately, with many spot-fighting products taking something crucial from my skin's moisture... A very difficult problem to correct.
Rinsing the bar's lather from my face takes a mere moment, and fresh water splashed onto the face will remove most traces quickly, with only one or two traces lingering at more 'concealed' areas around my jaw line requiring a further rinse. As with all cleanser products, you should avoid the delicate eye area when using the Vitamin E Bar, as the product will irritate and sting the eyes if it comes into contact with them.
After cleansing, I always splash cold water on my face to help close my pores. I then always PAT my face dry with a fluffy towel or flannel, taking care not to be overly harsh or 'rub' my delicate skin.
The end result is extremely impressive, I must admit. With skin being left spotlessly, - actually 'squeaky' - clean, all traces of grime or residue have been completely removed. I find the Cleansing Bar will even remove make-up traces effectively, although I do my best to avoid leaving make-up 'sitting' on my skin after being worn. I find that there is nothing 'heavy' lurking around on my skin after cleansing with the bar; there is no residue or 'tackiness' to be found. The bar's delicate aroma is noticeable during and after use, but I find this fades quite quickly, leaving only a light trace of it's 'powder-like' scent behind in an unobtrusive way.
In addition to skin being thoroughly cleansed, it feels delicate and softened, even though no moisturiser product has been applied at this stage. With unsightly patches of dryness being completely smoothened and nourished, they are no longer evident, with only one notoriously stubborn patch of dryness remaining. Even this, however, has received some much-needed moisture, or so it would seem, as the patch has shrunk in size, with its horribly 'flaky' appearance seeming calmer and less dry than it previously did. With continued use of the Cleansing Bar too, I find that this troublesome patch of dryness is rapidly becoming less of a problem, as it seems to be shrinking further, with its flaky appearance appearing more subdued and calmer than it previously did.
Overall, the appearance and feel of my face seems to be calmer, less dry and more healthy-looking. There is no familiar 'tightness' present on my skin, which is something I find is often present after cleansing. In actual fact, I could probably omit the use of my facial moisturiser, at least every once in a while, if I chose to do so. This result will probably vary from consumer to consumer, but considering how terribly dry and sensitive my skin is, I can't quite believe the improvement in both the texture and appearance of my face. This result was evident very early on too, after only a couple of uses of the Bar.
This result has impressed me so much that I have raved about the Vitamin E Cleansing Bar to just about anybody who will listen to me. I have already purchased one for my sister and my mum, as they suffer with dry skin in the same way that I do. It is a product that I will most definitely repurchase for myself in the future too, with it being quite some time since I have obtained such impressive results from a simple Cleansing Bar.
For the reasons outlined in this review, I really recommend The Body Shop's Vitamin E Facial Cleansing Bar, finding it an easy and convenient facial cleansing product that works exceptionally well at cleansing my skin, whilst exercising a more gentle, subtle approach that my dry skin seems rather grateful for! At only £3, I feel this product is something of a bargain too, and it comes with my full recommendation, together with top marks in the Dooyoo product rating score.
Summary: A wonderful Body Shop cleansing product that is perfect for dry skin..