I received a selection of Dove products via Topbox Canada’s Glam Sense program (see my previous affiliated reviews here), which occasionally sends products to participants in exchange for reviews. The box contained the following items:
- Nutritive Solutions™ Daily Moisture Shampoo
- Nutritive Solutions™ Daily Moisture Conditioner
- Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash
- Beauty Bar, White
- Go Sleeveless Original Anti-Perspirant
I don’t currently use any Dove products, with the exception of Clear Tone Sheer Touch Anti-Perspirant, so I thought it’d be interesting to compare mainstream drugstore products to the more natural products I tend to use for hair and body care.
The first two products are for hair, so I’ll describe my hair type as shoulder-length, thick, straight, and dry. There is a more detailed description of my hair type in my TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Reverse System review.
Nutritive Solutions™ Daily Moisture Shampoo
A few years ago, I switched over entirely to shampoos that don’t contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), as an attempt to halt the crazily dry, itchy scalp I had developed. It helped immensely, so I’ve continued to use SL(E)S-free shampoo brands. Chemicals like SLS and SLES are detergents and surfactants that allow a shampoo, body wash, or bubble bath to foam up nicely, even in hard water like I have in my city. They remove oils very well and are generally a bit irritating to the skin. I haven’t really had issues with these ingredients on my body (as SLS/SLES is present in most body washes), but it isn’t something I like to use on my face or scalp, which are dry enough as it is.
Dove’s Nutritive Solutions Daily Moisture Shampoo does, unfortunately, contain SLES. If my hair has gotten particularly oily (rare with my generally dry tendencies, but it happens), then I do like to have a bottle of SL(E)S shampoo around just to clean up quickly. I have to say that this Dove shampoo is one of the less scalp-drying SL(E)S shampoos I’ve tried, probably because Dove markets itself as a moisturizing range of products. This shampoo claims to “contain Pro-Moisture Complex, which goes to the cellular level (refers to residual cellular structure inside the hair fibre)”.
I don’t know which of these ingredients is the elusive Pro-Moisture Complex, though:
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Parfum, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Gluconolactone, Dimethiconol, Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Sulfate, Trehalose, Tetrasodium EDTA, Amodimethicone, DMDM Hydantoin, PEG-45M, Cocamide MEA, TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Arginine, Lysine HCl, Cetrimonium Chloride, PPG-9, Propylene Glycol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 77019, CI 77891, CI 19140, CI 17200
You’ll notice, too, that on the ingredient list is dimethicone, a form of silicone generally used as a sealant or lubricant that is contained in many shampoos and conditioners. It essentially coats your hair, making it feel nice and slick, but since dimethicone isn’t water-soluble, it can make your hair eventually dry out, since moisture can’t get into the already-dead hair shaft afterward. Therefore, whatever moisturizing ingredients Dove added to this shampoo, I suspect they’re probably not as effective in conjunction with the dimethicone.
It does work well as a smoothing shampoo, however, if that’s all you want. My straight hair was quite frizz-free after using it.
So, while the Dove shampoo initially feels like it works pretty well, it’s not a product I want to continue using for long due to the presence of SLES and dimethicone. I’ll eventually use up this bottle, but I’m definitely going back to my SL(E)S-free and dimethicone-free shampoos.
As a final note, parfum is quite high up on the list of ingredients, so if you’re fragrance-sensitive, you’ll want to skip this product, too. The scent is typically “shampoo-y”, but with a touch of tropical suntan lotion to it, which isn’t what I expected from Dove!
Nutritive Solutions™ Daily Moisture Conditioner
The companion conditioner to the Daily Moisture Shampoo also contains the elusive Pro-Moisture Complex. There are quite a few common ingredients between the shampoo and the conditioner, but my chemistry isn’t good enough to tell which ingredient constitutes the Pro-Moisture Complex (though it’s obviously not common things like water, dimethicone, parfum, or glycerin). The ingredient list reads:
Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Behentrimonium Chloride, Parfum, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, Amodimethicone, Potassium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Gluconolactone, Trehalose, DMDM Hydantoin, PEG-7 Propylheptyl Ether, Cetrimonium Chloride, Arginine, Lysine HCl, Sodium Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 19140, CI 17200
Like the corresponding shampoo, the conditioner contains dimethicone—third ingredient on the list—so yes, it does get your hair nice and sleek and detangled. After using the shampoo and conditioner, my hair is noticeably straighter and less frizzy. But, again, I do like to avoid silicones in my hair products since they eventually lead to drier hair, so I wouldn’t purchase this product. If silicones work for your hair, then this would definitely be a good drugstore option.
