Now that my two weeks of experimenting with a bar of Dr. Bronner’s neutral pure-castile soap are over, which claims one can use it for 18 different purposes, I am quite satisfied with the results.
So satisfied that I am already into a new, similar experiment, but more on this later on.
For the last 14 days I used this bar of soap as
- Hand wash
- Face wash
- Body wash/ shower gel
- Tooth paste
- Stain remover
How did it work out for me?
On the whole I was rather happy using only one item for many purposes. The most unusual feeling was actually to wash my body with a bar of soap because I’ve been using shower gel forever (while I’ve used Lush shampoo bars regularly on holidays). Other than that it didn’t feel much out of the ordinary: It lathers up nicely meaning you won’t have to use much product. It’s basically enough to wet your hands, pick up the soap and rub it twice between your hands. This will create a lot of bubbles and you’re good to go.
Hand wash & body wash
I couldn’t see much difference in washing my hands with a bar of soap compared to washing them with the liquid soap which I normally use. When they were dirty before, they were cleaner afterwards.
Same goes for my body. I went in the shower sweaty and came out squeaky clean. My skin didn’t feel dryer than normal (which is something I have experienced with other soaps) and didn’t react in any way.
My skin has been acting up lately though I have yet to find out the reason for it. I’ve always had really good skin so I find this particularly distracting. Changing from liquid face wash to a bar of soap did not result in any changes to how the skin on my face looked or felt.
I was surprised by how soft my hair felt after using it as a shampoo. My hair is very fine so I was worried it might become impossible to comb but it turned out the opposite: There were actually a lot fewer hairs in my brush than normal and its volume increased (ever so slightly).
The single reason I’ll be switching back to my regular shampoo is that my hair tends to get greasy quickly and using the soap seemed to enhance that. It may be perfect for dry hair though.
Like, really? Yes, I did. The single reason I did it was to say I have done it and then it wasn’t too bad. My fear that it would taste soapy and leave a layer of film on my tongue was unjustified because it didn’t taste of much and rinsed out well. It also created enough “foam” so it didn’t feel like I was brushing my teeth “dry”.
That’s two thumbs up!
We had pasta with tomato sauce for dinner and – as it happens – I ended up with stains on my light gray shirt. I drizzled some water on the stain, gently rubbed in some soap and washed it out.
The next morning the stain was gone.
This is definitely a product I can recommend and would bring on a lengthier trip with me, particularly one that involves flying as a bar of soap won’t count towards your liquids allowance regarding carry-on luggage. You may want to take a moment or two to consider whether to bring a scented bar (to smell extra nice) or a neutral bar like the one I used (to smell clean and definitely nice enough but not of peppermint/ almond/ roses).
7 thoughts on “Aliciouslyvegan: 14 days with Dr. Bronner – my results”
That’s good to know! I might have to try it out too 🙂 Especially the toothpaste part is really cool, I wouldn’t have thought that it could work. 🙂
I probably wouldn’t want to use it as toothpaste on a regular basis or for a longer period of time but for a weekend getaway with minimal luggage – or hiking/ camping for that matter – it’s definitely worth trying. Most reviews suggest the peppermint-scented version for use as toothpaste.
Did you have to order the soap online or is it available at shops in Vienna? Sounds like a great space saver in my gym bag 🙂
Big hug 🙂
Thank you, Cairona! How nice to see you here 🙂
It’s easily available for example at Müller stores (in the natural cosmetics section) as well as at Veganz and Maran Vegan supermarkets. Denns may have it too.
I have an idea what might help with the hair getting greasy fast: rinsing it with vinegar (about a tablespoon on a glas of water). While travelling with a bottle of vinegar might be inconvenient vinegar is easily available. I usually put the vinegar in a cup and add the water while showering, then rinse my hair with it just before finishing off my shower.
And no, you will not smell of vinegar afterwards 😉