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Just before Christmas when shopping at my local Morrisons I couldn't believe the amount of bargains on display in terms of household cleaning chemicals, body accessories and hand wash products. Amongst the supermarket B-O-G-O-F/"Buy-One-Get-One-Free," products, I spied Dove products on a nearby shelf going for the same offer - for £3 I could buy three "large 250ml" different product hand washes under the Dove brand and following my mum's love for the original body wash, decided on two of the white originals and one of the "Dove Supreme Fine Silk White Orchid Beauty Cream Wash." Normally however one bottle of this product is priced around £2 singularly and upwards (Superdrug sell it for £2.03).
Oh how easy it is to forget a certain sub-brand name. The last time I purchased Dove Fine Silk was when I tried the body wash and it was absolutely horrific in terms of scent. Has Dove changed?
For a company like Unilever to change the ways of soap washing forever, when Dove first appeared in the UK, it must have heralded a new change to those who wanted a cream bar that have a similar effect to a hand cream moisturiser. Many moons later the market now has so many different hand lotions and hand washes, buyers can tap into so many different brands, it's a wonder Dove haven't brought out a sub-brand following the success of their hand soaps and washes. "Dove Supreme Fine Silk White Orchid Beauty Cream Wash." is very similar to the body wash and by name alone, challenges you to think about quality premium hand creams against basic names that only usually make up three to create a sentence matched by back to basics bottle. Yes you can imagine the fun I'd have proposing this to Dooyoo! Here, you get loads of sub-sentences in different colours and borders whilst the bottle is covered in a creamy beige and gold glossy tactile coating similar to those kinds of powdered milk bottles you can buy and Dove have wasted no money on the colour contrasts with contrasting browns here and there, a picture of what is supposed to be brown silk wriggling in the wind and by the end of it all, a look that wouldn't look out of place in a gold and beige luxury bathroom suite! There's even a frosted beige dispersal push tap at the top which looks well made (smacks of design robbed from Radox though) and logically defying thanks to its flatter top where you'd naturally put your hand to push the cream out.
When it is used, Dove's "Supreme Fine Silk," as I will now refer to, comes out of the tap, smooth and slowly dispersing in a white and thick tactile consistency that looks very much like condensed milk when it drips out of a tin. To the eye then, it certainly looks luxurious and there's even a certain glossy shine that comes off the cream too. To my nose however, the promise of an "elegant fragrance," doesn't entice me much to use the cream over a longer period and certainly not for anything else. Sadly for Dove, "Supreme Fine Silk" still smells like a bit of Blossom flowers mixed in with tone-downed human vomit. Dove claims "White Orchid Fragrance," which is written in small white lettering at the bottom of the bottle at the front and the top scent is that of flowers but the bottom scent doesn't smell like a flower to me! Dove haven't bothered changing the scent here in more than a year when I bought the similar body wash, although the vomit smell isn't as apparent as the body wash.
The biggest disappointment for this hand wash cream isn't just a fragrance that reminds me of human waste. The biggest shock is that the bottle claims to be mild enough to be used as a facial wash as well as a hand wash and then you find that the product warns you not to use it near your eyes. Kind of difficult to do when it claims the product can be used as a facial wash. Still, I don't want the smell of vomit lingering around my neck and cheeks, even if the scent dies off early!
The second disappointment and biggest shock is that in use, and under the soft waters from Scotland (maybe it changes in hard water areas - but I doubt it) my hands lather up into a luxuriously creamy feeling and the fingers slide about so easily into the webs of my other hand and whilst the dirt of the day comes off, my skin feels really rough and dry afterwards. Moisturised? Soft like silk? More like sandpaper! There is no softness after this cream is rinsed off and when it makes a claim that it can be used as a facial wash, I begin to wonder who this product was created for... an elephant perhaps?
All in all "Supreme Fine Silk" has turned out to be ever-so disappointing and not luxurious for all that the cream looks enticing to use. The bottle is about the best thing going for it and for the very reason of leaving skin rough; it means a return to the original formula and hand soap. Dove can do better than this than glorifying a product with one of the longest product titles I've ever seen! Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2011