Monday, 12 June 2017

REVIEW: DR BRONNER'S PURE CASTILE SOAP BAR AND LIQUID SOAP


Dr Bronner's soaps are renowned for their quality, versatility and eco-friendliness. A family run business that started 150 years ago in Germany. Dr Bronner's outstanding achievements include pioneering USDA certified organic personal care products, to creating Fair Trade projects across the world that ensure fair and just treatment of farmers and workers, while devoting profits to worthwhile causes and charities worldwide.

Quality soapmaking consists of choosing the right proportions of the right oils. Coconut oil is very high lathering, but can be drying. Olive oil gives a really soft and luxuriant lather, but in small amounts. By using both coconut and olive oils in the right ratio, Dr. Bronner’s unsurpassed soaps offer the best of both worlds: high lather with superb softness on the skin.

To top it off, their soaps also contain hemp and jojoba oils, which mirror the natural oils in the skin’s sebum, thus imparting a wonderful after feel once the soaps are washed away.

I think soap  has a stigma attached to it, with lots of consumers shying away, saying soap's are drying and bad for the skin. This rings true for many that are currently on the market but we tend to be lost in all the advertising and space hogging of bigger brands in the supermarket isles making us forget about the original humble brands that started it all.

I have to admit I am one of those who has shied away from soap but miss using a bar.  When these products landed on my desk I was so excited to give these ago as they brought back memories of mum and my gran using this brand all those years ago!

Image source: Dr Bronner's website

Unlike most commercial soapmakers who distill the glycerin out of their soaps to sell separately, Dr Bronner retains it in their soaps for its moisturising qualities. Contains natural vitamin E from sunflower seeds and citric acid from fermented tapioca to protect freshness. There is no added chelating agents, dyes, whiteners or synthetic fragrances. Only pure and powerful high-quality certified organic essential oils are used. They are also biodegradable and environmentally friendly.


There is no fancy packaging or design on the soap bar.  I actually like and prefer this type of packaging,  The wrapper is made from paper with no wax so it is fully recyclable. 

It it safe for the entire family to use especially if you suffer from skin conditions or a intolerance to certain ingredients.  The All-one Hemp Baby Unscented Bar is perfect for all ages.


The soap bar is of rectangle shape and simple. Even though it is unscented it has a really nice extremely subtle scent of oils. It lathers up but not as much as normal soaps. There is a huge difference on how the skin feels when using this on the body. My body feels cleansed and fresh ,without the drying or stripped feeling. On several occasions I haven't applied body lotion and I did not experience any itching or dry skin.  It is quite comforting to use. I found this was more effective and conditioning than body washes.  Surprisingly hubby and my son loved it and they are liquid body wash fans.

We have been using the soap bar for almost 2 weeks and the size hasn't changed much.  The soap bar is definitely good value.  Dr Bronner's soap bars retails for $7.95.

There are dozens of brands and hundreds of fragrances and designs of body washes on the market with marketing targeting more the decor of our bathroom than the benefits itself.  We get carried away with the prettiness of the corner bath tub being so instagram worthy that we forget that some of these products are not only drying with no real benefits to the skin but harming our waterways as well.

Image source: Dr Bronner's website

Dr Bronner's liquid soaps come in five sizes - 59ml, 237ml, 473ml, 946ml and 3.78L. There are 11 varieties to chose from. These liquid soaps are three times more concentrated than most so-called “liquid soaps” on the market.

Their environmentally friendly plastic cylinder bottles are made from 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic.  Their packaging and labelling is similar to their soaps with different colours representing the ingredients.  The one I was road testing is the 18-in 1-Hemp Lavender Pure-Castile Liquid Soap.  I personally think these look quite pretty in the bathroom. Sometimes less is more!


The Lavender pure-castile liquid soap has a transparent yellow colouring.  It's scent is true lavender. It lathers up gently and goes a long way. It is really concentrated so you only need the tiniest on a wash cloth or glove when using.  The soap is great for the entire body including face as well as perfect for shaving your legs in the shower.

Tips on how much to use:
Face
2-3 drops on wet hands, applied to wet face
Body
One small squirt on a wet washcloth, applied to a wet body
Hair
Approx ½ tbsp. in your hand, work into wet hair
Bath
Roughly 2 tbsp for an average sized tub. (Doesn’t bubble, but still cleans)
Shaving
Underarms – 3 drops, Legs – ½ tsp. Lather in wet hands and then apply to area.

My family of 3 have been using this for one week and I am guessing that bottle should last around a month, maybe more, so it's definitely good value.  This size retails for $12.95.

TIP
Take this will you when travelling and this can also be perfect to wash your intimates!


Dr Bronner's Pure Castile Soaps - available at David Jones, major organic retailers & online at www.drbronner.com.au. To check out their entire range visit their website.



Samples were provided for editorial consideration

2 comments:

  1. I swear by this soap. It is the only one I use!

    - Greta
    www.mintyfrosting.com

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  2. I have never used this soap, I must give Dr Bronners a try xx

    Indie// In Search of the Holy Grail

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