I love Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap (lavender is my favourite). It’s not tested on animals, it’s organic and fairtrade. Importantly, there are no dodgy ingredients. The ingredients list is as follows:
- Organic coconut oil
- Potassium hydroxide (similar to sodium hydroxide; this ingredient is needed for the saponification process)
- Lavandin extract
- Organic olive oil
- Organic hemp oil
- Organic jojoba oil
- Lavender extract
- Citric acid
- Tocopherol (vitamin E)
I use this liquid soap as a shower gel as it foams nicely (additionally, I also use a homemade sugar scrub, which I highly recommend). Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap can also be used for washing your hands, but I don’t do this because it is quite pricey (I use a bar of soap instead). Dr. Bronner’s can also be used to wash hair, though an acidic rinse would be required afterwards (i.e. a table spoon of lemon juice or vinegar in a cup of water, mixed and poured onto your hair) since soap is alkali and the scalp’s natural pH is acidic.
My only complaint is that the liquid soap comes in a plastic bottle (albeit recycled plastic); it would be more environmentally responsible if it was packaged in glass, which can be reused or recycled over and over again. Dr. Bronner’s soaps can be bought online (thought perhaps not from Amazon!); I tend to buy them from WholeFoods when they are on special offer. However, you can use a soap bar instead of Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap to clean your body; I find that liquid soap tends to be more convenient however. I found an article on how to make liquid soap out of bar soap here, which I think may be cheaper than buying Dr. Bronner’s.