Dove is used in every household by the whole family,

Dove commercials are claiming how safe their bars are for your skin. Just have a look on how convinced we are…of course, they even write it on the top of their ingredients list:

dove soap ingredients review and dangerosity


Ok, if they say it…what else can we say…it is just that good…

indeed no lie…but now we just need to read the label…and to understand what it means…

Here is some help for you, and as usual in my weekly challenge post, I share a DIY recipe with you.

Moisterising Creamy Olive and Cocoa Butter Soap 10.6 oz:

Olive Oil: 120gramms, 4.23oz (40%)

Cocoa Butter: 75 gramms, 2.65 oz (25%)

Coconut Oil: 60 gramms, 2.12 oz (20%)

Castor Oil: 45 gramms, 1.59 oz (15%)

Caustic Soda 30% solution: 133 gramms4.70oz

Extensive finish moisturising:

Vanilla macerated oil: 12 gramms, 0.4 oz (4%)

Natural Fragrances AND active ingredient as anti oxidant for skin: : Essential oils

10 drops ofylang ylang essential oil

20 drops of lavender essential oil

Both are very essential oil used in cosmetics and are offering a wonderful and flowery perfume!!!

Aix-en-Provence natural soap

How to proceed:

!!!!Always wear protection glasses and gloves:

Mix your vegetal oils together (except for the extensive finish oil and essential oils) with the caustic soda solution and blend. Pretty soon you will get a creamy texture almost like mayonnaise…blend for 2 or 3 minutes

add your extensive moister oil as well as essential oil (it is important to add it later, essential oils could be damaged by caustic solution, once blent for a few minutes, the chemical reaction is almost done and there is no more risk for your essential oils to change their chemotypes…)

Pour in silicon mould of your choice, cover with a plastic sheet for 24 hours (it can get warm, this is a normal chemical reaction releasing heat)

Demold and let it dry…

The advise is to leave it for 4 weeks to be sure the entire chemical reaction is over which is allowing  you to get the best of your cosmetics and moisturizing benefits while showering.

This is an ancient recipe used by grandma’s in South of France for several centuries. It is prooved on all kind of skin…I am only using this kind of soap when showering for years, this is economic, ecologic, ecofriendly and skin very friendly…

Enjoy and be beautiful today…naturally


I also had fun doing dual black and white soap..

I will post a tutorial soon:

Aix-en-Provence black and white curly soaps


At the bottom on this page…as usual, is the complete ingredients review and comments about dangerosity, toxicity for your organs, for your kids reproductive system…for environment…

Here is my DIY

Complete Dove Ingredients Review and Toxicity:

Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate: Danger:

is a synthetic detergent. Nothing natural in it!

  • Sodium lauroyl isethionate can pose skin irritation depending on the individual’s suseptibility and concentration used.  However, it is considered to be, generally, a milder option.
  • Sodium lauroyl isethionate is created by combining fatty acids with isethionic acid. Isethionic acid is created by combining sodium bisulfite in an aqueous solution and ethylene oxide.  Ethylene oxide is a known carcinogen. Traces of ethylene oxide can remain in the product, along with carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane.

Stearic Acid: OK

Is a surfactant naturaly present in some vegetal oils.

Sodium Tallowate: Danger and animal fat

Fat from animals…pigs, cows, sheep, even cats and dogs from euthanized in animal shelters. Fat is where toxins are stored, and fat from factory farmd animals means that their fat is full of pesticides and other residues from genetically modified corn and soy they were fed.

Lauric Acid: OK

Is a naturally occuring fatty acid common in coconut oil

Sodium Isethionate:

Should be ok, I use to check on a French website specialized in chemicals and this ingredient is not ranked yet

Aqua: OK

Of course

Sodium Stearate: Bad for environment

Suspected to be an environmental hazard

Cocamidopropyl Betain or Sodium C14 C16:

The OR is not legal in an official international formula ingredient list…

Sodium C14 C16 i used primarily as a detergent cleansing agent, but is potentially drying and irritating for skin.

Cocamidopropyl betaine is a synthetic surfactant; it has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, reactions that could be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities present in it, such as 3-dimethylaminopropylamine.

It is in the Canadian environment toxic list…

Sodium Cocoate or sodium palmate: where do we se a formula with an OR????

Sodium cocoate  is from coconut oil…

Sodium palm kernealate is from palm oil…and is a real desaster for environment and present absolutely no benefits for your skin…this oil is used only in cheap soap and cosmetics.

The formula is more than blurred…is it cocoate or palm kernealate…

What else can I say…this is not that good for your skin…

Parfum: Respiratory toxic, immune system toxicity, organ system toxicity, allergen, irritant, environmental toxicity…

The world parfum or fragrance on the ingredients list represents an undisclosed fuzzy mixture of various chemical scents and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants

Sodium Chloride: OK

It is salt used to mask smells…

Tetrasodium EDTA: Danger…organ system toxicity, absorbtion enhancer

It has the strong ability to hold heavy metals…

One…it is toxic for your organs…

Two:… it is enhancing the absorbtion of other toxic and dangerous ingredients in this formula…


Tetrasodium Etidronate:

It is authorized in cosmetic but…use only with restrictions…

CL77891 or Titanium Dioxide: Danger!!! Can cause cancer and:

Can cause cancer, organ toxicity, abdominal pain, sore troats, chemical pneumonitis and presence of fluid in the lungs….






9 responses to “Dove Soap Ingredients Review Vs DIY Organic Soap- Challenge #8”

    1. engelsfrance Avatar

      Thank you…I thought it was the best soap for my skin for years…how deceived I was when I learned about these chemicals…


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  3. t Avatar

    how much distilled water is needed?

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    1. engelsfrance Avatar

      Hi, thank you for stopping by…..the soap recipe I shared is with ready to use caustic soda. You buy it in a bottle, it is liquid, and it is already diluted usually 30% to 32%. You can buy it hardware stores such as Home Depot, but sometimes also in cleaning products material. So….no need to add water…it is already in the diluted caustic soda liquid you will buy… makes it so much easier 😉
      Please follow very carefully the safety instructions: gloves, glasses, and clothes to protect your arms and legs….and you are ready to go! Enjoy


  4. Jenn Avatar

    Hi, thank you. I’m a mom trying to cut back on the chemical overload for my family in my home. I’m in my 40’s but am trying to give my children, I have a 10 and 12 year old the tools to take control of cleansers and body products. Food is also involved in this journey, but I relied on Dove… Not anymore!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. engelsfrance Avatar

      Thank you for reading my post. I am glad you take such a good care of your family by selecting safe products and ingredients. A DIY soap or natural Castile soap last forever….and has a back to nature kind of feeling. Enjoy!!!


  5. Jenn Avatar

    Thank you for your response! I’m also wondering about a safe bubble bath for them which doesn’t contain harmful ingredients. I’m happy to make one myself…

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