Test Drive: Is Dove's New Oil Care System Worth the Money?

Lindsay Ferrier
Why yes, I was using Dove when I took this photo.
I'm all about using drugstore hair products, provided that they work just as well as their more expensive salon counterparts.

So when Dove asked me to test out its new Nourishing Oil Care Therapy System, you can believe I was all over it -- particularly since I'm such a fan of Moroccanoil products, which, as many of you know, aren't cheap.

I've been using all of these Dove products for about two weeks now. Want to know what I think?

Read on!

First off, the shampoo and conditioner.

We've gone over this subject before, but I've used lots of different salon shampoos and conditioners, and honestly, I personally don't find that they work any better on my hair than Pantene. I've been using Pantene for years now and my hair is in great shape. But I found that I liked the Nourishing Oil Shampoo and Conditioner even better. I have straight hair and after using this shampoo and conditioner, it was very manageable and shiny. Yay.

I was really excited to try Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Leave-In Smoothing Cream, which promises the same sort of thing as my Moroccanoil Styling Cream, which I use every day and love. The oil, by the way, is "weightless nutri-oil," which promises to be non-greasy and make your hair easier to style and manage.

I put a little bit into my newly-cleaned hair and it definitely weighed it down a bit at first. However, it also made my hair really shiny and pretty when I brushed it. I don't like it as much as Moroccanoil Styling Cream (which truly does feel weightless), BUT it's far less expensive. For the price, I think the Dove version does a great job, particularly in the winter when you're dealing with static. Just remember that a little bit goes a long way.

The Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Anti-Frizz Serum basically did for my hair the same thing as the Smoothing Cream -- left it feeling shiny and smooth. Again, a little tiny bit goes a long way, and at first I was concerned because the ends of my hair looked a little oily. But once I brushed it in, my hair looked great. I really like the serum for the ends of my hair in particular. It made them look really well-conditioned. FYI, the serum is only available at Walgreens.

After using both of these products, I'm still able to wash my hair every other day, which is my usual routine. My hair was not any oilier than normal. So if you're looking for "smoothing" products for your hair and you don't have a whole lot of money to spend, I definitely recommend this line.

Will you try Dove's Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Line?


Images via Dove

Disclosure: Dove sent me these products for review. I did not receive payment from Dove for writing this review and my opinions are my own.

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Anast... Anastazia975

I wonder if it would help my ends after a long day of cooking?

Marsh... MarshaCWP

I'll try this (I have coupons!) even though I'm happy with Pantene too.

DebaLa DebaLa

Thanks, Lindsay. I can see where spreading it out would make it more cost-effective and still get the benefits.


I'd love to see a review of 'Wen,' for that matter. I wonder if light use or spreading it out would still be effective. My thought: anything's better than nothing in the beauty/self-care world. ; )

Laine... Laineebaz


I love the leave-in smoothing cream.  I, like you LOVE moroccan oil, but  yeah, expensive. I have thick, course, curly hair and and this stuff smooths my curls and gives them great shine.  If you don't wash everyday ( I don't) be careful not to get it too close to scalp, or you can start to look oily once it mixes with your scalp's natural oils.

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