Dr Bronner's Organic Body Care Brand Focus
July 7, 2014
Dr Bronner's Magic Soap is a brand that is known for their natural, organic and fair trade skin care... and in the beauty blogger industry they are mainly famous for their multi-purpose liquid soaps. I have heard that a lot of bloggers have been using the liquid soap for brush cleaning, but I have mainly wanted to try these because I thought the packaging looked really interesting.
You can check out more information at the Dr Bronner website, but you can also check them out in store at David Jones. One thing that is refreshing about this brand is that it is pretty affordable. The Pure Organic Castile Soap comes in three sizes - the small 59ml, the medium 236ml and the large 944ml and the prices range from $3.75 to $19.95!
Since I mentioned that I loved the look of the packaging, I thought I would address that first. These come in basic bottles and each different scent has a different coloured label. In addition to this, the bottles have a crazy amount of writing on it. I thought this design was pretty interesting until I started reading some of the writing. Some of the writing contains important information such as ingredients and directions for use, but some of the other writing is religious rambling and Marxist quotes. I personally really dislike this, being an areligious person (don't have a religion, don't care about religion) I really don't like reading these ramblings on my skincare!
Anyway... onto the products.
I have been trying out the Dr Bronner's Magic Lotion in Patchouli Lime. This retails for $14.95 for a 236ml bottle and it is available in the scents Orange Lavender, Peppermint, Patchouli Lime and Lavender Coconut. This is a lotion that you can use on both your hands or body. I have been using this as a hand cream and I have been really enjoying it. This is a thin greasy formula, which isn't usually something I enjoy, but because it sinks into your skin very quickly, it leaves your skin feeling extremely hydrated instead of oily. This lotion contains coconut oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, lime oil, and lavender oil. The lavender oil tends to overpower the scent and gives this a very herbal scent. Lavender is in three out of four of the scents available, so if you don't like the scent of lavender, the only option for you would be Peppermint.
I have also been using three of the soaps from the range - the Peppermint liquid Pure Castile Soap (236ml size), the Rose liquid Pure Castile Soap (59ml size) and the Lavender bar of Pure Castile Soap. These are available in the scents Peppermint, Lavender, Almond, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Unscented Baby-Mild, Rose, and Citrus Orange.
These claim to be an 18-in-1 product and I have been trying to researching what the 18 uses are. This soap can supposedly be used as a face wash, body wash, shampoo, bath soap, baby soap, shaving cream, clearing congestion, cleaning dishes, cleaning clothes, multi-purpose house cleanser, fruit/vegetable wash, dog washing, bug spray on plants, ant spray, a deodorant, a toothpaste, a mouthwash, and supposedly this used to recommended as a douche wash - but this is no longer recommended on the bottle.
I have only used these as a body wash and I also attempted to use the Rose liquid soap as a brush cleaner. I highly recommend the liquid soaps as body washes - they are very thin liquid soaps and you only need a small amount on a loufa or sponge to create a nice lather. These do leave you feeling squeaky clean, without drying out your skin, and I love the Peppermint scent because it leaves you feeling tingly and awake. I wasn't that much of a fan of the Rose scent because it is a weird sweet floral scent. I tried the Rose soap as a brush cleaner and I don't think it quite cut it (I much prefer the Daiso sponge cleaner). I even picked the Peppermint soap as one of my June Favourites.
I have also been trying the Lavender bar of Pure Castile Soap (retails for $5.95 for 140g) and the Oranic Lip Balm in Naked (retails for $4.94 and also comes in Orange Ginger, Peppermint, and Lemon Lime). Both of these are great basic products - the soap is a basic decent soap and the lip balm is a nice thick unscented balm that lasts a long time on the lips.
So that's my experience so far with the Dr Bronner's Organic Body Care range. I highly recommend trying them out - especially the liquid soaps and the lotion. I don't believe that the soaps are an 18-in-1 product, I definitely don't like the religious rambling on the packaging, and I don't think these work very well as a brush cleanser, but they are pretty good body products!