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Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Bar Soap: As Shampoo!


Hello, hello! So I think I might have found my shampoo alternative while shopping at Trader Joe’s on Saturday. I picked up a bar of Bronner’s Castille soap because it’s my favorite soap ever and TJ’s were selling it for about $2.50. Couldn’t beat that.

Saturday night was a good night to wash my hair. I was co-washing for a couple of weeks and I was certain there was build-up. I decided to give a the Peppermint Bar Soap a shot because it was a soap full of ingredients I could recognize.

Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Palm Oil*, Sodium Hydroxide**, Water, Mentha Arvensis*, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil*, Salt, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
** None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin

Everything looked on the up and up to me. I rub a bit of undiluted soap into my hair and it lathered quickly. Although, I’ve been told lather isn’t quite as important as we think. Soap companies have trained us to believe lather=clean. But really, there are a lot of suspect ingredients that create the lather effect: detergents. 

This wasn’t the case with this soap, there was a good lather, but because my hair is already like a loofah sponge in the shower 🙂 When I’m washing I’m washing my hands or body, it’s not quite as noticeable as my other commercially made body washes.  

But all in all, I got a great clean! I massaged the soap into my scalp and felt a refreshing tingling clean. What I didn’t dig? My hair got really tangled from the soap and all of the massaging. I tried with much difficulty to part it in the shower. I read about this problem on an online discussion forum and saw that some people also had this issue. Also, waxy build-up was a problem. It was suggested that if this is a problem for you, you might have hard water and that an apple cider vinegar rinse would help. 

I did a ACV rinse to untangle my hair and it worked well. I went on to do my deep conditioning and regular conditioning. All was well. I think I will try this again. I don’t shampoo very much anymore and I think this might be my alternative.

There is also a liquid soap version of this, it is suggested that you dilute before using on your body and hair. I say it’s a judgement call for you to make. I’ve had the liquid soap before and I loved it. I didn’t have to dilute it on my body, but I did on my face. It mighty mentholy.

Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Bar Soap: As Shampoo
  • Wonderful minty smell
  • Great clean, but not drying


  • Tangles my hair  


Tip: Be sure to have Apple Cider Vinegar on hand for a quick rinse after use.

Author: charishreid

Writer and Educator.

3 thoughts on “Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Bar Soap: As Shampoo!

  1. I love Dr. Bonners and I use this as a shampoo but I use the bottle's .. The Tea Tree has been my favorite so far .. It definitely does the job !!


  2. I'm glad you found something that worked for you!


  3. Pingback: Winter Hair Routine: Don’t Get Brittle! | The Motley News

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