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Friday, December 06, 2013

Dr Bronner 18-in-1 Pure Castile Green Tea Soap

Dr Bronner's 18-in-1 Hemp Green Tea Pure Castile Liquid Soap (437ml): £8.50

I first tried out Dr Bronner's liquid soaps many moons ago, when a few teensy samples came in a beauty box that I can't quite remember. I really enjoyed using them for a few different reasons, so I soon stocked up on a bottle of the almond version. I'd managed to get through almost a full bottle but it became a bit too sickly sweet in scent for me in the end, so I repurchased in the form of the green tea variety not long ago. So what's the big deal with these soaps?!

The Dr Bronner castile liquid soaps boast a huge eighteen uses, and are bursting with organic ingredients. Coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils make up the majority of the small ingredients list, but the soaps are also infused with antioxidants and natural fragrances. The green tea 'flavour' claims to carry beneficial properties for skin such as blemish fighting and gentle but efficient cleansing. To be honest I just wanted to try a colour I'd never seen before!

While these soaps get a lot of praise for their ability to get makeup brushes extremely clean - and that they do - they offer a multitude of skills in the household. I've tried them out as a clarifying shampoo (best results for me have been mixed with a regular shampoo for the first wash only, and a conditioner is absolutely essential as it can get a bit too squeaky clean and tangly), cleaning out the bath after a weekly exfoliation session, and as a plain old hand soap. Other uses are as follows.. face/body wash, shaving gel, cleaning fruit & veg of chemicals, and possibly the most bizarre of all, toothpaste. I don't think I'll be giving that one a go I'm afraid! Unless perhaps I end up trying the peppermint..

My preferred used for these is of course for evicting all the grime away from the depths of my makeup brushes - it's a job I put off for as long as possible but takes no time at all when I use this. Swirling a wet, soapy brush around in the palm of my hand seems to dissolve every last bit of that unwelcome orange tinge on my foundation brushes. No mean feat I'm sure you'll agree! The bristles are left completely squeaky clean, which is why I'm not so keen on using it for my skin/hair as it does feel like it's capable of drying things out a little too much. But for my brushes, it beats baby shampoo hands down for me; it's one doctor's appointment I'm happy to consider. Have you tried any of the Dr Bronner liquid soaps?

15 comment(s):

  1. I had no idea they carried a green tea version. I love their peppermint, tea tree, and citrus variety. I agree, the formula is a bit drying.
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  2. I have never heard of a green tea version! My boyfriend has been using a bottle of the peppermint, and I find the smell and cooling quality completely overwhelming, so I can't say I love it. It actually made me a little nervous to use it on my brushes just because I didn't want any peppermint to linger on tools that I use on my face. Green tea sounds good, though!

  3. I literally use clarifying shampoo for my makeup brushes - it works so well! This sounds pretty interesting though so will definitely look into this!


    1. I never thought to use a clarifying shampoo to clean my brushes. I have a whole bottle I can't use because it's too strong for me, and now I have a use for it! Thank you!


    2. Hi Caroline, one of the recommendations Dr. Bronner's make on the bottle is to dilute, so maybe give that a try if it's too strong for you :) There is a stack of stuff on the internet about the 18 in 1 uses, so check them out and I reckon you'll be through that bottle in no time! Louise

  4. I didn't know there was a green tea version either! I really want to try this out

  5. The idea of using this as a toothpaste is crazy, I don't think I'll be getting this for that reason any time soon!

    http://ambertypes.blogspot.co.uk xx

  6. now this is a soap that i would love to try out. green tea is one of my favorite things when a beauty product is involved.


  7. This looks so interesting! I've never seen it or heard of it before, but now you've got me all interested and stuff. I've been needing something to deep clean my brushes, too. :)
    Stephanie | Love, August

  8. I had no idea there was a green tea version either! I'll definitely have to give it a try xx

    Leanne | Seeking Serendipity

  9. I've seen these a bit cheaper in TKMaxx recently, I may have to pick one up. And I had no clue you could use it as toothpaste, maybe in an emergency?

  10. this soap is SO good at cleaning makeup brushes! I have the peppermint scented one, and I'm not too thrilled with the scent but green tea sounds lovely!


  11. I love these bottles of soaps. The green tea version is so nice, I have the little mini version of this as I wanted to try it out first. Will definitely be buying the full size!

    Leeannelle | Fashion and Beauty


  12. this sounds so good! ill have to use up my soap first then have a think about this



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