I bought this on sale at my local organic food store. Paid $6.99 for a 16 oz bottle. Lavender scent is light and relaxing. The suds from this soap is mild and very refreshing. My skin felt light and clean. I recommend this product and would definitely buy more. I currently use Aveda skin cleanser I think I paid $29 for a 5 oz bottle (guesstimate). I love the fresh scent of aveda products but I like the price of Dr. Bronner's. Their website offers monthly specials as well. Checkout www.drbronner.com for more info.
After using this stuff, I can't go back to other soaps and body washes. I just don't feel quite as clean when I use anything else. I love the REAL lavender smell, and the fact that it doesn't have a huge list of chemicals that I'm putting on my skin. I react easily to artificial colors and fragrances, and this stuff doesn't have them, so there's nothing to fear there. My only complaint is that it dries me out a little bit, but that's fine with me, because using lotion is better than feeling greasy after a shower.
Yum. I love that this is gentle, doesn't contain the potentially harmful ingredients many cosmetics contain and is not tested on animals. Lovely lavender smell, not too sweet. The container is a bit of a drag because it often gets plugged, but that is remedied easily enough - I use a hair clip to poke through the gunk. I also like peppermint, rose and unscented (I haven't tried any other scents), but I like lavender best. I use Dr. Bronner's liquid soaps in the shower (I shave with them actually) and as hand soap. I like the weird, eccentric rant on the simple purple and white label.
I purchased Dr. Bronner's because I am in the process of removing sulphates from all of my cleansing products. This soap smells like real lavender, not fake perfume - if you like lavender then you will really enjoy this soap. Even though I read that its concentrated I started using it full strength as shower gel and it irritated my skin a little. So I diluted it, 1 part soap to 7 parts water, and I was so surprised by how much lather I get with my shower puff. It is very watery so you have to be careful not to over pour. I put it in a pump dispenser and only need 1 pump on the puff. I tend to get a bit of bacne in the winter and this is helping to prevent and treat. The few blemishes I had have cleared up so quickly. I love how this product is multipurpose. I use it for household cleaning diluted in water. I also made a spray cleanser by combining water, vinegar, borax and a few squirts of Dr. Bronner's, its perfect for cleaning countertops, stovetops etc. Its great for washing lingerie and other handwashables, I even add a squirt to my unscented natural laundry detergent in the machine just for the aroma. My clothes smell so divine! So many uses and because you dilute it, its really inexpensive. Awesome product!
I love to take this stuff and dilute it to roughly 1 part soap: 7 parts water. Basically, just a thin layer of soap to cover the bottom of the soap pump bottle then fill the rest with water and shake to mix. It is super-gentle when diluted to the right ratio and I find it thoroughly removes my make-up without drying out my face. When I first started using this mixture my skin was drying out, so I had to adjust my mixture for less soap, more water. I also now apply jojoba oil (sometimes I also use Juice Beauty's Organic Moisturizing Concentrate) right after washing my face to keep my skin moisturized. My skin is much clearer now than it has been in the past three years. I like the smell of this soap, and since lavender is supposed to be anti-bacterial, I thought it was a good match for my acne-prone skin. I credit my skin's improvement to switching over to more gentle, pure products that don't irritate my skin. All of the Dr. Bronner's soaps are shining examples of this "less is more" attitude. I like to use this particular scent mixed with water and vinegar to clean my bathtub and shower, it can also be used (diluted) as a body wash, bubble bath, and hand soap. I've used it with great success on my makeup brushes that were clogged up with mineral make-up, I think though I'll use the baby version of this soap next time since the lavender smell got a little funky on the brushes after a few days. I use a small squirt of the eucalyptus scent to wash my dog (a 17 year old dachshund-chihuahua with sensitive skin), and dilute the citrus scent to wash my dishes and the kitchen floor with. I use the rose scented one to wash delicate clothing and lingerie with. I also use this soap to wash my car (just a squirt into a bucket of water and you're good to go)! Awesome stuff.
