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PostThu Nov 14, 2019 7:04 pm 
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Anyone have a trail safe soap (other than dr bronners) that they recommend? I want something dual purpose for hands/dishes/body/hair and the problem I find is that this stuff dries my long hair out to the point that I can't brush it out. What else is out there that might work?
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PostThu Nov 14, 2019 8:19 pm 
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I've been using Dr. B's soap for years. Never noticed if it dried out my hair, but I don't have much hair any more.
No, I'm not much help at all.

But welcome to the site. smile.gif

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PostThu Nov 14, 2019 8:24 pm 
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Fair enough biggrin.gif I have long, thick hair and it just doesn't seem to work. I've tried for years lol

And thanks! Was stoked to find this site.
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PostThu Nov 14, 2019 8:45 pm 
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Trick:  Use no soap and your body oils will make brushing easy.  Okay, I'm no help either, but welcome to the site.
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PostSun Nov 17, 2019 9:50 pm 
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I dont use any soap on the trail.   A little scrubby maybe for dishes, but mostly just sand or a bent fir bough, if that.   Usually its just my hands and a little water.   

A microfiber cloth for face, body and I let my hair just be whatever it is.   Sometimes it becomes a rats nest.... but Im not seeing myself in a mirror.....Its actually probably better for your hair not to put soap on it every day...well, thats what I think.

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PostMon Nov 18, 2019 9:58 am 
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Im also in the no soap club, I just do a sponge bath on occasion; I dont use a comb or brush when backpacking, but rake it with my fingers. And I don't use soap to wash my mess kit. (Good lord,  I'm a gross specimen)

However, for hair -  I know some women whose hair is incredibly thick; for multi day backpacking, they tie their hair up in French braids. I have tried, but I never mastered the do. I suppose youd have to practice and wear it a few times beforehand hair follicles in directions other than their normal position can create pain in the scalp and for me, a headache as well.

But if youre out for several days, you WOULD want to wash your hair, and I bet that's what your question is about. Ive used Doc Bronners for that, and only did a cursory scalp wash and half-assed rinse; it aint pretty or anything, but it made me feel better. So - no help, sorry.

(does Psssst Dry Shampoo make a cloth version of their no-soap hair wash? - but that's not dual-purpose stuff as you asked for)

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PostMon Nov 18, 2019 1:29 pm 
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Biodegradable soaps are some form of vegetable based oil (Palm, Coconut, Olive, et al) and an alkai (sodium lauryl sulfate).  Most don't list detailed ingredients, but should be a "plant-based surfactant".

Ideally they should be preservative, fragrance and dye free.

There are other camping specific soaps like Camp Suds that you could try, they're all a bunch of expensive soap packaged in 2 to 4 ounces containers.

There are some biodegradable dish soaps like Seventh Generation that are probably far kinder,  You could buy some for the kitchen and experiment at home with your hair.  Easy enough to repackage for camping.

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PostMon Nov 18, 2019 4:01 pm 
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Hiya, might try DIY dry shampoo - google that and get some ideas.

Create your own combo and market it.

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