Dove for Dudes: As a long time reviewer of beauty products, I’ll let you in on a secret: men really DO covet beauty products, they just don’t really want to use YOURS. It’s not just the fruity, floral or girly scents that turn them off, or the sensation of some of the formulas ladies love, but feel alien to men, it’s the fact that a man’s skin is thicker than a woman’s and the guys have additional skincare issues to deal with (e.g. ingrown hairs, skin irritation from shaving, etc). When it comes to bath and body products, guys want something simple, a no-brainer beauty bonus that gets them in and out of the bathroom without having to think too much about it. It isnt’ that men are stupid (although some women may think girls are smarter), but guys don’t hav3e that much patience for “beautifying.”
DOVE has developed some products that deliver what guys want (not what “the Waitresses” sang about in their 1980’s hit). Men want that too, but they also want great skincare! Dove Men+Care Products give guys easy to use, easy to understand, manly smelling products, in formulas that feel fresh and clean, delivered in attractive, grey, ergonomically designed plastic bottles, The line includes Dove Men+Body and Face Washes and Dove Men+Care Aqua Impact Deodorant and Antiperspirant, plus a cleansing bar with 1/4 cleansing cream.
With that introduction, for all the men who read this column (and I know you’re reading, so thank you for being loyal fans), and for the women who are wondering what they can do to get their guy interested in keeping their skin looking and feeling great, I’m excited to introduce what I call: “Dove, for Dudes. ”
When it comes to products for men, I like to enlist the help of men. As a woman, I can smell a product, tell you what’s in it, and why I think a man might like it, but only a guy can tell me if he “gets it.” DOVE sent a few pieces of this line, and the male testers liked all of the scents, and all of the products, but one stood out: Dove Men+Care® Fresh Awake Body and Face Wash, The fresh scent is invigorating, without being too intense. The product has “micromoisture” technology that is activated on the skin as guy lathers it on, to fight skin dryness. Dove is famous for hydrating cleansers, so it makes sense that men will want that benefit, too. This ultra-light formula rinses off easily and its energizing scent provides a jolt of freshness to jumpstart your day. You can get it in two generously sized bottles: 13.5 oz. and 18 oz. Advice Sisters reviewers liked all the body washes with classic scents (citrus-y or herbal) and the fact that the body washes didn’t stick around like “slime” on their skin. Some guys complained that they didn’t know how to use a body wash (really?!) But Dove understands — they even offer a unique, scrubbie tool to make sure guys get the product where it needs to be.
Body & Face Washes — Clean Comfort, Clean Defense, Deep Clean, Fresh Awake, Extra Fresh Sensitive
There is also a man’s “scrubbie” — a clean dual sided shower tool
Body & Face Bars: Deep Clean and Extra Fresh
Antiperspirants : Aqua Impact, Clean Comfort , Extra Fresh, Clinical Protection
Deodorants: Aqua Impact, Clean Comfort, Extra Fresh.
All of these products are affordably prices less than the cost of a beer (or two) his favorite watering hole, and they are easily accessible at drug stores and mass market retailers, everywhere. You can also visit http://www.dovemencare.com/Products/ for more information including ingredients and you can get some coupons at: http://www.dovemencare.com/offers-promos/
Dove, for Everyone: While I’m on my Dove review, there’s also a new, premium line of body washes for women (but guys can use them too) called: Dove VisibleCare Creme Body Washes (srp. $8.29 18 fl. oz.). These products are not just cleansers, they are supposed to give women visibly more beautiful skin (and help promote skin’s elasticity) in just one week (with continued use, even better in 3 weeks). I don’t know if my skin was really more beautiful, but it definitelywas softer and felt less dry and itchy! You can get Dove VisibleCare Creme Body Washes in two types: Renewing, and Softening . Both are extremely hydratin. When you dry off after bathing, you really can feel the difference, thanks to the fact that these are NutriumMoisture-infused crèmes. Just FYI: Nutrium itself is an oil derived from soy beans, and some think it could replace traditional vegetable oil as a healthier alternative (to eat), but as of now it’s not in anything you’d want to eat, just in DOVE products. The lightly scented, pearly liquid lathers nicely and rinses clean.
I tried the “Toning” body wash, with a slightly fruity floral scent. I liked the gracefully tapered plastic bottle in light green, with a big flip top that lets you stand this bottle up firmly on a bathub or sink. You get a lot of product for your money, and you’ll feel like using every last drop! Get yours at your favorite food, drug or mass market retailer, or visit www.dove.us
You might also want to check out DOVE “Show Us Your Skin” on Facebook. Each person who uploads a photo will appear in both online ads as well as a billboard in Times Square, New York. You have until August to upload a photo “showing off your beautiful skin” via the Dove website or its Facebook page. Dove will send you a snapshot of your “moment of fame” on the Times Square billboard to share with family and friends.
This is the photo I took during the Dove Show Us Your Skin kickoff event!