Bebelyn asks…Does dove really hydrate the skin better than regular old soap? I love the scent and the creamy lather…so I probably won’t stop using it even if it isn’t any better, but I still would like to know if I am being ripped off by another advertising gimmick.
The Right Brain responds:
As far as I’m concerned, a Dove bar (or even a Haagen-dazs bar) is never a rip off. Oh wait, you’re talking about soap…
Dove is not a true soap (and that’s good!)
Dove is what is called a “syndet” bar. that means it’s a mix of synthetic detergent and soap. True soap (saponified fatty acids) can be very drying to skin whereas modern surfactants, like Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate (SCI for short) are much less drying/irritating. As you can see from the list below, SCI is the primary ingredient in a Dove bar.
Dove Bar ingredients
Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate or Sodium Palmitate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Water, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine or Sodium C14-C16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Cocoate or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Titanium Dioxide.
So if you’re comparing Dove to a “regular” soap bar then yes it’s better.
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