Jul 12 2014

Dr Bronner’s Review: Makeup Brush Cleaner


Hey guys. Just another Dr Bronner’s Review in relation to brush cleansing. I know there have been many, many reviews on this brand and I wasn’t going to add mine to the millions. But then I thought…this is one of those rare occasions you can actually buy a product in The Bahamas…my thoughts may actually be useful to local readers. And, of course, anyone who may not have come across this product before.

I’ve been using the Dr Bronner’s magic soap (in bar and liquid form) to clean my makeup brushes for a few years now. For time to time, I also use the Beauty Blender Solid Bar Cleanser. However, not only are the Beauty Blender products more expensive, they are not available in The Bahamas. So, when I saw that Solomon’s Fresh Market carried the Dr Bronner’s line, I was super excited to share. What’s even more exciting? Prices are basically on par with how much you would pay in the States!

Dr Bronner's Review

Dr Bronners’ describes the all-in-one liquid soaps as “completely biodegradable and vegetable-based….usable for just about any cleaning task. These simple, ecologically formulated soaps are gentle enough for washing body, face or hair, but also powerful enough for tasks like dishwashing, mopping, laundry and even pest control. Different tasks call for different dilutions of the soap.” These are, indeed, wonder soaps – certified vegan, non-GMO, qualify for the leaping bunny (ingredients not tested on animals), certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program, certified Fair Trade, and packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic bottles. You can read up more on the background/story of this company and it’s founder here if you are so inclined.

Dr Bronner's review - Lavender and Tea Tree

My favorites are the Lavender, “a relaxing fragrance for tired and stressed-out souls…calms the nerves and soothes the body” and, more recently, the Tea Tree which is made from pure organic tea tree oil. Out of the two, I think the Lavender does a better job of cleaning but I like to use the Tea Tree from time to time because tea tree oil has antibacterial properties and is a natural disinfectant.

The number one complaint that I hear about these soaps is that they can leave residue behind on your brushes. I will admit that there is some truth to this and I have experienced it from time to time. These soaps are very concentrated, so one has to be careful not to use too much. Also, I thought I should mention that where I live the water is on the harder side which helps, I think, in the rinsing process. If you water is very soft, you may have more challenges.

Dr Bronner's Makeup Brush Cleaner

I usually wet my brushes (one big one or a few small ones at a time), squeeze a dime size amount of the liquid soap in the palm of my hand and swirl the brushes around. The soap really breaks down the dirt/makeup in the brush. I then rinse the brushes thoroughly ensuring that all the “soapiness” is gone. Depending on the severity of the makeup build-up, I may repeat this step. Finally, I squeeze out any excess water and then hang brushes upside down to dry on my trusty Benjabelle Daisy Brush Tree. I’m sure you’ve heard of these. They’re a lifesaver when it comes to drying brushes.


cleaning makeup brushes


And that’s it, nice clean brushes!

What do you guys use to clean your makeup brushes? Have you tried the Dr Bronners?



  • Cleans well
  • Highly concentrated (rinse well!)
  • Environmentally friendly, Vegan, Organic, GMO-free, ingredients not tested on animals
  • Cost: Affordable ($3 USD/$4 BSD and up depending on size)
  • Available Locally: Yes! (Solomon’s Fresh Market. You can also order online from Cult Beauty, drbronners.com or Amazon.com)


Did you find this Dr Bronner’s review helpful? What is your favorite method to clean your makeup brushes and/or sponges? Any recommendations?



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1 comment

  1. This brush cleaner sounds great to me. Ive been waiting to try something besides the baby shampoo that I normally use anyways. Guess I will order some off of Amazon. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it!

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