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Dr. Bronner's castile soaps are great for any skin type. Completely rubbish-free, this soap is made from a variety of natural ingredients including coconut and jojoba oils and vitamin E. It contains no parabens, no foaming agents, and no detergents. In addition to the fragrance-free Baby Mild formula, there are also lavender, peppermint, and tea tree castile soaps for various skin types. (You can also add your own essential oils to the soaps to create a more personal formula.) Castile soap has done wonders for my mild acne. After trying many different brands, including "as seen on TV" skincare products, Dr. Bronner's cleared my skin considerably. It also works great for dry skin, helping to cleanse without over-drying. These castile soaps are relatively inexpensive and last for months (if not a year or 2!). For a facial cleanser, a few drops will produce enough lather to cleanse both face and neck. It can also be used for full-body cleansing with a bath sponge, in place of shaving cream/gel, or as a mild shampoo (though with prolonged use, I found that it left my hair feeling a bit too oily). In addition, Dr. Bronner's can be used as a cleaner for such materials as silk, wool, cloth diapers and even dentures! With such mild ingredients, this soap is safe for the whole family.
I already use Lush and Burts Bee's products, but I'm always on the look out for new natural products to try, one's that don't contain parabens or other nasties, one's that contain as few ingredients as possible, and this seemed to fit the bill perfectly!
I first read about it in one of my many women's magazines that I buy, and liked the sound of it straight away, I'm also a sucker for cute packaging, so I was immediately drawn to this. The bottle is covered in little quotes, poems and usage ideas making it actually quite an interesting read! The magazine said that Superdrug was going to start selling it, I hope they do, but I've seen no sign of this yet?
Dr. Bronner's All-in-one soaps have been part of the natural lifestyle since the 50's, the claim is that they are so versitile that they can be used for everything from the obvious body washing to cleaning the floor, and from washing your hair with it to using it to clean your teeth, although I have yet to actually try that suggestion! I have used it to wash my hair with and it left it surprisingly soft and tangle free.
They conbtain no preservatives, thickners, whiteners, parabens or synthetic surfactants etc making them very environmentally friendly and so gentle that they can even be used on newborns. Having no essential oils in it, it claims to be unscented and so a great base so that you can then add which ever scented body lotion or perfume without fear of scents clashing. It does however leave you with is a clean, fresh, smooth and comforting smell, very much like baby lotion, one that makes you want to sniff your arms all day and makes you feel all warm and snuggly! But, as said before, not overpowering so that it would clash with any perfume.
t contains extra virgin olive oil which is great for dry skin and for adding softness to it, I personally find it is great on any patches of excema I might have, helps to clear them up great and doesn't aggrevate them at all!
Another big couple of pluses is that it is not tested on animals and it is fairtrade....something I try to look out for now.
It is very runny, so only a few drops are needed, and from those couple of drops it lathers up a storm! Best to put onto a sponge or bath scruchie first though to avoid waste. I have been using this a couple of weeks now and I'm probably only about a third down, so I can see this lasting for quite a long time!
As you can see from the list of ingredients below, it contains very few, and the less the better! It just goes to show you can make a fabulous product without having to cram it full of god knows what!
Ingredients: Water, Saponified Coconut-Hemp-Olive Oils (with retained Glycerin), Olive Fatty Acids, Aloe Vera, Rosemary Extract.
At the moment I have only ever seen it on-line, with Amazon being the cheapest place to purchase it from, £4.99 for a 236ml bottle, but of course the downside is there is £2.00 P&P to add on to that, but it is a price I am willing to pay as I think it is well worth it for a Natural, multi use soap that isn't tested on animals and is fair trade to boot.
Dr / Bronners All-One soaps have been part of the natural lifestyle since the late 1950s / These versatile soaps can be used to wash hair, body, cuts, and dishes / They contain only 100% pure, high quality essential oils and organic ingredients / Perfect for newborns, people with sensitive or dry skin, or those with sever allergies /