Side by Side Comparison of: Dr. Bronner's vs Kirks Natural
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Five Star Reviews:
Practical and useful for home and body
June 1, 2016
This liquid castile soap is amazing. I use it for everything. Hand soap, Shampoo, Body wash, Shaving cream, all purpose cleaner. I have not used it for baby shampoo as it might burn the eyes. This 32 oz bottle lasted me one year. a little goes a long way. Here's a tip for hand soap... fill a foam pump dispenser 3/4 with cold water and 2 Tbsp of castile soap. Voila. Foam soap. For other recipes just google Dr. Bronner's castile soap recipes and you will find a ton.
This stuff is amaze balls!
May 17, 2016
This stuff is amaze balls!!! My acne had gotten so bad (worse than ever) because of a prescription I was taking and I used this for about a month and my skin is much smoother and I'm not breaking out. Also, in conjunction with apple cider vinegar, the acne scars are diminishing.
You'll Love this One!
March 20, 2016
One of the best, if not the best organic liquid soap in the market. It easily foams, with a small amount going a very long way. It readily and easily rinses leaving no soap residue or film on the skin after a bath or shower. It leaves you instead with this thorough and deep feeling of cleanliness, freshness and rejuvenation. Definitely worth its price. Since I discovered it a few years back, in one of my local Health Food Stores, I practically use it exclusively either as a hand soap or to washing the entire body. Keeps skin nicely hydrated and the fragrances it comes in are not offensive like many other bar or liquids soaps out there, but rather soft, unobtrusive aromas. You'll love it, give it a try...
March 9, 2016
Great body wash and shampoo as it doesn't contain harsh detergents like most commericial soaps and shampoos. The only drawback is the Peppermint one I purchased at Costco. So, I went back and ordered the almond one and it's terrific. I've been using Dr. Bronner's Castile soap for about two months now. I started with the peppermint, which I don't care for, and switched to the almond. I like the almond a lot better. I use it for a body wash and shampoo. My scalp is sensitive to detergents in regular shampoo's and reacts negatively. With Dr. Bronner's, I've noticed a marked positive improvement in my scalp and beard. If your skin is sensitive or you just want to get away from harsh chemical detergents in soaps and shampoos, then this is the one to try. I highly recommend it.
The one, the only, DR BRONNER'S
September 21, 2014
I am from the generation when every college student had Dr Bronner's in their shower and we all smelled like peppermint soap. The peppermint soap is wonderful in the heat of the summer because it cools you down after a shower. After all these years (36 yrs of peppermint) I decided to try the almond and rose soap. The almond is heaven. The rose is nice and mild. You just can't go wrong with Dr Bronner's. It has never changed and it is the best. You can use it for everything and if you need something to read while on the throne, the label is always entertaining.
The Best Soap Ever!
July 28, 2014
I've been using Dr. Bronner's liquid soaps since the 1980's. I've tried all the scents. Almond is now my favorite. It's the thickest of all the soaps. I also use it for hand-washables, washing fruit and veggies, and sometimes brushing my teeth. Can't live w/out it!
I was happy mostly just using water and baking soda but the ...
May 25, 2016
I just recently jumped on the organic bandwagon because I needed to detox heavily from Candida. I only heard of Dr. Bronners which seemed a bit expensive to me. I was happy mostly just using water and baking soda but the family wanted lathery soap. I was shocked when I saw the ingredients and even more so when I saw how well it lathers. I have since turned quite a few moms of newborns onto this as well as people with psoriasis and eczema. I was hoping to be able to useit on my hair as well, but that ended in a disaster, it was definitely leaving the hair matted. I am a huge fan and will definitely be buying again.
I found a soap worth giving up my home made for!
April 22, 2016
Best natural soap out there. I usually make my own, but this one is so good I may stop. I like the natural ingredients that have been used in this
soap for so many years. They have not changed it and that's why I love it.
All Natural Lather!
