Don’t get Fresh with me, Diane Lai | Fresh body wash review

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I’m going to start this review with a fact: I hate writing negative reviews.

Even more than that, though, I hate writing negative reviews for companies that I like. It feels a bit like I’m stabbing a friend with a dull, rusty knife in the back, and I alway feel guilty afterwards. At the end of the day, though, that doesn’t matter, so: don’t say I never did anything for you :P

(Is it just me, or is this week like, negative review week at theNotice? This one, plus the Lancome one from yesterday, and the Benefit one from Monday, and I think I’m doing a semi-negative L’Occitane one on Friday. Gah! Sorry for such a Debbie Downer week.)

The product: Diane Lai Fresh Daily Body Wash

Okay, well, let’s start off with the things that I like about Diane Lai, shall we?

I like the simplicity of the line (just three products so far), I like that they’re all free of parabens, phthalates, and silicones, I like that they’re made in Canada. I like that they’re marketed as being family-friendly, and that they use only BPA-free plastics, and that the products all target dry skin. I quite like the lightweight, lasting hydration of Rejuvenate, and I like that none of the products contain artificial colorants or fragrances.

But when it comes to Fresh, I really, really, really do not like the scent. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that I hate it. It clings to my skin after I come out of the shower, hangs around my bathroom for the entire day, and just generally gets on my nerves. It’s very grassroots-herbal, which is very much not my cup of tea.

While Soothe and Rejuvenate both feature a light, lavender fragrance, Fresh changes things up by bringing additional extracts into the mix: pine, ginseng, and coneflower (echinacea), to name a few. And, well, it just isn’t doing it for me!

The verdict?

With my weird fragrance ticks, Fresh gets a huge “never again!” in my books. But – well, I almost want to say that my review shouldn’t disuade you from giving the product a try (that is, if you can smell it in-store before buying), even though it’s thoroughly negative.

The reason why is simple: my weird fragrance ticks are just that, mine. Lisamarie (Beauty Crazed) said in her review that “the best part [about Fresh] is the smell,” describing it as that of “an expensive spa,” and Gaby (Gaby’s Beauty Blog) thought that Fresh would be great for sensitive skin because she “didn’t really notice a scent.”

So, basically – I didn’t like Fresh. I really, really didn’t. But… you just might ;)

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15 Responses to “Don’t get Fresh with me, Diane Lai | Fresh body wash review”

  1. yeah, scents are so objective; unless it's extremely offensive, you really can't tell whether or not someone will like it…

    and i don't think you're being a debbie downer at all! =)
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  2. I honestly appreciate negative reviews more than positive ones. The latter makes me spend money, but the former helps me save it.
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  3. Kate & Zena, on July 20th, 2011 at 10:59 pm said:

    While I was reading you describing the fragrance, I could physically feel my face screwing up into that, "ew" face and then I said in my best toddler voice, "Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww." That just sounds so icky. I mean, super, nauseating icky. The Lancome thing didn't sound so bad (I slap lip gloss over everything, so some grittiness, not so bad. There is nothing I don't slap lip gloss over. I am THE lip gloss fiend.), but that just sounded beyond the realm of icky grossness. It makes me shudder.

    Icky, icky, icky!!!! Gaaaaaaaaaaaaah, ewwwwwwww! I am going to think about this all night!

    Why do you do this to me, Rae???

  4. Pine and ginseng sure sounds like a strange mix! I dislike it when shower products don't smell nice and sadly, those are the scents that linger too! >.< That said, I'm presently using a fun one that smells of chinese herbs. Its seriously strange and yes the scent lingers. I don't think you'd like that either ;)
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  5. The problem is that you don't hang around enough expensive spas to appreciate the smell! ;-)

    Best, Lisamarie
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  6. Well, you know, as someone who has weird smell preferences as well, it's nice to know that not everyone loves this one. Never apologize for negative interviews! (Current annoyance: those damned chubby lip pencils – Tarte's, Clinique's…I never really noticed it before, but now that I've taken mine out again to try again, I realized that they. smell. awful. Like mint crayons! What the heck?)
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  7. Whoa, hold up! Clinique's chubby sticks are scent free – Tarte's smell like icky mint crayons, for sure, but Clinique's don't! *orders you back for a re-sniff*

    They do smell a little waxy in the tube (though that goes away quickly), but I'm pretty sure there isn't even anything in them that should make them smell… minty?

  8. Ha! Clearly, I should be spending more time with the awesome, amazing, incredible Lisamarie in high-end spas :P

  9. Haha, chinese herbs? Well, if you're enjoying that one, then perhaps you're the sort to enjoy this one, too :P

  10. Haha, I'm sorry!! *sheepish grin* If it helps any, I'm the only person I know of so far that thinks this is completely horrendous! :P

  11. Lol, good point! I always appreciate a negative review, too – but that doesn't mean I enjoy writing them >.<

  12. True, true! And sometimes, even then… :/

  13. OKay, Clinique's just smell like crayons. Like the kind you had as a kid. I know they're sposed to be scent-free, but they still smell way waxier than regular lipstick. Do not like!
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  14. Okay, so I have a VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION for you. Which is to say: did you have scented crayons as a kid? Because we did and I ALWAYS wanted to eat those things.

    :D

  15. Kate & Zena, on July 21st, 2011 at 3:40 pm said:

    Well, I'd probably find it icky too; then again, I'm even more scent-sensitive than you. I have such a sensitive nose. It's quite depressing at times.

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