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.
This should be the product of the year! This soap is amazing! I use the peppermint (the original) soap. I use it as a body wash and a face wash. It keeps my skin clear and my body doesn't feel clean without it!
Shopping Tip: I purchase this at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Not only is it cheaper there but you can always use the 20% off coupon, making it even cheaper.
Great as a body wash and, diluted, as a green all-purpose house cleaner. I made the mistake of using it on my face and it broke me out terribly.
These soaps have soo many uses, come in different scents, they are a must have! They come in bar & liquid form, both work well. They're sold in many grocery, beauty, health food, online stores but I prefer to buy them at Whole Foods because that's the most reasonable priced place. I've only tried the Eucalyptus & Peppermint scents and they are very soothing on the skin and have a calming aroma. I will say this for the ladies: be careful when using the Peppermint wash around your lady parts cuz that Peppermint can become very irritant due to its cooling properties lol
Pros: Skin will feel very clean, multiple cleaning uses (laundry, hair etc), natural ingredients, many options to choose from.
Cons: Many places charging too much $ for this wonderful product.
I'm in love. I use these as a body wash. When I'm feeling like a need a good clean, I use the peppermint. When I'm feeling like I need to relax, I use lavender. When I want to spoil myself, i use almond. If my back breaks out, I use tea tree. So many scents and uses. I buy them all and choose the one that suits my mood!
I started using the peppermint bar soap as a facial cleanser few days ago, and it cleared out all the white heads (tiny little hard bumps) on my forehead!! I still can't believe it, I tried to switch around countless brands (high end to drugstore) to find the facial cleanser that actually works, and end up finding the gold mine for $4 :D. I moisturise my face with organic virgin coconut oil right after washing with this soap, and my skin feels so fresh (cooling peppermint), clean and moistursed at the same time. I love it is natural, organic, and great value for money. I can see it will last for ever as a facial cleanser, so I also take shower with it and the cooling peppermint is perfect to use on skin in the steaming hot weather. I'm also preparing to wash my hair with it after my shampoo run out. No matter if it works best as a shampoo, I'm already deeply in love with it as a facial cleanser and body wash. GOOD BYE all the expansive cancer causing chemicals! I will repurchase this soap for ever.
This review is for the liquid Rose soap. I bought this at Target for $17. It's the HUGE bottle because that's all they had. I use it to wash my makeup brushes. It leaves the brushes feeling very soft, and removes all of the makeup with little effort. It also leaves a nice, soft rose scent on the brushes. I wet my hand, pour a little Dr. Bronner's soap in my hand, and swirl my brush around for a minute. I rinse my hand and swirl the brush around in my hand again, until the soap is white and not makeup-colored. Since I only use a small bit each time, this bottle will last me a very long time.
My daily body wash! I love that its made from saponified oils and not Sodium Laureth/Laurel Sulfate. Leaves your skin a little too squeaky clean if you use too much, so use sparingly. I like to pour a little on my Cure Series Japanese Exfoliating Bath Towel from OHE and scrub. I like the rose scent for fall and winter and the peppermint scent for spring and summer. I prefer to buy from Amazon because its cheaper. This product is just so simple and basic theres not much to say!
So, after many many MANY years of searching for a soap to help with my acne, I finally caved in and bought the hippie soap. When I first started college, my skin was fine a few breakouts here and there on the face, back, and occasionally on my chest. Well things turned for the worse, I had full break outs on the upper part of my back and chest. All I could wear was closed necked shirts. I was so upset, to make matters worse my hair was falling out and it was so itchy and flaky, then my doctor told me that I had scalp psoriasis. Tried the prescription oil stuff, and that drove me bat-shit crazy, hated the way it smelled, the way it made my hair feel after washing it 3 times it still wouldnt come out, and my hair kept falling out! After a lot of digging and researching, I realized that all the gunky crap in the normal drug store varieties of soaps and shampoos/conditioners like the SLS, Parabens, Phalates, etc not only made my scalp psoriasis worse but it made my acne worse too. I had enough so I dumped all my products, and bought Dr. Bronner's . LOVE IT. Its a clean you've never felt before, but it works.
What I use it for:
Tea tree + Lavender + Peppermint (all in one bottle undiluted) for regular body washing w/loufa
Tea tree + Lavender soaps I use for my scalp and hair. The Tea Tree does leave a residue but i can deal with it because it allows my hair to dry wavy and not straight. I dont use conditioner, just Ojon Oil and Argan Oil.
I bought the bar soap in Lavender, which I love the scent and I can barely stand the scent of any kind of rose product (I'm just getting used to Thayer's Rose Toner). I use this to wash my legs and my brushes with (makeup brushed, Clarisonic brushes, etc.). It works really well, but I dont use it as a shampoo it leaves a weird residue...
I do use lotions and toners to keep my skin moisturized, but I mix oils (Argan oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, CND's Marine Hydrating oil) in with my lotion that I use for my body. A lot of people make the mistake of NOT using a toner, DEFINITELY use a toner especially with this soap.
PS: Even though I know the Tea Tree soap is helping, it smells like straight DIRT, reminds me of India somewhat....BUT it works!
I had the trial sized 'eucalyptus' and 'lavender' bottles. Happy that I got the trial sized versions as I got tired of using the same scent.
I like this castile soap, but a bit concerned about the high alkalinity. Yes, because of the high pH (8-9 according to web sources), it does leave the skin squeaky clean but it also causes my skin to flake and result in dandruff if used as a shampoo.
I have also used this soap as a detergent, to clean garments requiring gentle treatment or handwashes. Works well!
It is also very expensive, but worth it for occasional use.
Point to note is that for sensitive skin, occasional use of this soap is good, but used daily, it can cause buildup, dandruff and flaking.