May 8, 2015
I have been struggling for years with dry flaky skin. I tried body washes, moisturizing soap, lotions...you name it! I tried this soap on a whim after trying an all natural shampoo and I absolutely LOVE it. My husband was dubious, but he tried it and now he loves it. I have thrown away all other soaps. This stuff is just amazing! Rich, thick later, but rinses so clean without residue.
I wondered if I could make liquid soap to have at the sink instead of a bar, so I finely grated one bar and melted into 1 gallon of boiling distilled water. I now have a wonderful "foaming" hand soap at the sink. I just used an old foaming soap dispenser. Talk about lather!!! And no messy bar at the sink. I plan to try to make body wash soon.
November 18, 2014
I have heard nothing but great things about this soap but had no idea what I was in for. I initially got it for washing my beard. I am a pretentious shaver and take my shaving seriously, but being a Minnesotan, I decided to spend the last 4 months of this year being a pretentious beardsman. Using this soap I instantly got creamy pillows of lather as soon as I touched my beard. I was blown away. I decided that I would use it on the rest of my body. It has a smell that I can only explain as "what soap smells like". I am only 35 and grew up on bar soap and then in my adult life I have been using shower gels. They small good and all, but this stuff makes you feel amazing. I will be buying more in the future, but I think I will be purchasing it from Walgreens from now on since I can get it for half as much.
I have use this soap for 36 years. Excellent Product
May 8, 2013
I started with Kirks in 1973 when a friend gave me a bar. I have used it ever since. This is perfect for me to use a bath, shampoo and hand washing.
It is getting harder to find.....thanks for coming thru with this fine product....
Four Star Reviews:
August 1, 2017
I find that when washing dishes it needs to be rinsed off longer than other liquid soaps, even when diluted. It smells of almond in the bottle but leaves a strong smell of castille on the skin, which I don't like.
So so household do it all cleaner
May 16, 2017
I really wanted to be one of those people who loved Castile soap and used it for everything under the sun. I'm not there yet... I've used it for a few things and it's done an okay job. But it isn't so amazing that I would replace my other cleaners w it. I do like that it's not harsh on my skin while I used it (but I use organic cleaners now so I don't have that issue). I'd likely keep a bottle on hand, but don't swear by it... yet. I still have hope!
Works great with a foaming dispenser
November 8, 2016
Bought it to go in a foaming dispenser, and it works great - it is the right consistency. I'm not crazy about the aroma, but it is o.k.
I've used this for a decade for everything -- washing ...
July 1, 2016
I've used this for a decade for everything -- washing hands, clothes, body. However I stopped using it for body about a year ago because it severely dries out my significant other's skin, and I've recently found it very astringent on mine. Not sure if the formula slightly changed, or maybe our own skin did (haha), but we've switched to a more lubricating body wash instead.
A Little goes a Long way
January 11, 2016
I'm new to Castile soap. I'm not sure it lives up to the hype but I'll keep trying. I'm a little tired of the Almond smell. I use almond oil for moisturizer so that surprises me. I also bought the unscented, so when and if this bottle EVER runs out, I'll probably add essential oil to that and love it.
July 8, 2015
My mom uses this soap for almost everything from household cleaning to body soap. I use it because I try to stay away from all the chemicals found in other cleansing products. Currently, I mix this with some tea tree essential oil in a bottle for a very cleansing body wash that helps clear up slight acne and gives a very refreshing scent. I have also used this in the wash machine for some of my more delicate cycles (like expensive jeans) because it is very gentle on fabric and does not fade the color as much. If you read other reviews, you'll see that people use it for a whole hosts of things. The only reason I took a star off is because the almond scent is a little weak, although pleasant.
It's still very good, but not quite the same as I remembered ...
May 14, 2017
they seem to have changed the formula for the soap. It's still very good, but not quite the same as I remembered it.
