Since Dove Men + Care first stepped on the scene with products specifically targeted for guys who like to take care of themselves, I was impressed. As someone who is always on the hunt for the right or “perfect” products, Dove Men+Care represents some of the best stuff that you can get at a reasonable price. But, with more and more specialty brands hitting drugstore shelves, does Dove Men+Care still stack up?
Recently I’ve had the opportunity to try out some new Dove Men+ Care products for both shaving and hair care. Read on for my thoughts below:
Fortifying Styling Paste: In the past I’ve had mixed results with styling pastes or paste-like pomades, so I wasn’t quite sure what to make of this option from Dove. Unfortunately, it turned out to not be a favorite of mine and for reasons that are hard to explain. Mainly, when I used this product it felt like it never absorbed or settled into my hair leaving my mane feeling coated and sort of waxy. For me, it left my hair more untouchable than I would like, even though I’m not a fan of folks touching the fro, but that’s besides the point. Unfortunately there’s just something about the formulation that didn’t work for me, no matter how hard I tried. Damp hair, wet hair, dry hair….I was always got that same coated feeling. My distaste for it might be related to the second ingredient being petrolatum (mineral oil, paraffin etc.), which I find is a less than ideal ingredient for hair care.
*New Deep Clean Face Scrub: Alternatively, I actually ended up liking the new Deep Clean Face Scrub! It’s pretty similar to the shave cream (see below) in that it’s texture has a smooth and luxurious feeling which makes it a great option for people looking for high-quality face and skin products but can’t afford, or aren’t willing to pay, heftier price tags. This is definitely something I would buy out of my own pocket and use on a day-to-day basis. It also has a very nice masculine refreshing scent that makes washing my mug pretty pleasant overall. And with my sensitive skin, I experienced no negative reactions or redness which was definitely a plus for me.
Fortifying Styling Gel: Unfortunately, much like the styling paste, the styling gel didn’t fare too well with me either. While it works fine as a styling aide, I only wish that it boasted more botanical or natural ingredients made to make the hair healthier, as opposed focusing on “the look” that you can achieve while using.
*New Hydrate Shave Cream: To be honest, it typically takes a lot for me to think that a shaving product stands out for two reasons… 1) there are so many good options out there to choose but they tend to be expensive or 2) they’re inexpensive products yet so readily available. I think that Dove Men+Care’s New Hydrate Shave Cream represents the best of both worlds: being inexpensive and accessible while also being of great quality. This makes for a great value and I’m a bit of money hoarder, which I’m sure some of you could identify with. The formulation is smooth and creamy which reminded me of top dollar specialty shave creams that I’ve used in the past. Yet, the product is also inexpensive enough to justify making it a regular buy as opposed to a special occasion one like those higher priced brands. All in all, it’s definitely a great product!
Overall, I think Dove Men+Care is making some good strides in offering men affordable grooming options. Maybe this a generalization for my overall reviews (I’ll let you decide) but I think that I have much higher, potentially unrealistic, standards for hair care products. Maybe that’s why Dove Men+Care has yet to impress me on this end. Nonetheless, the shave and face products are, in my humble opinion, good buys that present great performance at a good value. Happy grooming gents!
Disclosure: Products for review were provided courtesy of Dove Men+Care for the purpose of this review. All opinions listed herein are mine and mine alone.