Yeah, That’s Right. I’m Washing My Face With Dove Soap.

Yeah, That’s Right. I’m Washing My Face With Dove Soap.

Dove Beauty Cream Bar

Oh, how I love  Dove Beauty Bar. I love the way it smells, the way it looks, and the soft fluffy clean lather I get from it. Many years ago I owned a home cleaning business (one of our city’s first environmentally friendly services…) and I learned something very interesting from my employees. Our clients that had Dove soap in their showers had the cleanest showers. Cleaner tiles, cleaner glass and fixtures. No gross white build-up at all. So, you know those ads that show a Dove soap user vs a regular soap user looking at the white dusty soap build up on a tile and wishing it wasn’t on their skin? That, dear readers, is truth in advertising. Then, when I worked in real estate, I noticed that homes with Dove soap in their bathrooms smelled amazing and clean. That fresh Dove scent. And of course, I used it on my daughters when they were little. Frankly, I can’t recall the last time I had any other bar soap in my house.  I even use old fashioned soap dishes in my bathrooms and have only Dove soap for washing my hands. When my hands need to be clean, after a day out or cooking, nothing makes them cleaner or smell better than Dove. I keep extra Dove soaps stored in my drawers and linen cupboard, and usually have a bar or two in my closets as well. Yes, I love the scent that much.

So, I decided to try an experiment. After falling in love with the dangerously expensive La Mer The Foaming Cleanser, I wondered if I hit the other end of the price spectrum and get decent results. After all, my skin feels soft and amazing after using Dove in the shower ( I lather it up on a puff and Dove myself head-to-toe) is there any reason why it wouldn’t clean the skin on….my face? I can hear the gasps – a $3 Dove soap? To clean the $70 Cle de Peau concealer off my face? Yes, gentle readers, that is what I did. Turns out my oily skin is loving the Dove treatment. It lathers up beautifully, and that soft cushy soapy lather rinses away beautifully, leaving my skin clean and not dry or tight at all.  As much as I love the dermalogical faves like Cetaphil and Spectra-Gel, they actually don’t do a good job of removing make up. They clean bare skin well, but don’t go very far in the removal of “stuff” on the skin. So, Dove soap, to clean my face, twice a day, at morning and night. My skin feels looks lovely, and feels soft. It’s only been a week, but so far I am sold on it and loving this experiment. So is my wallet.

Do any of you use Dove soap to clean your face? Or, any other tried and true old faves?

76 thoughts on “Yeah, That’s Right. I’m Washing My Face With Dove Soap.

  • October 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm
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    For years, in high school and college, I used the Clinique bar soap to wash my face. I loved that a little bar lasted FOREVER and took off all my make-up. However as I got older my skin got drier and it didn’t work for me anymore.

    I wish I could say I liked the smell of Dove soap, but it’s too assertively, well, soapy for me! I like the 365 brand glycerin soaps, especially the olive and aloe, when I’m not using shower gel. My favorite gel/liquid soap for the shower currently is Dr. Bronner’s in the almond scent.

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    • October 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm
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      Dove does have unscented bars! And, I’ve been meaning to try the Almond Dr Bronners! I always say L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream smells like almond soap- a scent I adore! Thanks for tip xo

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  • October 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm
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    Unfortunately Dove soap gives me dermatitis on my hands! Such a shame as i love its scent too. My hubby uses it and always smells lovely and clean after his showers!

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    • October 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm
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      Have you tried the Sensitive or Baby Dove bars? My daughter with sensitive skin uses the Baby one…

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  • October 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm
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    You totally got me intrigued by Dove Soap! I’ll definitely be picking some up next time I go to the drugstore… and I think I’ll even try it on my face!

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    • October 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm
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      Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

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      • November 17, 2014 at 8:33 pm
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        Hiya all, I use Dove Silk Soap on my face, have done for years.
        I dip a cotton q tip in water then dip in my Dove bar to remove eye liner and mascara. It leaves my lashes silky soft and I’m sure it helps them to grow. Face cleansers make my face feel grubby and unclean. I tried them a few times, but I had to wash off that unclean feeling with my beloved Dove. I couldn’t live without it. Apparently in Canada you can get it in Pink too and it comes in a larger size.
        I wish you could in the UK.

