As an all purpose household soap, this is great, but as a skin care item this is far too harsh no matter how much I dilute it. I was using this as a body cleanser but found it too drying. I believe it has a pH of 8 which isn't as bad as other soaps but is alkaline(healthy skin has a pH of 5.5). Anything that compromises the skin's acid mantle will compromise your skin. Compromise this barrier and you're left with dryness, sensitivity, and breakouts. I've used this on my face before, but that was a huge mistake. My acne was insanely exacerbated. Gentle cleansing is crucial to fighting acne as impairing your skin's pH impairs its ability to function properly and leaves it susceptible to acne-causing bacteria. My rule of thumb is, if it's effective in cleaning household items, etc, you probably shouldn't be using it on your skin. Also your water quality can be a determining factor as to whether or not this works for you. Hard water is usually alkaline so it can make this harsher on skin.
didn't like it all. i diluted it (200 ml water + 1 tsp soap and then i tried 30% soap and 70% water). and even after diluting it, it had a weird feeling to it. it feels clean, but also feels very dry and itchy. something not natural and something that surely didn't feel good on my skin. it actually felt really cheap. had to return it.
Thank you people for informing me about doc b. I just can't figure out why anyone still buys other stuff.
I absolutely love Dr. Bronner's products. I can clean my grandchild and my house with it and no harsh chemicals to worry about. My granddaughter has extremely sensitive skin and this gets her clean and keeps her rash free. Plus I love reading the bottles lol I love to clean my floors, walls, etc. with the lavender as it makes my house smell yummy! <3
Tried this for cleaning, laundry, as a body wash, tooth paste, and shampoo. I wanted try out the various suggested uses and have found that it is an excellent shampoo. Gets my hair so clean and leaves it so fresh. I have been using it for about four years now. My hair is so healthy and I think it's because I don't use shampoos with chemicals anymore.
Thank you SO MUCH to the reviewer who mentioned putting 1 cup of distilled water in an emptied handsoap FOAM dispenser, then adding 1.5 tablespoons of Dr. Bronner's soap!! It foams up so nicely and is the perfect dilution. I was previously putting 1/4 teaspoon in my hand then adding water, but even then, that's too much soap. 5-6 pumps from the foam dispenser works for my whole body, 1 pump for my face. You can also add glycerin (1/2 teaspoon) to your soap dispenser mixture to make a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizing face & body wash.
I now have a foam soap dispenser at the kitchen sink as well. I use the baby mild unscented to wash dishes with and to wash my hands. Love it!
Funny enough nowadays it's so hard to get a necessity such as plain liquid soap in the supermarket, everything else has SLS, colouring, artificial fragrance, you name it. So, if you want to really go back to basics, this is it. In less dry weather, I use it allover including my face. A little goes a long way. It is unscented which I always love, because it allows me to add natural scented oils to it should I wish. Also comes in travel size, so when I travel, this becomes shampoo, body wash, face wash, laundry soap. And if you are fussy and don't like the soap in public toilets, just keep a small bottle in your handbag. A bit harsh for winter if you have very dry/sensitive skin, and pricey!
This is my favourite soap! It leaves my skin clean, but not dry. The ingredient list is quite basic and carries a relatively good safety profile compared to mainstream liquid soap, which is a huge bonus (no triclosan!). I also find fragrance unnecessary in most products, so this unscented option is the cherry on top of the sundae. I've used it only as a hand soap and body wash so far, but it's well worth it for those uses alone! And the price is quite reasonable considering how little of the product you need to create a good lather.
First off, I don't care for the religious crap on the bottle. You would think they would leave some space for directions on dilutions and such but nope lol. It's kinda funny in a bible thumping way but luckily the product is good. I have used this soap on and off for a few years now. Shampoo didn't work for me but I may try it again with a few adjustments. Most recently I have been using it as a face wash. I am sick to death of trying to find a chemical free face wash for acne prone, dry, sensitive skin. That also doesn't cost me a paycheck. I switched it up after visiting Lisa Bronner's blog and learned her recommendations for diluting castile soap for different uses. Very informative, I saved the page to come back to. So now I take a damp face, damp corner of my microfiber cloth, tip my bottle upside down against it so I only get a drop or 2 out then gently scrub my face. It works well. My face is clean not dry (even though I have dry skin) and the cloth exfoliates w/o being harsh (just don't scrub hard). I rinse the cloth, wet it and go back over gently to get most of the soap off, then splash my face with water. Follow up with homemade toner of chamomile and green tea spray and moisturize with raw shea butter. It's made my face more luminous and those pesky blackheads I had covering my nose are finally disappearing. Been doing this about 3-4 weeks everyday 2xday. I still breakout but it only happens when I stress out so I need to remember to stay calm. This routine has really helped my skin. The first several days my skin was really dry but stick with it b/c my skin balanced out after about a week @ 2xday. Once a week I throw in an Aztec Indian Healing Clay mask but that's it. I have only used the baby mild and the lavender ones. I have used liquid castile for laundry, works pretty well but don't but directly on clothes b/c it can leave an oil stain, just start water, pour some in (you need less than you think) then put clothes in. I keep a spray bottle with a dilution in it for cleaning surfaces and another with a stronger dilution for the bathroom. I washed my dog with it when he had dry skin this summer and his thick coat and sensitive skin loved it. I even put some in my floor steam cleaner and it was fantastic. I always keep a bottle around it actually makes me want to clean more which is important with kids around the house.
My husband enjoys the scented Dr. Bronner soaps and likes that they are all natural. He convinced me to try the unscented baby version. I have really dry, sensitive skin and religiously use Dove soap.
This was extremely drying and irritated my skin. After a few uses my skin had visible flaky dry and scaly looking rough patches.
I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone with a baby or sensitive skin.