Back in August my boyfriend and I went on a city trip to Antwerp. We were sleeping in a hotel where every soap you could find was by dove. Including the shower gel they provided. After using that for three days straight I was so impressed by the scent of it, but especially by how it made my skin feel, that when I came home I immediately went to the drugstore and bought myself a bottle of it. There was a buy one get one half priced deal going on, so I actually ended up buying two scents. Initially I wasn’t going to review them since shower gels aren’t all that interesting, but because I was so impressed by them I did wanted to review them anyway. So, in today’s review I’m going to let you guys know why these Dove shower gels are so amazing and what it does for my skin. If you’re interested in finding out, make sure you continue reading!
The Dove showergels always come in these typical packagings. They are slightly rounded at the bottom and because smaller towards the top. They are, more often than not, white and have some kind of pretty design on the front. Especially when you’re buying a scent from a specific collection, the design can be pretty interesting. The Nourishing Secrets one is an example of that. Compared to the Deeply Nourishing Showergel, which is pretty much the most basic scent from their entire range, the Nourishing Secrets bottle looks so much more pretty. I love the pink and the floral design!
Most of the showergels from Dove’s range come in two sizes, 250 ml and 500 ml. I personally went for the smaller version because bottles like this always last me forever. I do think that it’s a decent size. However, if you have an entire family to wash, it’s nice that they have the bigger size because I do think that pricewise it’s a bit more affordable to buy that one.
Overall I really like the way these shower gels are packaging. I think the design is nice and clean and I like the design on the Nourishing Secrets version. The only downside to the packaging, in my opinion, is the lid. Somehow I always struggle to open it. But that might, or probably is, just me.
Having discussed the packaging, let’s go into more detail. Starting with the most exciting one of the two, the Dove Nourishing Secrets Glowing Ritual Body Wash. This really caught my attention when I was searching for these shower gels. I love the scent of flowers so I thought this would be up my alley. And I have to say it is. It’s a very nice and feminine scent. It’s a floral scent, but it’s also quite a soft and calming scent. I do think that it’s a great product to use when you’re someone who takes their showers at night, because of this calming hint in the scent.
The scent of this body wash is pretty strong, but it’s not strong in a way it will linger for three days. You can definitely smell it once you’re washing your body with it and it will fill the bathroom with a nice scent. But it isn’t going to linger all day long. Especially if you use a body lotion in a different scent, you won’t smell it after a while. For me that’s good, because obviously I like to smell good, but I don’t want it to be too extreme or too intense you know. And this showergel, or body wash, really understands that idea.
Dove Nourishing Secrets Glowing Ritual Body Wash 250 ml – €3,79
According to Dove their Glowing Ritual Body Wash will give you a healthy glow. The formula is inspired by nature, enriched with ingredients that restore and intensely nourish the hair and skin. It will restore you skins’ natural healthy glow.
Even though it might all seem a little vague, I do think that, for the most part, these claims are true. Obviously they describe it in a very dramatic way. But this body wash does really have a very nourishing feel and I actually feel like it makes my skin look better. It’s a little different in terms of texture than the showergel I’m going to discuss in a second. Instead of being and looking very creamy, this does have more of a gel-like formula, but it still is really soft and creamy. It’s very mild to the skin and somehow that works really well for me.
After taking a shower -and using this body wash- my skin feels and looks really good. My skin hasn’t felt dry ever since I started using this showergel and to me that’s very unique. Normally my showergels are slightly drying or at least not as nourishing as this one. So that does make this product really stand out to me. I think it’s especially great during the colder months of the year when you really need all the hydration you can get. It’s also great during the summertime, but in terms of hydration it’s especially great for winter!
Moving on to the other showergel I bought. This is the Dove Deeply Nourishing Showergel, which is the regular Dove showergel I believe. It’s like the most basic product and scent in their collection, but that doesn’t make this a boring product at all. It’s a very creamy and soft scent. It’s hard to describe what it really is like, but it’s just your typical Dove scent. It smells pretty luxurious and cozy. It really is one of my favourite scents when it comes to my showergels. It might be basic, but in this case basic is a really good thing.
Because this product has been around for forever, the claims regarding this product are a bit more elaborate compared to the claims they made about the Glowing Ritual Body Wash. According to Dove their Deeply Nourishing Showergel cleanses and nourishes the skin intensively. It’s supposed to have a delicious, fresh scent that smells surprisingly luxurious. The unique ingredient NutriumMoisture helps to build up and keep more beautiful, smooth and soft skin. The consistency is creamy and in combination with the nourishing benefits, this is supposedly going to be your favourite shower cream. They say that you can already feel a difference after using it once!
Dove Deeply Nourishing Showergel 250 ml – €3,59
Even though these claims might seem extremely outrageous, I do think that they are true. In fact, I did really notice a difference after taking one shower using it. The first time I used it in the hotel was after I went swimming for 4 hours. There was a lot of chlorine on my body, making me feel very dry. After taking a shower this dry feeling was completely gone. This showergel made me feel extremely soft and nourished and ready for another day of swimming. It also left behind a really nice scent that wasn’t too strong, but did make me feel very clean and fresh. I really like that about it.
Aside from the short-term effects, I also think that on the long term this showergel is amazing. If you use this product regularly, say everyday, your skin will never feel dry anymore. It really leaves you feeling nourished everyday. And that’s a great feeling. And the best thing of all is that if you ever feel like using a different product for a day, it’s no problem. The nourished feeling won’t go away after not using it for a day. That does take a little longer. How amazing is that?
Overall I think it’s more than clear that I’m head over heels with these two showergels. It might almost start to sound a bit unrealistic how amazing I think these two products are. However, they really changed the game for me. They are so soft to the touch, they feel so nice on my skin and they actually really make my skin feel soft. On the short term but also in the long run, it keeps me feeling nice and nourished. So if you’re looking for a great showergel and you are feeling a little dry, you should absolutely check these out!
That’s it for today’s post. I hope you enjoyed reading this review and be sure to let me know if you’ve ever tried the showergels by Dove, and if so, let me know how you like them!