Thursday, February 4, 2010
What it is: Dove’s Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar… is it just me, or does it feel like I haven’t done a review in ages? *sigh*
The basics: The SS BB (oh yah, acronym me, babyyy) is large, white, and heavy — yes; you read that right! A BB is 120g, but for whatever reason, it feels more dense/heavy than the Pears I grew up with (which is actually 5g heavier per bar.) I’m guessing this is because of the curved shape, which has two other positive effects: it looks pretty, for starters, and it keeps the soap from getting too soggy on the bottom! The SS BB has a light “soapy” scent, which I’ve been informed is from the maltol, an ingredient that is added in very small amounts to conceal the smells of the cleansing agents.
The important stuff: I know that if I was reading this, I’d only be asking one question: does it live up to that “no soap scum;1/4 moisturisers” PR? The answer is… I honestly don’t know. How the heck am I supposed to see soap scum?! I KNOW I ACT LIKE A GOD, BUT I’M NOT.
(Oh goodness. I’m sorry — I just can’t seem to stay focused today. This review is 98% hysteria!)
Anyhow. The BB does feel very moisturising when I use it; it doesn’t give the same stripped-clean feeling that other bar soaps tend to leave behind. (This bugs my sister to no end, though! She just loves that squeaky-clean feeling, no matter how many times I tell her it’s actually bad for your skin.) I’ve used it on my face, hands, and body, and have had no problems with it! The only thing I ask is that a little more lather would be nice – I know, I know, later doesn’t produce cleanliness. But it’s fun!
The verdict? I’m not going to rave or (excuse my French) shit rainbows about this, because really? It’s a bar of soap, not a gingerbread crêpe. But, for a bar of soap, it’s a good choice for those with sensitive skin. I didn’t experience any irritation or stripping, and it both cleans well and feels lovely. At just under $3 for two bars, I’d definitely pick these up in the grocery store before reaching for something like Ivory! (I personally have never liked Ivory, aside from the fact that it floats. Which is kinda fun.)
But there’s no way you’d be able to convince someone like my sister, in love with the squeaky-clean feeling, to leave her Pears for a BB!