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Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
musing on soap on 01/30/2012 20:05:39 MST Print View

Somedays I really wish they made Dr. Bronner's in a powdered form since it is great to use as toothpaste and soap.

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Bronners Bar Soap on 01/31/2012 15:07:21 MST Print View

The bar form of Bronners is less messy and packs smaller than a powder would. You can always file off some powder though.

I prefer Kirks Castile over Dr. Bronners because its cheaper and unscented. I don't want any kind of scent on me to attract bugs and/or critters when I'm in the outdoors.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Bronners as toothpaste on 01/31/2012 15:42:07 MST Print View

Tried it once after a night of overindulgence as toothpaste. Wretched like there was no tomorrow once that mint hit my tongue. Never again, Bronners as toothpaste that is.

Powdered Boraxo soap works well, not as toothpaste though.

The toothpaste while tasty is not really needed. Just brush.

v Brian I just waved the container over my toothbrush, but yuck!

Edited by kthompson on 02/05/2012 08:08:07 MST.

Ty Ty

Locale: SE US
Re: Re: Bronners as toothpaste on 01/31/2012 16:28:46 MST Print View

"The toothpaste while tasty is not really needed. Just brush."

This is what I do. I don't like having to manage where I spit in regards to attracting bears either so I just forgo the toothpaste while backpacking.

Brian UL

Locale: New England
Re: Bronners Bar Soap on 01/31/2012 17:14:14 MST Print View

Bronners comes in unscented pure castile, thats what I use. The trick to using it as tooth paste is you need to use an extremely small amount -like a fraction of a drop.

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
Dr. Bonners NIX! on 01/31/2012 17:37:03 MST Print View


Edited by rmjapan on 06/19/2015 07:30:17 MDT.

Terry Trimble
(socal-nomad) - F

Locale: North San Diego county
Dr. Bonners soap on 01/31/2012 17:49:10 MST Print View

I really like the Dr. Bonners because it leaves less residue when washing your hands and will get grease of your hands after working on a car or bicycle chain in one wash only a few drops. When you using Dr. Bonners soap it is highly concentrated soap you only need a few drops. If use it as body wash use a wash cloth.

The Dr. Bonners factory is in San Marcos,Ca. In my town they have environmental low impact store. They have gallon jugs with pumps to fill up a container with Dr. Bonners in different scents. I can fill up bottle I would normally pay $2.00 for 0.75 cents.

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Liquid Soap on 02/01/2012 03:50:08 MST Print View

Lugging liquid soap isn't very UL. Why carry the extra weight of the water.

As stated before, Dr. Bronners isn't any better than other soaps and heavy to boot.It really is a scam.

If you want an environmentally friendly castile backpacking soap, unscented Kirks bar soap can't be beat for it's weight to cleaning power ratio.

Patrick S
(xpatrickxad) - F

Locale: Upper East TN
Re: Liquid Soap on 02/01/2012 04:51:02 MST Print View

"As stated before, Dr. Bronners isn't any better than other soaps and heavy to boot.It really is a scam."

Its not ideal for backpacking, but that doesn't make it a 'scam.' Its good soap and that is what its marketed as. I've never seen any advertisement, let alone ads directed at outdoor use. I use it when I'm traveling and on trips. Just a few drops and I can bathe myself and wash my hair. A couple more drops and I can do a meals worth of dishes. It works pretty well as an all around soap. But yes as a backpacking soap there are better options.

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
better soap? on 02/04/2012 11:54:56 MST Print View

Other than Kirk's then is there another good biodegradle powered or bar soap?

Edited by bpeugh on 02/04/2012 12:00:43 MST.

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Re: Dr. Bonners NIX! on 02/04/2012 12:07:33 MST Print View

I find it's good at degreasing, which means it dries out my hair and skin terribly. The citrus version makes a nice hand soap for the kitchen though.

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Re: better soap? on 02/04/2012 12:09:41 MST Print View

I'm currently experimenting with Kiss My Face olive oil soap. Literally nothing but oil, salt, and a base.

