What can I say, I’m a bar-soap in the shower kind of gal.
Even with all the bajillions of liquid soap options out there for me, I prefer a to use a bar, period. Based on the bar soap to liquid soap ratio I see on store shelves, I’m a dying breed.
Up until very recently, I’ve used whatever bar soap they carried at Costco, mostly some version of Dove.
But unlike years past, my skin would be dry and flaky (oh the joys of getting older) and I just didn’t feel totally clean. I always felt like there was some sort of residue on me, and don’t tell me to use the liquid soaps, because those are even worse.
Enter Dr. Bronner’s.
This soap, it changed my life.
Full disclosure, I am an unpaid products tester for a PR firm that deals with all-natural products. Well, I get paid in products, but not cash. One day I was sent a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap in its liquid form. I used it because even though I dislike liquid soap, the agreement was that I try it out and rate it. And try it out, I did.
Religious and other rantings on the label aside, I am inloooove.
You are skeptical. I can sense it. In love with a soap, eh Glinda?
I have never used a liquid soap that smelled so wonderful and produced so much lather. Nor made me feel almost obscenely clean. And despite my recent Dove habit, I’ve used some pretty expensive soaps in my time. Warning, though, if you use the Peppermint on your private areas, it will make them tingle. And not necessarily in a good way. Not in an “oh-god-shoot-me-now” way but more like a “damn-I-need-to-rinse-this-stuff-off-ASAP” kind of way. Once it is off, though, its off and there are no ill after-effects.
So after trying the liquid, I found out the soap also comes in bars. The heavens opened up and the angels trumpeted and smiled indulgently as me as I eagerly bought the almond version. I adore almond scent and nobody makes anything with an almond scent any more. At least, not that I can easily find.
The aromatherapy aspect is reduced with the bar soap, but it is every bit as effective. You can use it to shave, and I assure you it is just as good if not better than using a product like Skintimates or something similar. You can use it on your face in a pinch as well, although I wouldn’t personally recommend it for every day. It comes in many scents, including lavender and citrus and one especially for babies, which I am so totally going to buy for my toddler once I use up the California Baby stuff I’m currently on. Oh yeah, and you can wash your floors and veggies with it too.
Now, let me get a little TMI with you. If you don’t want to read anything vaguely TMI, skip the next sentence or two. I have always been self-conscious about my lady-bits and any smells that emanate from that area. It seemed that no matter how much I cleansed, some kind of smell would eventually arrive. Can I tell you that this soap has stopped that IN ITS TRACKS. My lady garden now smells like NOTHING. It is amazing. I cannot promise that it will do for you what it did for me, but I swear I will never stop using this soap.
And my veggies have never smelled better, either.