Monday, August 14, 2017

A Science Experiment with Dr. Bronner's 18-in-1 Hemp Soap: GONE WRONG!

I am always looking for new ways to save money and help the environment at the same time. "Au Naturale" is a way of living, of which I really do enjoy trying to adhere by. Obviously it's difficult with society being mostly processed food and chemical products around every corner, but that isn't to say that you can't find organics products to replace the fake.

In a prior post I mentioned how my hair was going through a traumatic experience with a protein overload and how I was doing damage control. At first I just stuck to my normal shampoo and conditioner - which was working out fine, but then I decided to try and use an infamous hemp product that I've seen practically everywhere.

I'm speaking of course about Dr. Bronner's 18-in-1 Hemp Soap, specifically in the scent "peppermint".

The claims of this particular soap are vastly different in a sense, but all correlating to cleaning. From washing dishes to bathing in it, there isn't much you can't do with it. Plus it's full of organic products, showing you just how natural this soap truly is and with so many seemingly awesome benefits, I just had to try it. In fact, it was even suggested on other sites pertaining to protein overload and how to combat it, so I dished out the $14+ dollars on a 32oz. bottle, willing to spend a little more than usual as it's cheaper than buying shampoo, conditioner, and body wash (totaling $17+).

I've used this product twice so far and I have definitive feelings. I hate it.

Yesterday I begun reading the bottle for any specific instructions - yes I'm THAT person, only to be visually smacked in the face with words galore. Tiny-itty-bitty writing that goes off on a few "different" tangents, includes a heartbreaking mini-story, and a larger-than-others word "DILUTE!" written twice in one section. I took it as a warning and diluted my portions.

First off, I had no idea how to dilute it (what ratio) so I was already playing uphill. Then I was unaware that hard water would technically react negatively with the formulation of the castile soap, which I would find out later with some research. Going with what I thought was the correct way to wash my own hair, to which I have been doing for majority of my life, I started to notice a very odd sensation that was familiar to when I've used extraordinarily cheap shampoos. A squeaky feeling with incredible dryness.

Convinced that it was just the soap cleaning my hair of all impurities, I kept washing in hopes that a widely popular wouldn't fail me so extreme. I moved onto washing my body, to which I will say produced an impeccable amount of lather with just a few drops.

The overall tingly sensation I got from the peppermint head to toe, was satisfying and gave me an overall fresh feeling. That much I enjoyed, but what happened next was not on my list of favorite things.

Once my hair was dried my roots has an overwhelming amount of "waxy" texture, making brushing my hair near impossible. My roots were worse than before - I had gotten pretty far in my protein overload remedy - and had become dry, shriveled up, stiff, straw-like strands. I was petrified and immediately went to the "interweb", hence learning about the "hard water" fact.

Turns out not only am I supposed to do a 1 tbls to 1 cup of water to wash, but I'm also supposed to use a vinegar rinse or the Dr. Bronners citrus hair rinse. Neither of which I owned.

Confused as to why this wouldn't be specifically listed on the bottle, I dug a little deeper and found out that apparently this is a very common problem with Dr. Bronner's and most of the details I read came from people's trial and error.

I was shocked and a bit disappointed, because I truly wanted this to work out. Unfortunately it didn't and I exchanged the soap altogether.

I know I probably could've tried this product out using it for the other 16 ways it claims to be good for, but I was done. It turned the clock back on all my hard work trying to fix my hair, frustrating me severely. Could I have tried to contact the company, ask for the appropriate "solution"? Probably. Was I willing to give this another chance to potentially make a bad situation worse? No.

All in all I don't hate Dr. Bronner's. His products seem to be very notable and well-rounded overall, giving numerous people an excellent product. I've seen it in numerous households and heard sworn testimony about how amazing it truly is, just for me it didn't work at all.

I would like to hear your opinion and possibly your recommendations. Perhaps I could give it another chance in the future, but for right now it's not in my shower.

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