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Product: Dr Bronner's magic soap - Liquid citrus orange castile soap.
Sizes: 8 US FL OZ/237 ml.
Purchase from: ASOS and www.theremustbeabetterway.co.uk
Other notables: This product is certified air trade and contains only organic ingredients. Suitable for vegetarians too and has not been animal tested.
**Why I tried this product**
I received Dr Bronner's magic citrus soap to trial from Talk Perfection in conjunction with ASOS. I am not in any way sponsored by them nor had I been expected to give them a good review if I didn't agree with it. I had honestly never heard of the Dr Bronner's soap range so I was excited to test it out and who doesn't like a freebie.
I don't usually use soap to wash with as I suffer from combination skin, my cheeks are really dry after using some products where as my T-zone is quite oily. My body is either normal or dry so finding a product that I can use with success has been problematic.
I also wasn't sure if I would have really liked the product or liked it enough to re-purchase another once it was finished as I'm not a huge citrus fan but I do like to give everything a chance before ultimately deciding its fate.
When I received the soap it reminded me of something that would have been kept on an apothecary's shelving. It looks retro and really unique. The label is covered in white writing and is mainly sunshine yellow.
Dr Bronner's range comes in a variety of products but their scents are alike throughout the range. Scents such as lavender, almond, peppermint, eucalyptus, rose, tea-tree offer a choice for all tastes.
You can also find unusual scents such as orange and lavender, patchouli and lime and lemongrass and lime can be found in selected products such as the lotions and hand soaps.
My preference would be almond, patchouli and rose and I would love to try the lip balms, body butters and hair care products.
This product is a liquid soap and came packaged in a plastic bottle with a white flip cap lid. I know the liquid soaps come in various sizes but the particular one I received was 237 ml or 8 US FL. OZ.
The label is a waterproof retro design and is mainly sunshine yellow. It is covered in white writing with the main details within a white box on the front and the writing is sunshine yellow.
The only thing I found cringe worthy is what the actual writing on the label says. If you are not particularly religious them you may be put off by the writing. For example it states
'Absolute cleanliness is Godliness! Touch the moral ABC that unites all mankind free, instantly 6 billion strong and were all in one 'Listen children eternal father eternally one'
Some may find this 'nice' or 'inspiring' but I personally found it off putting, it didn't flow well and it made it sound like a scam in some way. As though they are over selling the product.
On the front it states: 18 -in-1 Hemp CITRUS ORANGE PURE-CASTILLE SOAP Made with Organic Oils and has the Dr Bronner's scroll along the top.
Water, organic coconut oil, potassium hydroxide, organic olive oil, organic orange oil, organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, organic lemon oil, organic lime oil.
After reading the ingredients list I thought it would be really nourishing and moisturising and hoped that it wouldn't sentence my skin to a fate of super tight and dry skin.
I ran a bath and was really excited to use this product. It states to dilute well. This soap isn't just a soap to wash with it can be used for a range of other cleaning tasks such as dilute to clean flooring, dishes and work tops as well as using in a steamer to steam those stubborn pores and using as a hair wash too.
The product surprised me as I went to put a small amount on my hand to wash with and it was like water. I know its liquid soap but I expected it to have some sort of substance and not to run off my hand. The scent was a typical citrus smell but more so lemon than orange or lime. I had hoped the orange would have come through and change my mind on citrus scents but it never.
The product once on my sponge did leave me feeling clean however once it was applied to my skin the citrus scent disappeared and an overpowering scent of castile soap came through. The scent was strong and didn't smell great. I re-washed with a clean sponge but found that the scent wouldn't budge and I still smelt it while at work the next day. I did try it again hoping that it was just taking a while getting used to this product but I found the same thing happened again.
I have since diluted the product to clean my kitchen and bathroom floors and also diluted it into an old washing up liquid bottle to wash my dishes and it is really good. It cleans really well, isn't full of nasty chemicals and additives and leaves my house smelling fresh. It doesn't leave any residue and I found that my furniture doesn't get as dusty for some reason since using Dr Bonner's soap. This may be due to the oil content protecting the wood work but that's just a guess.
The product disappointed me and failed to meet my expectations as a body wash however having used it as a dish, floor and flooring cleaner I am highly impressed. I know a little bit goes a long way and that if my young children now go and touch things within the home especially after me cleaning and put their fingers in their mouth they aren't going to be ingesting lots of nasty chemicals.
The cleaning power of the soap is impressive and when cleaning the house with this product I don't find the smell of the castile soap too overpowering, but when using it to clean my body with it smelled nasty and oily.
I'm not sure if I would purchase another bottle of the Citrus magic soap but would consider trying another scent just to see if that is more to my taste such as the rose and I would like to see how long the bottle lasts once it has been diluted for all of its uses. The product costs £5.49 and it may offer a saving in the long run as I won't have to be purchasing separate cleansers from the supermarket.
So I would award this product 3/5 stars because I was disappointed but will definitely try another scent and I would love to try the patchouli and lime body lotion as it really sounds lush!
Ingredients: Water, Organic Coconut Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Organic Orange Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Lemon Oil, Organic Lime Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol / CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin / Nothing smells as fresh as the smell of the organic citrus oils in Dr Bronner's Organic Citrus Castile Liquid Soap / The organic orange, lemon, and lime stimulate the skin and invigorate the body, resulting in a truly refreshing shower experience / All oils and essential oils are certified organic to the National Organic Standards Program / Packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles /