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Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade & Organic Hair Conditioning Rinse –

Our soaps, renowned for their quality, versatility and eco-friendliness, enjoyed a small but loyal following in the early years. In the late 1960s, however, soap sales started to explode, due to the unsurpassed ecological quality combined with Emanuel Bronner’s urgent message to realize our transcendent unity across religious and ethnic divides. Today, Dr. Bronner’s continues its mission and commitment to building an engine for promoting and advancing positive social change. From pioneering USDA certified organic personal care products, to creating Fair Trade projects across the world that ensure fair and just treatment of farmers and workers, to creating a socially responsible workplace here in the U.S., we strive to honor our heritage with progressive business practices, while devoting profits to worthwhile causes and charities worldwide.

Key features

  • SMOOTH HAIR: Nourishing and effective without any synthetic ingredients rinses and tightens hair shafts for excellent manageability.
  • SKIKAKAI: Organic shikakai comes from the seed pods of the small South Asian tree, Acadia Concinna, and has been used for millennia in India as a gentle conditioning cleanser for both skin and hair.
  • CERTIFIED ORGANIC AND VEGAN: Certified organic by the USDA National Organic Program and certified Vegan by Vegan Action.
  • HAIR NOURISHMENT: Organic lemon juice, used traditionally in the West, rinses and tightens hair shafts for excellent manageability and coconut, olive and hemp oils moisturize for luxuriant hair.

Honest reviews

★★★★★

Great hair rinse!

This leaves my hair soft and is easy to comb out. It took a little while to get use to, because the feel in the shower is different than chemical conditioners. I have long hair and was afraid I wouldn’t be able to comb it out, but it wasn’t a problem!

Tisha Altadena, CA
★★★★★

WARNING: Check pH level… only DROPS needed per CUP!!!

Dr Bronner’s service rep said that this has a pH level of 3… which, assumed, that if the water was alkaline, this pH would be a bit higher than a 3. Initially used ratio as per instructions – 1-2 capfuls per cup of water, assuming cup was 8oz.This was used as conditioner/ rinse for HOMEMADE SHAMPOO (1.5cups Organic Pure Virgin Coconut Milk + 1.75cups Aloe Gel) with an assumed pH level of between 4 and 6. Turns out the combination tested (using pH strips) to be around 5.Out of curiousity, and because I wanted to truly test the pH levels, I ordered some of pH Test Strips… WHOA!!! The pH level for Dr B Rinse concentrate did not hit 3 at all … it was a 1!!! Perhaps I misunderstood the rep and she meant it has a pH of 3 after it was mixed with water? It was not!!! Even 1 capful to 1 cup of water still had it at 1, maybe 2!!! My water was about a 9 and adding the ratio (as per instructions) barely brought up the level.After a few tests, it turns out that only maybe about 2-3 drops of DrB Rinse + 8 oz water brings the pH level to a 3. So if the correct pH level is critical for you, use pH Test Strips to test your shampoo, water and mixes before using these!!There are plenty of reviews for the combination of Coconut Milk+Aloe Gel Shampoo followed by ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) Rinse… many stating that it could take weeks to get the "greasiness" on the hair out during the "transition period." Since I was not interested in ACV, I opted for this as the rinse – similar pH. By testing out the actual pH, and having 5 for the shampoo and 3 for the rinse, I found that the transition took only 4 days. Hair adjusted well VERY quickly… and air drying hair was actually good. And less falling hair – perhaps because it’s naturally detangles in the shower.EXCELLENT – as long as the pH is tested.

