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If Dove is not a soap, then what is it?

Asked by Capt_Bloth (2703points) November 30th, 2009 from iPhone
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syz's avatar

I suspect it’s a marketing tactic rather than an actual condition.

ChocolateReigns's avatar

It is soap. It just has lots of air in it.

Capt_Bloth's avatar

@buckyboy28 I wash myself with chocolate?
this makes no sense anymore.

buckyboy28's avatar

@Capt_Bloth I don’t see why not

One of the downsides to moderation. So much for having a little fun. :^(

absalom's avatar


I thought this was some sort silly of riddle and I tried that already.

My other answer would be a personal care product, the purchase of which is supposed to contribute to the Dove Self-esteem Fund.

The idea of a fund for self-esteem amuses me.

chyna's avatar

One quarter cleansing cream.

dpworkin's avatar

Dove is sodium cocoyl isethionate, stearic acid, coconut acid, sodium tallowate, water, sodium isethionate, sodium stearate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium cocoate or palm kernelate, fragrance, sodium chloride, tetrasodium EDTA, trisodium etidronate, BHT, titanium dioxide and sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate, according to I believe that soap is lye and ash.

toomuchcoffee911's avatar

Isn’t Dove a brand of chocolate as well as a soap?

I don’t get the question.

Capt_Bloth's avatar

@pdworkin oh. I guess it’s one of those things that’s less interesting once you know the answer.

@buckyboy28 I can’t afford to eat chocolate that expensive, let alone rub on my feet.

@absalom I missed your first answer could you pm me?

@toomuchcoffee911 the commercials for the soap advertise it as “not a soap.” It isn’t a serious question, I just saw an ad and thought “come on, it is a soap. Right?”

syz's avatar

Jokes and humor are fine, but only after the questioner has received some serious replies. Jokes as first answers tend to derail entire threads and discourage new users who may have been very serious about their questions.

Skippy's avatar

@syz I now understand why several questions have had removed comments as first or second. It makes sense.

@pdworkin Interesting website noted….

Dove Dark is the best -

absalom's avatar

@Capt_Bloth: Sent it; nothing special.
@syz: Received it; thanks!

reacting_acid's avatar

Its a bird of peace, a chocolate and a soap company.

Fernspider's avatar

What is all this carry on about chocolate shampoo? I would like a world that was made entirely of chocolate. Even the one quarter moisturising cream would be chocolate. Each fluther post would be m&m’s..

Sorry about that, have just bought chocolate from the office vending machine and am feeling a little less insane as a result. Apologies for my chocolate outburst. Oooo, outbursts made of chocolate….

Facade's avatar

It is a soap. It’s just not as horrible of a product as most other soaps out there.

juwhite1's avatar

Dove doesn’t contain soap. It is a moisturizing body bar that does help cleanse the skin, but contains no lye, and is therefore not a soap. I know it sounds funny, but I’m allergic to soap, and the only reason I know this is that my dermatologist told me to use dove instead of soap.

cyn's avatar

seal fat?

augustlan's avatar

Soap is a very specific kind of cleanser. Much of what we call “soap” isn’t soap at all, and their labels confirm that. Instead of being labeled “soap”, an alternative name is used like: cleansing bar, beauty bar, etc.

rooeytoo's avatar

Seems as if most all shower gels are soap free but they still get me clean and don’t dry out my skin so much. I use either dove soap or a shower gel.

I also use dove soap to bathe the town dog, she gets a rash from every shampoo I have tried on her, but dove makes her feel soft and nice and smell good too, her white coat sparkles, heheheh. They should put my town dog in a dove soap commercial!

jca's avatar

dove soap melts (deteriorates, dissolves?) very quickly. it’s almost like hardened lotion, not soap. real soap lasts longer when wet.

rooeytoo's avatar

I think all soaps seem to dissolve way too quickly. To make them last longer (or at least it seems as if they do) I take them out of their packaging and toss them in the drawers with clothing for a couple of weeks. Makes the clothes smell good and I do think the soap gets harder and goes further.

cazzie's avatar

I make soap. Dove does contain some soap. In the industry it’s called a Sidnet bar, meaning it contains both detergents AND soap.
Thanks to dpworkin:
sodium cocoyl isethionate(a ‘nonsoap’ cleanser), stearic acid, coconut acid, sodium tallowate (a ‘true soap’ made from combining NaOH with an animal fat, usually pig tallow), water, sodium isethionate, sodium stearate (a true soap made from adding a refined type of fat, usually animal derived, with NaOH), cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium cocoate or palm kernelate( another true soap made from coconut fat and NaOH), fragrance, sodium chloride, tetrasodium EDTA, trisodium etidronate, BHT, titanium dioxide and sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate,

So, it’s a sidnet bar, a combination of ‘true soap’ and other things that clean. They don’t list lye (NaOH) as an ingredient because there is no longer lye present after the saponifcation process.

A well made bar of soap is NOT bad for your skin. People are more likely allergic to the fragrances that are put in most products, or have irritated skin from over using liquid ‘soaps’ (that aren’t soap at all, they are detergents) that dry out the skin.

If you’re vegan, don’t use this product. It contains soaps derived of animal fat.

Capt_Bloth's avatar

@cazzie that is the best answer I’ve ever seen here.

Oh, and welcome to Fluther.

tragiclikebowie's avatar

well I was going to post but @cazzie wins.

And I would vote that Dove soap is still a pretty terrible thing to use on your skin.

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