Friday, April 2, 2010
What it is: Dove‘s Men+Care Body and Face Wash in Deep Clean.
Some ramblings: I was kinda hoping for a cute, kitchy name. Well, less on the cute and more on the sleezy, but something kitchy all the same. (Let’s be honest. What’s a guy going to pick up: “Snowflake Scrubber,” or “Suds with Sally”?) But I suppose that’s not really… Dove. They’re too pro-ethics, respect-yourself and all ;) I’m just teasing — today was boring, so I’m mercilessly mocking inanimate objects for fun!
(That said, I’m really hoping Dove never decides to go the kitchy-route. It’s nice to have a reliable non-sleazy drugstore brand! Axe, I may be lookin’ at you. And glaring.)
(Okay, I take that back, too. I hate your marketing, but your new Dark Temptation deo has one of my friends smelling fab, so I forgive you.)
Back on topic: Deep Clean has little spherical scrubby bits, which definitely get my thumbs-up of approval. I even took a photo of them for you! As you all must know by now, I basically have a vendetta against sharp scrubby bits (think ground-up nuts,) as they can quite easily scratch up or bruise your epidermis. If you’re going to exfoliate, go with chemicals (like AHAs and BHAs) or spheres!
The moisture factor and scent: If I had to choose between this gel and the Men+Care bar, I’d go with the bar. This seems more stripping (especially on the face, ouch!) and doesn’t smell quite as great... on its own. Here’s where it gets really cool, though: I mixed this with a vanilla-scented bodywash, in a 3:1 men-to-vanilla portion or so, and it basically blew my mind. It smelled amazing! It was like Shower Scent Heaven.
The verdict? Unless you or your beau happen to be really into shower gels, I’d go with Dove’s bars instead. The only worry I had was that the bar wouldn’t lather as well with the cool new loofah (which I will be reviewing, hold your horses!) but that’s not the case at all — the bar actually lathered really well with the loofah. What’s nice about a gel rather than a bar is that it doesn’t get soggy, and I can go all alchemist on it to make the perfect masculine-but-vanillic scented bodywash.