This is a staple in my home, for so many uses. I dilute it in a foaming soap pump for washing hands, or diluted in a bucket to wipe down surfaces in the house. A dash of this combined with a sprinkle of baking soda or Bon Ami cleanser will make a delicious smelling bath and shower scrub (even on shower doors). A squirt in the toilet is great for swishing out the bowl. Tea tree Dr. B's in a squirt bottle with water is a great antiseptic for cleaning hard surfaces also. Grated Eucalptus bar (combined with washing soda and borax) is a great homemade laundry powder. Straight Dr. B's liquid is a fantastic stain pre-treater as well. Take a small bottle with you camping and you can wash your body and your dishes, a little goes a long way.
I have used this to brush my teeth (just a drop, keep it off your tongue) and it is okay. I've read that using soap to brush your teeth is good for them anyway, removing oils that prevent your saliva from helping re-mineralize your teeth, and being gentle on gums. (If that sounds up your alley, just google tooth soap for more info.)
I don't prefer using this straight in the shower, but my DH does. I like using the bar version in the shower since there's no question about proper dilution. While I do get in the mood to use this in the shower, I mainly prefer it for cleaning.
I love the peppermint bar soap. It makes me feel so clean and soft. The smell is so refreshing but not overpowering at all. It does not dry out my dry skin. The bar is a good shape and lasts for a long time. It is smooth if you like to rub it directly on skin which I do when I'm in a rush.
Buy one product! Use it for every conceivable purpose known to man! Never be without funky reading material in the shower! If someone told me you could use it to degrease an engine and birth a baby, I'd believe it. How can you not love a product that is toothpaste as well as a household cleaner? This is the McGuyver of soaps. The Old Spice Guy secretly aspires to it. The Most Interesting Man in the World sweats it. It is made from the tears of Angels. Buy it now.
I love these soaps as body wash! I've used the peppermint and rose. I like the peppermint best because it makes my body feel cool and tingly (which is great because I live in a hot climate). In the shower, the scent almost takes your breath away which could be good if you're congested. I have oily skin and I think it's helped balance out oil production. It makes my skin smooth and soft. I just put a few drops on my net shower scrubby-thingy and it makes tons of lather. I think my bottles of Dr. Bronner's will last forever because all you need is a little bit. The rose variety has a very subtle scent, but nice. I will definitely be sticking with Dr. Bronner's for body wash from now on.
Note: I have only ever used this soap (liquid and bar) as a body wash, so that is all I can comment on!
Love this soap; the peppermint is great when I have a migraine coming on, its very soothing. The only thing that keeps me from using this all the time is that castile soap and hard water don't mix well. I've lived in both Florida and Oregon where this is a problem, and if I use this soap too long, I do begin to get flaky soap buildup on my skin.
So, love soap, can't use often with hard water.
OK. Basically best thing ever. I use mine for EVERYTHING it makes a great brush shampoo!
I use it as body wash, hot/cold compress, shampoo, toothpaste, household cleaner and it works great on my icky soap scum in the shower :)
LOVE this STUFF!!!!
I have never tried the bar soaps, but have been using the liquid soaps for years! The soaps are a wonderful product with so many uses. I have typically only ever used these in the bath, but recently I've been using the soap to make a really great, all-purpose disinfecting cleaning spray that has become a staple item in my house. I can't recall where I got the "recipe" from, but it is:
2 cups hot water
1 tbsp. Borax
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
1/4 cup vinegar
Add borax to water, stirring to dissolve all borax crystals. Add the vinegar, stirring, then the soap. Once cooled, pour into empty spray bottle and label (to avoid confusion with any other cleaning products). Optional: Scent with few drops of essential oil of your choice.
Hate to be a killjoy, but the unscented castile bar made my skin feel very dry and tight. I don't know what it is with me and Dr Bronner products, but I never have success with them,
I started using Dr. B's baby mild castille soap as face, body, and hair wash this summer when I decided to stop using so much crap on my skin and hair and go natural-ish.
I love it as a body wash and as a shampoo, but it was a little too drying for my face. I still use it diluted on a washcloth for a body wash daily and pour a little bit (like a quarter) in my hand and rub together then wash my scalp with it every few days. I like the baby mild but the peppermint is a nice tingly change for the scalp, too.
I like Dr. Bronner's kooky writings on the bottles the best, and I'll keep using the soaps.
This review is for shampoo use only. I love Dr. Bonner's liquid soaps and use it for body wash, dish washing and hand washing of delicate items. It seemed like a good idea at the time so I tried it as a shampoo. My hair turned out quite horrible. When I toweled dried it and put in my leave-in conditioner I tried to comb out. It was still so tangled I really had to work at it. Not something I'm use to with fine, thin hair. It took for ever to dry and left a dulling film of something on my hair. I don't know what I did wrong. I