A possibly good enough or equally fantastic dupe for Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap is available locally. It was Anna of the YouTube channel Vivianna Does Makeup who mentioned using that to shampoo her brushes. Liquid castile soaps for some reason, no derogatory angle meant, paint the picture of Amish origin for me which is a good thing. They’re supposed to be 100% natural, completely free of nasties, and reliable cleansing multitaskers…not just for yourself…but oh yeah for your STUFF as well as an all around cleaner. The way liquid castile soap is used is it’s to be diluted 1 part product to 4 parts water (a smaller part diluted is recommended when for yourself). I picked up these 2 variants of Dr. Woods Shea Vision Castile soap just a few days ago from Healthy Options for ergh, how much…need to double check if Php275 or Php375, I’ll edit it in. What I like about the Shea Vision castile soaps of Dr. Woods is they’ll strip the dirt and grime but rehydrate or moisturize non-greasily with glycerin and shea butter. I got the peppermint scented one to match my J&C Spot Cleaning Solution which is also minty and I got the milder fragrance free baby formula just in case. The baby fragrance-free formula is practically the same make, just without Peppermint Oil, and is a little less viscuous and more gloopy but works just as well. The baby variant would also be wonderful if used as a substitute for detergent on intimate apparel like your delicates if you’re the sort that gets skin reactions to laundry detergent. What I love is that these lather nicely even if they’re free of parabens, pthalates and sulfates.
INGREDIENTS: Purified Water, Saponified Coconut, Hemp, and Olive oils (w/ retained glycerin), organic shea butter, Vitamin E, (Peppermint Oil), Sea salt, Citric Acid, and Rosemary Extract. (Certified Organic by Ecocert S.A.)
For my makeup brushes I measured 2 overflowing caps of product diluted in 1 cup of water. That 1 cup solution was good enough to clean about 10-12 powder and foundation brushes, the biggest tools which use up the most solution. They rinse clean and when they dry what’s important is my brushes feel like they did when I first bought them. To find out how I wash my brushes read my brush cleansing post here and just substitute this solution for the Joy solution and use the same method. I use olive oil to clean my tiny lip and eyeliner brushes. I’d been looking for a good makeup brush deep cleansing alternative that was more suited for facial brushes in contrast to dishwashing detergent like Joy Antibac (some people mind when they find out brushes were cleansed with detergent) and this range by Dr. Woods seemed to tick all the checkboxes. Earlier, I used this to clean something other than makeup brushes. Epic proof fail in the sense that I didn’t take a before shot of how grimy these two pouches looked already before I washed them, but believe me when I say it did the job well and they smelt so nicely of fresh peppermint when I held the dry pouches to my nose.
Today I used 4 caps of the Peppermint Castile soap in about less than a liter of water in a small wash bowl to soak my beansprout illustrated pouches which were due for a wash. What I like about this for my utility pouches is Dr. Woods soap will remove any dirt but it won’t bleach the natural canvas of my pouches and it won’t fade the illustrations either. I soaked these for about 2 hours then after I gently rinsed and hand wrung them of excess water then used a hairdryer to get them dry. To check these out look them up at your local Healthy Options boutique. This Liquid Castile soap stuff is therapeutic to work with because it’s so gentle and I now actually am mentally making a list of more stuff to clean…aha, I have one more brush set that needs work (rubs palms with glee).