After years of using "moisturizing gel," "shower cream," etc... it took me a week or so to fall in love with this stuff. But I L-O-V-E, love it now!
It definitely leaves a different feeling on the skin; as in, my skin feels CLEAN and not overloaded with heavy moisturizers. I do find that I prefer using this with a shower poof thing, and when I do so the suds are fantastic. I was surprised to get so many suds from and SLS free soap. It rinses clean, doesn't hang on my skin (or clash with my everyday fragrance), but it smells wonderful in the shower. Like the previous poster said, it smells of actual lavender... not fake lavender made sweet or medicinal. And the medium-sized bottle has lasted me over 6 months. I dry off, use my scent-free Curel moisturizer, and I haven't noticed any itchy dryness whatsoever.
One last thing, I tend to have small patches of eczema pop up. For me, I am able to keep them under control with hemp seed oil. I use The Body Shop's Hemp Hand Protector when my hands get bad, but since using this everyday, I haven't had the patches on my arms whatsoever. Anyway... Can't think of one thing that I would change! And I'm sold on trying other scents as well.
Just the perfect soap. I've used this, the peppermint and tea tree versions for years and years. I don't dilute to use as a shower gel - I just shake a few drops into a puff, add water and squish to create lather. All of the Dr Bronner's liquid soaps really seem to keep my body acne under control - better than medicated body washes with industrial cleansers. This soap never, ever dries out my skin, either, and it's perfect for cleaning makeup brushes and diluted in a sinkful of water to soak lingerie. The lavender scent is simply divine. I'll keep repurchasing all the varieties of these castile soaps in the biggest containers they make them.
I was given a bottle of Dr. Bronner's liquid soap in lavender by my MIL years ago (my first time using it, surprisingly, considering that I'm pretty granola and usually gravitate to things like this on my own) and while I like the smell of lavender and enjoy using a lot of products that have lavender as one of the main scent components, the plain lavender scent is a bit much for me. I tend to use my peppermint Dr. Bronner's more often, both because of the scent of this and the tingling sensation the peppermint soap causes (which I love).
Dr. Bronner's liquid soaps are extremely thin, almost like pure water, but have a nice, thick lather, especially if you use them with a bath poof instead of a washcloth or bare hands. I do have problems with getting too much soap on my bath poof, though, particularly with the big bottles that I buy. Because the consistency is so thin, barely tipping the bottle makes it pour out very quickly. It takes a little getting used to to figure out how much you need to use and how to avoid pouring out too much, but it's worth the effort.
I can see this being a wonderful scent to use for a baby or small child or for hand-washing lingerie with, but for me, I tend to stick with my peppermint. Now, if they'd come out with a patchouli scent, I'd be in heaven. continued >>
I've never been faithful to a product like I'm faithful to Bronner's soaps. I repurchase again and again without a single thought. Usually, I like to try something new every time (hair products, cosmetics, fragrances) even if a product is working, because it's more fun. Not the case with Bronner's.
We use this soap on the whole family; mom, dad, baby, kid, and cats. We use it as face wash, body wash, pet wash, and very diluted in a spray bottle for diaper duty! Forget buying expensive wipes, just spray this on a baby washcloth and throw it in the wash!
I love this Lavender scent, but my second favorite is the Baby Mild because it doesn't compete with fragrances and my older son prefers it. The Citrus scent is nice for summer, very refreshing!
I have always like Dr. Bronner's soaps for camping, backpacking, etc., but always found them a little too drying on my face. Well, I was not diluting like the bottle says. Now I am and I am loving it! I actually rub jojoba oil on my face first for a minute or so and then lather up with lavender Dr. Bronner's and rinse and my skin feels amazing. I usually get pretty oily by midday, but not since I have been doing this. I have tried a ton of products for oily skin and truly this is the best, the least expensive and the most gentle and natural way to go. Your skin will thank you.