SMOOTH AND MOISTURIZING: The organic and vegan ingredients are combined with a pure-castile liquid soap base for a rich, emollient lather and a moisturizing after feel. NATURAL: Smooth and luxurious soap with no synthetic detergents or preservatives, as none of the ingredients or organisms are genetically modified. CERTIFIED ORGANIC AND VEGAN: Certified organic by the USDA National Organic Program and certified Vegan by Vegan Action. RECYCLED PACKAGING: Packaged in 100% post consumer recycled (PCR) plastic bottles. EUCALYPTUS: The eucalyptus fragrance will open your pores and clear your sinuses while enveloping the body in its warm, invigorating vapors.
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great for the garden!Review by kaceycustomeron 25/07/2017I can't say enough about Dr. Bronner's Soap. I'm always finding new uses for it. My husband and I always try to find good, inexpensive alternatives to using chemicals whenever we can. I now use Dr. Bronner's and Vinegar almost exclusively to clean my house. And last summer I discovered that a little Dr. Bronner Eucalyptus soap and water in a spray bottle gets rid of most of my insect garden pests. I even substituted it for Dawn Dish Soap in a Home Remedy for Black Spot on my Rose Bushes. I'm glad to say, we've had no problems this season with squash bugs or blister beetles, and my roses are Black Spot Free!
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one of my all time favorite soapsReview by melon 25/07/2017I've been a user of Dr. Bronner's soaps for a long time - originally using it as an a soap to take along for camping and traveling light. It always seemed to last a long time.
Somewhere around 2004 or 2005 the need for an inexpensive and affordable laundry detergent - that didn't cause or negatively impact allergies - renewed my use of Dr. Bronners. The new scents have helped keep the family happy - so we would rotate through a few instead of always using the same one every time.
I've since found an off the shelf product for my laundry - but during that time I also found that mixing the proper proportions of Dr. Bronners with tap water allowed me to refill my 'foaming' soap dispensers with a soap that didn't cause dryness or irritation in sensitive skin. Now it's all I use for them - the mix for my dispensers is roughly 4 parts water to one part Dr. Bronners liquid soap. Your results may vary!
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like a spaReview by Customeron 25/07/2017Wonderful soap. Bought this after going to a spa and being intoxicated by the sensation of steam with the scent of eucalyptus. This soap has a very strong and natural (doesn't smell like bad perfume) scent to it. The soap itself also works very well and is highly concentrated. I'm sure this bottle will last over a year as just a drop lathers up great.
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Nice soap, but note the caveats on dispensers.Review by jfbon 25/07/2017I like the Dr. Bronner stuff. Our son started using this and we picked it up. Started with the peppermint (pretty strong scent), then went to the lavender (not bad, but I'm a guy and we can't use lavender anything), now using the eucalyptis. Stuff works great in small quantities (doesn't take much to make a lot of bubbles). A quart should last me at least a year, probably longer.
One minor note - I have a 2 oz. squeeze bottle with the pop-up tube next to my sink. The Dr. Bronner soap tends to harden in the tube, so if you use it like this you sometimes have to rinse out the tube. I try to remember to blow some air through the tube after each use (hold the bottle upright and give a small squeeze). I have a similar but lesser problem in the fluid dispenser in our shower, but that clears with a quick pump.
I travel with 3 ounces of this in a Goo Tube, which works nicely. Goo tubes don't work particularly well with runny liquids, so you sometimes get a bit more than you expect. If you are careful, the Goo Tube is an adequate dispenser for this.
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It does almost everything - and it's safe, fair trade, organic - jack of all trades!Review by jeffrey howardon 25/07/2017remember this stuff from my childhood. I've heard it referred to as "hippy soap". I remember the "peppermint tingle". However, it wasn't until 3 months ago that I actually bought my own. I decided to replace my chemical-laden hygiene products with safer ones - relying on the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database to guide me to a better place. There were quite a few items that needed to be investigated...I was looking for a price I could afford, high reviews, and low scores on EWG's Skin Deep. So I found body wash, soap, shampoo, dish rinse, laundry detergent, toothpaste...and then I found Dr. Bronners...one product to handle all those tasks. It sure made things easier!
