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I use a variety of different hand wash products in my home, with one bottle being used in the kitchen and another being used in the bathroom. I therefore go through quite a lot of different hand wash products and it is something that is a regular addition to my grocery shopping.
It was whilst I was recently shopping in a local branch of "Savers" the discounted drugstore that I picked out some bottles of assorted hand wash products to try out. One of the products was from the well-known "Dove" brand of skin care products, namely the "Luscious Velvet Beauty Cream Wash."
I paid only £1 for the bottle of Dove hand wash, which is a fairly average 250ml in size. I thought that this price offered reasonable value for money, particularly as I consider Dove to be quite a well-known and trusted brand.
The packaging is fairly uninspiring, I have to admit. I believe that the product's image has underwent a bit of a transformation, and the packaging does tend to differ depending what website I am looking at, but in the case of my own plastic bottle, this is a sort of off-white colour, with a red-coloured plastic pump dispenser at the top. There is a square-shaped red image in the centre of the bottle, with some of the font and product details appearing in bold red print. I am unsure if my bottle is the slightly outdated version or is the 're-branded' equivalent, but either way the product is the same.
The packaging is fairly basic looking to my mind, although this is not something that would necessarily deter me from buying a product. What I DID like about the packaging is the fact that the pump dispenser is made of an extremely robust plastic, which has withstood plenty of use and the occasional incident of dropping. I have found that some cheaply-branded hand wash products can be packaged in extremely flimsy bottles which don't seem to withstand much in the way of wear and tear... an annoying fault.
The liquid hand wash is quite thick in its consistency, and it resembles a white-coloured cream, looking similar to a basic moisturiser product or perhaps a body lotion. This was a pleasant change from the gel-like hand wash products that are more regularly present in my household, and I wondered - and hoped - if the Dove product would feel more luxurious, thanks to its creamy consistency.
The smell of the product is evident when the hand wash is first dispensed onto my hands. As I allow the creamy liquid to achieve its gentle lather, the smell develops slightly and I find the fragrant lather reminds me of body cream or a bar of soap. There is certainly nothing 'different' to be found in the product's fragrance and I was rather disappointed at how generic it felt when I was using it. It struck me as being quite a feminine fragrance too, so perhaps not as versatile as other hand wash products that I would normally buy. I didn't think that the product's fragrance lasted particularly long on my hands after I had finished using it, but this wasn't a massive let down for me as the fragrance had felt so 'average' and so it wasn't a great loss to find it was extremely understated on my skin after use.
As for feeling like a luxury product, well, it didn't. I was extremely surprised to note that the cream-like consistency of the Dove hand wash felt so 'flat' and quite boring whilst it was being used, particularly as the claim on the back of the bottle reads "A luscious blend of rich cream and luxurious fragrance." There was no rich, luxurious lather to speak of, nor was there anything that really stood out as this being a luxury product or even anything different from the 'norm'. I have actually been more impressed with some of the more 'budget' hand wash products that I have used before, and I couldn't help but feel disappointed as a result.
The claim on the reverse of the packaging that states "Just Like Velvet" may well be referring to the moisturising qualities of the product, although I wouldn't necessarily agree whole-heartedly with that either. It is true to say that my hands didn't feel overly 'dry' after I had used the product, nor was the unpleasant 'tightness' evident that can occur with some budget products such as washing up liquid and bars of soap. It is also true to say however, that my hands didn't feel completely moisturised after I had washed them with the Dove Cream Wash, and I still had to undertake my nightly ritual of applying an intensive hand cream, regardless of what hand wash products had been used by me during the day.
On the plus side, the Dove Luscious Velvet Cream Wash contains a very mild formula, so it has caused nothing in the way of irritation or aggravation to my sensitive skin. Indeed it is the case that the product is "So mild you can even use it on your face" although this claim has not been put to the test by yours truly as I much prefer to use a cleansing 'gel' like product on my face.
Overall, I felt disappointed by the Dove Cream Wash and it is not a product that I would buy again. If somebody had blindfolded me and asked me to try and identify the product I would have sworn it was a supermarket-own branded product, costing about 60 pence for a large bottle! The claims on the packaging that promised a luxurious, luscious "velvet-like" product are exaggerated in my opinion, and I actually found the product was very basic...... TOO basic, given said claims.
There is a whole range of Dove hand wash products, and you can purchase these in larger branches of Tesco, as well as some drugstores. As @ May 2012, the price for the Dove Luscious Velvet Cream Wash in Tesco is £1.47, although this is a recent discount, with the usual price being £2.20, which is overly-expensive in my opinion.
