I had heard of “Dr. Bronner’s” soap here and there but I had never really given it much thought until I noticed there was a documentary on Netflix about the man himself and his soaps. I decided to go ahead and put the documentary on for a few minutes to see how it was and I couldn’t stop watching it. If ever there was a passionate, strange, borderline maniac, yet inspiring person, Dr. Bronner would be it. In fact, he is now on my top 10 people I’d like to meet list although he sadly passed away in 1997 (though the business still remains in the family). Here was a man who had an undying passion for uniting all mankind on God’s “spaceship earth” under an “all-one-God-faith.” He claimed with great enthusiasm that we on earth are “All one, all one, or none!!” Even more interesting, each label on the soap contains thousands of words of Dr. Bronner’s ramblings about his philosophical views with lots of exclamation marks. I can’t help but be drawn to his passion, excitement, and quirkiness.
Needless to say, I had to give it a go. There are many more interesting facts regarding this man and his soaps’ origins but the most pleasing things about the soap, in my opinion, is the simple, organic, natural, and fair trade ingredients. Oh! And just a dash of it lathers like CRAZY! I’ve purchased several different bottles and scents and have also added essential oils to the unscented one. My favorite so far is the Almond version. And what’s even more awesome is that you can dilute over and over to make it go really far. I use Dr. Bronner’s for body wash, I bathe my girls in it from head to toe, and we use it for hand soap around the house. Our little dog even gets baths with Dr. Bronner’s too! It can also be used as: toothpaste, fruit/veggie wash, laundry detergent, dish soap, deodorant, shampoo, surface cleaner, etc. How’s that for versatile?
Here are the ingredients:
The ingredients, less the oils specific to each type (peppermint, almond, lavender, tea trea, citrus, etc)–
Water, Organic Coconut Oil, Potassium Hydroxide (doesn’t remain after actual production), Organic Olive Oil, Organic Fair Trade Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
Natural, simple, legit. And such a breath of fresh air in the midst of countless products containing extended lists of unpronounceable synthetic chemicals. WIN!
I highly recommend watching the documentary “Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap Box” for entertainment and more information. The more you learn, the more you will want to buy from this company to support their unique production and management methods. Another plus is that they use hemp oil in their products and hugely support the legalization of hemp. I too am a big advocate for this and plan to post about my pro-hemp views in the near future!
For my hometown friends, they sell it in the ‘naturals’ section of H-E-B. Let me know if you decide to try it and I’d love to hear what you think. I highly doubt you’ll be disappointed.