DHC Mild Soap Review | My reintroduction to washing with a bar soap!

For years bar soaps have gotten a bad rep as being too harsh and too drying for use on one's delicate face. Once the mainstay for cleansing, the humble bar soap has been edged out of the skincare game by foaming cleansers, gel cleansers, scrubs, milk cleansers, cleansing waters, konjac sponges, cleansing brushes and cleansing oils. Who even uses bar soap for the shower nowadays?! Well, they say everything old is new again and if skincare aficionados like the Japanese are getting back into bar soaps, then it's only a matter of time for us North Americans to do so as well.

DHC is Japan's number one direct sales beauty company and they're known for their wide variety of gentle, effective beauty products based on the moisturizing powers of olive oil. Previously I tried, and loved their cleansing oil and recently I started trying out their Mild Soap in my daily routine.

dhc mild face soap review

Besides the Mild Soap, DHC also offers two other types of cleansing bars: the Pure Soap bar focuses on oil control for blemish-prone skin, while the Olive Soap is formulated to fight signs of aging. For those who need something in-between, the Mild Soap is the perfect solution as it's a gentle everyday soap containing olive oil and honey for long-lasting hydration.

The Guts
The Mild Soap is primarily made up of:
  • Water
  • Sodium oleate - a surfactant and cleanser
  • Sucrose - a humectant
  • Sodium palmitate - a cleanser
  • Sodium laurate - a cleanser
Overall this soap is mainly made up of surfactants and emulsifiers, which is expected as these help break up dirt, makeup and oils. Sadly, the key moisturizing ingredients of olive oil and honey come at the end of the ingredients list. This soap also contains denatured alcohol, which could be an issue for those with sensitive skin.

Price & Packaging
A single 3.1 oz bar costs about $17 USD off DHC's website. If you live near a T&T, I have seen DHC products sold there as well, so I would expect this soap to have a similar, if slightly higher price there too in Canadian.

The DHC Mild Soap comes wrapped in waxed paper inside a very nice cardboard box. Sadly though, it doesn't include any soap dish, although DHC does sell some cute ones separately. The soap itself is a clear color with the DHC name stamped into its surface.

Effectiveness
The last face bar soap I'd ever used was my very first beauty product, the Neutrogena Facial Cleansing Bar back when I was around 11 or 12 years old, so I really had to reach back for any comparison to base my review on! 

To use, I'd recommend running this soap under some warm water for a couple of seconds while lathering it in your hands. Used this way, the Mild Soap lathers up easily into a workable, if thin, foam that spreads easily across the face.

If you like gentle cleansers, then you'll probably like the Mild Soap. This soap has way less foam and body to it compared to gel or foam cleansers and it also has a much more slippery texture compared to milk cleansers, yet I have to say I like it. I was expecting the Mild Soap to feel really harsh, but it actually felt quite gentle and was not stripping at all. My skin didn't feel tight afterwards and it rinsed away really quickly and easily compared to my other daily cleanser, THEFACESHOP Herb Day Aloe Cleansing Cleansing Foam. 

Despite being gentle, the Mild Soap was strong enough to wash away all my makeup (when paired with my DHC Cleansing Oil) and left little residue. I've been using this bar mostly in the mornings, but sometimes at night too when I just want to quickly wash up and it was all I took, cleanser-wise, when I went back home over the Christmas break. No need to worry about pumps leaking into baggies or staying under the flight limit for liquids when you use a bar soap! I'll definitely be packing this into my carry-on when I fly to Mexico next month! 

Although $17 may seem pretty pricey for a bar of soap, I think it may actually work out to be economical. I've been using my bar for over a month now and it hardly looks used; in fact, the imprint on the soap has barely worn off, so I'm pretty sure I'll be using this soap for months. Now I just need a pretty soap dish to display this beauty properly on my bathroom counter!


Final Verdict
Buy - facial soap bars have just made a comeback for me. The Mild Soap is a gentle, yet thorough cleanser that won't leave your skin feeling stripped, but rather just clean and soft. Another win for DHC!





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