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  • October 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm
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    hi i just found your blog love it! can u write on your face routin? morning and night, incuding eye cream, and foundation? thank u so much

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    • October 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm
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      Thank you! And that is a terrific idea! Stay tuned :)

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  • October 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm
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    I’ve been doing this for almost two months and my skin looks way better. I’m still a teenager and even anti acne soaps usually get my skin dry, so Dove is the best choice for me. Great article! xo

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    • October 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm
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      Suzanne, thank you for reading, and for sharing your experience! Glad Dove is working for you :)

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  • October 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm
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    Our family uses nothing but Dove bar soap also! We LOVE it! We have original bar (for me), sensitive (for my husband) and baby (for my 9 month old son)….I actually use the baby bar for my face, so gentle and smells great :) Leaves my skin feeling soft and fresh :)

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    • October 24, 2012 at 2:36 am
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      I love the Baby Bar as well- it really is such a pretty baby scent!

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  • October 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm
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    I use dove baby wash on my face, it removes makeup and leaves my face clean and soft.

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    • October 24, 2012 at 2:37 am
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      Oh that is a great tip! Must try…

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  • November 1, 2012 at 7:50 pm
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    My Nonna uses only Dove soap on her face & barely looks her age. Almost makes me want to try it out for myself.

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    • July 10, 2013 at 6:25 pm
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      I use it head to toe. It lathers up in a shower pouffe perfectly and leaves my skin so soft and smelling good!

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  • March 6, 2013 at 7:24 pm
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    I’ve been washing my face exclusively with Dove bar soap since my early 20’s. Right out of college when I was desperate to find some way to end my breakout cycle, someone recommended that I wash with Dove and I’ve never looked back. I wash twice a day, including to remove makeup. Now 36 years old, people routinely tell me I look like I’m in my 20’s. I barely have wrinkles, even the pesky ones around the delicate skin of my eyes. Luck and genetics? Perhaps. But I won’t risk changing my Dove routine. I swear by Dove and the lovely condition it’s keeping my skin.

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    • July 10, 2013 at 6:29 pm
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      You are the perfect testament! Thank you so much for commenting xo

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  • August 15, 2013 at 12:06 pm
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    gasp! clean with your soap all you want – BUT – your letting your cleanser take off your make up?!- oh my friend – but your missing a whole other product realm to become addicted to! and my favourite – now I use a face wipe (currently blum yay winners $5.99, but all time fav ($) Korres (the purple pkg), in conjuction with a make up remover (currently clarins senstive skin cream – smells like peaches – yum, all time fav La Roche Posay millecaire (spelling?) gel make up remover) – no tugging – no rubbing – clean fresh skin for sleeping.

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    • August 31, 2013 at 3:30 pm
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      Glad you are enjoying those wipes! Korres & La Roche Posay are wonderful brands!

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  • August 27, 2013 at 7:13 am
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    Dove is the best choice for me……. :)

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    • August 31, 2013 at 3:30 pm
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      Isn’t it wonderful?

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  • October 12, 2013 at 10:44 pm
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    I use the Shea Butter bar for my hair, face, and body. It all works magically! It sounded weird using it for my hair, but I tried it one time out of desperation because my no poo routine was just not working out for me in my current place, and having a tight college student budget, I can’t afford shampoos that didn’t irritate my scalp, and cause me serious reactions. This bar worked wonders for my hair and scalp. I deep condition my hair once a week because the bar is all I use now, no conditioner or anything because I just let my hair’s natural oils “condition” my hair if that makes any sense. Anyways, love Dove! It’s the only product that doesn’t irritate me in any way.

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    • October 21, 2013 at 1:09 am
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      Vanessa,
      Thank you so much for sharing your experience! I must try this variety! xo

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  • November 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm
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    Dove is wonderful. I am a teen and this is the only cleanser I use. Face and body. My skin is glowing… Thanks Dove. Oh, and awesome blog you have here!

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    • December 11, 2013 at 1:10 am
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      Thank you so much for reading!

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  • April 23, 2014 at 1:16 pm
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    My boyfriend uses Dove on his body and face himself. I use it for my lady-parts. Since it appears that it works so well for other’s on their faces I may give it a try! I have horrible acne and NOTHING has worked for me. I guess it’s worth a shot!

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    • June 1, 2015 at 8:46 am
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      Often acne prone skin is very sensitive, and we can make it worse by using heavy products. When I have a really bad hormonal break out, I will use a Proactiv cleanser every other day for around 4-6 days then I stop and go back to Dove. If I use a benzoyl peroxide cleanser for too long it makes my skin sensitive and dry. I also find using a glycolic acid gel like Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix helps keep my pores clear.

