why i’m a dr. bronner’s fan for life

My dude Dr. Bronner is a legend.

Emanuel Bronner, a third-generation soap maker from a German-Jewish soap-making family, founded the company in 1948. His message, which wasn’t only about an all-natural, top-notch soap, was to emphasize unity across religious and ethnic divides. “We are All-One or None!” became the company’s mantra.

Dr. Bronner’s soap is fairly traded, vegan, not tested on animals, biodegradable, and although the bottles are plastic, they’re made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. And the bottle is completely recyclable once you finish it.

Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap continues to be used by people across the world for it’s gentle quality, noteworthy affect and versatility. My dude boasts 18 uses on each bottle — and that’s no joke.

Although I don’t use the soap for all of those 18 ways, I use it for a whole lot.

Castile soap is super concentrated, so a little goes a really long way. There are loads of measurements out there that give you the exact amount you need to make shampoo, detergent and dish soap.

Castile soap is made with coconut, olive and hemp oils. It originated from Castile, Spain (hence the name) and is known to be super gentle and plant-based. You can use it on your cat, your kids, your plants and your booty.

And I’ll tell you what, I’ve got super sensitive skin and I love using it in my face wash mixed with some other essential and carrier oils.

Here are a few things you can use it for….

CASTILE SOAP USES

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FACE WASH
BODY WASH
SHAMPOO
HAND SOAP
DETERGENT
DISH SOAP
DISH DETERGENT
HOUSEHOLD CLEANER
DOG CLEANER
ANTI-BUG SPRAY FOR PLANTS
DE-GREASE CLEANER
TOOTHPASTE
DEODORANT
FLOOR CLEANER
BABY SOAP

And so many other things! You can use this for just about anything that you’d use to clean with.

Personally, I use in my face wash, body wash, shaving soap, multi-purpose cleaner and hand soap. I’m interested in trying the soap out as a detergent though!

Unfortunately, I haven’t found a Castile soap concoction I like to use as a dish soap yet…. Mike and I don’t have a dishwasher so we wash everything by hand and I’m pretty particular about the consistency of the soap. But once I find a concoction I like, I’ll be sure to share that!

For hand soap, face wash, shaving soap, etc. I use the following for a 12-16 ounce foaming container:

–2 TBSP CASTILE SOAP
(I use the baby unscented one, but all the scents are great!)
–1.5 TBSP CARRIER OIL
(I like avocado or almond oil)
–10-20 DROPS OF ESSENTIAL OILS
(Rosemary, lavender and frankincense are great for the skin, but so are oils like geranium, lemon and lots of others! Thieves is great for killing germs!)

–FILL WITH WATER
(TIP: Fill the container with water first, then add in the soap and oils)

If you’re on a waste-free journey and you’re looking to make some of your own products — I’d recommend buying Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap. Start off by buying a foaming soap dispenser (check Amazon or Target or a second-hand store!) and making your own face soap and/or hand soap!

Oh, and Dr. Bronner’s is available just about anywhere from your local health food store to Walmart, Target and grocery stores.

There are LOADS of DIY recipes to try on Pinterest. But if you’re looking for specific recipe ideas, please let me know! I’d love to suggest some oils for ya 🙂

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