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The Best Gentle Bar Soaps: 185K Reviews
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The Best Gentle Bar Soaps: 185K Reviews

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Dove Bar Soap - Sensitive Skin Unscented
By Dove
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars70%
  • 4 Stars24%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star0%
4.6 (7,217 reviews)
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My dermatologist (who has the best skin I've ever seen on a 40-something woman) recommended I use Dove for washing my face. I travel a lot, and with the TSA rules, using bar soap allows me to bring lots of other products in my carry-on--substituting for both face wash and body wash. Now I never travel without a bar. My skin can be sensitive and sometimes itchy. With the Dove bar, my face and body feel clean, fresh and soft. I don't get that feeling of soap scum that I do with other bar soaps. And then when my baby's pediatrician suggested using Dove instead of one of the typically over-scented baby washes, I knew I really had a winner on my hands. Dove is much less expensive than most of the face and body products I previously used. The only small draw-back I've experienced is that using Dove products containing moisturizers leaves a thin film on your skin, which can interfere with self-tanner products. I just substitute a different was if I plan to use self-tanner.
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Jennie V.
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Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap Bar
By SheaMoisture
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars68%
  • 4 Stars22%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 (3,168 reviews)
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I had heard about the wonders African Black soap does for acne-prone, problematic skin so had been interested in a product like this for some time. I never picked it up, though, because I was afraid the shea moisture would be too much for my already oily skin (I typically used gel moisturizers, a form recommended for oily skin). On the other hand, the word "soap" brings to mind moisture-stripping properties that I thought would be too harsh and cause me to produce even more oil. However, I really wanted to cut back on all the chemical-laden cleansing products and focus on something gentler and much more natural. So I finally decided to give this a try. I was also pleased about the price--only $5 at beauty and drug stores. I'm really impressed with this! It does not make my oily skin worse; in fact, I think it helps balance it. I've gotten rather lazy in my skin care routine: I only wash my face with this soap in the morning and follow with a homemade apple cider vinegar toner. At night, I sometimes use the Micellar cleansing water from Simple, but mostly I do nothing more than wash my face in the shower with only water. Contrary to what I would expect, my skin appears to be a lot clearer than it used to be. I really don't get major pimples, but I have acne scars primarily along my cheeks. Since using this soap, the scars appear to have lightened considerably and my skin texture overall looks smoothr and clearer. It didn't cause me to break out. Also, as noted above, I think it helps control and regulate my oil production. I don't use a moisturizer anymore. Even in the summer months, I think my oil production is reduced. The only complaint I have is that after a week, the "top layer" is worn down and there are some kind of hard, grainy ingredients in it (sorry! I'm not sure what they are) that do hurt slightly when I apply the bar to my face. However, I've learned to hold it at an angle to prevent this from happening. It just takes practice and personal preference. Overall, I definitely recommend giving this a try. Oily skinned, acne-prone people: don't be thrown off by the words "soap" and "shea moisture." It worked really well for my skin, much better than the numerous and never-ending mainstream chemical products I tried. I thought it would be messy but it's really not. And for storage I just bought a $3 soap dish from Wal-Mart which works great at keeping the residue off my counter and sink. I do not see myself purchasing anything else to wash my face, unless maybe it's a black soap from another brand.
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Jessica S. Jessica S.
Chapel Hill, NC
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Dove Beauty Dove Shea Butter Bar Soap - 4 Bars
By Dove
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars63%
  • 4 Stars31%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star0%
4.6 (4,699 reviews)
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I am currently using the dove beauty bar soap with Shea butter honestly I've always used just the regular dove beauty bar because I have sensitive skin and threw out the years dove is the only product that has worked for my sensitive skin but now this dove beauty bar with Shea butter smells amazing and first I was scared to use it because I didn't want to break out and I used it and it was amazing my skin is always soft and no break outs!!! The Shea butter actually helped with my sensitive skin the smell of the Shea butter is just such a calming smell and relaxing fresh Sent great to come home after a day of work and shower with this product great for you skin and smells so fresh and clean I would highly recommend it.
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Gina F.
Chester, PA
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Dr. Bronner Castile Soap
By Dr. Bronner's
4.7 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars86%
  • 4 Stars10%
  • 3 Stars0%
  • 2 Stars0%
  • 1 Star5%
4.7 (21 reviews)
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I love this soap, and I love the smell. The scent is pure lavender essential oil, not perfumey! I keep several bars of this, because I use it for everything. The best uses are as a face wash if your skin is sensitive but broken out, and also as a dupe for Beauty Blender solid cleanser (for makeup brushes and sponges).
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Kerry M. Kerry M.
three bridges, nj
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Nubian Heritage Soap Bar, Indian Hemp
By Nubian Heritage
4.8 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars87%
  • 4 Stars13%
  • 3 Stars0%
  • 2 Stars0%
  • 1 Star0%
4.9 (15 reviews)
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this is really because i can use it on my face and it doesnt irritate or break me out . its great if you have very sensitive skin and its a nice light fragrance to it . its natural and a reasonsble price . def worth the buy
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Arbrea S. Arbrea S.
New Castle, DE
Kirk's Original Coco Castile Bar Soap
By Kirk's
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars62%
  • 4 Stars26%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star2%
4.5 (210 reviews)
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I love castile soap. It's plant oil based and isn't harsh on the skin. I've used Kirk's to make my own liquid soaps, vegetable wash, and have used a bar to clean my make up brushes and sponges. I've always been happy with it and It's a great multitasker. Kirk's has a wonderful website with lots of recipes, tips, and diys for their soap. I like this compared to the major competitor because of the price difference. With Kirk's I can buy 3 bars for $5 as opposed to 1 bar for $5. There are a few differences between the two that I think are minor. The competitor lists raw ingredients where Kirk's list the by products or "finished components" that result from everything being turned into soap. Kirk's uses a simpler recipe and is coconut oil based. The competitor uses a combination of oils. The competitor states that they're raw ingredients are fair trade and organic, Kirk's doesn't make those same claims. Both are sulfate and phthalate free.

I would saybecause of the price Kirk's will be my go to.
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Elle D. Elle D.
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Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar
By Cetaphil
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars70%
  • 4 Stars20%
  • 3 Stars6%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.6 (938 reviews)
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If we had an A+ button I would select it. I was recommended this soap by my dermatologist, I have oily, large pores, blackhead prone, dry-very sensitive skin yes all that!!. I used this soap as a daily cleanser and this is the only thing that will not break me out. It has no scent or alcohol. I have used "similar" products but everything else make my face dry and red. I use it with my clarasonic it is not liquid-y so you have to scrub it on and it really clears out your face and leaves a clean feeling. I've been using this soap for over 5 years.
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Regina M. Regina M.
Miami, FL
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Tom's of Maine Moisturizing Bar Sensitive
By Tom's of Maine
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars49%
  • 4 Stars43%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star0%
4.4 (574 reviews)
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I loved how my skin felt after using this product for a few months. I've never had skin problems, not even in my puberty but I do have sensitive skin and it usually gets very dry during the winter, so that's why I wanted to try this product. I've been using their toothpaste for almost a year now and I'm in love with the results, so I wanted to try with their soap too. My skin feels smooth and moisturized even during winter time. I will highly recommend this to anyone that prefers using more natural, animal/planet friendly products. I also recommend using their toothpaste, they have variety of flavors and they are all good.
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Samantha O.
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