Dr Bronners Soaps

While I was in Whole Foods today I was checking out Dr Bronners soaps and was intrigued by Organic Shikakai Baby Body Soap. It is unscented and here are the ingredients:

Organic Acacia Concinna (Shikakai) Extract, Organic Sucrose*, Organic Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Juice, Saponified Organic Coconut Oil*, Saponified Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Glycerin, Organic Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Zea Mays (Corn), Starch, Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Vit. E), (* Certified Fair Trade by IMO)

I don't recall the corn starch ingredient on the one at the store but it might have been. Anyways - would this be horrible for hair? I was thinking it could be a low poo. It has this in the description:

Organic Shikakai comes from the seed pods of the small South Asian tree Acadia Concinna and has been used for millennia in India as a gentle conditioning cleanser for both skin and hair.

I just found on the hair page of their site where they are discussing the rinse (I think Del2C uses this) they mention using the rinse after shampooing with these soaps.

What do you all think?
Central Massachusetts

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In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~

Last edited by xcptnl; 03-29-2009 at 12:41 PM.
I don't have answers about the ingredients but Del uses the rinse and so do I. I like it and it is very conditioning but it smells REALLY strong so if you aren't a scent kind of person beware. I have been using it instead of ACV and it's giving me the same results but with added conditioning.
High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

what rinse are you talking about?
what rinse are you talking about?
Originally Posted by manya994
Dr. Bronner's Shikakai Conditioning rinse
High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

http://www.drbronner.com/DBMS/SD0604...ldBodySoap.htm

And this is the soap.
Central Massachusetts

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~
they say all their soaps can be used as shampoo, but recommend following with the rinse, from what i read on their website
they say all their soaps can be used as shampoo, but recommend following with the rinse, from what i read on their website
Originally Posted by manya994
Yah - that is what I got from it too. Just wondering if any of the ingredients scream out at the more experienced ingredient gurus as awful!
Central Massachusetts

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~
anyone tried their styling cream/leave-in?
Hey xcptnl- Before you pay full price for this at Whole Foods, check for it at Target. My Target had this on a clearance endcap, it was a big (16 oz. maybe?) pump top bottle marked down to $3.74.

I passed because I thought it smelled weird, even though it is unscented. But, it was a great deal, I think the original price was around $15.

Hope this helps!
Hey xcptnl- Before you pay full price for this at Whole Foods, check for it at Target. My Target had this on a clearance endcap, it was a big (16 oz. maybe?) pump top bottle marked down to $3.74.

I passed because I thought it smelled weird, even though it is unscented. But, it was a great deal, I think the original price was around $15.

Hope this helps!
Originally Posted by jlpmom23
I will check my Targets - I am sure just because I might be interested the ones in my area will not have it. My stores are hit or miss when it comes to out of the ordinary products.
Central Massachusetts

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~
I never tried the baby one, but I use the Shikakai Lavender one on my body. I do like it. I did try it once on my hair, but it seemed too drying, even with and acv rinse. Most of the Dr Bronners soaps I've tried have been drying to hair and/or skin, but I use shikakai on my hair all the time...
Guess they did a slight ingredient change, hopefully for the better. I use the Organic Shikakai Soap Baby unscented, it's a liquid soap, and here are the ingredients listed on my four bottles:

Organic Shikakai Extract (Organic White Grape Juice, Organic Sucrose*, Organic Shikakai Powder), Saponified Organic Coconut Oil* and Olive* Oils, Organic Hemp Oil, Citric Acid, Vitamin E
*Certified Fair Trade by IMO

I liked the old formula, it wasn't drying on my scalp/hair used alone and diluted with water. However, often I added herb infused distilled water and Apricot Kernel Oil to make mah complete herbal shampoo and loved it that way. I often followed it with an ACV rinse, but sometimes I didn't and just followed with AOHR and leave-ins, blahdity-blah. It has a toasty-sugary smell that is like a wannabe cinnamonish sugary smell but harsher. Not pleasant but not totally stank.

I'll have to pick up the new formula and check it out or else go back to the non-Shikakai Dr. Bonner's Unscented Castile Soap which I loved.
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Holy Grails: Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner, AVG, EVO Coconut Oil, Amla Oil, KC Spiral Spritz, Brahmi Oil, Tea Tree eo, Rosemary eo, Distilled H2O, Aloe Vera Juice, Neem Oil, ACV, Dr. Bonner's Skikakai Castile Soap, Avocado Oil

Sometimes: AOMM Jelly, KCNT, KCCC

Last edited by madhuri_dixit_fan; 03-29-2009 at 06:06 PM.
Guess they did a slight ingredient change, hopefully for the better. I use the Organic Shikakai Soap Baby unscented, it's a liquid soap, and here are the ingredients listed on my four bottles:

Organic Shikakai Extract (Organic White Grape Juice, Organic Sucrose*, Organic Shikakai Powder), Saponified Organic Coconut Oil* and Olive* Oils, Organic Hemp Oil, Citric Acid, Vitamin E
*Certified Fair Trade by IMO


I liked the old formula, it wasn't drying on my scalp/hair used alone and diluted with water. However, often I added herb infused distilled water and Apricot Kernel Oil to make mah complete herbal shampoo and loved it that way. I often followed it with an ACV rinse, but sometimes I didn't and just followed with AOHR and leave-ins, blahdity-blah. It has a toasty-sugary smell that is like a wannabe cinnamonish sugary smell but harsher. Not pleasant but not totally stank.

I'll have to pick up the new formula and check it out or else go back to the non-Shikakai Dr. Bonner's Unscented Castile Soap which I loved.
Originally Posted by madhuri_dixit_fan
I thought the ingredients from their website was different. The ones you listed are the ones that were on the bottles I looked at. I thought I was losing my mind.
Central Massachusetts

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~
I remember there was one poster who loved the Shikakai baby soap as a low poo for her hair. I use the Hemp Almond soap right now and my head loves it (I also love having one bottle for both hair and body). I use the Shikakai rinse too, not quite every time I shower but most. My hair loves it.

I also use the leave in cream. Peppermint (Lavender Coconut just seems ick to me). It works really well. I can put a couple pumps through my hair when I want to give it a styler break. One pump smoothed and scrunched into my hair usually gives me another day of it, or helps revive it at night. It lasts a long time too.

All in all my head is a dr. bronners head and I want to try the shikakai soap next though I only ever see it in BIG bottles.
I was just on the website and the monthly special is 15% off all the shikakai soaps and the hair rinse. I'm not sure if that is just for march. It may expire tomorrow. Just thought I'd pass it along.
'what does thee styling cream do? clumps? less frizz?
I remember there was one poster who loved the Shikakai baby soap as a low poo for her hair. I use the Hemp Almond soap right now and my head loves it (I also love having one bottle for both hair and body). I use the Shikakai rinse too, not quite every time I shower but most. My hair loves it.

I also use the leave in cream. Peppermint (Lavender Coconut just seems ick to me). It works really well. I can put a couple pumps through my hair when I want to give it a styler break. One pump smoothed and scrunched into my hair usually gives me another day of it, or helps revive it at night. It lasts a long time too.

All in all my head is a dr. bronners head and I want to try the shikakai soap next though I only ever see it in BIG bottles.
Originally Posted by KookyCurl
The ones I saw were probably 12 oz. I might pick that one up the next time I see it. I use so little shampoo now that it lasts forever so I hate to buy more right now.
Central Massachusetts

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~
what are your thoughts on their leave-in/styling cream?

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