Just think about how all of those products are going on your skin at some point...and then being absorbed...multiple times a day, every day, for years...the bombardment of toxic chemicals is crazy and once you start thinking about it you realize how ridiculous our culture has become with no oversight whatsoever.
Dr. Bronner's carries "Champion Status" at the Environmental Working Group's website that ranks products based on their danger/toxicity. This means they have signed a pledge to use only the safest ingredients in all their products. On a scale of 0-10 (0 being the safest), this product scores a 1. I think if you averaged the scores of all the products I have replaced with it, you'd get about a 5.
I now buy it by the gallon and have just purchased my second one (3 months later). Do the math and I think my girlfriend and I will go through about 4 gallons a year with all the uses mentioned here.
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Body Wash: The standard dilution here of about 20% soap to 80% water works fine. You can adjust to your liking/lather preferences. I had been using a Dial foaming hand soap in all my rooms and I've emptied those, cleaned them real good, and converted them to Dr. Bronner's foaming dispensers. I love the results. It foams up real good and the lather is good. If you want more, just up the strength (reduce dilution) a little bit. You may find this leaves a little "tingle" in certain spots that will be extra-noticeable with cold water/air - you may enjoy this or not...either way it's certainly not a big deal and you do get used to it. The other thing to get used to is that you won't have that slimy feeling on your skin that we've probably learned to associate with being clean. That's just the chemicals on your body...
Hand Soap: Using the same dilution (20/80) and re-purposed foaming bottles, I keep this in all bathrooms as hand soap. Not much to say here and people compliment me on the smell of my soap...even if they wonder what the heck it is!
Dish Rinse: Once again I go with about 20/80 in a squirt bottle in my kitchen. You'll be surprised how well it cleans. When you start seeing the bubbles/lather reduce, squirt a little more and keep going. Remember you're never going to get that insane never-ending foam/lather without the harsh chemicals, but you'll be surprised with how well it does on its own. I do find that if I wash something and don't rinse it off fairly quickly it leaves behind a little "oil slick" that is most noticeable on metallic items...but it's organic and safe...and if you just run your sponge over it real quick and rinse, it's gone. Not a problem at all.
Floor Cleaner: Here I dilute it down to like 5% soap, 95% water. It doesn't leave any residue and cleans up nicely - the smell is good too...and it's nice to know I'm not just filling the air with chemical fragrances than can linger in my home for days.
Shampoo: I keep some in a bottle at full strength and pour about a teaspoon in my hand, rub together a little, then put it in my hair and clean as usual...you probably need more if you don't have short guy hair like me. I might try to dilute this to 50% only because at full strength it likes to clog the little opening of the bottle with dried soap. It cleans my hair well and I follow it up with Dr. Bronner - Organic Shikakai Conditioner Hair Rinse, 8 fl oz liquid. My girlfriend's hair did not appreciate this method as much as mine did and so I've switcher her over to Yes to Cucumbers (or Yes to Carrots) shampoo and conditioner which is great as well!
Laundry Detergent: I keep a gallon in my laundry room and put about 1/3 cup for an average large load. I adjust up or down depending on the size. I augment it with some baking soda which is really cheap. At ~$50 per gallon this is more expensive than your typical Tide chemical gallon but once you factor in that you don't really need (or I don't, at least) fabric softener, the price difference is not as large. If you wash with the chemicals you have them on your skin all day long...every time you sweat they're soaking into your skin...no thanks.
Toothpaste: this is the only other time I use the product at full strength - and I may well dilute it a little soon. I like about 3 drops on my wet toothbrush. I know what you're thinking "eww, soap in my mouth?!" I'm not sure how the other scents would work but with peppermint, I had no problem with it. With just the three drops, it foams up quickly and feels and tastes clean. Brush as normal but one warning: don't take forever. Peppermint oil, especially at full strength, can burn your skin a little if left on too long. I find that if I brush for about 1 minute it's not a problem at all. Two minutes and my mouth is a little burnt - but it's not the end of the world and heals overnight. This is why I am considering going with a 1:1 ratio of soap to water and using like 6-10 drops. UPDATE: I have been combining equal parts extra virgin coconut oil and baking soda + Dr. Bronner's (for the peppermint/cleaning) as a homemade toothpaste and it's working well!
