Dr. Bronners has always helped my oily skin out, but the normal variety began to irritate me after prolonged use (redness, from the peppermint) so I switched to this variety and the difference is very noticeable. Although it is 'unscented' I found its ingredients to smell very pleasant, and it was much more gentle than the normal Dr. Bronner's castille soap, gentle enough to (if your skin isn't sensitive!) use on my face. I haven't tried to use it as a shampoo or anything else.
However, while the packaging is nice and you get quite a lot of it in one bottle, it's still somewhat expensive. There are probably cheaper alternatives that get the job done just as well. But if you are a fan of Dr. Bronner or are going for the organic label (or to support Bronner's excellent labor policies) then by all means knock yourself out.
A nice no frills or scented soap I love to use on my hands or in the shower for a body wash, lathers nicely. Seems like this bottle will last me forever too. Took a lippie off for the bottle likes to leak sometimes. =/
After falling in love with the Dr. Bronner's Shaving Soap Gel, I decided to try this product as a body wash. I am very disappointed. The only good thing is that it doesn't have added fragrance (though it does have the same sweet scent reminiscent of molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla that the shaving soap has), and it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin. It initially lathers well, but if I don't use at least four pumps of product on my washcloth, the lather disappears before I've finished soaping up my body. And it leaves my skin with that dry, tight feeling that soap can leave (though my favorite bar soap--Kiss My Face In the Pink soap--doesn't do this).
My biggest complaint about this product, though, is the packaging. I often dislike pump packaging because it can be wasteful, but this pump is particularly bad. When I still had 3 ounces of product left in the bottom of the container, the pump stopped bringing it up. I transfered the remaining soap to a small squeeze bottle, but I hate having to do that to avoid wasting 1/4 of the bottle. Even if I loved the product, I wouldn't repurchase simply because the packaging is so bad.
Ingredients: Organic White Grape Juice, Organic Sucrose, Organic Coconut Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Shikakai Powder, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol. continued >>
I bought this soap hoping for a good all-in-one body wash and shampoo. If definitely did not work for my hair, but it is a wonderful body wash.
Very gentle, haven't had irritation on any part of my body.
Unscented - this soap does smell mildly of its' ingredients - basically like soap with a hint of something herbal (I can only assume that's the shikakai?) - but no lasting or overwhelming fragrance.
Very great skin softener - I haven't changed anything else about my shower routine, but my boyfriend keeps mentioning how soft my skin is!
Pretty cheap for the amount you get, and in a convenient pump-bottle.
Natural, safe ingredients.
I tried this for a week as a shampoo - even without conditioner it just left my hair greasy looking and it felt heavy and like it was full of product all day long. Also made it lay super flat. I think it would be fine for someone with extra-dry hair or seriously unruly frizz, but it made my straight hair (which is neither oily nor dry) look like I hadn't showered in... well, ever.
Overall, a great product. I won't be buying it for an all around product any time soon, but I have a feeling that after trying a few more body washes that I am interested in, I'll be coming back to this one. I really haven't found anything else that makes my skin soft and moisturized.
EDIT: Toward the end of this bottle product started leaking all over my bathroom - not a small leak, more like a flood - so I had to adjust the packaging rating.
EDIT: Changed "Would you buy this product again?" to No. Have tried a few more soaps and body washes and this stuff just isn't all that special. An okay product, but not worth the price or the mess from the leaking bottle. Regular Bronner's mixed with oils, butters and herbal infusions works better and costs less so I'll be sticking with those.
This is for the hand/body soap in the opaque pump--not your usual tiny-text covered, famous castile liquid soap. I haven't even considered this pump soap before, as I already have 5 bottles of castile circulating through my home for scrubbing tubs, washing hands, making counter spray, etc.
While I love their traditional castille, it was not good in my hair, and not good on my very dry skin. Then I saw this skikakai formula on their website, and read how it was supposed to be good for hair, too. With a sensitive, itchy scalp, and two kids with sensitive skin, I thought I'd give this a try.
The pump is nice. Doesn't clog in the pump. Handy at sinks or on the edge of the tub. The soap itself is brown and slightly runny. It has a strange soap-and-molasses odor, but it doesn't stick around after bathing. I can only guess the smell is from the shikakai herb (which is supposed to be excellent for skin and hair according to herbal hair care websites). It lathers well, has a soft feel on skin, doesn't leave a tacky residue, and most importantly, makes my family's hair very soft! I tried using the Dr. B conditioner (not good, not good.) but find this to give me better results without any conditioner at all. Note: this is soap, and not tear free. If you will be using this on children, just keep out of eyes.
This product nearly fulfills my fantasy of having just one bottle in the shower that does everything for me and my kids. But, I simply cannot use this on my face daily. It makes my face red and tight feeling. But I love it everywhere else.
Fans of cleaning the house with traditional Dr. B's castille: I wouldn't recommend it with this one for cleaning.
Ingredients from Dr. B website: Organic White Grape Juice, Organic Sucrose*, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Shikakai Powder, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol (** None remains after converting oils to fatty acids and glycerin)