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Dr. Bronners Magic Soaps

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Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps are a well-known vegetarian and cruelty-free soap company that has family soap-making roots dating back 150 years, with Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap dating back 60 years. Known for its trademark busy labels full of Dr. Bronner’s musings about  his moral and religious views, Dr. Bronner’s offers one of the most famous and widely-used soaps around. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps are certified under the USDA National Organic Program and Fair Trade. Dr. Bronner and his soaps are so acknowledged, that there was even a documentary filmed about them, that went on to win several awards.

Most natural and organic skin care enthusiasts are familiar with Dr. Bronner’s Magic Pure Castile Classic soaps, but what many don’t realize is that Dr. Bronner’s has a whole line of products for body and hair that work just as wonderfully as the soap, and contain all of the high quality ingredients. Dr. Bronner’s other offerings include: organic hand soaps, hair conditioning rinse & creme, organic lip balms, organic body balms, organic lotions, organic shave gels, and baby soaps and balms. They even have a line of all-natural hard surface cleaners that are free of the harsh and nasty detergents. The beautiful scents in which these products are available include peppermint, eucalyptus, almond, citrus, lavender, tea tree and rose. The baby care line is unscented. Fair Trade ingredients include saponified organic coconut oil and organic olive oil. Other ingredients include: water, organic olive oils, organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, essential oils, citric acid, and Vitamin E.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Pure Castille Classic soaps are biodegradable, vegetable-based, and multi-purpose. In fact, in addition to using this soap as an everyday shower gel and shampoo, many people use it in recipes for natural laundry soap and all-purpose surface cleaner. Dr. Bronner’s soaps do not contain synthetic foaming agents, thickeners, or preservatives. The packaging is made from 100% post-consumer recycled bottles and paper.

A top seller is the organic hand & body soap line with organic shikakai and pure castile soap. The line includes scents such as shikakai lavender, shikakai spearmint & peppermint, shikakai tea tree, shikakai baby, shikakai lemongrass lime, and shikakai tea tree. Shikakai is an alternative to detergents and shampoos that is loved by many because it is all natural. Shikakai is used widely in India and is made from powdered Acacia concinna, which is a climbing shrub that is native to Asia.

Dr. Bronner’s castille soap is well known for having many uses, and his label boasts that it has “18 in 1 uses.” Some of those uses include:

  • Dilute to use for shaving, shampoo, massage oil and bath oil
  • A drop of the mint can be used to brush dentures
  • Dilute to use in a foot bath
  • Use the unscented mild baby soap to bathe pets
  • Add three dashes in water to get rid of wax on fruits and vegetables

Just a note about what we have heard: one of the uses directed on the bottle is to dilute it and use it as a feminine douche. In our experience some of the scents, such as peppermint, while lovely for cleansing, can sometimes be irritating to sensitive areas. Be cautious.

To learn more about Dr. Bronner’s, and to order a copy of the documentary about Dr. Bronner,  visit the official Dr. Bronner’s website ( His products are also available at health food and beauty supply stores across the U.S., and even certain bigger chain stores, such as Target.


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