Today I want to chat about bar soap.

I grew up in the 1980’s and during that time, we only used good old bar soap to care for our skin. Being a school girl, I didn’t wear makeup very often, so all I needed was something to clean my face & body, removing any oil and dirt. I only ever used DOVE because it was the only soap that didn’t dry my skin out.

It was around the early 1990’s that the revolution in cleansing happened, and bar soaps fell out of favour. Everyone started using body washes and a whole selection of new facial cleansing products hit the market.

How Soap Impacts the Skin

Most soaps are alkaline because they contain Sodium Hydroxide – one of the strongest alkaline ingredients available. Now, image a pH scale of 1-14 with fourteen being highly alkaline, one being highly acidic, and seven being neutral. Our skin’s usual pH sits at around 4.4 – 5.5 making it more on the acidic side.

Now, because soaps are alkaline, the idea was that they were damaging to the acid mantle (the thin outer layer of skin that protects against dehydration, bacteria, germs etc). Because our skins are essential more acidic, alkaline soaps tend to throw our normal pH out (for a short time only), making our skins feel a lot drier. However, skin will always revert back to its normal pH, and the healthier it is, the quicker this happens. Of course, you could just apply some moisturiser to speed up the process.

This is where the DOVE Beauty Cream Bar is different because it has a neutral pH (making it far gentler on the skin). It isn’t a soap bar, rather, it’s a Beauty Bar. While ordinary soaps can strip skin (as explained above), the Dove beauty bar has mild cleansers that care for skin while cleansing it. With ¼ moisturising cream, the Dove Beauty Bar leaves your face and body feeling soft, smooth, and more radiant than ordinary soap.

My favourite variant is the DOVE Pure & Sensitive because it’s so very gentle and contains no fragrance. It’s also hypoallergenic and perfect for sensitive skin types. You can absolutely use it on your face too – I often do.

At night I remove my makeup using a balm cleanser and, in the mornings, I use a gentle face wash. If I’ve just come from the gym and am jumping in the shower, I’ll wash both my face & body with my DOVE Pure & Sensitive. My skin never feels dry, tight or itchy after. I also find bar soap is far more effective at removing anti-perspirant from under the arms. I’m NEVER without my DOVE Pure & Sensitive Cream Bar when I travel, and at just R12.95 for a bar, if I forget it in the hotel room, it’s no big deal.

Lastly, because it’s #PlasticFreeJuly I’m seriously re-thinking my plastic consumption.

Given my chosen profession as a beauty blogger, I received a lot of products in plastic packaging. Unfortunately, there’s little I can do about this. However, when it comes to those beauty products I actually buy (like body washes), I’m completely re-thinking my buying strategy. I’m opting for products in environmentally friendly packaging that’s recyclable.  The DOVE beauty bar soaps come in a cardboard box eco friendly.

Fact: There are around 5.25 trillion macro and microplastic pieces floating in the open ocean. Weighing up to 269,000 tonnes.

I also love that Unilever (the holding company for Dove, Pond’s, Lux, Vaseline, Tresemme and many more brands) recently launched an industry-leading sustainable living plan which guides the companies approach to product design and redesign. Unilever also runs its own Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre that takes a science-focused look at the environmental impacts of products throughout their life cycle, including when they go down the drain. It’s initiatives like these by big brands that we, as consumers, should support.

Well done Unilever! Read more about this initiative HERE


Just before I say goodbye, here is a beauty tip using the Dove Beauty Cream bar that one of my Twitter followers shared & it’s a goody. She explained how she massages a little coconut oil onto her face to remove makeup, then goes straight in with her DOVE beauty bar. Of course, I had to try it out for myself and it works so brilliantly well, removing all makeup & leaving the skin feeling lovely.

Tell me, do you use the DOVE Beauty Cream Bar and which is your favourite variant?

This blog post is sponsored by Dove


I think you meant to say ‘…. I’m NEVER ‘without’ my dove … (u say you’re never with your Dove… its an easy mistake to make! Just picked it up. Love your blogs. 💛💛💛

Thanks Kim for pointing that out. I swear, i proof read my posts up to 5 times and there’s ALWAYS something that I miss. So glad to hear you enjoy In My Bag – you were one of my first subscribers, if I remember correctly. And that was over 6 years ago!

I’m forty years old and honestly, I can’t remember a time I didn’t use Dove. The pure & simple bar is also my favourite because my skin is sensitive & I can’t use fragranced products. I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but when I do, I’ll try your coconut oil tip.

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