Review: Give Your (Natural-Bristle) Brushes Some Lovin’ with L’Occitane Women’s Day Soap

Hey everyone!

I know that International Women’s Day is already behind us, but since I found this little gem that is still available, I’ve got to share it with you guys!

I have to admit this: I almost NEVER use soap bars. I use liquid hand soap and shower gel, and I can’t remember the last time I saw a bar of soap in my house. When I saw this however, I had the idea of cleaning my brushes with it, and it rose to the challenge!

I used to use either mild shampoo or the Aesop animal cleanser I got a couple of years ago to clean my brushes (I can’t seem to find any information about this animal cleanser anymore. I’m not sure if it has been discontinued), and then I use either a conditioner or a conditioner for animals to condition my brushes. This works pretty well, but it’s somewhat difficult to clean the foundation brush, and I’ve always had to remove gel liner from the liner brush with my eye makeup remover before soaping it up.

With L’Occitane Women’s Day Soap however, brush-cleaning has become a one-step job. I put the soap on a soap dish, wet my brushes, and then go over the soap a couple of times. I then swirl them around a bit in my palm and rinse them, and that’s it! The brushes are cleaned very efficiently, it doesn’t take as long to rinse the suds out, and the brushes are already conditioned with the 52% of shea butter in the soap (that means I can skip conditioning). Dried foundation? No problem. Concealer? No problem. Dried gel liner? No problem. I’ve honestly never thought anything could achieve this!

The soap smells like their hand cream, which is rich and nutty, but I can’t describe it better than that.

The only drawback of this soap is the fact that synthetic brushes don’t seem to get along with it too well. I don’t own a lot of synthetic brushes, but each time I try to clean them with this soap, they end up being very stiff when they are dry. I am not too sure if it’s because they can’t handle the 52% of shea butter too well, but

L’Occitane Women’s Day Soap is limited edition, but for the moment it is not yet sold out. When it is however, there are many different soaps available at L’Occitane, and I’m sure you will be able to find one that does the same kind of wonders (to natural brushes)!

What do you use to clean your brush? Do you also use a conditioner from time to time? Have you tried to use a soap?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Disclosure: The product mentioned in this review is sent by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.

PS: If you have been following this blog for a while, you can probably see that I have been making some progress in photography. I’m trying to lay my hands on a better camera, and I’m finally beginning to realize the concept of composition and so on. However, there are still photos in my backlog that I processed into blog posts yet, and sometimes it is impossible to retake these photos because I have already thrown the box away/used the product and so on. Please bear with me while I work these out of the system. I promise the photos will only be getting better!



  • Christine Brigid

    I think your photos are great. I am still using my iphone camera which isn’t a bad little camera, but I’m ready for a real one. I really like L’Occitane’s stuff. I have a lip balm from them that smells like honey and its so luxurious. As for brush cleaner, I use one from Bare Minerals– it is a liquid soap… it does the job but then, I’ve never tried anything else. so I can’t compare.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey Christine, I don’t own an iPhone (please don’t judge lol), but cameras are fun and you can start with a basic one! I just bought this set with 4 L’Occitane travel-size products recently and I’ll review those soon :)

      I’ve heard good things about the Bare Minerals soap actually, but I haven’t tried it yet. If you’re fine with it you can totally sticky with it. I only tried this because I was curious :)

  • http://chromamesilly.wordpress.com chromamesilly

    I use baby shampoo for both my natural and synthetic brushes. I have yet to have any problems with it :) If I want to condition them, I just m regular conditioner. Sometimes I skip the conditioning altogether (blasphemy I know!)

    Photography is about always learning new things. Believe me, just as it is with makeup, theres always something new or a technique you havent tried. :)

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey Thalia, I didn’t have any problems with shampoo either, but it’s faster with the soap! I don’t think conditioning is mandatory after every wash either. You only have to do it when your brushes don’t feel as soft anymore as far as I know :)

      I like what you said about photography too! I just need to keep making progress, but in the meantime please bear with the old photos :p

      • http://chromamesilly.wordpress.com chromamesilly

        Thats fine with me, I always enjoy watching people creativity in photography grow. Its pretty addicting once you get the hang of it ;)

  • Phil

    Don’t worry! I’m on the Aesop ;)
    I’ll let you know when I find something.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Phil, you are officially named as my skincare fairy godfather now *worships you*

  • http://www.bellachique.be/ Bellachique

    Thats a great idea to clean your brushes! I use Dettol soap for deep cleansing, they handle it very well, but when I’m out of it I’ll try a bar soap :).

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Oh yeah I remember you blogging about that! I can promise ALL soap will work (because I’ve only tried this one), but from what I heard some do a pretty good job!

  • http://pearlessence.wordpress.com pearlessence

    I’ve never thought of cleaning brushes with bar soap! In my experience though, I find bar soaps to be much more… drying?

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      I know what you mean, but this one is really not drying for the brushes! I’ve been washing my natural brushes with it for a while now and don’t think they’ve become dry or scratchy!

      • http://pearlessence.wordpress.com pearlessence

        Did you use bar soap before you started using this one?

        • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

          On my brushes? Nope. On myself? Nope. As what I’ve said, I don’t remember the last time I saw a bar of soap in the house before this one!

          • http://pearlessence.wordpress.com pearlessence

            Sorry, I read it last night and didn’t comment until today haha

          • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

            No prob, hon. I do that too sometimes :p

  • http://www.mysweetcandylife.blogspot.com Esmay

    Mmm, sounds great! Love the story behind it.

  • callitbeautyblog

    What a fantastic idea! I’ve never conditioned my brushes before, though I probably should start doing that. I’ll keep my eye out on this soap bar!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey Dani, sooo nice of you to swing by and leave a comment!

      I condition my brushes from time to time, because I wash them excessively (pretty much after each use. I don’t do much spot cleaning). You should try this one though. My natural brushes are all clean and soft afterwards! xx

  • http://twitter.com/MUWithdrawal Mimi (@MUWithdrawal)

    I use Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castille soap, I’m not sure if it’s available were you are? :D It’s fantastic, it only takes a few drops and leaves every brush clean, even ones I use for foundation or concealer. Not to mention, a great value, since a giant bottle is about $15 or so… and literally lasts me years!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Nope Mimi, I’m relatively sure we don’t get Dr. Bronner’s here! It does sound amazing though! Compared with this bar of soap, the Aesop animal cleanser (which actually still exists. I don’t know if they reformulated it, but it is certainly repackaged) and gentle shampoo works way slower. I’m all for quick brush cleaning :p

  • http://www.peggytimmermans.be/blog Peggy Timmermans Visagie

    That’s a nice tip! I don’t use these kind of soaps either so that comes in really handy! I clean my brushes also with baby shampoo and also with Isoprophyl to desinfect them.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey Peggy! You should try that. Soap bars are usually too drying for me to use on my hands/body, but my natural brushes sure seem to like this one! I never disinfect my brushes though. Do you do this because you are a professional makeup artist and use the brushes on different people? Or do you do it for your own brushes too?