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JOSEPH ORLOW
6/24/2018
Perfect soap for travel

This is an updated version of my original review. I started out searching for an alternative to buying bars of pure castile soap, that is, hard soap made from olive oil. I bought this Brambleberry Castile Liquid Soap Paste. I would take a gob of paste and use it the way I would use a soap bar. As might be expected, these gobs had a tendency to slip away. Nevertheless, two pounds of paste lasted a long time, and I was saving money over purchasing bars of soap. Then I decided to experiment making some liquid soap from the paste. I do that by taking a quart mason jar. I fill the jar about 1/4 - 1/3 of the way with soap paste, and fill the rest of the jar with water. I sit the mason jar top loosely on the jar, not screwing the top on at all. I put the mason jar in a small pot filled with water. I put the pot on an induction bunner, and put the burner on the lowest setting for an hour or two. The soap is mostly dissolved after that. I screw the top of the mason jar on and shake the jar. Then I let it sit. Over time, any remaining undissolved soap paste dissolves. I put the liquid soap in little spray bottles I got on Amazon. I spray the soap on my hands when washing my hands. This is an amazing soap. It is so pure and powerful, that I can use it as a hand cleanser when out and about. There is really no need to rinse with water. All that's needed is the soap spray and a napkin to clean my hands if I want to eat when I'm out on the road. Similarly, the whole body can be cleansed with this spray, say when camping.


kandi
11/12/2017
No instructions

I would love instructions on how much water to use per how much paste you wanna use. Tried using the water salt to thicken but it would never thicken. Help please

Tina from Bramble Berry replies...
You can find more detailed instructions for dilution on the product page above. We recommend diluting this paste at 4:1 (4 parts water, 1 part paste). For thickening you would want to use a 20% salt water solution with normal table salt and slowly add that until it thickens to where you want it. You can also use the Liquid Crothix to thicken your soap if you find that easier.


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Louise
6/6/2017
Not moisturizing enough

It's economical but it's not as moisturizing as the other liquid castile soaps I tried, I experimented adding some extracts to make it more moisturizing but it always cause problems with thickening.

Tina from Bramble Berry replies...
Hi Louise! I'm sorry you did not find this soap to be moisturizing enough for you. Our Castile Liquid Soap Paste is a super gentle option but doesn't have a lot of luxurious oils / butters for extra moisture. While this is a finished soap paste and we would not recommend adding in a bunch of extra raw oils or extracts you can experiment with them and then thicken the soap with a simple salt solution to help with the thinning problem you mentioned. Find out more in our How to Use and Thicken Liquid Soap Base blog post.


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Traci
10/25/2016
Disappointed

So I thought by now that BB would have fixed the issue of including better instructions with this product. Alas, no instructions were included. No problem, I thought! I know how to calculate based on my cold process soap making. As stated under the soap paste's description - 20% Un-Iodized Table Salt Solution with Distilled Water only .....I now have thick jello, very similiar to the "Flarp" my two young boys can't get enough of. What to do with that? So I sectioned out another portion of liquid soap (no salt included) and didn't add anything to it. Just some Lavender & Spearmint Essential Oils at the rate of 6 ml per 8 oz. Yep.....thick as jello again. Needless to say, liquid soap making appears to not be for me after all! Bummer! I do love most all of BB's other products but this one is not a match made in heaven for me.

Kelsey from Bramble Berry replies...
Hi Traci! I'm sorry you had a hard time working with this product. We love the Castile Liquid Paste and the gentle soap it creates, though it can be a bit tricky to use at first. First of all, fragrance oils and essential oils can do really weird things to liquid soap, like make it super thick or thin, or even cloudy! I would recommend first diluting the paste without any salt solution at all so you can add your fragrance to the soap and see how that reacts. This way you know how thick or thin it is before deciding if it needs to be further thickened by a salt solution. After that, if it's too thick you can dilute it with plain distilled water, if it's too thin use the salt solution! For more information check out our How to Use and Thicken Liquid Soap Base blog post.


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Carole
7/2/2015
Love Love Love

Great soap. Great price. I am so glad I ordered this!! I love this soap and it was so easy to make. I am very pleased. Thank you!!!

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