If you like organic and natural products, you’ll love Dr. Bronner’s Castille liquid soaps. Made with organic essential oils, the soaps are offered in several scents: Bitter Almond, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Baby-Mild (a sensitive skin formula without essential oils), Tea Tree, and Lavender. Each liquid soap is offered in 2 oz., 4 oz., 8 oz., 16 oz., 32 oz., half-gallon., gallon, and 5 gallon sizes.
I was first introduced to this soap when I was about 10 years old when my mom started buying the 16 oz and 32 oz peppermint soap. It was tingly and smelled like those red and white peppermint candies. At first, I didn’t like the soap because of how it tingled, but when I re-discovered Dr. Bronner’s soap at age 25, I absolutely loved it!
One of the great things about this soap is that it is natural and versatile. You can even put it into your mouth (diluted with water, of course). It can be used as a shampoo, body soap, mouth wash and I’ve even heard of people using it as a laundry detergent. If you have sensitive skin or you are concerned about the chemicals in the soaps your family uses, Dr. Bronner’s Soaps are a great alternative to traditional shower gels. If you prefer bars of soap, you can also get the soap in a solid form as well.
My favorites are Peppermint, Lavender, and Tea Tree. The Peppermint is great when you want a fresh, tingly, open-pore sensation. I always feel incredibly fresh when I use this product. As a shampoo, it’s gentle and yet cleans my hair so thoroughly. Whenever I trade in my shampoo for the liquid soap, I find that my hair is softer and healthier looking than when I buy a drug store shampoo. The peppermint scent is great as a shampoo because the smell is fresh and unique.
I use Lavender when I bathe. Besides being relaxing, it has a pleasant smell. I can just lie down in the tub and soak with it for a good hour. A great all around soap, I can use it as a shampoo or as a body wash and the feel of the soap is gentle and soothing rather than tingly like Peppermint.
If you know that you will be going to a hot climate where insects are prevalent, try the Eucalyptus Soap. Eucalyptus oil is a natural bug repellent. The scent is strong, so make sure that you like the smell before you get too excited. It’s great to pack on a vacation because you can save time by washing up with this soap rather than having to take the time to put on insect repellent after you shower.
If you have acne or issues with your skin, you may wish to try Tea Tree. The soap is made from Tea Tree oil which has been proven to reduce dandruff, acne, insect bites, rashes, and oily skin. It is natural antiseptic and anti-fungal oil. I have used all kinds of face washes, cleansers, and toners, but I have not had the same results that I get when I use Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Soap.
Not only are Dr. Bronner’s Soaps great for the skin, but it helps the environment. All bottles are made of 100% recycled plastic and the bar soaps are wrapped with 10% hemp-flax and 90% recycled paper. The proceeds from the sale of the soaps are also shared with employees and charitable causes.
I rate this soap a definite 5 out of 5.