When I first started on my quest for cruelty-free beauty and a cruelty-free lifestyle, I started reading labels on everything. But you know how when you read labels you seem to always see ingredients that you are clueless about? Well, when I read the label on the bar of soap in my bathroom, there were a few ingredients I decided to research, and I was also anxious to verify whether the soap was tested on animals.
Not surprisingly, my soap wasn’t cruelty-free and I was horrified to find that sodium tallowate, one of the main ingredients was made from the renderings of dead animals. This made me sick, sad, and angry all at the same time. I immediately searched for alternatives, and was delighted to discover castile soap and wondered why I had never used it before. I am so thrilled with it and think that you will be, too. I have used two brands, Kirk’s and Dr. Bronner’s, so I decided to put together these pure castile soap reviews so that you can choose the best castile soap for you.
Kirk Castile Soap Reviews:
Product Name: Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Soap
Where to Buy: Amazon
and the soap is typically sold in multi-bar packs
Made by: Kirk’s Natural, Made in USA
Ingredients (Kirk’s Original): Sodium Cocoate, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Gluconate, Fragrance
*Also available in fragrance free and aloe vera formulas
Cruelty-Free? Yes – Leaping Bunny Certified
Additional Information: Non-GMO Project Verified
What Kirk’s Natural Says About this Product:
“High quality, natural soap at an affordable price” “Handfuls of creamy lather” “Nontoxic” ”
“100% natural, free of silicones, alcohols, and other chemicals that can aggravate sensitive skin and hair”
“Kirk’s Coco Castile with Aloe Vera will soothe and restore your skin’s natural moisture, leaving your skin soft, healthy and hydrated.”
“Healthy, Beautiful Skin since 1839”
They also attest the following on their site:
- No Palm Oil
- No Animal By-Products
- Never Tested on Animals
- No Synthetic Detergents
Kirk’s Castile Bar Soap can be used on face and body for bathing and showering and is meant for the entire family. It is considered gentle and safe for sensitive skin, especially the fragrance free formula. The bars soap is probably the most popular form, but Kirk’s also makes liquid soap, liquid hand soap in a pump, shampoo, and body wash. On the Kirk’s Natural website, you can find a variety of home remedies and mixtures that can be made with the soap that have been submitted by apparently happy customers. These include household cleaners, laundry detergent, garden spray, hair treatments, and horse tack cleaner.
I love this soap! I have loved this soap since the first time I used it. It is probably the creamiest bar soap I have ever used, and the lather is amazing. There is virtually no waste with Kirk’s because when the bar gets tiny as soap does, you can squeeze it or rub it in your hand to make enough lather to wash your entire body. I’m not kidding. The soap is just so creamy.
The soap comes in three formulas, original, fragrance free, and aloe vera. They are all terrific, and the aloe vera bar, of course, provides great benefits for your skin, but my favorite is the original. The fragrance is very, very light though, so if you like strongly scented soap, you will be disappointed with this one. When I first tried it, I was expecting it to smell like coconut because it has coconut oil in it, but it does not smell anything like coconut. So if it’s sweet-smelling, floral, or perfume-like soaps that you like, you may not like Kirk’s.
On the flip side, this soap seems to destroy odors. At least I think it does. If I cut an onion and wash couple times with Kirk’s Castile Soap, I can’t smell the onions any more. You know how sweaty and yes, smelly, guys can get working outside in the summer. (No offense, guys!) My husband comes in from cutting grass, gets in the shower, and comes out smelling fresh and clean.
To me, castile soap works so much better than most of the soaps on the market today, even deodorant soaps. In my opinion, those soaps just cover up odors. Kirk’s is my go-to soap for shower or bath.
I hope this review has been helpful.
The following is my Dr. Bonner’s Castile Soap Review.
Dr. Bronner Castile Soap Reviews
Product Name: Dr. Bronner’s All One-Pure-Castile Soap Bar
Where to Buy: Amazon
Price: Averages $4.00 to 9.00 per bar and is sold individually or in multi-bar packs or variety packs which contain various scents
Made By: Dr. Bronner’s
Ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Palm Oil, Sodium Hydrochloride, Water, Organic Olive Oil, Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
*The ingredients listed are for the Hemp-Baby Unscented Bar. A variety of natural oils are added to the basic soap to produce a variety of scents.
Cruelty-Free? Yes – Leaping Bunny Certified
Additional Information: USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified
What Dr. Bronner’s Says About This Product: (Quotes directly from their website)
“Dr. Bronner’s is the top-selling soap in the U.S. natural marketplace. Only the purest organic & Fair Trade ingredients. No synthetic preservatives, no detergents or foaming agents —None!” “Our products are certified to the strictest industry standards. Support truth in labeling! No greenwashing hype!”
Dr. Bonner’s Hemp-Castile Bar Soap can be used on face, body, hair, and even pets. The baby unscented works well for everyone including babies, of course. The bars come in a variety of scents, and are scented with natural oils. Nothing artificial. Scents include peppermint, almond, lavender, citrus, rose, tea tree, and eucalyptus. The peppermint is said the be the most popular. Dr. Bronner’s also make liquid soap in the same scents. The liquid soaps are not necessarily just hand soaps, they can be used for almost anything including dishes, laundry, and washing pets. The soaps are biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
I have used Dr. Bronner’s Hemp-Castile Soap many times, and although I prefer Kirk’s, Dr. Bronner’s works very well for me. I normally choose the baby unscented, but the scented soaps are nice too. However, the scents you are going to experience with Dr. Bronner’s are much different from the scents you get with run of the mill bath soaps. When you use Dr. Bronner’s, you can almost separate the scent of the pure castile soap from the scent of the natural oils in the soap. For example, when showering with the Hemp-Peppermint bar soap, I can smell the actual unscented soap plus the peppermint.
In addition, the scented soaps work in a variety of ways. The peppermint seems to clear any stuffy sinuses and is a bit invigorating in my opinion. The other scents are very nice and work in their own unique ways, but overall, I still choose unscented more often than not. The nice thing is that Dr. Bronner’s bar soaps come in a variety pack so you can try them all and choose your favorite.
Overall, I like Kirk’s better than Dr. Bronner’s. Although Dr. Bronner’s makes great lather, better than average soaps on the market, Kirk’s makes better lather. Kirk’s is also creamier, and you can use it right down to nothing with hardly any wasted soap at all. I always seem to have one of those small pieces of Dr. Bronner’s leftover that just gets thrown away.
Do you have a preference between these two soaps? Do you have questions about either? I will be glad to answer any questions you may have about either. If I don’t know the answer, I will try to point you in the right direction. Just leave a comment or contact me using the contact form. If you would like to leave your own personal review, you can do that in the comments also.
Thanks for reading!
For the Love of Animals,