I love Dr. Bronner's. I've bought the almond, lavender, rose and peppermint. I mixed the lavender with rose (like the mixed smell better). This stuff is great. I used to have the worst back itch and then I switched to natural products and the itch is almost gone. I dilute it 1:1 and put it in a foam dispenser. It works great. Lathers well and rinses off very quickly. Some say it's drying but I always moisturize my body after showering. I moisturize with a whipped blend I made or 100% unrefined shea butter, jojoba oil and grapeseed oil (great moisturizer for body, face and hair). I've also used it to shampoo my hair and it's so soft and clean afterwards. I also make up my own laundry detergent using borax, washing soda, oxyclean, fels naptha soap and some peppermint Dr. Bronner's (cleans better than store bought laundry detergent and is way cheaper). This product has so many uses. I also clean the bathroom with it. I tried to clean dishes with it but that didn't work out so well. You can also use it for toothpaste (I tried that but wouldn't do this everyday, it's kinda "different"). I will definitely continue buying this product and highly recommend it.
I've had chronic acne for the past six years...but no more. Dr. Bronner's Tea Tree soap has cleaned up my face and kept it clear. I don't even remember the last time I had a zit. Simply put, it's a freakin miracle product.
LOVE THESE SOAPS! smell amazing, cute retro packaging and leaves your skin scented and silky soft. Not expensive either... what more could a girl ask for?! x
This review is for Dr. Bronner's in general but more specifically for the three different types that I have.
Mild Baby Bar Soap (Not sayin that is the exact name, I don't remember):
- I use it for my face, after a oil cleanser (olive oil and/or jojoba oil)
- Very light to no scent at all
- Lasts for a while, if used as a facial cleanser, one swipe wet will do
- Lathers well without sulfates and other detergents
- Not too over drying, but you will need a moisturizer if you have dry skin
Lavender Liquid Soap:
- Nice scent, if you like lavender
- Lathers well
- Versatile, varies on scent (ex. Peppermint can be used for more things like toothpaste)
- Cleans well
- Lasts forever
Lavender Bar Soap:
- I used it on my body, not face
- Gentle, may be used in intimate areas?
- Cleans well
- Goes a lot quicker than liquid
- A little pricey if used for body
Overall: I love the brand and I am so happy that I discovered it. I recently ordered the almond scent, so I am looking forward to that. If you want to simplify your life and rid the toxins in your life this can definitely help.
Dr Bronners castille liquid soaps are all amazing in very different ways. I have used every version of the liquid and bar soaps except lavender.
I'm not a hippy. It just lasts much longer than regular liquids and soaps and it makes sense not to buy 10 bottle for differect purposes when I can just buy one brand and use it for everything.
NOTE -None of them are great for teeth cleaning unless you're desperate ( out camping). They all have a horrible soapy flavor, leave the teeth slippery feeling and iseriously irritate gums.
Make sure you dilute all versions 1/4 bottle to 3/4 water.
Wash your hair any of these and be prepared to look like a scarecrow before it's even dry - Yes i'm talking to YOU with the long straight fine hair AND the afro, curly or wavy haired people - This product does not discriminate who's hair it ruins and don't' believe that his Shitaki conditioner will help solve this because it won't.
***The bar soaps give the smoothest shave ever!!!
**Baby mild. It will strip you of everything but the skin on your bones like Ivory bar soap does. If you're an utter greaseball who sweats Crisco you'll LOVE this. For everyone else use for dishwashing/detergent/household cleaning ONLY. For detergent mix some baking soda in with it to stop it staining clothes with the coconut oil.
**Citrus - (bar) soap. Very drying for dry/normal. It doesn't leave a scent on your skin. Great for washing clothes though but way to harsh for skin. 1 bar lasts me for a week when I shower in the morning and at night.
**Almond - (liquid) Gorgeous scent. Great cleaning. Rate it somewhere between tea tree and peppermint for moisturizing skin. Not good for anything else but skin washing as the oil content is too high. The (bar) soap is very moisturizing but gets you clean at the same time and barely has any scent.It's pretty much the best all-round soap for skin plus household cleaning.
** Peppermint - The most moisturizing of all of them. Works wonders on face/body acne. You'll see an improvement in days. My family members totally cleared up in just one week after suffering from back/chest/face acne for 4 years.. My dry flaky skin has also improved. I can now move my face without it feeling like it's going to shatter into a thousand pieces.