Great to Use in Homemade Laundry Detergent
June 6, 2016
I use this soap to make my own laundry detergent. It is very soft, so I had to cut it by hand with a knife (I usually put chunks into the food processor, but this soap would just "cream" up). Makes my clothes come out soft and smelling fresh.
April 17, 2016
Leaves skin a little dry but I love the clean feeling and the mild scent.
The bars lather fine and last a long time
March 3, 2016
I bought this soap because I don't want to spend a lot of money on something I use so frequently and don't want a lot of chemicals or odors in my soap. I am scent and chemically sensitive and find this soap meets my needs. Initially it smells "soapy" but that goes away.That is the only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars. The bars lather fine and last a long time. I will purchase again.
Like it...don't love it
May 8, 2015
Love the fact that it lathers as that was driving me crazy with other soaps. However, I don't like the fact that it smells like nothing. I thought I would smell a hint of coconut at least. I find I want to follow-up with something that has a fragrance.
Three Star Reviews:
Love Bronner's Overall
June 10, 2015
Less fragrant than I had hoped and it seems thinner than this brand's tea tree soap. I love the brand, love they are a family business, and love that they keep other brands accountable to the organic label. I hate that California threatened to sue them for "prescribing" just because the Bronners had printed proven benefits on a product label. Only licensed pharmaceutical companies are allowed that freedom of speech.
I really like almond scents
January 4, 2015
I've been using Dr. Bronners soaps for years now. I really like almond scents, so I figured this would be perfect. Unfortunately, not so. The smell doesn't really seem all that natural... and it's extremely strong. Moreso than any other Dr Bronners soap I've tried before.
Don't believe the hype!
October 1, 2014
Wish I was as thrilled with these products as everyone else, I had lots of hope, but just not impressed. Will continue to use my essential oil DIY mixtures. There is something in these soaps that leaves a horrid residue. Even when mixed as directed for hand soap at my work place (I work in a clinic), the stainless steel sink where all the nurses and providers uses this has residue stains all over the sink and surrounding area!!! My skin feels waxy and not clean at all after use. Will not purchase again. Smells good, but other than that..... yuck!
Overall good but not great.
May 3, 2014
Great smell. Still trying to figure out the best method for using this particular scent/product. Was not very effective as a cleaning agent on my wood floors nor kitchen and bathroom tiles. Left streaks and a haze on all floor textures. This caused me to do a follow up buffering...not what I want to have to do--a third round following sweeping then mopping.As far as in the bath: great smell even though I can't figure out the right formulation for using with my children who also love the smell. Tried to dilute with water for their bath soap, but found a 2 to 1 soap-water mix more effective. Does not create bubble bath effect so I find it wasteful to simply add into their bath water.
May 2, 2014
I bought this because it is free from all of the nasty chemicals found in most soaps. However, as other users mentioned, putting it in a regular soap dispenser leads to frequent clogging. If you're not prepared for it, like a can of hairspray that crusts up after a few sprays and hits everywhere except where you're aming, this soap clogs and does the same thing. That's one point.The other thing I don't appreciate it how runny it is. It's as bad as when people add water to the container of soap to use up what's left but when you go to depress the nozzle to squirt it in your hands, it runs right off the palm of your hand.I also tried using it for dish soap. I'm accustomed to suds so that was an issue I already knew I was going to have. But I quickly had to revert back to using Dawn dish soap as I did not feel it was getting my dishes clean. I hand wash everything and have since I was 7 years old. I know when soap is working and this didn't do it for me.On the positive side, the smell is wonderfully intoxicating. I haven't tried it as a clothing detergent but that's next. Wish I could be more positive about it but for now, this is it.
OK as soap but not shampoo
April 2, 2014
I took this backcountry camping where I needed something all-purpose and bio-degradable. It worked well as dish soap, and bath soap but awful as shampoo. I hadn't brought any conditioner and I was unable to comb out my hair. Until I got back to civilization, and was able to rewash with conditioner, my hair just had to look like Medusa's snakes. I went 5 days without combing my hair. The smell starts out nice but it has a bad after-smell. I wouldn't order the almond again. And if I take it camping again I'm bringing conditioner - even if it has to be leave-in conditioner if I can't find something biodegradable.
