I’ve been wanting to replace our soaps, shampoos and lotions with more natural products for a while now but kept getting sidetracked when I would see the price at the store. I hate, hate, hate buying stuff and then not being able to use it. I have eczema, so products can bother my skin big time and sometimes I just can’t use them. I am willing to pay more for better stuff, but it better work for my needs. So, as with most things I recommend, I will try it if I have it on hand already. Luckily natural products are very versatile, things like baking soda, vinegar, castille soap, etc. can be used in multiple cleaning situations. I’m hoping that eventually we will end up with a handful of versatile, natural products instead of the 50 bottles that currently reside in my pantry.
I recently read about the benefits of castille soap and realized I already had a bottle of Dr. Woods Tea Tree Castille Soap in my house because I use it for this glass/all-purpose cleaner using castille soap, water and vinegar. I love it when I get to try out some natural product and don’t have to drive anywhere, just open up the closet. I’ve been using castille soap on my body for about three weeks now and it works just fine. The soap is all natural, you can understand the ingredients on the bottle: basically water, coconut and olive oil, tea tree oil, sea salt, citric acid and rosemary extract. But this soap is in liquid form, since I needed that for my cleaner, and I wanted to try bar soap.
I decided to buy local and got several wonderful recommendations but my impatience finally got the better of me, I broke down last time we were at Whole Foods and bought Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Orange Bar Soap. This stuff is the bomb! It smells so good (I’ve thought about tasting it but then realized that was crazy!), and your skin is literally squeaky clean. I haven’t had any skin problems thus far, the hubby has been using it as well and was really happy with it. We both are using the castille soap for shaving, and my sister-in-law recommended a recipe for shampoo using it, so I’ll try that out soon. Now to get it for the kiddos. My oldest wants to try the peppermint and they have a non-scented one for babies’ sensitive skin. It makes me feel good to know what is going on our bodies as well as what is going in them.