Between this post and “My Cleaning Cabinet,” you’re getting a peek into parts of my house I never thought would be on display. If you’ve wondered how all my tips and recommendations throughout my blog play out altogether for a real person, now you’ll now. Here’s my bathroom cabinet.
Usually I leave my blog photography to the professionals, but I wanted to be completely honest here, so I took these myself. Though I did tidy up the cabinet beforehand, these pictures encompass what I use – and all I use – on a daily basis.
Let’s dive in.
Bottom shelf, right to left
Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Castile Soap – My daily facial wash – just a couple drops – and for cleaning my nightguard and makeup brushes. The Tea Tree Castile Soap in particular was the key to clearing years of adult acne. I thought about getting a fresh bottle for this picture, but the four-year-old bottle that I refill is more honest.
Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Toothpaste – Although my grandfather advised that you can brush your teeth with the Castile Soap, I was super glad when we developed this toothpaste. People’s first comment about it is usually that it’s low foaming, which is due to the absence of SLS or other synthetic detergents. Now I’m so used to it that the copious bubbles of convention toothpastes feel suffocating.
Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Coconut Organic Hair Crème – After towel drying my hair, I run 1 ½ pumps of this through it with my fingers. This keeps the frizzies at bay. It’s like lotion for your hair!
Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Organic Lotion – This light lotion is my go-to for whole body moisturizing.
Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner – It’s a bit incognito here in this little bottle, but I keep Sal Suds in my bathroom for a bunch of reasons: to treat clothing stains quickly, to handwash a garment in the sink, and to wash any random objects that need it.
Middle shelf, right to left
Dr. Bronner’s Virgin Coconut Oil – One jar for the kitchen, another for the bathroom. This one is for removing makeup, hair masques, facial masques, moisturizing anything, shaving, and using in the Coconut Sugar Scrub further down to the left.
Coffee & Bar Soap Scrub (bottom) – This dry scrub, made from 1 part grated Dr. Bronner’s Bar Soap to 2 parts dry used coffee grounds, is super for intense exfoliation of feet and elbows. The coffee is also an excellent deodorizer of stubborn smells on the skin such as gasoline or garlic.
Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Organic Magic Balm – Another versatile heavy hitter. I use this for healing tough cracked skin, for overnight hand and feet treatments with gloves or socks, for chapped skin, for chaffing prevention, for helping cuts to heal quickly, and for any dry itchy skin in general.
Sugar & Coconut Oil Scrub (bottom) – This simple combo of 2 parts sugar to 1 part coconut oil is a nourishing exfoliator for hands. The sugar sloughs off the dead skin and the coconut oil nourishes the new skin beneath. I use this in the evening when the coconut oil will have more time to soak in deeply. In the summer, I also shave with this. I rub it on to my legs til the sugar dissolves. Then the coconut oil provides a smooth shave and nourished skin.
Sugar & Soap Scrub – This simple scrub of 1 part Liquid Castile Soap to 5 parts sugar is my daytime exfoliant for hands. It washes off cleanly, leaving my hands ready to go.
Top shelf, right to left
Lume Deodorant (Unscented) – Probably topping the list of requested items that Dr. Bronner’s does not make is deodorant. It’s been on the “maybe someday” list for many years. In the meantime, consumer demand has brought many healthy options to the market. This one works best for me and has well-reviewed ingredients.
Dr. Bronner’s Organic Hand Sanitizer – You might think you know what this is for, but in my bathroom, I don’t use it for sanitizing hands (not when I have access to soap and water). Instead, I use this for a midday underarm refresh (bacteria is what causes odor, and the alcohol in this kills them), itch relief from bug bites, cleaning my phone (spray a tissue then wipe the phone), and de-streaking my sunglasses.
Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balm in Unscented and Orange Ginger – Besides the straightforward use, I also use this for some nourishing lip color: I line my lips with lip liner and then apply the lip balm, rubbing it to blend it all in. I also use it for softening hardened cuticles.
Mineral Fusion Moisturizing SPF 40 – After one fortunately small and early-caught incident of skin cancer on my face, I use this daily, even if I don’t think I’ll be spending much time in the sun.
Various brands of makeup – Makeup for me must have three criteria: be cruelty-free, have healthy ingredients, and look good. Again, consumer demand has brought some good options to the market. I usually have a mix of Mineral Fusion, Honeybee Gardens, Pixi, and Jane Iredale.
Now for the shower
Oh, how I do not miss those days of myriad bottles cluttering up my shower floor! Falling over, getting moldy – yuck! The only reason there are this many products in the picture is because there is some fluctuation through the seasons, as indicated. I usually only have two of these at one time.
Dr. Bronner’s Almond Castile Soap – My favorite. The Almond makes me happy. It’s so warm and cozy. I use more of this soap than all the other ones combined. For most of the year – spring, summer, and fall – I wash with this from head to toe. Yes, hair too.
Dr. Bronner’s Lemongrass Lime Organic Shaving Soap – Check out the last word there: Soap! Although this is labeled for shaving, it’s actually the most moisturizing of all Dr. Bronner’s soaps, with its thick formulation of Shikakai powder and sugar. When the weather gets super dry in January, I switch to this for head to toe.
Apple cider vinegar, diluted in half with water – This is my hair conditioner. Conditioning is about pH. After I’ve washed my hair with one of the three soaps mentioned above, I run a cup of this mixture through my hair and then rinse it out. Soap is alkaline and causes the follicles on our hair strands to stick out. The acidity of vinegar smooths all this out. After towel drying my hair, I apply the Hair Crème.
But what about shaving? When it comes to shaving, I’m not picky. I’ll shave with any of the above since they all work well. If my skin needs a little extra boost, I’ll use the Coconut Sugar Scrub that I mentioned above, which exfoliates, lubricates, and nourishes all in one go.
I never thought I’d invite so many people into my bathroom! Now you know what all I use in my personal care, and you didn’t even have to sneak away during a party!
- GIY All-Purpose Cleaning Spray
- The Low Cost of Green Cleaning
- Benefits of Shikakai for Hair and Body
This tip and many more are in my book, Soap & Soul: A Practical Guide to Minding Your Home, Your Body, and Your Spirit with Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, available now in hardback on DrBronner.com or at your favorite bookseller, and as an eBook and audiobook (read by me!) from wherever you download or listen.