Magic Soap

I believe bathing your beauty brushes often is super important. It will keep your face clear and extend the life of your brushes which are a big investment.  I'm a huge fan of Bobbi Brown Brushes by the way.  I had never found the right soap to use to clean them good until now.  I finally picked up a bottle of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap at Whole Foods out of curiosity.  I see this stuff everywhere but wasn't quite sure what it did?  I loved that it was all natural, all organic and the main ingredients (ethically sourced from the Fair Trade around the World program) were coconut, olive, palm, avocado and tee tree oils.  Definitely worth a shot!

Well, this soap is nothing short of Magic, let me tell you.  It's absolutely amazing!  I purchased the Baby Mild because it is unscented and I have very sensitive skin.  The first thing that came to mind were my makeup brushes.  I've always heard baby shampoo was the best cleaner for brushes anyway. I mixed 1 drop with a little water in the palm of my hand and went to town on my brushes and WOW!  

I have never been able to get my brushes this clean and I've had them for years!  You can see from the photo they are super shiny and the bristles are softer than ever which makes for much better makeup application.  

Dr. Bronner's Castile Liquid Soaps have been called the "swiss army knife" of cleansing-usable for just about any cleaning task.  The simple, ecologically formulated soaps are gentle enough for washing body, face or hair, but also powerful enough for tasks like dishwashing, mopping, laundry and even pest control.  Different tasks call for different dilutions of the soap.  To get you started with some basic uses, check out Lisa Bronner's cheat sheet (quoted directly from the Dr. Bronner's website).  

I seriously cannot WAIT to try all of these!  

Body Uses:
Face: 2-3 drops on wet hands, applied to wet face
More about that HERE
Body: one small squirt on a wet washcloth, applied to a wet body
More about that HERE
Hair: ½ Tbsp. in your hand, worked into wet hair, or dilute ½ Tbsp. in ½ a cup of water and work that into wet hair
More about that HERE
Bath: Completely depends upon water amount, but roughly 2 Tbsp. soap in an average sized tub. (Doesn’t bubble, but still cleans)
Shaving: Face – 10 drops; Underarms – 3 drops; Legs – ½ tsp; Work to a lather in wet hands and then apply to area.
Teeth: 1 drop on a toothbrush. (Yes, it tastes like soap.)
Foot Bath: 1 ½ tsp. in a small tub of hot water.
Clearing Congestion: 1 Tbsp. in a bowl of steamy hot water. Breathe in mist with a towel draped over the head.
More about that HERE
Household uses:
Dishes (handwashing): Pre-dilute 1:10 with water. Squirt on a scrub brush and scrub dishes.
Laundry: 1/3-1/2 c. of soap for a large load in a normal washer. Add ½ c. vinegar to the rinse cycle. Use half of these amounts for HE
More about that HERE
Mopping: ½ c. of soap in 3 gallons of hot water
All-purpose cleaning: ¼ c. soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Add ¼ tsp. tea tree essential oil if desired.
More about that HERE
Windows: 1 Tbsp. soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Follow up with pure club soda, or half vinegar/ half water.
More about that HERE
Toilet: Predilute 1:4 with water in a squirt bottle. Add ¼ tsp. tea tree oil. Empty toilet, squirt bowl thoroughly, sprinkle baking soda on the brush, scrub bowl, let sit 10 minutes, turn water on, flush.
Other Uses:
Fruit and Veggie Rinse: 1 dash (approx.. ¼ tsp.) in a bowl of water. Dunk produce and swish. Then rinse in clear water.
Dog washing: Amount varies widely depending on size, hair type and length, and overall dirtiness. I wet my dog thoroughly, then start to work in castile soap up and down their body until I have a good lather. Really massage it in down to the skin. Your dog will thank you for it.
More about that HERE
Plant spray for bugs: 1 Tbsp. in a quart of water. Add ½ tsp. cayenne pepper or cinnamon, if desired.
More about that HERE
Ant spray (not on plants): ¼ c. tea tree soap in a quart of water. (This concentration will burn plants.)
More about that HERE 
To download a one page copy of this cheat sheet, Click HERE

Beaucoup D'Amour, 

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