In light of the catastrophe of an ad that Dove ran last week, people have voiced that they will no longer be using Dove. The screenshot of the ad was taken out of context which then suggested a racist undertone. I don’t think the ad itself was racist but it could take that way and someone should have caught that. More specifically, someone Black. Which introduces the question of how many Black people do they have sitting with them at the table? And, if there are some people of color sitting at that table, do they feel comfortable enough to voice the kind of opinion that could have made this ad less hazardous to their Brand. I have my own sentiments about big corporate beauty companies and POC but the bigger problem, in my opinion, is their ingredients. Dove has always been considered the go-to soap for people with sensitive skin. From babies, eczema, acne, dry skin, oily skin, I’ve always heard of Dove being the fix. This was the only soap used in my household growing up and I turned out fine. If it’s not broken don’t fix it right? Is Dove actually good for sensitive skin? We’ve been lead to think that Dove is the most natural soap there is and there is nothing else better. The highly toxic and dangerous chemicals found in Dove products (made by Unilever) should have been enough for us to stop using there a long time ago. When you know better, usually, you do better. Here are 5 reasons why you should have stopped using Dove before the ad controversy.
1.The EWG rates them between a 3 and 8 on a sliding hazard scale of 0-10—10 being the most dangerous health risk to humans, animals and/or the environment, depending on the product.
The Environmental Working Group is an environmental organization that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public lands, and corporate accountability. The EWG claims many of the chemicals listed in Dove products also often contain other contaminants that are much worse than the primary chemicals listed. They further list a high concern for skin, eye, or and lung irritation.The EWG study, called Skin Deep, also claims there is a concern for “cancers from multiple additive exposure sources, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), occupational hazards, persistence, and bioaccumulation.”
3. Unilever lacks the corporate responsibility that is necessary for a beauty brand centered around empowering women.
Unilever takes advantage of the people and resources in third world countries. Their statement “‘International by design, we have deep roots in many countries. By the very nature of our business, we are an integral part of the societies in which we operate. Local companies are predominately run by local people in tune with their communities and who understand their needs and values – a truly multi-local multinational.” is a sugar-coated sweat factory with underage and underpaid workers. Their workers (mainly women) are dependent in their sweat factories. Wages are generally extremely low and living conditions disgusting. Empowering women in first world countries and exploiting those in their lesser counterparts? I’ll pass.
2.The FDA doesn’t review and isn’t allowed to regulate beauty products. The beauty industry is in charge of policing themselves.
It’s not like I have much faith in the FDA anyway, but the fact that there aren’t enough checks and balances is just crazy to me! Almost 90 percent of cosmetics ingredients haven’t been evaluated for safety by any publicly accountable institution. Who said that this was okay? How is this okay?
4. Methylisothiazolinone; One of the most common preservatives and also one of the most dangerous is in almost all of their products.
The EWG rates it a 7 on their health risk scale. A SEVEN? According to the Environmental Protection Agency ( Also known as the EPA ), methylisothiazolinone is a type of pesticide used to “control slime-forming bacteria, fungi, and algae.” The EPA’s safety sheet states: “In studies using laboratory animals, methylisothiazolinone has been shown to be of moderate acute toxicity by the oral and inhalation routes. It is highly acutely toxic when applied dermally or to the eye and is considered to be corrosive.” Eighty Dove products! PPG-14 butyl ether, a known carcinogen, and endocrine disruptor. This is just one of the 215 ingredients that dove uses that are highly toxic
5. Dove uses Endocrine disrupting chemicals.
Dove products also contain endocrine disrupting chemicals. Even if you are exposed to this chemicals second hand, theses synthetic chemicals can mimic hormone-like effects that interfere with your endocrine system. They mimic natural hormones like estrogen and they block the activity of your natural hormones. We’ve talked about this before in my blog post about the hormonal effects of soy.
The Endocrine Society issued a study Which you can view by clicking here that highlights the many dangerous effects these chemicals can have on your body, including on both “male and female reproduction, breast development, prostate cancer, neuroendocrinology, thyroid, metabolism and obesity, and cardiovascular endocrinology.
Read this study in the International Journal of Andrology. It reveals that exposure to these endocrine disruptors is “feminizing boys.”
In reality, It’s impossible to avoid every single harmful chemical, but you can limit the number of toxins your body is exposed to. The effects of these chemicals may not show themselves right away but over time they will. If you don’t take care of yourself now, you may pay for it later in sickness.
In all, we should have gotten rid of not only Dove but any soap and beauty products that have this many harmful chemicals a long time ago. Do you think that committing to limiting your exposure to these toxic chemicals is imoportant?