Meet the Soap Made for Minimalist Living

Meet the Soap Made for Minimalist Living

Meet the Soap Made for Minimalist Living

Ever heard of Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Pure Castile Soap? Yes, you read that right. 18-in-1. Apparently, this is a product that’s already been widely used because apart from its amazing composition, Dr. Bronner’s is a highly principled brand that advocates fair trade and green cleaning. Guess I’ve been living under a rock all this time!

Based on the Clifton StrengthsFinder test, I am a Maximizer, which means I like to focus on strengths and make the most out of them. I am also trying to live a more minimalist life, so I would say that Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Soap found the sweet spot in this tug-of-war between the Minimalist and Maximizer in me.

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Posted by Dr. Bronner's on Monday, 24 June 2019

First, let me clarify that this is a multipurpose cleaner, and yes, I am aware of the oddness of using a product of its kind not only for the body (I have sensitive skin, mind you), but also for the dishes, the laundry, the floor, fruits and veggies, and as a shaving foam. You could also use it on your dog, your hair, or as a bug spray. I was quite confused myself when I saw its purposes – could a single product be this mild and gentle yet potent and effective at the same time? 

Well, the answer is—yes! 

What you need to know about Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Soap

At the core of the Dr. Bronner’s brand is a commitment to making socially and environmentally responsible products using high-quality ingredients. Made with pure essential oils, natural fragrances, and non-abrasive extracts, Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Pure Castile Soap is vegan and certified organic. Castile soap, by the way, refers to any vegetable oil-based soap. Pure-Castile means you are using an ecological and simple soap—none of the complex blend of detergents and cleansing ingredients. You’ll also be glad to know that the plastic bottles used are 100% post-consumer recycled ones, too. 

One thing you need to know about the product is that it produces a lot of bubbles due to the high coconut oil content, so there are dilution recommendations that you can find on the website, which you can adjust depending on your needs. 

If you’re curious about the 18 uses, here they are in alphabetical order: 

  1. After Shave
  2. Baby Wash
  3. Bathing in a Bathtub
  4. Body Wash
  5. Breath Freshener
  6. Deodorant
  7. Foot Soak
  8. Fruit and Vegetable Rinse
  9. Hand Soap
  10. Hot Towel Massage
  11. Household Cleaner
  12. Laundry Wash
  13. Mouthwash
  14. Pest Spray
  15. Pet Wash
  16. Shampoo
  17. Shaving
  18. Toothpaste

For this article, I tried 8 out of these 18 uses. I bought the variants Peppermint and Lavender and used them as the following:

  1. Body Wash
  2. Fruit and Vegetable Rinse
  3. Hand Soap
  4. Household Cleaner
  5. Laundry Wash
  6. Shampoo
  7. Shaving
  8. Toothpaste

Is it good as a Body Wash? YES.

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Posted by Dr. Bronner's on Thursday, 28 February 2019

Due to its high foaming lather quality, each shower feels like a bubble bath whenever I use my Dr. Bronner’s soaps. Because there are so many bubbles, my baths are more luxurious and more relaxing. I use the peppermint when I want to be energized and the lavender when I want a more calming scent.

Using a MUJI washcloth that I wet (so that it holds some amount of water in the fabric), I squeeze half a teaspoon of the soap and lather it out before using. 

Is it good as a Fruit and Vegetable? YES, I guess? 

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Posted by Dr. Bronner's on Wednesday, 16 August 2017

I don’t normally use a veggie wash when I clean my produce (just water), but I tried it out for the sake of this article. It wasn’t like there was a significant change, but if you’re the type who wants that peace of mind with regard to the state of cleanliness of your fruits and veggies (since there could be some chemical residue on the skins), then this helps.

After filling a big salad bowl with warm water, I added a few drops of the peppermint soap (if you plan to use this often, I recommend to use the unscented Baby Milk variant) and lathered it before soaking my veggies in. Don’t forget to rinse!

Is it good as a Hand Soap? YES.

In an empty soap dispenser, dilute 1 part soap to 4 parts water to make this. I absolutely love smelling my hands after because they smell so good and feel so clean!

Is it good as a Household Cleaner? JUST OKAY.

I usually like doing a deep clean, so I used a 1:1 soap-to-water ratio for our kitchen counter, and full-strength for the floor. 

I would recommend the 1:1 ratio more because the full-strength was a bit too soapy and became challenging to wipe off, but our house smelled so amazing afterwards. We cooked some fried fish the day before and there was a stench that clung to the kitchen, but after cleaning the counter with the peppermint soap, it disappeared! 

As a household cleaner, Dr. Bronner’s did better as a light cleaner but not really advisable for floors because it could leave a slippery residue if you use it full-strength. I recommend containing the 1:1 mixture inside a spray bottle for surfaces, counters, and tiles. I would still reach out to my liquid household cleaners, though! However, it’s not bad as a dishwashing liquid.

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Is it good as a Laundry Wash? YES, FOR HANDWASHING DELICATES.

If you plan to use Dr. Bronner’s as a laundry soap, there are a lot of factors to take into account such as water hardness, etc. I tried using it in our washing machine, but it didn’t have the same effect as a normal laundry detergent (as I expected). However, if you have some delicates that you handwash, this is a great soap because it does the job without drying your hands. I read somewhere that you can use Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Soap for nappies because it’s great for sensitive skin and doesn’t contain any harsh ingredients that could cause a rash. 

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Posted by Dr. Bronner's on Thursday, 29 June 2017

Is it good as a Shampoo? NOT FOR ME.

As much as I wanted Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Soap to work well as a shampoo, I was distraught that it didn’t. The website recommends that you place a small drop on a wet head of hair, and I did, but my hair became really greasy. I think it’s because of the coconut oil—as mentioned, they use a lot of it. So, if you’re planning to use this as a shampoo, I would advise against it if you have an oily scalp like I do.   


Is it good for Shaving? YES.

Because it foams up a lot, Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Soap can definitely replace shaving foam in my opinion. I love using the lavender scent for this. 


Is it good as a Toothpaste? IT’S A BIT WEIRD, BUT OKAY.

I have clumsily found myself tasting soap in my mouth a few occasions in my life, and I hated it. It was a bit odd for me to put Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Soap on my toothbrush because I was expecting that same weird flavor, but I was pleasantly surprised that the Dr. Bronner’s Soap did not taste icky or gross. If you could get over the whole idea of “using soap as a toothpaste”, then go for it. However, I would stick to my tube of fluoride toothpaste because I prefer its texture.  


Will I make the purchase again? Definitely. I always love a good multi-tasker—even with make-up! Dr. Bronner’s not only provides a one-stop solution for most household needs, but it’s also ethical and sustainable as well. While Dr. Bronner’s isn’t as widely available in Singapore, you can find it occasionally in FairPrice Finest or at Carousell. Enjoy!

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Posted by Dr. Bronner's on Tuesday, 1 March 2016



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