Renais A
Bar soap on 02/04/2012 12:47:54 MST Print View

I used to love Castile soaps like Dr. Bronner's as an adolescent because they would cut acne-inducing facial grease so well. I now find that a generic bar soap does well on a camping trip, and I would rather not have the extreme grease cutting ability of castile with the associated dry skin. For me, it is less of a hassle to carry a solid soap rather than a liquid which might leak or spill. Note that essentially all soaps, both personal as well as laundry are now biodegradable. On a recent trip to our local grocery, Wal-Mart, there was not one soap which was not biodegradable. There may be some speciallized industrial cleaners which are not biodegradable, but they are not likely to ever be found in a backpack, and probably not sold in local stores either.

Brian UL

Locale: New England
Re: Liquid Soap on 02/04/2012 14:00:49 MST Print View

Ive used Dr Bonners in the same small container forever and never had a leak.
Dr Bonners also comes in bar form. I don't see how its heavy? Thats more a function of how much you bring. Bonners is a concentrated soap so you literally only need a few drops at a time. Another reason I like Dr Bonners is social responsibility is something they have always taken seriously. It would be interesting to see how other soap companies compare on those grounds.

>looked up Kirks bar soap and it says its made with coconut oil, which I IMHO think is the best oil, better than olive. So it has that going for it.

Edited by MAYNARD76 on 02/04/2012 14:12:53 MST.

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
Re: Re: Liquid Soap on 02/04/2012 19:57:25 MST Print View

Dawn is gentle enough to clean baby birds in oil spills and the such, and a dollar of every purchase goes to habitat restoration. Not social as much as environmental, but still responsible. Just sayin'

Jury is still out on Bronner's for me. I've used it and love how much it degreases but I'm still working out kinks of just how much to use. As posted above I find it often takes a lot get full coverage, and having long hair it causes a mess of tangles. I may try the bar form.

Although for cleaning I find some fine sand and a stream with a deep enough pool to rinse seems to work pretty well on short trips. I rarely use bug spray or sunscreen (proper LS and pants work well in my area) so don't have to worry about chemical pollutants as much. Not so great for long hair still.

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
$$$ on 02/05/2012 05:32:54 MST Print View

I think the big problem I have with Dr. Bronner's unscented liquid or bar is the price. It's just plain old castile soap, it shouldn't cost so much. You can get other unscented castile soaps for one third the price.

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: musing on soap on 02/03/2013 14:34:41 MST Print View

I was thinking about powdered soap too.
I will pickup some Boraxo. Phosphate free, fragrance free.
Easier to pack a powder than a liquid.
A wet bar is a mess.
No reason to carry a liquid.

Background -- I went through TSA last week and they asked me for my liquid bag. I didn't have one since I was using toothpaste powder and homemade, dry deodorant. This lead me to dry soap.

just Justin Whitson
+1 on 02/04/2013 16:33:26 MST Print View

Spelt wrote, "I'm currently experimenting with Kiss My Face olive oil soap. Literally nothing but oil, salt, and a base."

That's what i use also--i find it's often a better deal financially too, as they make a pretty big bar for just a couple bucks and some change. However, i'm not sure i like the fact that it's shipped from Greece (i believe, at least it used to be) as i try to be eco-conscious.

I confess i do bring some baking soda in a baggie to brush my teeth, but then again, i never claimed to be an ultra'lighter.

Frances Bothfeld

Locale: Iowa
Oregon soap company on 02/04/2013 18:00:50 MST Print View

Oregon soap company is hands down the best castille soap on the market. I take their lavender liquid soap when travelling and it actually works as shampoo. Well, bronners 'works' as shampoo too but it dries out my hair like NO OTHER. I also use it as dish washing, laundry soap etc etc. I like bringing a little liquid soap or a bit of a shaved bar soap for cleaning cuts (ouch, but the best thing to do), washing hands and the occasional dish, but I stick to baking soda for tooth paste.

If you are looking for another soap company to try: Oregon Soap Company