Cleanser, shampoo, body wash, shaving. I used it for a week. Okay, so i love the smell of the lavender bar, but I wanted to give you my findings of this scientific experiments.
Here are the claims: “Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Bar Soaps are biodegradable-vegan, gentle and versatile; they work great for washing body, face or hair! Made with certified fair trade ingredients and organic hemp oil for a soft, smooth lather that won’t dry your skin. 100% biodegradable in a 100% post-consumer recycled wrapper”
Here are the ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Palm Oil*, Sodium Hydroxide**, Water, Lavandin Extract, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Lavender Oil, Salt, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
As a face cleanser. I love lavender for anything so naturally this was the scent I chose. The bar is soft and weighty which I love and it really cleans your skin to a squeaky clean feeling that is common with castile soaps. I have heard differing opinions about using essential oils on your face, but I find my skin does like them. However, after a few days I noticed a tight feeling in my skin that I never have had before, likely attributed to the stripping the bar was doing to my face. I was kind of sad about it because this bar is $6.00 so it would have been great to have a ethical, low waste cleanser but alas my skin cannot deal. I was really impressed with how it removed all my makeup, but I think I will be going back my current cleanser a mini of the Caudalie foaming cleanser because it leaves my skin feeling great and is a very clean ingredient wise. If you have tough skin I think you might really like this, but for us normal-dry gals this might not be for you.
As a shampoo. I have been using the Live Clean Daily Care shampoo and the Live Clean balancing shampoo, but again this dried out my hair like no ones business. This bar 100% cleaned my hair, but it wasn’t the least bit hydrating at all. My hair felt more greasy after using this so I don’t think I’ll continue using it on my hair. I only ended up using this for two washes and went back to my normal hair care regime.
As a body wash. Not the most luxurious or mind blowing, but it did the job. I would definitely continue using this as a body wash. I like that it is in post consumer recycled paper and is on the affordable side and lasts forever which means saving money in the long run. For the winter though, I’m not sure how well this would work since my skin tends to shrivel like a prune.
Have you ever tried any Dr. Bronners items? What are you favourite uses for them?
Ps. Please forgive me, I forgot to take photos when this was in the package so please enjoy the photo found on well.ca, this is also where I got all my info on the soap.