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My Bathroom Cabinet

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 OilOne jar for the kitchen, another for the bathroom. This one is for removing makeup, hair masques, facial masques, moisturizing anything, shaving, 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.

Dr. Bronner’s Arnica-Menthol Organic Magic Balm – I use this for muscle aches and congestion. Its powerhouse blend of menthol, camphor, and mint, plus the arnica, is a super herbal healer.

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 Sugar Soap – This kicks the moisture up a notch as the weather starts to dry out. Again, I use this from head to toe.

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!

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Anna says:

Hey! Quick question! I have searched high and low, and I want to refill my foaming hand soap with castile soap (I love Dr. Bronner’s!), but I’m having trouble finding the correct dilution to fill a dispenser. Some people say 1 oz of soap to 1 cup of water, others say 2 Tbsp to 1 cup of water, and I was wondering if you could offer the definitive dilution rate! Thanks!

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Anna – I tell people to start with a 1:3 ratio, which would be 1/4 c. of Soap to 3/4 c. of Water. You can adjust it from there to your preferences.

Jeanette says:

4 in 1 lemongrass lime organic soap. Maybe I’m just tired and missing it but what is the ratio for the vinegar and water.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Jeanette – For the Apple Cider Vinegar rinse I use on my hair, it’s a mixture of half water, half vinegar.

Isabelle says:

Hello!
I have been using the unscented baby soap bar for a long time and love it. Recently, I added it as a shampoo, following with rinsing with vinegar/water solution. Do I need to use ACV with the mother or would any type of vinegar do the trick? Also even with this solution, my hair still gets tangled. Am I not using enough? I also did use the Dr. Bronner’s Hair Rinse with the same issue. Should I perhaps use the sugar soap instead as it is more moisturizing? Thank you for your input.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Isabelle- The main difference between true soaps and conventional shampoos is that soap has a higher pH. This can make our hair very tangled unless we balance it out with a low, or acidic, pH. The acidity of vinegar or the Citrus Hair Rinse is needed to balance out the pH of Castile Soap. Any brand of ACV will work, as it’s the pH that is doing the work. The Organic Sugar Soap may help with tangles, and leave-in conditioners are great for improved moisture also – I use Dr. Bronner’s Leave-In Hair Creme or pure coconut oil.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Claudio- Yes, that’s a great way to use the Organic Shaving Soap. It’s a liquid form rather than a foam, so one option is to squirt a small amount into a dish or cup, then lather up with your brush.

Meridith says:

Thank you, Lisa! I just ordered most of that stuff you posted for myself and my husband! Some we can share and the others are all peppermint and tea tree for him! I’m going to try Almond too- since it’s your fave- and you are def. the expert.

It’s really appealing to have a full line of products that are green and streamlined. I’ll be looking at your recipes soon too. I’m going to try the ACV 50%/ H2O 50% for the conditioner. Thank you for making it easy and simple. I have a toddler and am in grad school- no time to check every label. Just wanted a brand I TRUST!

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Meridith – You’re very welcome! I’m so glad to be of help!

Robin Appelbaum says:

My father used and advocated dr. Bronner‘s Castile soap‘s all my life and I still continue to use the products. He would have been 122 years

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Robin – Wonderful to hear! He must have been part of the word-of-mouth spread of the soap in my grandfather’s day.

Na-Rae says:

This is wonderful, Lisa! Thank you for giving us a peek. I love Dr. Bronner’s and will send a photo of my cabinet sharing the products I use most.

This has inspired me to try a few new items as well. Many thanks.

Joanne says:

I love Dr. Bronner’s and love your blog! These tips are awesome!! Thank you Lisa for giving us a peek!!!

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Joanne- I’m so glad to hear you find my blog helpful!

Adrian says:

Hi Lisa! Good peek of your bathroom products and what they are used for! Also, I was thinking about trying other castile soap fragrances but I was curious if you recommend fragrances for specific purposes? Like the Tea Tree for acne or (besides that one) is just a matter of aroma preference?

Wish you a great “new” year!

Lisa Bronner says:

Happy new year to you too, Adrian! For the most part, it’s a matter of preference. However, Unscented is great for babies and those with sensitive skin, while Almond, Citrus and Rose are mild enough for nearly any skin type. Peppermint is cooling and refreshing on a hot day or after vigorous exercise, but because peppermint essential oil is intense, it can be drying for those with dry skin. Take a peek at the “My Favorites” blog post for a deeper dive on what scent I use where: https://www.lisabronner.com/my-favorites/

Shirley Popp says:

Thanks so much for your straight forward bathroom products and why you use what you use! I love all Dr. Bronner’s products, and I may try a couple new ones!

Jackie Frost says:

Love your newsletters and information about the Products.

They are Fabulous!!

Kay says:

Which soap is best to use as a shampoo for colored hair which tends to be dry and frizzy at times. It is wavy. Thanks

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Kay- Unfortunately, we don’t recommend our soaps for colored hair. The alkalinity of the soap opens up the hair follicles, where the color resides. The color will drain out and fade quickly. Colored hair needs acidic products only. (Soap, by nature, cannot be acidic. Only detergents (shampoo) can be.) The Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) is a great resource for finding better products.

Wendy says:

Looks like a lot of plastic containers. Plastic can’t really be recycled – especially in the U.S.

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