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  • July 8, 2014 at 5:06 pm
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    I just started using dove as a face wash and it is amazing! I’m a teen with a ton of breakouts and I’ve tried so many products and nothing works as good as this! My mom used it and she told me to give it a try and my face has never been this clear or soft. It actually made my face less oily and I didn’t have to use moisturizer cause it doesn’t dry your face out. This is a miracle for your face and your wallet

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    • October 14, 2014 at 6:31 pm
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      Thank you for commenting Emily! I’m so glad your skin is happy with Dove :)

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  • July 16, 2014 at 4:01 am
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    I just started using Dove on my face and it makes my face so smooth! I always use Dove for my whole body and I even use Dove deodorant. I love the smell and the smooth texture behind it! ♥ B.M.

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    • September 3, 2014 at 7:26 pm
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      I love the Dove deodorant as well! All the nice clean smells :)

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  • July 16, 2014 at 8:28 pm
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    I literally just started to use the sensitive dove bar on my face yesterday, and my face feels great! I’m going to keep experimenting. Thank you for this blog.

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    • September 3, 2014 at 7:26 pm
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      Thank you for reading, and for sharing your story xo

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  • August 10, 2014 at 7:12 pm
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    Dove soap is amazing, it smells so nice and feels lovely on your skin. I’ve used nothing but Dove to wash my face since I was 14, people are always shocked when I tell them my age, because they guess around 19-21, I’m actually 31 in a couple of weeks and I believe it’s all down to using the Dove soap bar. 😉

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    • September 3, 2014 at 7:26 pm
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      Amazing! Thank you for sharing your experience!

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  • August 13, 2014 at 2:53 am
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    does anyone know which would be better? The regular white beauty bar or the unscented sensitive one? It’s as a face wash :) thanks

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    • September 3, 2014 at 7:25 pm
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      If you are worried about sensitivity, or are sensitive to fragrance, I would try the unscented one to start for sure.

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  • September 20, 2014 at 12:14 pm
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    I have bad acne and have previously been using the clinique acne solutions 3 step system which i used to LOVE! But recently its been causing my skin to dry out and making my spots so red and painful, so i have switched to dove beauty bar! I agree about the soft fluffy lather it gives, and so far my acne has definitely become less irritated! I shall keep experimenting

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    • October 14, 2014 at 6:31 pm
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      Shannon, it really does feel luxe don’t you think? I am always amazed at how gentle it is. Thanks for commenting!

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    • June 5, 2015 at 8:23 pm
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      The exact same thing happened to me…clinique triggered cystic acne and it was so painful. Dove calmed my skin right away!

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  • November 9, 2014 at 12:35 am
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    Dove is the only thing I’ve found I can use on my skin with out breaking out in a rash or getting dandruff! So I use their body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and deodorant. If I use any other brands, I really regret it! I’ve even tried all natural, organic products and they kill my sensitive skin. So I’ve become a super loyal customer. :)

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    • June 1, 2015 at 8:37 am
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      I am exactly the same! Now I don’t bother trying anything else.

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  • November 23, 2014 at 6:06 pm
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    Do you use any lotion after washing with the dove?

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    • June 1, 2015 at 8:38 am
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      I do. It depends on how my skin feels, but my favourite simple lotion is Indeed Labs Hydraluron Gel. Soothing and moisturizing, and doesn’t clog pores!

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  • December 10, 2014 at 12:23 am
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    I have been using dove since i was a child, its what my mom and i have been using for years. We both have great skin, and ive never had acne, and i believe the dove bar soap had a hand in that.

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    • June 1, 2015 at 8:51 am
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      That is a terrific story -thank you for shaing xo

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  • April 20, 2015 at 9:34 am
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    I have used dove soap forever but I am now seeking a cruelty free alternative. No need for Nimals to suffer now Adays

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    • June 1, 2015 at 8:52 am
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      Debbie – I certainly understand that. Have you ever read MyBeautyBunny.com? She is the leading cruelty free beauty products blogger and has fantastic recommendations.

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  • May 15, 2015 at 12:48 pm
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    I’ve noticed that Dove says ‘avoid contact with eyes’ on the instructions. Does this mean I shouldn’t take off my eye makeup with it? I bought Dove to try today and really want to use it to cleanse all of my face including my eyes. I’m enjoying reading your blog, thanks so much

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    • June 1, 2015 at 8:51 am
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      Sorry to reply so late to your comment! Yes I use it on my eyes – it is amazing for taking off eye makeup. But, make no mistake, if you get it IN your eyes, it will burn! So close them tightly. I still find Ponds Cold Cream the best for eye makeup removal, as I often use waterproof mascara and need an oil based cleanser for that.

