Dr. Bronner's stuff
So i've been wanting to switch to more natural body/home care products and heard that Dr. bronner's is natural, fair trade, and vegan friendly.
Anyone else used his stuff?
I feel like it's pricey, but I have also heard that you dilute it for most uses.
So what are your opinions?
Love it or hate it, worth it or not?
What kinds of stuff have you used it for?
It's awesome. I buy the liquid soap from the bulk containers at the co-op and put it in an reused foam pump soap dispenser. I use about half Dr. Bronner's/ half water, but baypuppy says that even 1/4 dr. bronners and 3/4 water works. It's awesome. I use it undiluted when I'm in the shower and it's lovely for washing my body. But careful with the peppermint kind in sensitive areas... it's gives quite a tingle.
I love it as a body wash, my favs are peppermint and almond. It makes a terrible shampoo, imo. I tried it once to wash dishes and it wasn't good for that either.
I love it as a body wash, my favs are peppermint and almond. It makes a terrible shampoo, imo.
humm, DR washes her hair with the "baby" formula and loves it. but she has naturally VERY CURLY hair. not sure if hair type makes a difference.
It's also good diluted in a spray bottle (maybe 3-4 T per bottle) to use for general cleaning around the kitchen and bath.
The peppermint makes a great foot soak for pedis.
I also use it as a body wash. It doesn't work so well for my hair (long-ish and fairly straight), I'd never be able to brush it unless I used a ton of conditioner after.
I also dilute it to use as foaming hand soap and I use that to wash my face every night.
I tried it as body wash and thought it left a residue on me. I don't prefer or use Dr. Bronner, although I like that it exists in the world.
I have a strange scalp (pimply, scaly, yet not 'dandruffy'....just all around strange) and fairly oily hair, so as a shampoo, I've never had a problem with using Dr Bronner's as a shampoo, even when I had very long hair. Right now, I'm using Nature's Gate shampoo/conditioner with Tea Tree Oil, which is really helping with the breakouts the heat is causing. Peppermint is also a GREAT long-lasting remedy for overheating, so I imagine taking a warmish shower, soap up w/ Bronner's and then do a cool rinse, you'd be pretty good throughout the day.
We always have peppermit dr. bronners. I loveee ittt. Its great for shaving! And sooooo nice in summer.
I dilute it 1/2 water 1/2 dr bronners for body wash. I really like it. Unfortunately it doesn't work well with my hair for shampoo. I also add it to my homemade laundry detergent and various other homemade cleaners. It seems pricey at first, but I usually buy it by the gallon and it lasts forever...like a year or more.
i use it as hand soap and for my hair (i only wash my hair about once a week and i am letting it dread, so...)
i have used it for my body just fine, i just prefer having soap in a bar form for my body and the dr. bronners bars are expensive so i just get bulk bar soap from my co-op.
I use it for hand soap and I concur with baypuppy's proportions of 1/4 soap to 3/4 water. I also use it in homemade cleaning solutions that call for Castille soap. I tried it on my hair and didn't like it. The lavender is my favorite.
I usually buy the trader joes peppermint castile soap.
I use it as body wash, to clean my toilet, to wash dishes, to clean my tub, and to wash floors. I tried it in my hair and it just matted and tangled so I don't use it in my hair anymore. It works really well in my tub and toilet. I have unfiltered well water so everything gets rusty, orange, or yellow and its good about getting the rust out. And when it's hot I take a bath with the pepperment kind and I won't get hot for the rest of the day. I live in Florida with no central heat and air so it really does work. It seemed kinda expensive to me too but I use so little of it that is does last forever. I dilute 1 cap full with one gallon of water and that cleans all the bathrooom and moms the floor too. I put a cap full in when I wash dishes too.
Thanks for this thread, I bought a bottle of the Lavendar Dr. Bonners (on clearance) and I didn't really have a clue how to use if or what some of the uses are! I'll be using the soap for all kinds of things now!! Yay! :)
Its quite good, especially for travelling. And its not expensive, it lasts so long. Its not like a regular bottle of body wash. For two we have not a big bottle.. i think the smallest that isnt a travel bottle and we have it for 2 months atleast. Its the only soap we have.. so guests use it for washing hands too. Its great!
I use 1/3 Dr Bronner 2/3 Water for shampoo...just put it in a spray bottle and go to town. I prefer the tea tree or peppermint since I have dry scalp. No tangling issues with me since I have locs.
I also use it for:
laundry detergent (if I'm out of my usual)
I think it can also be used as a toothpaste, but I'm gonna let that one go..
I use this shit for everything, no lie.
I wash my dreads with it, but for normal hair I wouldn't recommend it, as it cleans so harshly that it leaves your hair feeling very very dry-ish feeling...
I love it for taking stains out of clothes, especially... it seems the peppermint is the best for cleaning stains and using as a household cleaner.
I like the tea tree bar as a body soap (and this is what I wash my dreads with), and I also love the tea tree soap for cleaning tattoos and piercings. Nothing has ever healed them better!
I don't really know what you're supposed to use to mix with for a household cleaner, but I've been dusting with the peppermint stuff + enough water to thoroughly dilute it, and some vinegar. No exact measurements I just kind of wing it...
I wipe it off with a dry rag, just to make sure that there's no leftover moisture from the water (as it could ruin wooden surfaces, etc)
I've been able to take out HAIR DYE stains out the shower, sink, etc with the peppermint stuff which is REALLY IMPRESSIVE.
I know people that clean out smoking devices with the stuff and it works really well for cleaning off the tars and residues.
seriously, everything...way worth the money, and I don't really find it that expensive anyway. I've found the bars for like 2-3 bucks a piece at some places, which is dirt cheap in my opinion. I mean, for a natural product that does as much as this does.
one very strange P.S. though.
never never use the Peppermint formula to clean places on your body such as the genital region...OUCH! ;D