Lets Talk About Brushes | Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap

22 September 2013


Despite my enthusiasm for skin care, and slightly obsessive use of anti-bacterial hand gel, one department which I seriously slack in hygiene-wise is brush cleaning. For years, I battled with a combination of MAC brush cleanser & Johnson's baby shampoo to keep my brushes clean-ish, but in all honesty, it was such a pain that I'd forever put off washing my brushes. After reaching a point where I was considering repurchasing the Real Techniques Core Collection just to avoid washing my buffing brush for a little bit longer (no joke), I decided to get a grip, and placed an order for Dr Bronner's Magic Soap.

There's a lot of hype around this product, so I wasn't expecting to be blown away - you know how it is, people tend to jump on the bandwagon and rave about some pretty average products. I went for the almond scent, because I love my L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil, and I figured this would be fine as a shower gel if it didn't work for my brushes. However, let me put it this way, I've gone from not washing my brushes for an undisclosed, but shamefully long period of time, to twice in one week. It's just that easy to use! I pour a small amount on to my hand, rub my brushes around on my palm and then rinse them under the tap. Done! Nice, clean brushes. This product is very, very runny (for some reason I imagined it to be a thick liquid), so be careful not to pour too much on to your hand. Other than that, it's pretty dreamy to use. It foams nicely, and leaves my brushes soft and clean. The scent is beautiful, and didn't irritate me at all. This is a great value product.

On a slightly different final note, the second to last photo contains a round up of my current favourite brushes. L-R they are: MAC 187, MAC 266, MAC 217, Sephora rounded crease brush, MAC 168 and Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I really feel like the 168 and the 266 are seriously under-rated. As far as the 266 goes, I was using a cheaper Ecotools angled brush prior to purchase, and it wasn't anywhere near as precise as this. I've had the 168 for a good three years now, and it's still my favourite brush for contouring with.

Sunday's are definitely the kind of day when brush cleaning is necessary, and I've now promised myself that I'll maintain mine on a weekly basis. Pass me the Dr. Bronner...

18 comments

  1. I love the Dr Bronner's Magic Soap for my brushes made with natural hair but I prefer the Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge for my synthetic brushes.

    Laura
    www.whitewintersblog.com

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  2. It may sound cheap, but the best thing i've found for brushes is Johnson's baby shampoo! It makes brushes feeling sooo soft and clean, you should give it a go sometime :)

    CharlotteHavs

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  3. I need to take a leaf out of your book and purchase this! I suck when it comes to brush cleaning, I'm so lazy when it comes to it and J&J Baby Shampoo just does not cut it!

    Halima

    F A S H I O N I C I D E | Manchester Fusion Fashion and Beauty Blog |

    xo

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  4. I need this in my life i've been looking for an easier way to clean my brushes for a while now! Abby :) xx

    An Uninventive Name

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  5. mmm i used this on my brushes and its a bit stripping i find. it doesn't really work for a brush that i've used foundation on those. it just doesn't clean out those oils well enough i think. great for eyeshadow brushes though.
    jenn

    A Beautiful Zen

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  6. mmm i used this on my brushes and its a bit stripping i find. it doesn't really work for a brush that i've used foundation on those. it just doesn't clean out those oils well enough i think. great for eyeshadow brushes though.
    jenn

    A Beautiful Zen

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  7. I hate washing my brushes too but really like the philosophy facial wash for cleaning my brushes.

    katespitz.blogspot.com

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  8. I don't actually have a brush cleaner (oops) as I've just bought good brushes and I'm looking for one so I may be purchasing this one soon..

    http://www.blogthiswithhannah.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. I love that soap & a bottle lasts for the longest time! I need to get better at cleaning my brushes.
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  10. LOVE your blog so glad I found it(: your pictures really make each post amazing what camera do you use?

    xx

    www.withacitydream.com

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  11. I need this in my life, I'm also guilty of leaving my brushes dirty for a painful length of time!

    Could you check out my blog? http://holllieee.blogspot.co.uk/
    <3

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  12. I haven't heard of this before... wonder if we can get it here in Canada? It sounds great!

    xo, alison*elle

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  13. I usually wash my brushes with the Mac Brush Cleanser but they never look as clean as with this product.. I need to try it !

    x
    http://holaflo.blogspot.com/

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  14. Love my Dr Bronners magic soap for my brushes but it still doesn't take away the fact that washing my brushes is one of my most dreaded "chores" haha xo Jess

    Your Daily Break

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  15. I spy a Real Techniques brush, those are my absolute favorite! Nice post

    xoxo
    www.bonnetsandbows.com

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  16. Dr Bronners is great isn't it? I use it all the time for my brushes now :) x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  17. u should try daiso detergent for sponge n puff. it's really awesome !

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  18. Wow this sounds amazing! I've been debating getting this for a while but I'm like you - always a bit reluctant to anything too hyped! I think you just gave me the last push I needed - I haate washing my brushes as well!! x

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