January 11, 2017
I like this soap ok. There's no fragrance and it lathers well but it's a bit harsh on lower lady parts.
June 26, 2016
Not sure what is so special about this soap. It's OK
May 18, 2016
I bought this soap because most bath soaps leave a heavy soap scum in the shower. From what I have read, this castile soap does not have some of the compounds that most commercial soaps have that cause soap scum build up.
As for the soap itself, it lathers and rinses nicely and does not dry out my skin.
Wish it worked for my sensitive skin.
May 9, 2016
I am going through some skin sensitivity issues, hope the soap will work better then.
Right now, drying out and irritating parts of my skin more than it should.
Smell nice but...
April 1, 2016
I'm somewhat dissapointed with this soap, I didn't expect it to dry out my skin, but it does smell nice though I will not buy it again.
Two Star Reviews:
November 13, 2016
this is ok for hands it totally dried my skin out and don't use it for hair it will come out like paste on your hair
weird smell when used for laundry
February 24, 2014
When I used the soap with baking soda and vinegar for laundry, as recommended by the Dr. Bronner's people themselves, and the smell that came from that combo left my clothes smelling like old baby spit-up or dirty diapers. It was surprisingly foul. And it wasn't something that could be aired out of them--I had to rewash the clothes in another detergent. Disappointing.
I don't like it.
December 12, 2013
I've tried to work with this soap for a year and am finally ready to donate it out. It was a gift and is almost full. It has a nice scent.I really tried to like this product. It boasts having multiple uses, but it just isn't plausible for me personally.It feels really weird on skin. I don't like the feeling (diluted or full strength), and I honestly can't tell if it cleans or not. I feel like I have to scrub very hard. Diluted seems to not lather at all or feel clean as I'm using it, and full strength lathers well.It's too drying for AA coily 3/4 hair (diluted).I don't think it cleans well enough as a all purpose cleaner for the bathroom (diluted or full strength).I am no way putting soap in my mouth to use as a toothpaste.There's probably a hundred more uses I could try, but those are the only ones I wanted to consider using it for. It's useless to me and I'm glad it was a gift. I would not purchase and honestly feel this product is a bit over-hyped. There are better natural options out there if you need a beauty soap.
You have to be kidding!
January 3, 2013
This is nothing more than a big bottle of liquid soap. You are better off at the dollar store. I tried as a shampoo and it left my hair dull and dry...even though I diluted it a lot. I tried cleaning with it but it didn't do an adequate job. I tried it as a body wash but again it left my skin dry. I have now resorted to using it for dog shampoo! would not recommend
Dissolves very quickly
December 18, 2016
It's a decent soap, a full step above Irish Spring, but it dissolves very quickly! Each bar lasted me three days at most. There must be quite a bit of water in this soap. I recommend looking elsewhere.
I think there are better options for natural and inexpensive soaps out there
May 14, 2016
Feels a bit cheap and low quality...similar to hotel soap. I think there are better options for natural and inexpensive soaps out there.
March 1, 2016
I was expecting this soap to be more moisturizing with the coconut oil but it left my skin feeling kind of slick, not soft.
By the end of the week my face was like it had been burned
November 28, 2015
I used this product for a week. By the end of the week my face was like it had been burned. My husband had the same experience. My face and sensitive skin areas were on fire after use.
... left my skin feeling a little dry did not like the fragrance
April 14, 2015
Not as expected left my skin feeling a little dry did not like the fragrance.
