Great Skin comes from a great diet, breathable makeup and CLEAN MAKEUP BRUSHES. I may risk sounding TOO PREACHY but it is one of the essentials in keeping my skin happy.
1) The oft suggested method is baby oil aka Johnson’s or any mild soap. This method is a start for those who use the same dirty brushes day in / day out 365 days a year and i was one of THOSE sad people who never bothered washing the brushes! (you can imagine me rolling my eyes at this point —–)
However, I do not use these because they are laden with chemicals, sulfates/sulphates, parabens and a host of other ingredients you do not want going anywhere near your body or skin.
2) In my quest to find a happy medium between a budget friendly brush cleanser and a super duper ingredient list, I enlisted the help of my google friend and lo behold there were numerous blog posts on Dr. Bronner’s. This brilliant castille soap has been an invention by a genius. A man with an interesting past whose sole mission has been to create an engine to promote positive social change.
3) Dr Bronner’s is a multipurpose castille soap with 18 different uses. (I am digressing from the main point of this blogpost of cleaning my makeup brushes, because you cannot NOT talk about the brilliant uses of this castille soap) 🙂
If you are camping/ you have poor memory like me and you have taken forgotten to take your toiletries along with you , you needn’t worry because this magic soap can do the following (tried and tested):
Brush your teeth : Tested this. The teeth feels squeaky clean. You can LITERALLY hear it squeak!!!! It definitely acts as a mouth freshener.
Wash your body: You have 7 different scents to choose from : Rose, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Orange, Lavender, Almond, Eucalyptus and the unscented version for the fragrance/ essential oil sensitive. I personally love the peppermint because it gives me the tingly sensation that i love and is an instant wake-me-up. And a little goes a long way.
Wash your hair: Tried this. Personally, i found it too drying (the woes of curly/wavy hair) BUT if you have an oily scalp, this would be ideal perhaps!
Post Poo Freshener! I know it is TMI but there are times when you need a freshener which doesn’t mingle with the poo smell ( sorry i had to talk about it!!) , Dr. Bronner’s works best. Unlike conventional freshener’s, this leaves the toilet bowl smelling odour-free. Besides, it is handbag friendly. All you need is to decant it into a little bottle and whenever you need it, sprinkle a few drops, flush away and you can bid adieu to unfriendly smells/ looks behind 😀 😀 😀 . And it is much cheaper than the Aesop post-poo drops (yeah, you read that right, there is a market for such things!! 😉 )
SO what does this fabulous soap contain and why should you invest your money in it ???
For example: the peppermint soap contains : Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Palm Kernel Oil*, Organic Olive Oil*, Mentha Arvensis, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Mentha Piperita, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
*CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS** None remains after saponifying oils into soap & glycerin.
Clearly, it is packed with all the goodness. So imagine if you washed your makeup brushes with it, it would help retain the softness of the bristles (hence the brushes would last long), remove harmful bacteria lurking in them, completely take off the foundation/blush etc from the brush and leave it in the mint condition that you would it to be in.
Value for your money : It costs on average £12-13 for a litre (Amazon) lasts for atleast 2-3 years. Of course, it depends on the usage. If it is solely used for washing brushes, 3 years at the most because a little goes a long way and you are using the best ingredients. 250 ml sizes- £ 5-6 are available on Feeelunique.com for those who might want to try these (these last for quite a long time)
Method of Application :
Wet the brush (with the wooden handle/metallic handle being in the downward position- you do not want the water to seep into the handle and ruin/rot the brush!!)
Then, put a couple of drops of castille drops in the palm of your hand/a dish and SWIRL, SWIRL, SWIRL! Then swirl the brush in water (bowl) and see magic happen right before your eyes. The water turns muddy with the dirt/gunk from the brush. Repeat this procedure till the water runs clean. And voila you have the cleanest brush in town. And an added bonus is that the brush takes on the scent of the castille soap – i prefer the peppermint/ lavender scent.
Lay the clean brush on a paper towel (a flat position) and let it air-dry/ leave it in the sun.
This will be my preferred method of washing my brushes for a long time to come.
So, my lovely readers: Do you have any preferred washing techniques? I would to hear!!!