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      • June 5, 2015 at 8:19 pm
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        You are amazing! This is all so helpful to me. Thank you!

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  • May 24, 2015 at 11:04 am
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    Wow! I just read this article! I have been using Dove Beauty bar for years now head to toe and I absolutely adore it! I put it in drawers and cabinets and in every room! I love the scent and foamy lather so much I even wash my dishes with it! I use the sensitive one on my face to shave with and it is never dry or leaves a film. I don’t know if it’s genes or Dove but I’m almost thirty and I get mistaken for 17! I don’t always like that though since I’m a guy!! Haha!

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  • June 5, 2015 at 8:17 pm
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    I do!!! Dove saved my oily acne prone skin. I discovered this 2 months ago and my life changed forever. I searched the question to find out if other people use it and if its working for them. So happy to find your great article.

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    • June 11, 2015 at 3:22 pm
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      Kelly thank you so much for your kind words, and thank you for reading xo

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  • June 19, 2015 at 4:19 pm
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    Dove works been using it since I was 5

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  • July 10, 2015 at 3:40 pm
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    Greetings Daly! I found your post really helpful even though it’s not that recent but I believe Dove’s Beauty Bar has not changed it’s ingredient composition (if I may say it like that). I’m going to tell you a little about my personal experience in using Dove soap, some personal background, and maybe you can give me some tips. I’ll try to not make the story too long but I would be very grateful if you do read it and reply.

    So, about 2 months ago my grandmother bought us a value pack of White Dove Beauty Bars that contained about 20 or so bars and personally we had never(maybe once) bought Dove soap at our home so it was new to us and we were short on money, so we replaced every soap (body wash, hand soap, face wash, intimate soap) with Dove so we did not have to spend more.

    So far for me, testing out Dove has just been a great experience and I am impressed with this cheap drugstore soap. I’m currently 20 years old and since I was 15 I started buying and using different face washes, different body washes, and hand soaps and every kind of not-so-cheap soap/wash. First of all, starting with my oily-dry face I always was trying to find the best products/routines for my skin type and read and watched a lot of reviews on how to take care of mixed skin type and all of them suggested to buy different kinds of products (toner, scrub, makeup removers, face wash, moisturizers, bb creams, blotting sheets, etc.) and so I stuck with that all these years trying out new products to eliminate as much oil since it was my main problem. Once I started college(about 2 years ago), I realized I could not afford all the products I was using(usually always drugstore products ranging from $10-$20) so I had to change my routine consuming what was within my budget. Going to class, studying and being involved in many activities was very time-consuming so sometimes I just passed a cotton pad with toner before bed and in the morning I would just wash my face really quick. It has been like that and I started seeking for new options that would decrease the amount of products and time I was using on my face (and body too eventually) so I bought this Makeup remover soap from Neutrogena which really did not work so much as a soap or a makeup remover or at least for me. So I ended up the same. At the end I just got sick of wasting so much time and money on products that did not guarantee what they promised, and besides that, the moisturizers for oily-mixed skin were not working anymore because even though my T-zone was quite matte, my cheeks and parts of my forehead and chin were completely dry at one point and I was literally crying that I did not want to buy another moisturizer because the one i was using was almost new and so I started to apply body lotion on this parts of my face. Aghhhh! Just remembering makes me frustrated! I had gone through so much I stopped buying so many products and stopped applying makeup that I did not even know worked well for my skin(mostly foundations). I even stopped tweezing my eyebrows because they were getting too thin and in sight of that, my mother suggested to visit a dermatologist(which I did not agree to but I went anyway). So she prescribed a face wash for oily skin, an oily skin solution, and a oil-free facial sunscreen at the pharmacy which I bought and did work but eventually, exactly when I started using Dove, it ran out and I couldn’t go out and buy it.

    Here goes the most IMPORTANT part: So my routine was just like washing my face with Dove Soap in morning and night and the Oily Skin solution(solution only at night) and since the facial sunscreen eventually dried out my non-T-zones, I decided to buy a Nivea face cream for NORMAL skin and apply that on my non T zones and since the Dove soap said it moisturizer and did feel like it did, I supposed it was going to be enough moisture for my T-zone because for my other facial parts, they do dry up but just a little bit. (It’s a headache to have mixed skin, worse than oily skin I can say). For a scrub whenever needed, i just poured some baking soda in a bottle( I used baking soda before with some face washes too upon many suggestions) ,pour it on my Dove soap-lathered hand and then lather my face with it.
    Practically that was what I did: wash my face with Dove, apply Nivea moisturizer and done which seemed fascinating and easy and was really hoping it did work because it was simple and quick. Another detail is that I found these oil-absorbing blotting tissues with rice powder which come in different skin colors which work nicely because it’s like blotting your face and applying face powder!! Thumbs up for beauty efficient products!

