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Laundry Detergent

I've been using this Castile soap as an alternative to buying bars of Castile soap. A gob of paste is a little harder to handle when, say, washing hands, than using a bar. The paste tends to slip away. Still, it is cheaper in the long run. Two pounds of paste goes a long way. I wash my clothes by hand using a Mobile Washer, which is a kind of plunger, and a bucket. For detergent, I generally use liquid soapnut detergent. Soapnut detergent is basically fruit juice of the soapnut. (Despite its name, soapnuts are a fruit). Now, olives are a fruit also, and this paste is made from its juice. So, I dissolved some paste and used it as a laundry detergent and was pleased with the results, also. I'm experimenting with a detergent formula that is a combo of Castile soap, liquid soapnut, borax, and vinegar. In conclusion, I would highly recommend Brambleberry Castile soap paste because of its economic cost and many uses. For someone like me that is always always searching for a greener, more natural way to do things, Castile soap is perfect. If I use the gray water from the wash in the garden, I'm confident that I am aware what I'm adding to the soil.

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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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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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Perfect for rookies like me!

I bought this because the idea of making soap intimidates me. I agree with the 1st review that the instructions are lacking but when I called CS they were MORE than amazing and helped me through the process. Here is my best suggestion as it worked perfectly for me: Crock Pot on LOW - I turned it on beforehand to heat up. Added the paste, then added warm distilled water to the paste. I let it cook on LOW for 7 hours and it was completely dissolved. I only stirred it a few times in between, maybe every 2 hours at most. My ratio was 3:1 and I felt it was just thick enough, you have to keep in mind that it does thicken up as it cools so if it looks a little watery at first, it's ok.

Great product, instructions lacking

The product itself is an excellent base, (good lather, pleasing appearance and fragrance) but the instructions for use on the product page are a bit lacking. I would love to see a more detailed tutorial or instruction sheet included with the product that has information like I received from Kari in my support chat today (proper temperature, troubleshooting tips, etc.). I will definitely use the product again now that I have the information I need to work with it correctly.