Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap – For face, hair, body, brush, laundry detergent and everything else!

by xin on October 5, 2015

Long post ahead.

Dr Bronner's Magic Soap

Having read so many praises about Dr Bronner’s, I finally managed to get my hands on some of the bar soaps and a bottle of liquid soap. You can’t get it locally in Malaysia, you can either buy it from overseas website, or the nearest place to get is from Singapore.

Dr Bronner's Magic Soap Peppermint

Their organic soaps are known for their organic ingredients and multi purpose usage, literally from head to toe, dishes, pet, cleaning, laundry and etc.  So I picked up a bottle of liquid castille and bar soaps for experiment. The ingredients are straight forward, consist mainly of water and oil. No additional preservatives or  SLS.

I will break into few parts to tell you how I feel about them.

Bar Soap as Laundry Detergent:

DIY laundry detergent

Green laundry detergent is very big in some of the oversea countries, and unfortunately not so much locally. Mainly because the ingredients required to DIY are more expensive than buying those detergent itself.  After many readings & research, I found this easy recipe to DIY my own detergent with just 3 ingredients, without the Borax. I am only using baking soda, washing soda, and a bar of castile soap.

Cost:

  • Arm & Hammer Pure baking soda – RM7 for 454g
  • Arm & Hammer Washing Soda – RM29 for 1kg (Acer Hardware)
  • Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap – SGD$8.20 per bar (140g)

I have only seen washing soda in ACE hardware, and it’s not cheap. Most people just rolled their eyes when I told them my idea of DIY laundry detergent.

The ratio is pretty simple. After a few experiments, I concluded that there’s actually no hard and fast rule in making your own detergent, as long as you think it’s powerful enough for your laundry, you are good! This detergent is also very skin friendly, especially for those with eczema or sensitive skin.

The ratio I am using is:

1 bar of soap: 1 part of baking soda: 2 parts of washing soda  = 140g soap: 140g baking soda: 280g of washing soda.

DIY laundry detergent 2

Some people melt the soap bar to turn it into liquid, I however prefer to be in powder form for convenience.

The hassle will be grating your own soap bar. I started with this really fine grate used for grating ginger, it took me a week to grate the bar of soap! Then I tried blender, not good enough as blender generates heat and it will melt and your powder soap will turn sticky.

So, now I use a larger grater so I could grate a bar of soap in just 15 mins! Holy grail!

Verdict: 

I LOVE IT!!!!

It is gentle yet effective. I mix my concoction well and store it in a jar, each load of laundry I use about 1 tablespoon, and my laundry comes out really clean! My laundry isn’t very much soiled hence I think this soap is good for me.  However, the soap fragrance doesn’t last so your laundry won’t have any artificial scent, which is what I prefer. I am not a fan of soaps and can’t stand the scent of fabric softener.

The downside of this detergent is the cost of it, 600g of powder detergent sets me back at about RM30, which is considered VERY expensive compared to the commercial ones. It’s almost 10x the price of a commercial soap.

I don’t have any skin sensitivity myself but I like the thought of knowing that my detergent is safe for me 🙂 I will continue to DIY as long as I can.

Liquid Soap for Face/Body:

Face:

  • I have been using the liquid soap as my face wash, hair and body wash. I just drip a 2-3 drops from the bottle and lather it with some water and use it as a fash wash. It foams up okay and it cleanses really well. And surprise! It’s not drying at all, there’s no tautness in skin after cleansing.

Hair:

  • I use it as my night shampoo, however, I can’t say that I love it for my hair as it’s non drying and it will turn my hair greasy, hence I am only using at night when I don’t go out. For day use, I am still using a normal SLS shampoo so my hair stays dry through out the day. I like the fact that at least my scalp is organic at night. No conditioner needed if I use Dr Bronner’s to shampoo as it’s moisturizing.

Body:

  • It feels nice as a body soap, and it makes my skin feels soft as it is moisturizing with coconut oil as its main ingredient. Again, I am too lazy to pre-dilute it so I am just using it straight from the bottle.

CAUTION: IT STINGS REALLY BAD!!! Rinse your eyes VERY VERY thoroughly if it gets into your eyes.

Verdict:

I like it for as face & body cleanser, but not for my hair.

Liquid Soap as Brush Cleansers:

makeup brush

I don’t wash my brush weekly, and I was informed that these goat hair brushes should be taken care of carefully and not washing it regularly. Honestly, I am not too sure how I feel about this especially if I am using the brushes daily. I can’t stand the thought of not bathing them frequently.

brush after cleansing

So, I dilute the liquid soap and using it as bi/weekly spray for the my brushes. I am only using a few drops of the soap to fill a bottle of 30ml spray bottle. Just lightly spray it lightly, gently swirl it, pat and let dry. In this picture, it’s a lot of water to show you the effect. But really, you only need a light spritz for light cleansing so it won’t take long to dry too.

Verdict: 

I have also used this as the regular brush cleanser, it removes the liquid stain fairly well and doesn’t dry up my brushes.  Since I have coconut oil soap that I have bought for brush cleansing, so I will probably continue to use the soap to save on Dr Bronner’s.

Overall thoughts:

I am actually quite amazed by this magic soap and I can see why it has so many fans all around the world.  I have not tried using this as other cleaning purpose as it’s too expensive & difficult for me to procure it (ouch!). So I will be sticking to my Method liquids for household cleansing and reserve this Dr Bronner’s for anything else that will be in direct contact with my skin.

Have you tried Dr Bronner’s and what other special usage you have discovered with this?

Availability:

Bath & Unwind – free shipping

US ASOS – free shipping above USD$40

Nature’s Glory (Singapore) – no shipping to Malaysia

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