One Star Reviews:
this product is awful made my hair feel like steel wool with oil on
April 3, 2017
this product is awful made my hair feel like steel wool with oil on it
Honestly, I prefer Mrs. Meyers... Basil scent
December 24, 2015
The initial almond aroma smells great. I'm very particular about scents, I don't love the post cleaning smell. I purchased specifically for house cleaning. I dislike the water changing to cloudy when I dilute. I feel it's takes a lot of rinsing, leaves residue on surfaces. After cleaning my house it smells like I need to clean my house again. Honestly, I prefer Mrs. Meyers in Basil scent.
July 22, 2015
The concentration appears to be less than the original purchased from the manufacturer
Super strong and nasty scent.
February 17, 2015
Love the soap, HATE the scent. It REEKS like fake almond extract. I've never smelled an almond that smelled like this. Super gross. It's like 1980's old lady bathroom soap reminiscent, just the worst. Kinda makes me sick. Oh, and all of the incoherent and disconnected religious (yes, I know the history) writing covering literally every inch of the label is pretty creepy too.
... would work for our gray water system and everyone recommended Dr. Bronners
November 12, 2014
I was looking for soap that would work for our gray water system and everyone recommended Dr. Bronners. All the reviews said that this is the most amazing soap ever. This stuff is terrible! Tried using in foam (mixed with water) dispenser for hand washing and also used it to wash dishes. It leaves this weird film on everything. Felt like hands were sticky after washing. Dishes didn't feel like they rinsed clean. Left a horrible film on my stainless sink. I don't know how people use this as their miracle cleaning product. Definitely a big mistake. Prefer the Better Life products .
Horrible! I have very sensitive skin and this is ...
October 26, 2014
Horrible! I have very sensitive skin and this is organic and all natural, so I thought I would try it. Big mistake! It burns and I now have large red welts from irritation. I did my homework prior to using also as far as how much to use. Don't make my mistake. I returned it and will have to buy something else! It did smell good though so that's a positive. I'm sticking to G.U.D. or Giovanni I guess.
I find it to be upsetting that in the product ...
May 31, 2017
I find it to be upsetting that in the product information section it lists ingredients, however, they are not the ingredients listed on the soap package I received. I was expecting that I was buying something with totally different ingredients, change your description please, it's misleading.
Not for all skins!
February 8, 2017
I used it to make foam to shave. As I was shaving, it felt like I was skinning my face. It felt like a chemical peel and my face was red for the rest of the day.
Not coconut oil (sodium cocoate)
August 18, 2015
I've been buying organic soaps for the past 10 years. I never use soap that tries my skin. I saw, "coconut oil quote and thought oh I would like to try this soap. And it dried my skin And it feels crumby. I bought this "natural "soap with the intention that it is made with coconut oil, but sodium cocoate is not coconut oil. If you eat sodium cocoate you will die and if you eat coconut oil you will thrive. This soap has 0% coconut oil, and is made up mostly of sodium CO CO this soap has 0% coconut oil, and is made up mostly of sodium cocoate- that's not natural. That is the difference. This is Misbranded.
Overpriced soap, misleading description
April 5, 2014
This is 18.88 for three bars of soap, not three packages of three. My local store sells each bar for just under $3, so I decided to buy and "save". Buy from a different listing or buy at your local store. It is great soap - it cleans without overdrying and it is fragrance-free - but not worth $6 per bar.
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SMOOTH AND MOISTURIZING: The organic and vegan ingredients are combined with a pure-castile liquid soap base for a rich, emollient lather and a moisturizing after feel.
NATURAL: Smooth and luxurious soap with no synthetic detergents or preservatives, as none of the ingredients or organisms are genetically modified.
CERTIFIED ORGANIC AND VEGAN: Certified organic by the USDA National Organic Program and certified Vegan by Vegan Action.
RECYCLED PACKAGING: Packaged in 100% post consumer recycled (PCR) plastic bottles.
Pure Botanical Coconut Oil Soap
Natural Hypoallergenic Skin Care
No Animal By-Products - Vegan Friendly
Ultra Gentle with No Drying Residue
Rich Creamy Lather Even in the Hardest Water