Monthly Archive for March, 2007

Dust, dust, dust

Dust, dust, dust

Here’s a little tidbit from one of Bill Bryson’s books, In a Sunburned Country:

“According to an article in the science section of the New York Times, every hour the average person ‘sloughs off’ 60,000 skin fragments, 160 million motes of dust, and 20,000 particles of clothing lint, among rather a lot else.”

For most people in first-world countries, all of that dust has detergents along for the ride.

It really does make a big difference for EVERYONE in the household to make the switch, and this is why.


Unscented Dove discontinued?

I have been getting reports that Unscented Dove has been discontinued.

Unscented Dove for Sensitive Skin may be a reasonable substitute, at least it used to be identical surfactant-wise. The only reason I did not recommend it was because it has several oils in it that the plain unscented does not have, including Sweet Almond Oil. There is some research indicating early exposure to nut oils, even rubbed on the skin, may increase the likelihood of developing nut allergies. I personally would like to see the studies repeated with a little more rigor, but they are something to be aware of.

In my own experience, of all the Dove products, people are the least likely to have problems with the other ingredients in Unscented Dove, so I’m disappointed that they discontinued it.

Unscented Dove is one of those products that isn’t entirely true soap, but the major component is soap and the hydration properties appear to be the same as true soap. It is also non-drying. I liked being able to recommend a product that was available worldwide.


If you have used the web site to eliminate your eczema, please tell me about your favorite non-drying bar soap! Ideally, I’d like to find something that is widely available. Rather than commenting here, please go to the web site and click on the Feedback link on the home page.

I know people who do use the Dove Unscented for Sensitive Skin without problems. I am also looking into “basis sensitive skin bar” — please let me know if your child definitely has detergent-reactive eczema and you have used this product (what were the results?). Like Dove, it appears to be a mixture of mainly soap with other surfactants.