Dial vs Dove Soap: WHICH Is Better?

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We all have different skin types and sometimes react differently to beauty products.

But one thing that’s universally agreed upon is that choosing the right skincare product is extremely important if you have sensitive skin.

Do this, and your skin will thank you for it. Both Dove and Dial have a variety of skincare products to choose from.

But where they seem to converge is with their antibacterial and beauty soaps.

So, in today’s article, we’ll be comparing their soaps.

Specifically, we will explore the similarities and differences between the soaps offered in bar form.

This will not only help you decide on the right brand for you but should also help you decide if their bar soap is for you or not.

Dial vs Dove Soap: WHICH Is Better?

Dial vs Dove Soap

Purpose of Each Soap

As you can see from the name of each, the two soaps are designed to help you fight bacteria.

According to Dial, their antibacterial soap is made with Benzalkonium Chloride, an antimicrobial agent that not only kills microorganisms but also inhibits their growth.

This particular ingredient is used in antibacterial creams, ointments, and even hand wipes.

Similarly, Dove also claims that the soap can remove up to 99% of bacteria.

So, both soaps combine their cleaning properties with antibacterial properties to give your skin all the care it needs to shine, become moisturized, and nourished.

The Cost

I checked the official website of both brands and I couldn’t get a price for either soap.

On their site, Dove will refer you to different stops where you can shop for the soap. I think it’s the same with Dial.

From my understanding, Dove is slightly more expensive than Dial.

I checked both Amazon and Walmart for the prices since the prices are missing on the official websites.

An 8 bar of Dove, for instance, costs more than $10 at Walmart. Dial’s 12 bar, on the other hand, is just above $7.


  • Dial: Offers a wide range of scents from its classic clean scent in the gold bar to various fragrances in its other offerings.
  • Dove: Has a mild, creamy scent in its classic white beauty bar but has introduced various fragrances in its newer variants.


For most people, especially those with sensitive skin, the ingredients in their soaps matter.

No matter where you fall in the skin type spectrum, you want to make sure the soap you’re using doesn’t have irritants that can give your skin a tough time.

It’s easy to think you’ll stop using a bar of soap if your skin reacts badly to it.

But what about the money that would have been wasted?

This is why it’s important to evaluate the ingredients of both Dove and Dial Antibacterial Soaps.

Dove Ingredients List:

Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Oleate, Sodium Stearate, Water (Aqua), Sodium Isethionate, Lauric Acid, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Laurate, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzalkonium Chloride, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Kaolin or Titanium Dioxide, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)

Dial Ingredients List:

[Active Ingredient – Benzalkonium Chloride 0.10%] Inactive Ingredients: Soap [Sodium Tallowate*, Sodium Palmate*, Sodium Cocoate*, Sodium Palm Kernelate*], Aqua (Water, Eau), Coconut Acid*, Palm Acid*, Palm Kernel Acid*, Tallow Acid*, Glycerin, PEG-6 Methyl Ether, Sodium Chloride, Parfum (Fragrance), Tetrasodium Etidronate, Pentasodium Pentetate, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 45350 (Yellow 8), CI 14700 (Red 4), Coumarin, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol.

I like that the Dove soap doesn’t contain alcohol.

Even though it’s a very small amount that’s present in the Dial soap, alcohol is alcohol.

Both contain parfum though, so that’s something you want to pay attention to if you’re sensitive to that.

Another ingredient I’d like to point to is glycerin, which is an emollient that provides skin hydration.

Only Dial has it but is absent in Dove.

What Others Are Saying (Reviews from Users)

I decided to check one of the versions of the Dove and Dial soaps on Amazon. The reviews on both brands are generally positive.

That’s to say that the majority of users are satisfied with the purchase of either soap. At the time of this writing, there are over 8000 reviews on Amazon for Dove soap and over 2000 for Dial.

The majority are positive, with both brands scoring 4.8 out of 5 rating. I was thinking that Dove would be more popular. I was surprised to see thousands of reviews customers are leaving for Dial too. Which means they’re both doing well.

Final Thoughts

Your choice between Dial and Dove largely depends on your specific skincare needs and preferences:

  • If antibacterial properties and combating body odor are your primary concerns, Dial might be the preferable choice.
  • If you’re aiming for a soap that offers moisturization and is gentle on the skin, Dove’s beauty bar is tailored for this purpose.
  • Scent preferences can also guide your decision, with Dial providing a broader array of fragrant soaps compared to Dove’s milder scents.
  • Lastly, if budget constraints are at play, Dial is generally the more affordable option, though both brands are relatively budget-friendly.

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