    Now comes my body wash experience. I never liked using bar soaps because I felt like they didn’t lather and you had to use a lot and they were slippery and yeah what you said about the tile residue(regular drugstore bars). I used about 2 types of gel bar soaps(i do not know how they are called but they are like colored translucent soaps). Besides that, I usually bought Victoria’s secret body washes for their wonderful scents and Bath and Body Works but throughout time, I did not like them because I didn’t feel they lathered(or maybe with a lot of it which was not favorable because I had to buy them frequently and it summed up) and cleaned too well and they did not even smell like the scents after I showered which was what I was hoping for. I also used them as intimate washes but I felt it did not clean well and after some research I concluded that they weren’t intended for those body parts and it unbalances your pH. It was recommended to use an intimate wash or a mild soap(back then I did really not know what was a mild soap or where to buy one and now I found out Dove is a pretty mild soap, affordable, and available at my convenience. So I bought an intimate wash which could be quite pricy but I figured it worked but anyway i still used soap there and then the intimate wash but I felt like it smelled like not clean(to not say gross words) but then I started to use Dove down there and it even smelled clean in the shower!! A mild soap does aid in intimate washing. At college,I changed to St. Ives which smelled really good and I felt did a better overall and lasted longer and was about the same price as the others. Then again I ran out and started using what we had at home. Then came Dove. I Love it!! 1. It lathers up very good and feels soft on my skin. 2. It smells fresh and really don’t believe in scented soaps anymore so as always, I use scented body lotions which work the same way. 3. I don’t know if it really does moisturize my skin since I use a separate moisturizer.
    Also, I was looking on internet

    Okay now I just had a few concerns about using Dove soap as a makeup remover and how well does it work on that (I do not use waterproof makeup so I think that’s a good start)?
    Why does my mother feel like Dove doesn’t wash off easily when she showers?(I can’t notice but she says she doesn’t like it)
    Do you recommend using Dove permanently?
    Has it been working for you this well all these years?

    Thanks for your response and have a great day!

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    • July 10, 2015 at 3:52 pm
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      Daly! Please excuse some grammar mistakes in my previous comment, I wrote it in a hurry! Thanks.
      By the way I forgot to mention that I wasn’t aware of Dove’s benefits because I usually only trust reviews online and I really never encountered a site where they suggested to use Dove at all. It’s cheap price really didn’t convince me either. How wrong was I!

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      • July 20, 2015 at 2:23 pm
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        Hi Caro! Thank you so much for your kind comments. I’m still loving Dove and I still use it! My daughters use it as well, it’s all I have ever had in our showers. Because I review beauty products I am always trying something new, but I always go back to Dove.

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  • July 10, 2015 at 3:49 pm
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    Daly! Please excuse some grammar mistakes in my previous comment, I wrote it in a hurry! Thanks.

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  • July 14, 2015 at 10:53 am
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    can i use dove ?? i have acne porn skin ..plzz tell me

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    • July 20, 2015 at 2:22 pm
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      Hi Mehak, I always recommending testing a skincare product on a small patch of skin before trying it all over the face. My acne-prone skin loves Dove, but your experience may be different! Everyone’s skin reacts differently to certain ingredients. Try it on your hands first, then maybe try a little lather on a cheek before washing your whole face with it, to be sure your skin likes it. Thank you for your comment!

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  • July 20, 2015 at 9:09 am
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    I love your article! I just switched to dove a few days ago and I love it! I’ve used the dove gentle exfoliation bar on my face And it feels wonderful! My skin one is more even and my complexion is clearer and my skin just feels so much more balanced.

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    • July 20, 2015 at 2:20 pm
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      Thank you for reading! I’ve never tried the exfoliating bar, but have added it to my list!

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  • July 26, 2015 at 5:31 am
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    yes , dove soap is the best.

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  • July 29, 2015 at 11:31 am
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    Imy skin get so dry .what bar soup can I use

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  • July 1, 2014 at 2:02 am
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    I agree 100%! Thanks for commenting <3

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