Do you ever have something happen that gives you flashbacks to a little piece of what made you who you are? Not bad things, just silly stuff like why you may refuse to eat a particular food or use a particular product.That happened to me recently when Dove representatives contacted me asking if I would be interested in trying their products. You see, back when I was in college, my doctor commented during a routine visit something to the effect of “Your skin is abnormally dry.” Duh, doc. I live in Iowa… and it’s winter. Dry skin is a given. Skin that is not dry is a rarity. But he said that skin shouldn’t be so dry that it is constantly cracked and bleeding – which mine was. Fine, doc. What do you recommend? He said I should switch to a mild soap like Ivory. I don’t recall what I was using, but it obviously wasn’t good for my skin. So I took his recommendation and bought Ivory. I used it exclusively, even when I moved out of the frigid skin-cracking weather of Iowa.
Years later, my mom visited her dermatologist and was told that goat’s milk soap is one of the least harmful soaps to use. After deciding she liked it, she purchased some from a local vendor and shipped it to me in California. Moms know best, so I tested it out. My sensitive skin didn’t react to it and it became my new favorite soap. Each year for Christmas, my birthday or just when I would return to Iowa fro California, she would restock my supply.
I’ll admit that I’m totally a cheapskate. But even claims by Dove and other companies to take “The 7-Day Challenge” (or other similar satisfaction guaranteed or your money back promotions) didn’t sway me. I was sticking to the “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” mantra. When I would receive free sample bars of quality products, I would proudly put them in the guest bathroom for visitors to use. I’ve religiously used the goat’s milk soap all these years.
So when the Dove representative contacted me a few months ago, I wasn’t eager to respond. I was busy and pretty sure I wasn’t going to try their stuff out anyhow. Here’s the video they sent me to encourage me to try it out:
When I had some time (like a few weeks after they first contacted me), I reluctantly agreed. Making sure to be completely up front about my pre-existing opinions, I explained “I’ll be honest, it’s been years since I even tried the Dove beauty bar. Since I have sensitive skin, it’s one of those things that I just didn’t talk myself into. But I would be more than happy to give it a shot (or one of the body washes) but wouldn’t want to provide a review of it until I had used it for at least a few weeks. That way I would be confident with whether my skin would react to it.“So I sucked it up and tried it. The worst that was going to happen is that my skin would become dry and I would use one of the new lotions I’m testing out (Skin MD and Vaseline Clinical Strength) and I would go back to using my goat’s milk soap.
It only took a few days of trying it to realize that my skin didn’t hate it. I was amazed to find that I actually really like the Dove beauty bar. It’s smooth and silky and washes off nicely. My skin felt moisturized and wasn’t itchy at all. Sorry if I sound like a commercial but it’s true. They also shipped me a few other products to try out, including the Go Fresh Beauty Body Wash, the Go Fresh Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner – all part of the Go Fresh Cool Moisture Cucumber and Green Tea Scent collection. Since they have complete confidence in their product, they sent me several products – despite my warnings.
Here’s what I tested and what I thought about it all –
Dove Beauty Bar – Like I already said, it’s nice. Silky and lathers well. I wanted to get an unmuddled opinion of it so I haven’t been using my anti-aging daily facial moisturizer lately. Didn’t matter because my skin felt plenty moisturized without feeling greasy.
Dove Go Fresh Beauty Body Wash – It’s the bar in a bottle. Except it was the cucumber and green tea scent so it smelled different. Worked great though and didn’t leave me itchy.
Dove Go Fresh Shampoo and Conditioner – Both these products worked for me. I’ve used shampoos and conditioners in the past that have left my hair feeling like straw. So bad that I would prefer to not wash my hair for a week than use them. But that wasn’t the case with the Dove shampoo and conditioner. I was pleased with their effectiveness without leaving my hair feeling all dried out.
Dove Go Fresh Body Mist Energizing Grapefruit and Lemongrass scent – I stopped wearing perfume when I became a mom. I didn’t like the idea of their little noses being overcome by fragrance when I was breastfeeding or even just holding them so close. The body mist was light and didn’t seem overwhelming. Even Miss M loved it and asked a few times if she could put it on. It doesn’t seem like a perfume so I told her okay and I don’t even feel guilty about it.
Dove Daily Moisture Therapy Replenishing Mist (Leave-in conditioner) – I’ve always had issues with flyaway hair. But I dread hairspray unless it’s some very important event (read: wedding) that I don’t want my hair getting messed up for. Since college, I’ve used various brands of leave-in conditioner but have found that manufacturers often discontinue them. Am I the only person using them? I’m constantly on the lookout for leave-in conditioners and didn’t even realize that Dove had such a product. It was a sweet surprise to find out they do! While the Dove leave-in conditioner was actually a mist, as opposed to a cream (which I prefer), it was still a very effective product. During our Christmas trip to the beach, I was able to spritz my hair with it, fluff it a bit to revitalize it then head out again. It didn’t leave my hair looking wet like the cream does but gave it new life without having to wash it again. I can see it being a great product for mid-day retouches in the winter or added control in the summer humidity. My only complaint with the leave-in conditioner is the shape of the bottle. It needs to be a little more ergonomic for small hands.
Finally, Dove Clinical Protection Deodorant – Whether it’s my age, my weight, my goofy thyroid or just my gym routine, I feel the need to use clinical strength deodorants. Once again, this was a Dove product that I didn’t know existed (I was using a competitor’s clinical strength deodorant). It’s one of those products that you apply the night before and it works the next day… that’s great since I go to the gym first thing in the morning and need all the protection I can get. The first morning that I used it happened to coincide with a ridiculously hard workout in my cardio class. I swear I was dripping sweat from every part of my body… except my armpits. It was the oddest feeling but it made me realize that if this product could handle this grueling workout, it could breeze through everyday life just fine.
Overall, I’ve been pleased with all the products that I tried and plan to check out what other Dove products might fit into my new Dove-ized life. If you want to try out some Dove products, be sure to check to see what coupons and samples they may have on their site. Better yet, I’m giving you the chance to win some great Dove products!
One Dove Beauty Package (4 White Beauty Bars and a white bathrobe monogrammed with the Dove logo)
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