A little while ago, a little birdie told me that Dove would be launching a skincare line made especially for delicate, young skins, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting news on the official launch of Baby Dove ever since.
I’ve long been a fan of Dove’s products (I’m obsessed with the Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash and the original beauty bar, and the Dove Color Radiance Hair Mask is one of my top hair masks… ever), so I couldn’t wait to see what the Baby Dove products were like. I had really high expectations (I’m pretty fussy when it comes to choosing skincare products for Bean), but I was completely blown out of the water. Bean and I have been trying and testing each and every single product within the range (with exception of the Baby Dove Moisture Rich Nappy Cream, which we passed on to my sister-in-law to test on my 18 month old niece) and there honestly isn’t a product that I don’t love.
There are two two different variants within the Baby Dove range: the Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture range, which is fragrance-free and ideal for babies with sensitive skins, and the Baby Dove Rich Moisture range, which has that tell-tale Dove scent that I’m absolutely smitten with. I started off by using the Sensitive Moisture range on Beanie’s skin, as I worried that the Rich Moisture range might be a bit too rich, but I needn’t have worried – the fragrances used were designed specifically for a baby’s delicate skin, promising a gentle, soothing scent along with exceptionally gentle, hypoallergenic care for your baby’s skin.
My favourite products from Baby Dove? It’s hard to choose, but I’ll definitely be slipping the Baby Dove Rich Moisture Head To Toe Wash, Rich Moisture Shampoo, and Rich Moisture Lotion into my shopping trolley once I’ve run out.
Baby Dove Rich Moisture Head To Toe Wash (R39,99 for 200ml)
I am completely obsessed with this Head To Toe Wash – it smells so delicious (and leaves a delicate, lingering scent on Bean’s skin, which I love) and is so soft and gentle on Beanie’s skin. I was expecting Bean’s skin to get a whole lot drier and more irritated after our move to Johannesburg, but he hasn’t experienced any dryness or tightness since, and I have no doubt that this wash plays a huge role in that. The hypoallergenic, safety-tested formula is free from nasties, like parabens, phthalates, and harmful dyes, and is gentle enough to use on newborn skin. It’s also supposedly compatible with eczema-prone skin – something I can’t report back on as Beanie isn’t prone to eczema, but if any mamas out there have feedback on this claim, please do let me know!
I love that this wash can be used on your littlie’s body and hair – it makes traveling so much easier. There’s no need to pack the entire contents of your bathroom cabinet; just this one product will do (you can even get away with skipping body lotion when you’re in a pinch – I’ve tried it and found the wash to be adequately moisturising).
Baby Dove Rich Moisture Shampoo (R49,99 for 200ml)
We all know that your baby’s delicate skin needs extra gentle care, but did you know that your baby’s scalp is one of the most sensitive areas? I can attest to this fact, as I spent the first two years of Bean’s life struggling to find something to help treat the cradle cap and little dry patches he had on his scalp. Baby Dove’s hypoallergenic, pH-neutral, and tear-free Rich Moisture Shampoo promises to cleanse and moisturise your baby’s hair and scalp, making sure that essential nutrients and moisture levels are replenished.
Bean has a thick mop of hair and hates having his hair washed, so I’m always on the lookout for products that are both tear-free and conditioning to make the whole process easier. Baby Dove’s Shampoo is super-gentle (on the scalp and hair – and eyes!) and helps to detangle Beanie’s hair, as well as being super-nourishing and leaving his hair soft, shiny, and conditioned.
Baby Dove Rich Moisture Lotion (R54,99 for 200ml)
Did you know that a baby’s skin is 30% thinner than mine or yours, and that it’s more susceptible to moisture loss? All the more reason to stock up on a quality moisturiser – and Baby Dove’s Rich Moisture Lotion is a real goodie, trust me! Like all the other products in the range, this lotion is hypoallergenic and free from harmful parabens, phthalates, and dyes, and it’s been designed to protect your baby’s skin barrier, preventing against moisture loss. It also boasts that heavenly Dove scent, and it’s quickly absorbed into your baby or kiddie’s skin for minimal fuss when it’s time to get dressed.
Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Fragrance Free Head To Toe Wash (R39,99 for 200ml)
If you’re particularly worried about your little one’s sensitive, eczema-prone skin (or you simply don’t enjoy fragranced products), I think you’ll enjoy Baby Dove’s Sensitive Moisture range. I started off using this wash on Beanie’s skin, but quickly swapped to the Rich Moisture range – not because there’s anything wrong with this wash, but because I adore the delicate scent of the Rich Moisture range!
Dove describes the Sensitive Moisture Head To Toe Wash as being ‘as gentle as water’, with absolutely no dyes, parabens, or phthalates. It’s also pH-neutral and tested by a dermatologist, paediatrician, and ophthalmologist, to ensure only the very best, most gentle care for super-sensitive skins. (As an aside, this wash also makes for a fantastic facial cleanser. I unexpectedly ran out of my usual face wash, grabbed this beauty for a quick, makeshift stand-in, and I was so impressed. It cleansed my skin thoroughly, but didn’t strip it of any moisture or leave it feeling tight afterwards. Try it!)
Baby Dove Rich Moisture Bar (R12,99)
Ok, so I know soap bars are usually frowned upon, but I’ve been a huge fan of Dove’s original beauty bars since they launched in SA (I don’t remember exactly when this was, but I do recall that I was roughly 10 or 11 at the time, and I used to beg my mom to buy Dove’s beauty bar instead of our usual family soap). Baby Dove’s Rich Moisture Bar is no exception – in fact, I think I might prefer this to the original! Much of my love for this moisture bar can be attributed for the scent (I’m a suck for that Dove scent – can you tell?), but the moisturising effects of this bar play a huge role, too. Like Dove’s original beauty bar, the baby bar is formulated using Dove’s famous 1/4 moisturising cream, and it’s also formulated without parabens, phthalates, and dyes. These bars have been proven to be far more nourishing than other soap-based bars, and they’re said to be gentle enough to use on newborns. I don’t typically use soap bars to wash Bean’s body, but I’ve tried this one on both Beanie and myself, and I like it.
Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Fragrance-Free Wipes (R62,99 for 50 sheets)
As a mother to a four-year-old, you’d think I’d have no use for baby wipes, but I think I go through more wipes now than ever before! Beanie’s face is forever full of food, and wipes are a quick and easy way to mop up little messes and to keep his hands clean. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect wipe ever since his birth over four years ago, and I think I’ve finally found them: Baby Dove’s wipes are nice and thick, but they’re also incredibly soft and gentle – perfect for little cheeks and teeny bums alike! I also really love that these wipes pop out individually – no more trying to stuff extra wipes back into the packet! The fragrance-free wipes are great for newborn babies and sensitive skins (they’re said to be as gentle as water), but Baby Dove also offer Rich Moisture Wipes, which boast a lovely, subtle scent. I’ve tried both and like them equally, and I doubt I’ll be using any other wipes in future.
Baby Dove Rich Moisture Petroleum Jelly (R36,99)
Petroleum Jelly is a controversial subject, as so many mamas prefer not to use products containing petrolatum on themselves or their babies. I personally have no issue with petroleum jelly, as the crude oil from which the petrolatum is derived is highly purified before it’s used in beauty products, so there’s no risk of exposure to harmful chemicals. Another little fact? Since petrolatum is derived from crude oil, it’s actually considered a natural ingredient. Petrolatum is also a rich emollient, which means that it helps to retain your skin’s hydration levels while preventing moisture loss. Applying petroleum jelly topically to the skin can thus help to replenish moisture and soothe the skin’s outer layer, making it ideal for soothing and preventing nappy rash. Bean is no longer in nappies, so I’ve been using the Baby Dove Rich Moisture Petroleum Jelly to soothe his little chapped lips and to treat dry cheeks, and I’ve also been using it as a lip balm and to smooth my brows into place on lazy days.
These are just a few quick thoughts on my favourite products from the Baby Dove range, which also includes the following:
- Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Fragrance-Free Lotion (R54,99 for 200ml)
- Baby Dove Rich Moisture Wipes (R62,99 for 50 sheets)
- Baby Dove Rich Moisture Nappy Cream (R39,99)