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All Purpose Everything!Review by first time momon 25/07/2017What can't I say about Castille soap? About 4 or 5 months ago I decided to go simple with my cleansers and had always been perplexed by Dr Bronners...what in the world do you use it for? Well, today, I pretty much use it for everything but in my dishwasher Here is a little guidance from me and my daily life:
1. Laundry Detergent for ONE load:
1/4c Dr Bronners (I use peppermint for everything because you get it dirt cheap at Trader Joe's: $9.99 for 32oz--YES, $9.99)
1/8c white vinegar. Got a great tip from a friend and put it in a downy ballDowny Automatic Dispenser--it will release at the rinse cycle.
2 tbs Borax or Washing SodaChurch & Dwight Co 03020 Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda. I prefer Borax because I feel like it gets things cleaner.
2. Hand Soap:
Get a foaming soap dispenser. Just go to Target and get one there than you think is cute, use all that soap and begin to use it. Fill bottle 1/3 way with water first, then add Dr Bronners (I use Almond--peppermint is too tingly and I have a 2 yr old). I add some tea tree oil to make it anti bacterial.
3. Foaming body soap:
Ok, I ended up washing out one of my foaming mousse bottles and now I use that in the shower. I fill 1/3 water and 2/3 Dr Bronners (I use Almond...I made the mistake only once of using peppermint. Ouch--it burns).
4. Toilet cleaner:
I squirt peppermint Castile soap and clean out. It works fabulous.
5. Everyday household cleaner:
I fill a spray bottle mostly with water and add some peppermint Castile soap and tea tree oil for antibacterial. Too much soap and you have a residue. Start with 3/4 water and 1/4 Castile and see where that gets you.
I have a real jerk of a cat that seems to think the best way to express his displeasure is to pee in the kitchen. Nothing stinks worse than cat pee. I use full strength PEPPERMINT Castile soap and it completely eliminates odors, better than anything I used before I discovered Castile soap.
Really, the flavor depends on what you like...and since I work near a Trader Joe's with super cheap peppermint Castile, my cleaning routine is 95% peppermint, except when it comes to anything body related *more flashbacks to shower incident*.
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Rose is my favorite... but they're ALL good.Review by the railroad bullson 25/07/2017Dr. Bronners is the greatest soap ever... i've been using it everyday for about 5 years now, and i'll never use anything else. I am an ex travelling/backpacker/street musician, and thats when I discovered this stuff... and i've used it for everything from brushing my teeth, to my hair, to my clothes, to my body, to my pets, to my dishes.... EVERYTHING... and it's ALWAYS worked out very well. The Rose scent is my favorite, because while in the bottle it smells like Rose petals, but when you shower with it.... it actually smells like Sierra Nevada beer, which has a naturally rosey/fruity smell to it. It's incredible. Dr. Bronners is the first/only soap i've ever used that also doesn't make my skin feel dry and tight. I just can't speak enough to the quality and overall love I have for this stuff. The ONLY thing I would mention to a person new to Dr. Bronners in the way of advice, is that ALL the scents are good, but everyone will have their own personal preference... HOWEVER... people new to this stuff should understand that essential oils are used in these products, and Peppermint is one of the available scents.... which means, if you choose to get the Peppermint soap, you should know beforehand that you will FEEL the Peppermint oils. The other scents don't really have that "feel" factor.... but, the Peppermint one will make your skin feel cold and tingly.... which, some people like... but.... leave it in your buttcrack for long enough and you'll start to feel like someone shoved an ice cube up your butt. I know that sounds funny... but, i'm 100% serious. If it ever happens to you I 100% guarentee you'll start laughing and saying "that dude on Amazon knew what was up!". Lastly, the Lavender one is my least favorite, and it is the only one that doesn't smell exactly as advertised. If you buy the Lavender one, you may be disappointed by the scent, but it has a very nice silky feeling on your skin. Hope I helped.