Adeline Visalia, CA
★★★★★

Great product for fine hair

I have shoulder length slightly wavy, very fine hair– and a lot of it. And although I have a lot of hair, my biggest problem is flat hair because it is so fine. I’ve spent a lot of money on products to help increase volume, but I really hadn’t found anything that worked all day.A friend was telling me about all the bad things in regular shampoo, so I decided to switch to all natural products. I did some research and decided to initially try the home made stuff— water, castile soap, and essential oils = shampoo and diluted apple cider vinegar for the conditioner. I’ll say the conditioner was better than the shampoo, but it wasn’t really doing it for me so I decided to switch again. I tried a combo of three products: JR Liggett’s bar shampoo, Dr. Bonners citrus conditioner rinse, and Dr. Bonner’s Lavender and coconut conditioner and styling creme.They all came at different times (only days apart), but I got to try the Lavender and Coconut hair creme first with my homemade products. I used just a tiny drop, but it really did make a huge difference in the smoothness and softness of my hair. It also has a pleasant, but not over powering smell. I really didn’t see any difference in the volume of my hair thoughNext came the bar shampoo– big improvement over the handmade shampoo and in combination with the dr. bonner hair creme my hair was even softer. The bar shampoo says it can be used without any other products, but good luck with that. I tried it without the conditioning products, but it isn’t something I’d do again. My hair wasn’t stringy but it had a very strange texture– not very soft. Still not a lot of increase in volume. (UPDATE: This improves over time)Next came the Dr. Bonner Citrus Rinse. Awesome. The combination of all three products definitely seems to be the winner. It is important to use all the products according to the package instructions or your hair may not be exactly what you want it to be, but when it’s used properly– great results. My hair is soft, smooth, feels thicker and it typically looks and feels even better the next day.. and the day after that. No more problems with oily hair and I haven’t had any dandruff. As for volume, I have seen an improvement. I even wore my hair in a ponytail for work, wore it up all day, and then took it down when I went to sleep. When I woke up– volume! That has never, ever, ever happened before.It is just worth mentioning that I did try to go without the hair creme and just use the bar soap and the citrus rinse, but my hair wasn’t as smooth and soft as before, but it did have the boost in volume. It wasn’t a HUGE difference in the softness, but it was noticeable enough that I’d keep buying the hair creme. (Update: Still don’t miss the hair creme)Also, be aware that the switch did make my hair feel different in a very odd way. It isn’t bad, but it is a little different. It was kind of dry at first, but I know other people who ended up being oily. It just depends on how your hair and scalp decide to behave during the “re-training” process. But the best way that I can describe it is that my hair felt stripped for the first two weeks due to the damage from old shampoos and the need for my hair to heal. It quickly went away and my hair has never been better! I think it feels healthier, thicker and less frizzy. My hair dresser even noticed! She thought I found some miracle style agent, but really all it has been was my new shampoo and conditioner!UPDATE: This will make your hair lighter over time due to the citrus in the product.

Angelina Lecontes Mills, PA
★★★★★

Does not condition at all

If you want to have completely unmanageable hair, this ‘conditioner’ is for you. To call this product conditioner is a joke, It does not condition at all, but made my long curly hair so unmanageable, that I had to use another conditioner afterwards, to get through with a comb. Also I had a terrible burning sensation on my back, where it came in contact with my skin. Don’t even want to know what would have happened, if it got into my eyes. And the smell is awful to top it. I am extremely disappointed to get such a bad product for this much money.

Hester Burkettsville, OH
★★★★★

Don’t let the texture fool you this stuff is great!

This product lives up to it’s claim. I use a combination of coconut milk and Dr. Bronner’s Almond Castile Soap as a shampoo, and was using organic honey as a conditioner but my hair was still a bit stringy. I decided to give this stuff a try, along with the lavender leave in, and so glad I did! Not going to lie, the first time I used it I was a little frightened – the smell is overpowering (because it’s super duper concentrated), and the color/texture leaves something to be desired (it’s brown and a little chunky), but after I used it I could immediately tell the difference.Make sure you follow the directions and finger comb it through your hair before rinsing – you will notice a difference (learned that the hard was just yesterday). And keep it away from your eyes – it stings. a lot. and even if you get it near your eyes, because of the smell it may still burn.

Dianne North Bend, NE
★★★★★

It burns! It’s hard to use! But it may be effective, it’s organic, and made in USA

I, like many other reviewers, had a good experience withDr. Bronner’s Magic Castile Soapsand wanted to try other elements of the Bronner’s line. This stuff is hard to use (it’s a liquid that has to be mixed in a cup and poured slowly over your head) and BURNS like The Devil’s flames if it gets in your eyes.All that said, I think it’s actually somewhat effective at detangling my (short) hair and making it feel less stripped of oils after using the Castile soap.And, as with all Dr Bronner items, it’s organic and made in the USA. Always a plus!

Eve Arcola, IN
★★★★★

Great on super-fine curly hair!!

I love all Bronner’s products so I decided to try this; I won’t buy any more products containing toxic ingredients for me or my house, so switching to Bronner soaps was a natural. . This conditioner works extremely well on my fine hair. I only use a small amount, leave it on for a few minutes in the shower, and it rinses out easily. I even like the somewhat earthy aroma. Fantastic, simple, natural winner from Dr. Bronner!!!!!!

