I am still in shock and I know it may seem silly to some, but I know others will understand when you finally find an amazing product (in this case 2 big ones - lotion and soap).....ugghhhh!!! It's all I've used for a year now.
So yeah - I am open to recommendations! What is the best lotion and soap you've ever used?! I like thick icing type lotions - body butter types, but not whipped. And bar soaps with no sulfates, parabens, mineral oils, and all that jazz - with a yummy scent. I am not big into plant scents. I like food scents like vanilla and berries.
Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer too, I use refined and add essential oils for scent
Trader Joe's Nourish Spa shampoo is cruelty-free and sulfate-free. So is California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo & Body Wash. I've used both (actually they're in my shower now) and they get me clean and nice smelling without drying out my skin or my family's skin. I also like Aveda products (I like the Dry Remedy shampoo and conditioner), Jason products, Avalon Organics products but I can't tell you about slufates for those off-hand. You'd have to check the websites and read ingredients. But they're all vegan and don't test on animals.
I have a glass bottle w a pump top, when it's cool the oil is solid so I run hot water over the bottle to melt it. In the summer it's liquid most of the time.
I use bar castile soap for the face. There is a very inexpensive, gentle brand whose name escapes me. It has very few ingredients--no chemicals.
I use Palmer's coco butter lotion.
I find essential oils can have that burning sensation if overly used.
Or it could be the holy water , what with all the nonsense on the label. "Doctor" Bronner had mental problems. It's too bad they didn't take the rantings off the label after he died. It's not as though it's honoring his memory in a positive way. IMO
Dr. Bronner was a wise mental patient.
He escaped from the mental hospital and went to California to tell people about his "all one" philosophy, which if you think about it, makes a lot of sense.
He invited people to his home to tell them about his beliefs then gave them bottles of soap when they left, as gifts. As it turned out, the soap was more popular than his philosophy... but he used his soap to try to sell his beliefs.
He believed that everyone on spaceship earth would perish if we don't unite. Personally, I don't feel he was insane... just ahead of his time.
There's a movie about him too... more information and a couple videos here: http://www.squidoo.com/dr-bronner-soap-maker
Try to look beyond the fact that he was from a foreign land, and had trouble speaking and relating in English...