I remember my mother used to tell me “don’t read beauty magazines” they will only make you feel ugly. Same applies to the beauty ads we see everywhere these days, from screens to bill boards and what have you. Seeing those models with their perfectly toned skin and nicely framed  bodies advertising beauty products, makes  us feel less of ourselves .

We suddenly become cautious of our appearance, being too dark, too light, too short or too fat. Everything about models makes us dislike everything about ourselves. And in a blink of an eye, we are out there purchasing products advertised by these models, just because we want to look like them. Although no one would ever admit to this, but that’s exactly what it is.

For the purpose of not mixing things up, we are going to focus on the Dove beauty products. The Dove campaign is quite  different and real as can be.The Dove models are the real everyday  women and girls we come across every now and then. Dove ads projects real people coming out to speak boldly about their insecurities, their flaws and how they deal with it and this in turn make us feel better about ourselves.

On why we love Dove and chose to patronize it. Let me ask, between the person who makes you feel  good or the one who makes you feel bad, who would you rather be with? So now you know why we chose to patronize Dove. We would rather listen to that company that says “you are beautiful just the way you are” than the one that yells “you look  unattractive” and buying our beauty product is the only way to be beautiful.

A company promoting“real beauty,” should make use of nothing other than natural substances.  Unfortunately, quite a number of the Dove range contains some of these toxic components or substances.


Dove’s Beginning

In 1957, the Lever Brothers introduced their first beauty product which they called “theoriginal beauty bar” claimingthe produc was by all standard the best for your skin’ when compared to other beauty range because of its mild and gentle nature. Their logo was and is still the bird outline  that we see today. They made use of average models.

Then in the late 60s, Dove decided to project ‘real women,’ acknowledging the result of  Dove’smoisturizing soap.

Fast forward to the late 80s, was one woman named  ‘Jean Shy’ who came out to acknowledge the effect of Dove’s moisturizing soap arising from a compliment she got from a stranger about her skin after she used Dove. And this was what first  stirred the company to promote inner beauty.

In 1991, Dove went ahead to perform the “lacmus test” projectingthat Dove contained no acidic or toxic components, claiming Dove to be mildest. The campaign was viral.


Dove varied into marketing several new products such as shampoo, cleansers,  deodorants, body lotions.Few years later, it was accompanied by the hand and face care product.

2004, saw the launching of an official website for the “Real Beauty” Dove Campaign. In 2005, the Dove Self-Esteem Fund was introduced in Canada  to fight against eating disorders. Then was the release of videos about ‘change’ whichshowsan unrealistic picture of beauty from the media, and ‘Onslaught’ whichshapes the stream of pressure from the press that mars the self-worth of young females. This was how Dove melted our hearts.

Today, Dove ratesas the world’s number one selling beauty brand. With over $2.5 billion U.S. sales  a year, in over 80 countries, where girls and women now feel confident about their looks without any feeling of insecurity or low self-worth. Dove is that company that celebrate our individual beauty and for this, we choose to patronize Dove.

Top Dove Products That Are Full of Harmful Ingredients

Item #1: Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo

Supposedly, this product contains the following perks:

  • Help protect hair from daily wear and tear
  • Make hair softer and 5X smoother than non-conditioning shampoo
  • Leaves the hair feeling silky and manageable
  • Progressively nourishes, keeping hair healthier in the long run
  • Formulated with Pro-Moisture Complex
  • Suitable for daily use

But what does it really contain?


Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Glycerin, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium Edta, Amodimethicone, Dmdm Hydantoin, Peg-45M, Tea-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Cocamide Mea, Lysine Hcl, Arginine, Peg-9M, Cetrimonium Chloride, Ppg-9, Propylene Glycol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Mica (Ci 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Red 33 (Ci 17200).

Item #2: Deep Moisture Body Wash

Their Claim:

  • #1 Dermatologist recommended
  • Softer, smoother skin after just one shower
  • NutriumMoisture™ technology gives natural nutrients to the skin
  • Nourish deep into the surface layers of the skin
  • Help maintain your skin’s moisture barrier during cleanse
  • Mild, gentle formula that is kind to the skin
  • Suitable for daily use

The inside view of these ‘natural nutrients’:
Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Glycinate, Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil Or Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Dmdm Hydantoin, Stearic Acid, Citric Acid, Bht, Tetrasodium Edta, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

Item #3: Dove White Beauty Bar

Here is the original product that initiated this company. It hasn’t changed and the declaration is still the same:

  • #1 Dermatologist recommended
  • Classic moisturizing formula
  • Dove doesn’t dry skin like ordinary soap
  • With ¼ moisturizing cream and mild cleansers, helps retain skin’s moisture
  • Makes skin softer, smoother and more radiant than ordinary soap
  • Suitable for daily use on hands, face, and body

The formula is the same as well, but the ingredients sound less charming:

Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate Or Sodium Palmitate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Water, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate Or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Edta, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891). (2)

What do these words even mean?!

The Reality Behind the Ingredients

Here are ingredients rampant in Dove products and what they truly can do to your body.

  1. Methylisothiazolinone – Studies have found this chemical to contribute to neurodegenerative disorders and seizures. They are looking to conduct further research on this toxin. (3)
  2. Fragrance/Parfum is a common skin irritant and the leading cause of dermatitis from cosmetic use. Studies suggest that this is rising skin sensitivities. (4)
  3. Tetrasodium Edta is made from formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Also, it is a penetration enhancer, meaning it dissolves the protective skin barrier, pathing the way for other toxins to sink into your tissue and perhaps even your bloodstream. Although the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel deemed this chemical “safe,” since it is not well-absorbed into the skin, they did suggest caution when mixing this preservative with other hazardous ingredients. (5)
  4. Sodium Tallowate – Vegans, cover your eyes! Sodium Tallowate, featured in the classic Dove Beauty bar, is derived from the fatty tissue of cattle. The FDA declared this additive to be safe, but according to them, GMOs are fine too. (6)
  5. Sodium Laureth Sulfate – About 12,200 studies testing the cumulative effect and long-term exposure of SLS linked it to (8) :
    • Irritation of the skin and eyes
    • Organ toxicity
    • Developmental/reproductive toxicity
    • Neurotoxicity, ecotoxicology, endocrine disruption, and biochemical or cellular changes
    • Possible mutations and cancer (7) 

True Beauty Should Not Come at Such a High Cost

As Dove believes, women should define their own beauty, yet health hazardous have never and never will be beautiful.

Here are simple DIY recipes you will love more that Dove.

  • Shampoo
  • Shampoo for dandruff
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Hand soap
  • Body soap
  • Anti-aging cream
  • Hand lotion

Via Healthy Holistic Living