Dr. Bronner's Organic Pure Castile Bar Soap (140g)
Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Bar Soap
Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Bar Soaps are biodegradable-vegan, gentle and versatile, good for washing body, face or hair! Enjoy only 2 cosmetics, enough sleep & Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps to clean-body-mind-soul-spirit instantly uniting One! All-One!!
- Made With Organic Oils
- No Foaming Agents
- No Detergents
- Certified Fair Trade
- No Animal Testing
- Non-GMO Project Verified
- 100% Biodegradable!
- 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Wrapper
Available in 6 Scents (each scent's unique ingredients are stated in brackets)
- Baby Unscented: With no added fragrance and double the olive oil, Baby Unscented is good for sensitive skin – babies too, though not tear-free! (none)
- Eucalyptus: Earthy and warm, with a powerful menthol burst to clear congestion and focus the mind! (organic eucalyptus oil)
- Lavender: Scented with pure lavender and lavandin oils to calm the mind and soothe the body! (lavandin extract, lavender extract)
- Peppermint: Most popular scent – with a peppermint burst so pure it tingles! Scented with organic peppermint oil to cool skin, clear sinuses and sharpen mind. (mentha arvensis, mentha piperita)
- Tea Tree: Woodsy and medicinal, good for acne-prone skin and dandruff! (tea tree extract)
Common Ingredients: organic coconut oil, organic palm oil, sodium hydroxide*, water, organic olive oil, organic jojoba oil, sea salt, citric acid, tocopherol (* none remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin)
* This formulation does not contain hemp oil as it is not allowed in Singapore.
Oregon Tilth Certified Organic
Product of USA
Frequently Asked Questions (answers adapted from website of manufacturer Dr Bronner's)
What are the “18-in-1” uses? Where can I find recipes and dilutions for your soaps?
You can use Dr. Bronner’s soaps for washing your face, body, hands and hair, for bathing, shaving, brushing your teeth, rinsing fruit, aromatherapy, washing dishes by hand, doing laundry, mopping floors, all-purpose cleaning, washing windows, scrubbing toilets, washing dogs, controlling dust mites, and killing ants and aphids. Now, that’s eighteen uses right there, but customers have told us over time about many more uses they have found for our soaps. Let us know what else you use our soaps for!
To get you started with recipes and dilutions, check out Lisa Bronner’s “Liquid Soaps Dilutions Cheat Sheet.”
What does “Castile” mean? Is your bar soap also a castile soap like the liquid? What is the difference between your bar and liquid soaps?
In earlier centuries, an all-vegetable-based soap was made in the Castile region of Spain from local olive oil. By the turn of this century, “Castile” had come to mean any vegetable oil-based soap, as distinct from animal (tallow) fat-based soap. “Pure-Castile” is now also your guarantee that what you are using is a genuinely ecological and simple soap – not a complex blend of detergents with a higher ecological impact due to the waste stream created during manufacturing and the detergents’ slower biodegradability. Unfortunately, many synthetic detergent blends are deceptively labeled as “Liquid Soap” despite the fact that they contain absolutely no real soap whatsoever.
Dr. Bronner’s Castile Liquid and Bar Soaps are both pure-castile, as they are all vegetable oil-based. The difference between the liquid and bar soaps is that the liquid soaps use potassium hydroxide to saponify the vegetable oils, while the hard bar soaps use sodium hydroxide instead.
To learn more about the difference between our liquid and bar soaps, check out Lisa Bronner’s related blog post.
Can I use your soaps to shampoo?
Yes, absolutely, and many people do! However, it is important to pair the soap with an acidic conditioning rinse e.g. apple cider vinegar.
Our soaps clean hair very well, but they can leave a tangly look and feel. So, use the conditioning rinse to tamp down the cuticles in your hair and give it a smooth and silky after feel.
Which of your products are vegan? Do you test your products on animals?
All of Dr. Bronner’s soap products are Certified Vegan. All of our products carry the “Leaping Bunny” seal, which indicates that they are cruelty-free and that there is no animal testing done with them.
Are your soaps safe for babies?
Dr. Bronner’s soaps are exceptionally mild and safe for babies, however they are not tear-free, so it’s important to be very careful and make sure that the soap does not get in your baby’s eyes (or yours either!).
For babies, we especially recommend our Unscented Baby-Mild line, as their skin can be sensitive to the essential oils that are in our scented soaps.
Most tear-free formulations on the market use some kind of synthetic numbing agent. We have chosen to keep our soaps free of any such chemical additives.
Can I wash my pet with your soaps?
Yes! Dr. Bronner’s soaps are wonderful for washing pets, especially dogs. To see a great demonstration of how to wash your dog with our soaps, check out Lisa Bronner’s blog post on the topic.
For cats, you have to be a little more careful. Many essential oils can be toxic to cats, especially tea tree, lavender and peppermint oils. So for cats, as for babies, your best bet is to use one of our Unscented Baby-Mild varieties.
Do your soaps contain any foaming agents or detergents like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate?
Absolutely not. Dr. Bronner’s soaps are 100% true pure-castile soaps. The high-foaming lather of our soaps comes from their high coconut oil content, which creates a more luxurious and richer lather than any detergent could ever produce. “Pure-Castile” is your guarantee that what you are using is a genuinely ecological and simple soap – not a complex blend of detergents with a higher ecological impact due to the waste stream created during manufacturing and the detergents’ slower biodegradability. Unfortunately, many synthetic detergent blends are deceptively labeled as “Liquid Soap” despite the fact that they contain absolutely no real soap whatsoever.
We do have one product, Sal Suds, which contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Coco-Betaine, and Lauryl Glucoside. Sal Suds is an all-purpose household cleaning product, and is not intended for use on the body. It is a balanced formulation of naturally derived surfactants that are mild and gentle on the skin, cruelty-free and biodegradable.
Are your products free of gluten, corn, soy and nuts? Why am I having an allergic reaction?
In general, Dr. Bronner’s products are gluten-free, and they do not contain any common allergens such as soy or nuts. Our Castile Liquid Soaps, Castile Bar Soaps, Pump Soaps, and Shaving Gels contain citric acid derived from tapioca (although in the past we did use citric acid derived from non-GMO corn). If you are having an allergic reaction, then it is possible that you are sensitive to one of the essential oils that are in our products, such as peppermint oil or lavender oil. If you have sensitive skin, then we recommend using our Unscented Baby-Mild varieties, which contain no essential oils.
I am getting a burning sensation from using your Peppermint Soap, is that normal?
It is not common, but some people do experience a burning sensation when using our Peppermint Soap, especially over sensitive areas. Most people experience a “tingly cool” feeling, due to the menthol molecules in the peppermint oil bonding with receptors on the skin that send a “cooling” message to the brain. What seems to be happening with people that experience a burning sensation is that the menthol molecules are instead bonding with different (but related) receptors, ones that normally respond to capsicin (the molecule found in chile peppers), thus sending a “burning” sensation to the brain instead of a “cooling” one. Unfortunately, there is not much to be done in this case and our only recommendation is to switch to one of our different scents, as the other scents will not cause the burning sensation.
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