It is also quite heavily-scented, though the fragrance is a bit different from the shampoo’s.
Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash
Dove claims that their body wash has “10x more moisturizers” versus a leading body wash.
Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Glycinate, Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil or/ou Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Parfum, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, DMDM Hydantoin, Stearic Acid, Citric Acid, BHT, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
I don’t care about the presence of SL(E)S in my body wash, since most of them contain it, anyway—even a lot of expensive body washes. My body’s skin, while dry, isn’t as sensitive as my face or my scalp, so I just try to find body washes that work well, smell nice, and don’t dry out my skin too much. I’m currently rotating between various Yves Rocher body washes. I don’t find that Dove’s Moisturizing Body Wash is any more moisturizing than these. My skin remains in need of deep moisturizing after using this body wash, so I’m afraid that for me, it is a pretty run-of-the-mill product.
The scent is strong, and reminds me of an amped-up Dove Beauty Bar.
The product is fine and I’ll use it up, but I wouldn’t purchase it as I’d prefer a more fun or “natural”-scented body wash.
White Beauty Bar
Dove’s famous White Beauty Bar isn’t advertised as soap, because it’s kind of barely a soap. It is supposed to be a quarter moisturizing cream, and somehow, to me, this translates as feeling unnecessarily greasy.
Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate or Sodium Palmitate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Aqua, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Parfum, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, CI 77891
I know some people use Dove Beauty Bar as a face cleanser, but I don’t use bar soaps on my face at all. I restricted this product to my body skin, only, and used it in the shower. It lathers up pretty nicely, but I’m not sure I liked the slightly greasy feel it gave me. The greasy feeling seemed a bit difficult to rinse off, as well. My skin didn’t seem especially moisturized after my shower, either, so this was kind of a wash of a product. Because it did lather up nicely, I’ll probably use it up as a shaving cream—if it doesn’t completely melt away in the shower first!
In addition, the classic Dove Beauty Bar scent is quite strong, but it isn’t one that I am particularly fond of. Overall, this product just isn’t for me.
Go Sleeveless Original Anti-Perspirant
Over the last two years, I’ve mostly switched over from aluminum-based anti-perspirants to aluminum-free deodorants. (I’ll be posting soon about some of the different deodorant products I’ve tried.) That said, I do keep a stick of aluminum-based anti-perspirant around, just for days when I expect I will be sweating more and I really don’t want to do so! Last year I switched from Secret to Dove—no reason, really, I think the Dove was just on sale—and the one I’m using now is Dove Clear Tone Sheer Touch Anti-Perspirant, which, based on its ingredient list, is almost exactly the same as the Dove Anti-Perspirant I was just sent for review.
Go Sleeveless Original Anti-Perspirant (sent for review):
Active ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY (15.2%)
Non-medicinal ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-8, Parfum, Dimethicone, Silica, Polyethylene, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Steareth-100, BHT, Hydroxyethyl Urea
Clear Tone Sheer Touch Anti-Perspirant (currently using):
Active ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY (15.2%)
Non-medicinal ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-8, Parfum, Dimethicone, Silica, Polyethylene, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Steareth-100, BHT, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract
As you can see, the only ingredient differences are way at the end of the lists. The one I’m currently using contains some naturally-derived products: soybean oil and calendula flower extract. The new product I was sent uses sunflower seed oil and hydroxyethyl urea instead.
However, I gamely gave a test run of a couple days to the new product, and it’s safe to say that I don’t really notice a difference between it and the product I was already using. It does boast 48-hour protection, which I think is quite over-the-top!
Overall, it’s a good anti-perspirant, goes on clear, doesn’t leave marks on my clothing, smells fine, and I’ll continue to buy Dove for my limited anti-perspirant needs. I think I prefer the scent of Dove over Secret.
My general impression of all the products reviewed is that they are good options when compared with other products in their price range, except for the Beauty Bar, of which I was not a great fan. The Nutritive Solutions™ Daily Moisture Conditioner and the Go Sleeveless Original Anti-Perspirant were my favorite products.
None of the products’ labels disclosed a place of manufacture; all were imported by Unilever Canada.
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Dove was founded in 1955 in the United Kingdom. It is currently owned by the British-Dutch multinational company Unilever, which owns over 400 brands like Axe/Lynx, Sunsilk, Alberto-Culver, Becel, Hellmann’s, Lipton, and Ben & Jerry’s. Unilever is the world’s third-largest consumer goods company.