Early last summer, after the great bug infestation of 2015 (on my garden), I started using neem oil on my plants. It worked, but left a film on the herbs and fruit. So I picked up a little tiny bottle of Dr. Bonners Castile soap in the peppermint scent. I knew it would be a good and safe way of washing the fruits of my labor. I’d simply fill the sink, or a bowl if It was herbs, add a few dashes of the soap and let it soak. It did a really good job of cleaning them.
About 6 months ago I discovered that my favorite clarifying shampoo had aloe in it. It was hidden way down deep in the ingredients list and I hadn’t noticed it until that point. That stuff is sneaky lol. I hadn’t taken the time to go on a hunt for new shampoo, so I was just washing and conditioning as normal. Until about a month ago anyway, when I noticed that my hair wasn’t it’s normal soft self anymore. My hair needed a good cleaning but I didn’t have the right shampoo for the job. Then I remembered the Castile soap.
See, when I was a kid, my Grandmother used to make Castile soap. It didn’t smell anywhere near as pleasant as Dr. Bonners, but I remembered, it did the job. So I went and grabbed my little sample size bottle from the kitchen, added about 10 drops to 4 squirts of shampoo, mixed them in my hand and rubbed them on my hair. OMG, it worked like a charm. It cut through the leave-in conditioner and coconut oil like nothing. Leaving my hair squeaky clean. It worked really well on my scalp too, so much so that my hair only required one wash that night. I don’t know why I didn’t use it sooner.
A week or so later, whilst on a trip to my favoritest store ever, Target I decided to pick up a bottle just for the bathroom. I had many scents to choose from: Unscented, Almond, Citrus, Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rose, and Tea Tree. I hate the smell of tea tree and peppermint. I’m allergic to eucalyptus. And I have a very unhealthy obsession with lavender, so it was an easy decision to make. I got lavender!
Since then I’ve used a little every week in my main wash, mainly because it so easily washes away the residue on my hair. Just a few drops mixed in with my normal shampoo. Then I co-wash 3 – 4 days later.
I took this photo this morning, and I am not the only person using it. That just goes to show you, a little goes a long way. Now for a little information about the product.
Dr. Bonner’s 18-in-1 Pure-Castile soap is certified fair trade and made with organic oils. It has ingredients that you can recognize. It was certified organic by the USDA National Organic Program. It has a ton of different uses, I choose to use it to clean fruits and veggies and now my hair and body, but you can also use it in the laundry, to mop floors, any number of things. The directions for its many uses are on the label, which just so happens to read like a Castile soap how-to guide. I think I paid $11 or $12 for my 16 ounce bottle, but I am telling you, a little goes a LONG way and it pays for itself in no time. The sizes range from 2 ounces to 1 gallon. So if you just want to try it, look for the 2 ounce bottle and go from there. My 2 ounce bottle that I bought last summer is still going strong.
Do I recommend you buy Dr. Bonner’s 18-in-1 Pure-Castile Soap? Hell yeah! This stuff is awesome, I just wish I’d realized how awesome before now.
**Just a little note though, if you use it like I do, especially if you are a ‘natural’, make sure you condition well. You’re hair will drink the conditioner right up after using this. At least mines does.**