Monday, November 05, 2007

Thrifty Multi-Purpose Shampoo/Soap: Dr. Bronner's All Natural Castile Soap

I purchased a one gallon bottle of Dr. Bronner's all natural castile soap in March of this year, and as you can see, I still have quite a bit left. I've been using it to bathe my baby/toddler, and since the soap is concentrated, all it takes is a little drizzle in this(see picture-purple bottle) recycled baby shampoo bottle. I add water to fill about half the bottle, and it's plenty strong enough to wash the hair and body.

I purchased mine from Amazonfor $28.00 with $5.75 shipping when they had a clear-out sale. The price has gone up, but I'll keep an eye on it and post if I see a sale. Dr. Bronner's can be found at health food stores as well; I just couldn't find the gallon containers around my area.

I got the peppermint version because it was on sale. It does sting the eyes a bit, so when I use it on the toddler's hair, I work it from the back of the head forward. I've not had any problems using it this way.

Dr. Bronner's soaps are made with organic oils and are certified to USDA National Organic Program standards. Essential oils are used for the scented soaps. Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps contain no synthetic surfactants or petrochemicals, and are packaged in recycled plastic bottles. I heard that if you can find a store that carries the soap in bulk, you can reuse the bottle for refills. It's great stuff and thrifty! At this rate, I shouldn't have to buy baby shampoo or soap for years.

I've read good reviewsfrom adults using Dr. Bronner's soap. I just haven't tried it yet because I am still trying to use up a huge stockpile of free-with-rebate and deeply discounted shampoos which I've accumulated.

6 comments:

Rachel said...

I LOVE Dr. Bronner's. I actually use it on my counters and floors, too. ;o)

Nicole said...

I've used Dr. Bronner's soap my entire life and I believe it's the best soap in the world! I think they make a version specifically for babies...the peppermint is pretty strong! I like using the peppermint during the summer because it's refreshing and then switch to lavender during other times of the year. I used to always dilute it but now I use a little bit full strength on my shower puff thing and then just lather it up. It's perfect! You can do pretty much anything with it including brush your teeth (tastes horrible but works in a pinch) :-)

Milehimama said...

It's great for organic gardening. Make a soapy spray and squirt on the leaves. Doesn't hurt the plants but will get rid of bugs.

Anna S said...

Sounds like a great idea!

Alexandra said...

So many uses! Thanks for your comments. I'll be on the look-out for more when it goes on sale. I love the smell of the peppermint, and it really lasts. I can smell it subtly the next day..so sweet and fresh.

Lola said...

I sometimes buy Dr. Bronner's directly from the company's site. Often I've gotten free shipping at $20. They also have monthly specials.

http://www.drbronner.com/DBMS/SPECIALS.htm