hate to be the odd person out, but i just didn't like this. i bought a small size of the lavender liquid soap to use as a body wash, and i thought the smell was awful. i think it's awesome that they use fair trade ingredients and that these are not tested on animals, but this didn't work for me :(
I grew up using Dr. Bronner's (thanks hippie parents!) and love it. I tend to rotate the scents, due to weather/mood changes and prefer tea tree and peppermint during the hotter months and almond during the colder months. I use this solely as a body wash and brush cleaner, and haven't experienced any of the dryness that other reviewers mentioned. Although, I have used it as a face wash when I go camping (it's biodegradable!) and as long as I use, at the least, a light moisturizer or sunscreen after washing, I don't get that itchy, dry, overly clean feeling. If you prefer to unwind or relax, I recommend giving the lavender or eucalyptus a shot. All their scents smell amazing, and really pure. The rose scent can smell a little perfumey to some, but I have a weak spot for rose scented products and always have some in my bathroom. I recommend using in conjunction with a Salux Bath Towel. Dr. Bronner's + Salux = soft, healthy skin
I used to use the gentle baby version in my college dorm, but there must have been an awful combination of minerals in their water because I was never really satisfied with this.
Fast forward a few years and I'm now using the Almond liquid soap. It is fantastic! This isn't a wash that is going to give you added moisture, it's purely for cleaning. I use a natural bristle brush or a poof with a few drops and that does the trick for most of my body. I plan on using this to clean my MU brushes when the baby shampoo I use runs out. Be warned about the peppermint though! It felt like my legs were burning the first time I used it!
Love all Dr. Bronner products! I have these in liquid and bar. I can basically do anything with them from face cleaner to house cleanser. Must have!
I have the Peppermint version of this and absolutely love it! I use it to wash my makeup brushes and also my face. I dilute it 4 parts water to 1 part soap in a foaming bottle (bought at Dais for like $1) becasuse I like the foam and it makes it less runny :P It is by far the best brush soap ever, ir removes all stains from brushes! It is also perfect as a face cleanser, especially if you have oily/acne prone skin like me because it doesn't break me out! Overall, this is an HG product that I will continue to repurchase :)
This product was ok...
I can see someone being very excited about this for 4 reasons: 1. it really is multi-purpose. comes in travel sizes for easy packing with carry on luggage (can't emphasize enough on how I will be remembering this little guy for business travel). 2. you can do alot of things with a very small amount (lasts for a long time). 3. it is cheap. 4. all natural so no chemicals (yay!)
downsides: upon repeated use, it is VERY DRYING. It is ok as a hand soap when dilluted. I use 3-4 drops on my Clarisonic to wash my face after removing my makeup, and found I could only do this 1-2x a week before I started having dryness issues (and I have combo to oily skin). As another reviewer noted, it leaves a tight feeling on the skin, which I usually dislike. I didn't even think of using on my hair as shampoo, because I typically only use conditioner anyway. So while I wanted to love it for all the above reasons, if I really used it to that extent, I would be living a dryness nightmare.... so no HG product for me.
This review is for the 18-in-1 Hemp Lavender Castile Liquid Soap. I am in love already! I just used this on my face for the first time with my new Olay cleansing tool. My combination facial skin has never felt so smooth and clean! I put some in a pump bottle (diluted) for use at the bathroom sink. I plan to buy some other types. My daughter has acne and I am going to get the tea tree soap for her. So far I am loving Dr. Bronner's creation. I advised hubby and teenage son that it just takes a few drops and water to later their hands as it is so diluted. The "runniness" of the product may lead people to believe they need to use a lot.
I love these natural soaps. The liquid over the bar, mainly. I use as a face wash, body wash and have even used as a shampoo. If you do shampoo with this, use a conditioner after, lest you have tangles. Great in the travel size for well, travelling. Cuts down on what you need to pack. I've even used this as a laundry soap for hand washing in a pinch. I prefer peppermint, lavender and almond scents the best, though the unscented could be tweaked by adding essential oil. They also make a household castille soap that rocks. I add teatree and lavender to it, and use diluted for any domestic chore. The natural all in one thing does it for me with this product. Took a wee bottle of the body soap camping and a few drops in a basin of water with a wash cloth really left me feeling clean. I can't recommend this enough if you like natural and simple. Plus the bottle is covered in crazy hippie cult scribbles. Funny. Love it!
This is a nice product that has multiple uses. I think you really get a lot for how much you pay. I also like how it's more natural of a soap so I don't feel like I'm loading on tons of chemicals. I use this mostly for cleaning my powder brushes or stains on some of my clothes. It's pretty gentle and does the job so that's a good reason to use it. I got mine in the lavender scent which has a clean/sanitizing smell to it. I did try to use it as a m/u remover facial wash, and it did remove my m/u but it didn't feel so gentle on my skin. Almost left that "squeaky" clean which I'm not very comfortable with, so it wouldn't be my top choice for gentle cleanser, though once in a while I wouldn't mind using it for that. Nothing happened to my skin or anything, just that feeling. The one thing that's kinda weird is all the stuff written on the label (I have the bigger bottle). It's unique cause it's kinda out there but hard to read when you're looking for the facts and how to use it. But...so far so good, gonna try using it for other stuff!
Ok I'll jump on the bandwagon. Yes this has a myriad of uses that can be found by reading all the reviews here. I use it in several foaming pump dispensers for hand washing. You need only a couple of squirts in about 6-8 oz of water so it lasts forever! I always dilute this before using as it is very concentrated. This is a pure castille soap, not a detergent. Yes the peppermint smells wonderful. The Tea Tree is not so great on hair - it leaves a strange odor in my kids hair (not tea tree like). Not sure if this use has been posted here but Dr. Bronners will KILL LICE! We had the unfortunate experience of having one of my dd catch this as it was going through her classroom. Nothing worked for this EXCEPT Dr. Bronners and it works very effectively. Stay away from all the nasty pesticide containing shampoos. This is what I did- if your child has long hair coat the length with conditioner as this soap is very drying on hair. Then use diluted or undiluted Bronners on the scalp. Work it through thoroughly and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse and recondition. The lice will come out all over the place. Comb carefully and remove anything you see. Repeat this every 2 days or so until you are sure they are gone and you have no more nits (which you need to remove). I also did my own experiment to verify this. I took several live lice - yes yuck - and applied tea tree oil, diluted bleach and then diluted Dr. Bronners to them. The TTO did not faze them nor did the bleach. The Dr. Bronners killed them immediately! Probably similar to insecticidal soap used in the garden if you are familiar. Another reason to use this to wash your pets (fleas). Also wash all your kids clothes and bedding in this if fighting lice. Let me also add that my other dd has had cradle cap or something similar off and on forever and basically it was always there until I washed her scalp with this as shampoo and it is gone! Try it for any scalp conditions. Evey home should have this stuff on hand.