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In today's article, we will talk about an item that is indispensable for maintaining hygiene and is present in the bathrooms of many homes: Dove soap.

Contrary to what some people think, the brand is no longer limited to the classic white bar soap for many years. That's why we will present the consumer's favourite products, share a Shopping Guide and show the main comparison criteria between them. How about checking it out?




Summary

  • Dove is one of the most respected brands in the personal care segment.
  • The company makes soaps - bar and liquid - for face, hands, body and intimate parts.
  • Although its main target audience is women, it also produces specific lines for men and babies.

The Best Dove Soap: Our Picks

Dove Soap: Shopping Guide

Now that you know what consumers' favourite Dove soaps are, follow our Buying Guide and find out if these products are right for your needs.

 Foto mostra uma mulher tomando banho de banheira.

Bath time can be more relaxing with the right choice of soap. (Bruce Mars / Pexels)

What are the main types of Dove soap?

Dove soaps can be divided into three main categories: main, for babies (Baby Dove) and for men (Dove Men+Care). The only common product format among them is the bar.

The main category has bar soap, liquid body soap, liquid hand soap and intimate soap. It also offers moisturizers, deodorants, shampoos, conditioners, oils, creams and ampoules.

Baby Dove is composed of liquid soap and bar soap that are appropriate even for newborns. It also has moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners and moistened wipes.

Dove Men+Care brings only the bar soap in terms of skin care. To complete, it has deodorants, shampoos, conditioners and creams.

Did you know that the formula that gave rise to the first Dove soap was used by the United States Army to treat wounds during World War II? That's why the brand's name and symbol refer to the dove of peace

Is there a Dove soap for every skin type?

Dove's main category can be subdivided into six lines, two of which offer soaps, Delicious Care and Go Fresh, both with bar and liquid options.

According to the brand, its products are indicated for all kinds of skin. However, there is a focus on hydration, which tends to be more interesting for those who suffer from dryness.

The only product "out of the curve" is the mild exfoliation soap, which does not belong to any line and comes in bar and liquid versions. So, if your skin has other needs, consult a dermatologist before use.

Why use Dove soap?

Dove was founded in 1955 in the UK and arrived in Brazil in 1995 with its traditional soap. Therefore, it is a consolidated brand in the personal care market and respected by consumers.

Another interesting aspect of the company is the concern of its marketing department in representing people from various ethnic groups and with all types of bodies. An example of this is the famous Real Beauty campaign.

Finally, we cannot fail to mention the encouragement of hydration, an essential step in skin care that is often neglected by most people.

Advantages
  • Ensures cleanliness
  • Promotes hydration
  • Has bar and liquid options
  • Offers options for face, hands, body and intimate parts
Disadvantages
  • It is little versatile in terms of care
  • It has perfumes that can irritate the skin
  • It is more expensive than direct competitors
  • It does not have options to give as a gift

Is Dove soap recommended for babies?

As we have already mentioned, the brand has a specific product category for babies, Baby Dove. In addition to bar and liquid soaps, there are moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners and moistened wipes specific for the little ones.

It is divided into the lines Enriched Moisturizing, Sensitive Moisturizing and Moisturizing Glycerine, all of which have bar and liquid soaps in their portfolios.

They were duly tested by dermatologists, ophthalmologists and paediatricians. Basically, this ensures that babies receive proper care for their skin, which is more sensitive.

Buying Criteria: Factors to compare different types of Dove soap

Finally, we will cover the criteria you need to take into consideration to arrive at the most suitable Dove soap for your daily needs, which are:

  • Use
  • Functions
  • Consistency
  • Composition
  • Perfume

Let's go?

Use

Currently, Dove's product range includes soaps for the face (they have a gentle formula), the hands (they provide softness), the body (they provide deep cleansing) and intimate parts (they have a differentiated pH).

It is essential to buy a product developed specifically for the area of the body where you intend to use it. Otherwise, the skin can be damaged or remain dirty.

Bancada de banheiro com produtos Dove ao lado de pia e toalhas.

Dove soap is one of the most used. (Source: monticello / 123rf)

Functions

As we've already mentioned, Dove seems to have moisturising as its priority. The only soap that escapes a little from the rule is the one with particles that promote a light exfoliation

However, there are soaps from different brands that offer other functions, such as astringent, antibacterial and anti-acne. That's why it's good to see a dermatologist and understand which is the most appropriate for your skin.

Did you know that even oily and mixed skin need daily moisturizing? In fact, this care can help to control oiliness!

Consistency

In short, Dove soaps are available in bar and liquid versions. In the limit, the preference for one of them is totally personal, but we will try to distinguish them.

Bar soap Liquid soap
Application Direct to the body Requires a sponge
Yield Yields well Tends to yield
Price Cheap Expensive
Hygiene Should not be shared Can be shared
Contraindications Facial skin Has no contraindications
Transport Requires a soap carrier Can be transported, but is bulky
Sustainability Generates little waste Creates more waste, but can also come in refill

Composition

The more actives of natural origin the formula has, the better.

Having an idea about the chemical composition of your favourite Dove soap is important, since the actives present in the different versions can help or harm your skin, depending on its particular characteristics.

The ideal is to turn to a health professional for an evaluation of your situation and to prescribe the right product. In general, the more actives of natural origin the formula has, the better.

Perfume

The smell of a soap makes you feel clean, fresh and comfortable. In this sense, Dove stands out because it offers products with scents for all tastes: strong, soft, sweet, citrus ...

However, many of the brand's soaps have synthetic perfumes as ingredients in their formulas (Parfurm), which can cause irritations and allergies in sensitive skin. If this is your case, it is good to pay attention to this.

(Featured image source: Akshay Bandre / Unsplash)

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