Dove falls under the company Unilever. The Dove brand is famous for producing various body washes, shampoos, handwashes and handcreams to name a few.
The product I will be reviewing is the Dove Luscious Velvet Beauty Cream Wash. Don't be fooled into believing this a body wash, it isn't..it is a hand wash for your kitchen or bathroom. I have previously reviewed the Supreme Silk variation. Dove say that the hand wash is "a luscious blend of rich cream and luxurious fragrance. The feeling of luxury for your hands, everytime you wash. It's so mild you can even use it on your face. Supreme, just like velvet*
This wash comes in a pinky/red plastic bottle with a pump dispenser. The bottle is curved and larger at the top before swooping in at the bottom. The writing is neatly placed. The front has the Dove logo, the name of the hand wash and a little droplet image. The back has the blurb from Dove, the ingredients and contact details. It is specified that this bottle contains 250ml of hand wash and must be used within 12months.
Once you have pumped the product onto your hand, you reveal a medium consistency and classy creamy white cream. The smell is fresh and clean though very luxurious and I would say an equal combination of sweet and fruity scents which compliment each other nicely. The cream moisturises into your hands well and once washed and dried, leaves a prominent but not overpowering sweet aroma on your hands. I have not used this on my face so cannot comment. I personally stick to what I know with my face as I have dry and sensitive skin.
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*Availability and Price*
Available in supermarkets, chemist and stores such as Wilko. Look out for special offers. I bought mine in Wilkos
Wilko rrp £1.88 current price 97p
Tesco current price £1.84
Boots current price £1.99
I am certain I spotted these on buy one get one free in Superdrug during this week at £1.99 each and you can mix and match.
I like to try different hand washes for my kitchen and bathroom but always seem to come back to Dove. Why I hear you ask? It simple..the packaging is attractive and in my eyes quite sexy so jumps off the Wilko shelves at me..the hand washes always smell so darn delicious and leave a nice scent on my hands. The last one I bought was Supreme Silk but I seen this one and was immediately drawn to it. I brought it home and proudly placed it on my bathroom sink ready to be used. It looks so fancy and pretty!
The scent is quite fruity yet sweet which appeals to me as I like fragranced items like this. I was able to moisturise my hands well and after washing they felt very clean and luxurious. One thing that did dissappoint me is that my hands felt rather sticky even after rinsing them well and drying properly.
I have been using this hand wash regularly for about 2weeks and it has lasted well. You do need a little drop as any more, you will be rubbing and rinsing for ages as this is a good and right consistency. My hands have been left fairly soft but not as soft as the silk one. I must say that in normal fabric terms, I do prefer silk to velvet so maybe this has something to do with it!
Ok so this may not be the cheapest option for a hand cream but it is well worth looking out for special offers and saving a bit. I do have slightly cheaper handwashes for general kitchen use though I do like to treat my mitts to something classy and a bit more upmarket and Dove ticks all the boxes!
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I'm not that picky with handwash in general. My only stipulation is that it is in liquid form as I don't think bar soaps are all that neat to use and have a habit of falling out of my hands and then they get all dry and cracked. Normally I have Carex or my favourite, a Radox honey and cream one, so when I found this one in the bathroom I thought sure why not. I didn't buy this myself but think they are roughly £2 a bottle.
This is a deep pink or perhaps red bottle with a push pump at the top. Very feminine if an unusual colour for the bathroom. There is the Dove lettering in navy blue and a gold dove on the front. The product is named Luscious Velvet Beauty Cream Wash so a bit confusing as it conjurs up images of a body wash as it doesn't mention hands at all.
The product comes out a very pale pink and is quite slow to pump out and very little leaves the bottle. It lathers quite well though not as well as some I use which can be annoying as you have to get more. It does feel as if it contains quite a bit of moisturiser which is nice. The smell is interesting, smells quite creamy but with a hint of rose, it's okay but not something I really liked.
I think I should like this more than I do. Not quite sure why but this just doesn't feel aimed at my hands and I hope to have something different next time.
Having always been a huge fan of dove products and have frequently purchased some of the dove handwashes when on offer in the supermarket, I was pleased to find a few weeks ago that Tesco were offering a buy one get one free offer on Dove handwashes, including some new ranges that I hadn't been available in my local store before including this Dove supreme Luscoius Velvet Beauty Cream wash. It usually retails in Tesco for £1.84 for a 250ml bottle, which I think is rather expensive, however, I usually stock up when the supermarkets do frequent offers.
