Many people with sensitive skin love Dove Soap, but this would be a fun project if you like to make your own soap. Dove is an excellent soap, and one of the main reasons is that it is made of derivates from tallow or palm oil. But did you know that Dove sensitive skin soap is, in fact, the original Dove bar without fragrance? It is the same recipe scented with a flavor enhancer. Many people with eczema or other skin diseases cannot use Dove Soaps. If this is you, you should try this natural ingredient recipe instead. In fact, the ingredients used in Dove soap are not mild at all, but we get to that later.
Dove is not a lye type of soap, but it does contain some saponified tallow or palm oil. It is a non-soap detergent bar and the main ingredient is Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate. Sodium lauroyl isethionate is a surfactant and detergent used as a cleansing agent and to impart lather in the soap.
We will stripe the ingredients list down to purely natural ingredients and make a perfected “Dove Sensitive” type of soap. One of the excellent things about soap made with lye is that it doesn’t need any preservatives, so we can leave those out.
If we went 100% with the fats and oils from the Dove ingredients list, we would get a very hard and much too cleansing bar of soap that would not be mild enough for sensitive skin. We, therefore, substituted Coconut Oil with Coconut Milk to make a creamier bar (you can use any milk you like). We also added Olive Oil and Shea Butter to make a milder soap and left out Stearic Acid, which makes a harder bar that cures faster. There is no need for it, but you can add 0,5% (of total oil weight) and recalculate the recipe if you like it.
Dove soap is colored with Titanium Dioxide. There is absolutely no need for color, or other additives, in soaps for sensitive skin, so we leave this one out too. If you like to read about the health risks of Titanium Dioxide, go to Wikipedia.
For full ingredients list, go to www.dove.com
Oils used in this recipe
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Recipe percentages, lye, and superfat
This information is for advanced soapers. Go to recipe if you are new to soap making.
- 30% Tallow Beef
- 30% Palm Kernel Oil
- 20% Olive Oil
- 20% Shea Butter
- 26.830% Lye Concentration
- 38% Water percent of oil weight (water is substituted with Coconut Milk to the same amount of NaOH)
- 6% Superfat
- 22 oz Total oil weight (624 grams)
- 0% Fragrance
|Soap Quality||Range||This Recipe|
|Hardness||29 – 54||52|
|Cleansing||12 – 22||22|
|Conditioning||44 – 69||45|
|Bubbly||14 – 46||22|
|Creamy||16 – 48||30|
|Iodine||41 – 70||48|
|INS||136 – 165||156|
Recipe for Dove Sensitive inspired soap
Dove Inspired Sensitive Skin Soap
- 2 plastic, glass, or steel bowls
- Wooden or plastic spoon
- Stick blender
- Microwave oven
- Kitchen scale
- Silicone molds
- pH meter or test strips
- Safety gear
- 6.6 oz Tallow Beef 187 grams
- 6.6 oz Palm Kernel Oil 187 grams
- 4.4 oz Olive Oil 125 grams
- 4.4 oz Shea Butter 125 grams
- 5.36 oz Water 150 grams
- 3.07 oz Coconut Milk 87 grams
- 3.07 oz NaOH 87 grams
- Freeze the Coconut MIlk and mix it with water before adding the NaOH OR
- Add Coconut Milk to your oils and blend before adding the lye
- Use the cold process for soap-making
Soap Fatty Acid Profile