Dayna Bethany Beach, DE
★★★★★

Don’t forget to dilute this

I think this works well. Regular conditioners irritate my scalp. This acidic treatment is a lot like vinegar rinse without smelling as strong. If you use Dr. Bronner’s baby mild soap to wash your hair, use either this or Bragg’s apple cider vinegar as a rinse so your hair will be smooth and maneageable. It will also be super soft and healthy. My scalp likes it too.

Brenda Rush, NY
★★★★★

Horrible smell, not worth it unless you really need to use it

I bought this when I was trying to go chemical free and "no poo". It was nice because since I wasn’t using traditional shampoo and therefore couldn’t get most moisturizing treatments to rinse from my hair. This was effective at conditioning without leaving anything behind. However, the smell and texture was disgusting. It was the stinkiest black sludge. I only used it because it was necessary. I wish it left my hair not smelling awful though.

Sofia Drums, PA
★★★★★

Hair Rinse

I’m trying to stay away from the harmful chemicals that most hair products have and this product is as good as any to help me with my mission. It does the job that the other products do and without the harmful chemicals. I’m glad this product is out there for me to use.

Marion Saint Charles, SD
★★★★★

Not For Me

I use Dr. Bronners Tea Tree Oil (diluted) for shampoo and face & body wash. I really wanted this stuff to complete my regimen but it just doesn’t work for me. I tried lots of ways of mixing and applying, but nope, does not work. Plus, the smell bothers me long after the shower. I normally love earthy smells, so I was surprised at how much I disliked it. The bottle is pretty small too for the price.

Adelaide Bee, VA
★★★★★

I like this

Now this is different. You mix it with water and pour it over your hair. It’s not a pretty color and it doesnt smell all perfumey. But, It works really well.

Jayne Maramec, OK
★★★★★

Amazing

I have been going "no ‘poo" for about a year now but had problems with itchiness and dandruff. This completely solved that problem, and it smells great. Try it!!!

Dina Binford, ND
★★★★★

Wonderful for fine hair!

I picked this up on a whim and I’m SO glad that I did! I don’t use the Dr Bronners shampoo – I use JR Ligget’s bar shampoo (it’s all natural, oils only) – my hair has been in much better shape since going off of regular shampoos. But I could still do with a little more volume & moisture, especially in the Winter.So I tried the conditioning rinse this past week and I LOVE it, so glad I found it. I have a lot of hair but it’s very fine & thin. It’s also very long (middle of my back) so hard to keep in shape. The conditioning rinse immediately left my hair feeling super soft and more manageable. It had the weight & softness of my hair when I don’t wash it for a day or two, but without the dirty, oiliness. I let it air dry and didn’t put a single styling product in it. No flyaways, no frizz, and it has more volume. And did I mention how SOFT it is?? I wish I’d tried this stuff ages ago. I could see how it might not be best for all hair textures, but for fine hair, it’s magic.

Simone Washtucna, WA
★★★★★

Works well with Castille Soap

I tried the whole “no poo” method with baking soda and vinegar and it was an epic fail. I switched to using Dr Bronners castille soap and it was better, but my hair was a knotted tangled mess. I starting using the hair rinse and my hair was so much easier to comb through and didn’t look greasy anymore. It’s kind of difficult to use in the shower- you are supposed to mix a cap-full of the rinse in a container with water then pour it over your head while combing through your hair. It is a really thick liquid and I wasn’t a fan of the smell, it kind of reminded me of orange candy, but not in a good way. The smell didn’t stay after rinsing my hair though, so not a huge problem.I started mixing a teaspoon of organic coconut milk (also purchased on amazon) with 1 tablespoon of castille soap and my hair looks even better than it did with this rinse, so I have this as a backup- but will be sticking with coconut milk from now on.

Keisha Acton, ME
★★★★★

Left me with greasy gunky hair

I tried this when replacing my "toxic" beauty products. It left my hair snarled and gunked up. I am scoring it as 2 stars because there is a chance it was user error, although I followed instructions and tried it multiple times. I really wanted it to work, but it just did not with my fine straight hair. I now use just an apple cider vinegar rinse and my hair looks amazing.

Katy Mondovi, WI