This particular dove handwash or beauty cream wash as it is referred to on the front, comes in a rather noticeable colour - a pinky reddy colour from top to bottom. On the front it states that this product contains 'lush softening moisturiser'.
On the reverse of the product, it states that this is a 'luscious blend of rich cream and luxurious fragrance. The feeling of luxury for your hands, everytime you wash. It's so mild you can even use it on your face. Supreme. Just like velvet'.
At this time of the year, like a lot of people, I do get dry patches on my skin, even though I tend to have very oily skin. Having a hand wash with a rich mosituriser is always going to be a great attraction for me.
Like some of the other dove hand washes, when the liquid soap comes out, it does resemble a white cream. However, without needing very much, it is easy to create a good lather.
After use, my hands feel soft, the dry patches seem moisturised and my hands feel very clean. What I like most however, is the lingering smell. It is not that there is a particularly strong fragrance off the product, but there is a lovely clean soapy smell, reminding me of just coming out of a soapy bath.
I like all dove products, and of all the handwashes that I have used, I would probably have to say that the dove range is my favourite, mainly because it leaves a lovely lingering clean fragrance on your hands, but also it moisturises your skin as well, which is winter time is a great bonus.
All in all, although I won't be purchasing this whilst at full price, I will continue to purchase it when offers are on, and stock up on it, as I think it is a great handwash.
As a young woman, you'd think I'd be obsessive about looking after myself and preventing the tell tale signs of age, but truth is I'm rather lazy. I hardly ever moisturise... I am a complete beauty sinner! So as a result my skin is rather dry and dull and lacking the glow of youth that a 20 year old should have.
However, I am rather obsessed with hygiene. I scrub my hands numerous times throughout the day: after every toilet visit, in the shower, after washing up or any other household chore and before eating. Subsequently, I am often running low on my trusty handwash.
Due to my hygiene obsession, I'm not very fond of bars of soap and prefer everything bottled and of the liquid variety (which isn't brilliant for the environment I know but I do recycle!). I find bars of soap tend to attract dirt and dust and leave grubby marks behind on my lovely shiny white bathroom suite... So bottled handwash is the perfect solution.
Whilst shopping recently for my replacement handwash, I was attracted to the gorgeous pearlescent bottle of Dove Cream Wash. On closer inspection and after reading the bottle I found myself wanting more and more to add it to my shopping basket... so that's what I did.
The choice of product name was very attractive and the words 'Luscious Velvet' had connotations of sophistication and luxury, which is what every woman (and possibly man) wants.
After taking it home and trying it out I entered work the following day and was very pleased to find that we had the same bottle in our toilet, "I liked the colour of the bottle" said my colleague. Well done Dove, you've very cleverly chosen a colour almost irresistable to women!
The bottle itself is in my opinion cleverly designed and oozes luxury due to it's expensive looks. It also helps that Dove is a brand we all know and can trust so makes people even more likely to try it out.
The product claims to not only clean your hands but to moisturise them too... and even claims to be gentle enough to be used as a facial cleanser. Brilliant, 3-in-1!
Testing it out: The first thing I noticed after pumping a penny sized blob of the hand wash into my palm was how little you actually needed. I'd clearly used more than enough. I've found that it only takes a tiny amount with a drop of water and it will lather up beautifully.
After rubbing my hands together and scrubbing away I noticed how silky this wash was, it certainly was luxurious! The cream had lathered up a treat.
Another thing I noticed was the gorgeous smell, it took me a while to work it out but I think it reminds me of the red Starburst (or Opal Fruits as the mature generations may remember it!). After washing, my hands smelled delicious and the smell is actually quite enduring.
So the results? My hands definately feel clean after use, in fact almost too clean, for a while after a wash my hands feel almost rubbery, it's certainly an odd feeling. But then again, they also feel moisturised and soft.
I'll definately keep using this product, it adds a touch of luxury to the hygienic necessities of your day. I think it's great value for money, as you need only apply a tiny amount the bottle will go a long way. We've had one in our office toilet for about 3 weeks now and there's still some left, and that's with 5 females in and out using it all day every day.
It's also multi functional, I've resisted the urge of trying it on my face, although it claims to be gentle it has quite a perfumed smell and as I suffer with sensitive skin prone to spots and blackheads I thought I'd better not risk it and just stick to the good old neutrogena instead.
However, I would recommend that others give it a go, if it can make your hands that soft, it probably will do your face some good too.
Perhaps I'll try it eventually...when I overcome my fears, haha.
So what do you get for your money?
I'd definately recommend it, at the moment it's on offer at just £1 for 250ml but usually retails at around £1.84 which is quite reasonable considering it's multiple uses.