It seriously opens your pores and cleans them out, minty toothpaste smell lasts forever but fades a little after an hour. This gives you that all day 'don't touch me - I'm too clean for you' just showered/brushed teeth smell that everyone would like to have all day long. Very refreshing.
WARNING: That phrase on the bottle DILUTE DILUTE DILUTE should be heeded with this one especailly.. Wash your privates with undiluted pepermint Dr Bronners strength and feel that minty burning pain all day.
** Tea tree - Heals well if you have eye/small skin irritations (cuts). Mix a little with baby mild liquid for cleaning to give house a fresh scent. Use it for body washing only if you like to smell like an old Depends wearing grandma. Wash your face with it only at night when no one comes near you. The scent fades if you use it as hand wash, otherwise this is definitely what it smells like...or maybe I've just hung around too many old people.
A fantastic product with a multitude of uses. I use the peppermint in the laundry or bath, as well as for hands. During last Christmas, we had brought in our tree and trimmed branches off. Of course when you do that, you always end up with a bunch of sap on your hands that is impossible to get off unless you have some of that heavy duty stuff that mechanics use.... yuck. This washed the sap off pronto, with no scrubbing, or other ridiculous antics. Also used a small dab on a pot my son had used to fry fish in, dissolved the oil and grunge at the bottom instantly. I use the lavendar for laundry, bath, face (diluted), dishes, fabric refresher (again diluted), and even in my Hoover Floor Mate! I also use this soap in the kitchen and bathroom diluted and mixed with hydrogen peroxide for a non-chemical way to clean and sanitize it.
I really wanted to like this soap, due to the natural ingredients and all of the uses it's supposed to have. Peppermint & Rose were the ones I bought (the peppermint is nice & minty, the rose is a sweet smelling rose). First I diluted some with water and put it in an empty foaming hand soap container, to use as a hand and body soap. It did come out nice & foamy, but it leaves a nasty residue inside the container, which made me hesitant to use it on my body since I don't want any residue there, either. Works terribly as a shampoo, so forget that (left my hair a tangled mess, full of residue). Doesn't foam at all so doesn't work as a bubble bath, all it does is make the water really dingy. Will end up using it as a dish soap, even though I find it doesn't do a good job because it doesn't really cut it on grease and leaves a film in my sink. And there's still a huge bottle to recycle. I may try the bar soap to see if that works any better, but overall I found this product to be disappointing. continued >>
Let me start off by saying my hair is locked, so I am always looking for hair products that don't leave a lot of residue behind. Dr. Bronner's is pretty much revered in the dreadlock world for it's awesome cleansing power but without leaving your hair feeling stripped. I love the lavender and peppermint scents. I use them to shampoo my hair, wash dishes, wash tables, etc. It's multipurpose and completely wonderful. Even if I don't follow up with a moisturizing conditioner, my hair always dries soft and fluffy. The trick for me is to DILUTE it, because it's true form is very very potent.
After wondering what it is like for people with sensitive skin, I have suddenly found out. I have never had problems with dermatitis or eczema & I have spent weeks trying to figure out what was causing such skin allergies. I tried to eliminate products with high SLS levels, and picked this up to try. I dont go crazy for the scents, but I cant complain. It is very liquidy which makes it easy to overuse, especially with a poof - I feel like a lot of it dissipates somehow. Its more expensive than cheapy drugstore shower gel, but its not overly expensive. I recently washed my pillow cases with it, as I am not so sure that detergent isnt causing some of my problems as well. I do not know that I would use it consistently for laundry, but it lathers great in my hard water and leaves me feeling "clean" without dryness. Besides, its fair trade & organic and all that other great stuff too!
UPDATE: Just started using this on my hair...AMAZING! I was scared to try it with all the horror stories on here. Mind you my hair is long and wavy/curly too, it makes it feel so soft and smooth. It seems so rough in the shower when you use it, but nothing my cheap Suave conditioner didnt fix. This is the hair I knew I had! continued >>
i use the sensitive unscented variety. it gets the waterproof makeup off my brushes well (and the beautyblender) but i get the most use out of it as a face wash, hand wash, and body wash. it rinses clean and a little goes a long way. it's one of the few products that i find nearly ideal. the only issue i have is with the packaging; i keep meaning to buy a pump dispenser because the holes in the caps get clogged with product very quickly. but what it clogs with is awesome.