I always find it kind of funny when beauty companies market body washes and soaps under the umbrella of “pampering.” I have lived in many an apartment over the years where the water pressure and temperature control were so poor that I learned to be crazy efficient in terms of bathing. Soaking leisurely in a tub? Nope -- I even removed the tub from my bathroom when I renovated it recently. Long, luxurious showers? Only in hotels.
The notion that shower/bath time should be pampering, indulgent, ladylike, soft-focus, rife with rose petals and a bottle of Chablis is completely lost on me. This approach reminds me SO MUCH of the way the beverage industry likes to sell fancifully flavored coffee to women:
Ladies be loving French Vanilla coffee and Paris, y’all!
And when beauty companies stopped calling soap "soap" and started rebranding it a “beauty bar,” even at a very young age, I knew it deserved some serious side-eye.
Before you dress... Caress. That hair, though…
I, like many of you, do not have time to hang out in the shower, attending to my every body part while meditating on my femininity.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to enjoy myself while I’m in there -- and a big part of my enjoyment comes down to how my shower products smell. Thankfully, this new Dove Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream With Magnolia body wash is speaking my language.
I did make it easy for them to win me over -- if something smells, tastes, or relates to pistachios in any way, I will be all about it. The scent here is dessert-y but not overly sweet; Laura Mercier’s Crème de Pistache line smells nuttier, by way of comparison.
And there’s a pretty floral note in there: magnolia, which I don’t normally love, but I think it keeps the fragrance in the “soap” family, if that makes sense.
AND it meets my A-1 requirement for any and every soap product: Can I shave with it? Yes. Yes, I can. It's creamy and hydrating without any lingering residue and rinsed clean off my razor.
In short, it does what Dove's body wash always seems to do: pampers my skin. I guess that marketing got me after all. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go celebrate the moments of my life.
What's your favorite soap or body wash? Do you care how it smells?