Reviews: Dove Gentle Exfoliating Nourishing body wash, Eucerin Sun Gel-Creme Oil Control Dry Touch SPF50 and BioNike Defence Color Crystal Lipgloss

Dove have just launched yet another body wash – Gentle Exfoliating Nourishing body wash (R33,99).

Dove Gentle Exfoliating Nourishing body wash

It’s got a lovely ‘creamy’-feeling formula enriched with natural plant oils and free of ‘strippy’ sodium lauryl sulphate  – the kind I like to use in winter when my skin feels a little drier. Another plus is it’s nice, ‘clean’ fragrance that doesn’t smell like the original Dove soap at all. (This is something I appreciate as there are several Dove products I adore, but won’t use their iconic soap due to it’s scent.)

If you look close you'll see the 'scrubbies'.
If you look close you’ll see the ‘scrubbies’.

The only downside here is that the exfoliating beads really don’t do much of anything. So much so that I can happily use it while wearing self-tan without worrying it’s going to take anything off. Anyone looking for an exfoliating shower gel will be disappointed but if you’re happy to consider it a non-drying shower gel you’re going to enjoy using it as I do.

Next up, let’s talk about Eucerin’s new Sun Gel-Cream Oil Control Dry Touch SPF 50+ sunscreen for oily, acne-prone skin (R179,99).

Eucerin Sun Gel-Cream Oil Control Dry Touch SPF 50+

Being an oil-skinned girl who likes to run outdoors I’m always on the look out for ultra-lightweight high SPF sunscreens. The last one that really impressed with Heliocare’s, but it’s a little bit murdery on the wallet. This is why I’m thrilled to find Eucerin’s little darling.

It’s got a creme-gel texture that dries in a flash and even leaves your skin feeling a little more matte thanks to oil-absorbing powder (listed as tapioca starch) that makes me think it’ll live up to it’s promise to hold up in humid climates. It’s now definitely on my packing list for when I visit Thailand (again, I know! I’m crazy about the place) in November.

This feels so light you won't believe it's a high SPF sunscreen.
This feels so light you won’t believe it’s a high SPF sunscreen.

Eucerin’s formula also contains antioxidant licorice extract and anti-inflammatory glycrrhetinic acid (another type of licorice extract) and the brand reckon’s the latter can help support your skin’s cell renewal.

Last but not least, as it turns out, Dis-Chem’s sensitive skin line BioNike also create cosmetics. Obviously I tried the Defence Color Crystal Lipgloss (R99) first.

BioNike Defence Color Crystal Lipgloss

Like all the items in the line it’s nickel-tested, 100% preservative and fragrance-free and has undergone microbiological tests too, but, to be honest, I have no clue what that means or why it would be good. Possibly to ensure there are no bad bacteria or fungi in the mix?

This sheer, pale peachy-pink colour's called Bonbon.
This sheer, pale peachy-pink colour’s called Bonbon.

Anyway, this is a very nice gloss in that it smells like vanilla (thanks to natural vanilla, not an artificial scent) and feels nice and hydrating on your lips and despite claiming not to be sticky, it’s got just enough ‘tack’ to stay put. The shade I was given is called Bonbon and features li’l micro-pearls that give it a slight pearlescence – no horrible, chunky glitter, thanks! It’s also formulated with antioxidants moringa seed extract, cocoa extract and vitamin E.

See anything you’d be keen to try?

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6 thoughts on “Reviews: Dove Gentle Exfoliating Nourishing body wash, Eucerin Sun Gel-Creme Oil Control Dry Touch SPF50 and BioNike Defence Color Crystal Lipgloss

    1. It’s crazy! Every time I get cash and time I’m like ‘Right, you NEED to see other places in the world…’ and then I just jump on a plane back to Thailand! Will be my fourth time when I go again. Also did Bali the one year, but spent my entire holiday wishing I’d gone to Thai Thai instead ;-P

  1. Will def give the Eucerin sunscreen a go – I’m always looking for one that won’t make my skin feel all gross and sticky. I have pigmentation so I’m suppose to wear sunscreen daily, but I never do cause I feel like I want to wash my face immediately after applying it. Hoping for a winner!

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