Men+Care Sensitive Fresh Awake Body and Face Wash

by Dove  MEN+CARE
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$6.49 - 18 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Face/Body Cleansers
Last Updated:
5/20/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This body wash is similar to others from Dove's Men+Care line. As such, the same review applies: Many guys will consider this product convenient because it claims to be both a face and body wash, but we don't recommend using it on your face due to the amount of petrolatum and film-forming agent, both of which can leave a residue on skin.

It's an OK body wash for dry skin, but for whatever reason, Dove just didn't get the rinse factor right. For example, Olay's body washes also contain a high amount of petrolatum, but they rinse easily from skin without a perceptible "film-y" feel. Not so with this Dove product, which leaves skin feeling more like you washed with a bar of soap. No, this isn't a soap, but the residue it leaves behind isn't pleasant or the healthiest thing for your skin.

Pros:

  • Cleanses without leaving skin tight or dry.
  • Inexpensive.

Cons:

  • Amount of petrolatum and film-forming agent can leave a residue.
  • Doesn't rinse as well as many other body washes.

Dove® Men+Care® Fresh Awake Body and Face Wash was developed to address the specific needs of men's skin. Its energizing scent provides a jolt of freshness to jumpstart the day, while patented MICROMOISTURE activates on skin to fight skin dryness better than any regular men's body wash. Rinses clean. Dermatologist recommended. 

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Petrolatum, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamide MEA, Fragrance, PPG-9, Microcrystalline Wax, Ammonium Chloride, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylisothiazolinone, BHT, Red 30 Lake, Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake

From its beginnings in the 1940s with its still-available original Beauty Bar, Dove has expanded and the curiously curtailed its selection of skin-care products to the point where their facial care offerings are back to nothing more than bar cleansers.

Although their Beauty Bars have their share of problems (such as containing drying ingredients and not rinsing well), they're better than traditional bar soap. However, if you can get past your propensity for bar cleansers, neighboring lines at the drugstore offer better, gentler, water soluble cleansers (the kind Dove has offered in the past).

Where Dove holds sway at the drugstore is with its vast selection of body washes. Although the formulas often differ only by fragrance, for the most part they are excellent, affordable options, especially for normal to dry skin. The body washes in their men's line aren't quite as elegant as those in the main line, and guys should know their skin will do just fine with Dove's regular body washes.

Note: All Dove products contain fragrance unless otherwise noted.

For more information about Dove, call (800) 761-3683 or visit www.dove.com.

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