Pros: Gentle, inexpensive, no heavy perfumes or dyes.
Cons: Smells bad.
Last week, my husband Bill and I were at our local Lowe's grocery store and I suddenly remembered that we needed new soap. When Bill reminded me that we had a three pack of Dial Basic HypoAllergenic Bar Soap at home, I explained that we needed to replace it because it smells horrible.
Dial Basic Hypoallergenic soap is a very basic, inexpensive, white soap that is intended for people who can't use soaps with dyes or heavy perfumes. Some folks swear by Dial Basic because it's non-irritating and gentle enough to be used every day. I'm sure my husband bought it because it doesn't smell or look girly, comes in a three pack, and doesn't cost much.
I think as far as its intended purpose goes, Dial Basic works fine. I used it for a couple of weeks and thought it did the job of getting me clean. It lathered up reasonably well and I didn't notice it causing any skin irritation or allergic reactions. However, I cannot abide the way this soap smells, which to me is like a combination of motor oil and stale @$$. When I take a shower, I like to emerge smelling clean and fresh. I don't want to smell vaguely like poo.
I know some people don't think it's useful to put a list of ingredients in a product review, but since this product is intended for people with sensitive skin, I think the ingredients are worth noting.
Soap (Sodium Cocoate or Palm Kernelate, Sodium Palmate, Sodium Tallowate (Contains One or More of These Ingredients)), Water (Aqua), Talc, Coconut Acid, Palm Acid, Tallow Acid, Palm Kernel Acid (Contains One or More of These Ingredients), Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Sorbitol, Sodium Chloride, Pentasodium Penetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
As you can see, Dial Basic soap contains plenty of chemicals. I'm not sure that makes it more "basic" than any other soap out there. It is very no frills and has no exfoliating beads, pretty colors, or fruity perfumes, but it wasn't made solely with mother's milk, either.
* For external use only
* When using this product avoid contact with eyes
* In case of eye contact, flush with water
* Stop use and ask a doctor if irritation or redness develops
* Keep out of reach of children
* If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away
If you need an inexpensive gentle soap that is hypoallergenic, Dial Basic might be fine. I won't be using it anymore because I like my soaps to smell good as they get me clean. And I like a little exfoliating action, too. I don't get that with Dial Basic. I'm going to let Bill keep this soap in his bathroom while I enjoy something more spa oriented.
For more information: http://www.dialprofessional.com