Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Review
I tell everyone I know that we’re dye-free in the kitchen. From our close family, to our extended family, to the bakery at Wegmans when I ask them for a detailed ingredient list of whatever goodie my kids are trying to throw into the cart. The mailman knows, my best friend knows, the guy at Manhattan Bagel knows. However, it’s been a struggle for me to transfer all of our dye-free habits out of the kitchen and into the personal care realm. Logically I know it’s just as bad to absorb that stuff through our skin, but it’s really hard to make the change when you’re so used to just grabbing things off the shelf without reading labels. The thing is, reading labels is scary - but it doesn’t have to be.
I was recently offered the opportunity to review two products by Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. At the time, all I knew is that they were organic, and organic is good. Baby steps into the personal care world, remember? All Dr. Bronner’s classic liquid & bar soaps are not only certified under the USDA National Organic Program, but also certified Fair Trade! In addition, they offer a range of high-quality organic and fair trade personal care products, from lotions to shaving gels – all certified under the same USDA program that certifies organic foods.
The first item I received was Organic Spearmint Peppermint Shaving Gel. They make 4 scents, plus an unscented one. I picked peppermint because I just adore mint bath products, and they’re hard to find unless you’re looking for foot care. Note to manufacturers: some of us like things besides our feet being minty! Anyway, this smells like you just fell inside a Peppermint Patty. It wakes you up immediately. I had never used a shaving gel (I still have a stash of those evil pink-capped cans) so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The consistency was thinner than I had thought it would be, however, once lathered up it did a wonderful job.
Certified by the same National Organic Program that certifies food our shaving gels are smooth and effective without any synthetic ingredients. Organic Shikakai comes from the seed pods of the small South Asian tree Acacia Concinna. Extracted in organic sucrose and grape juice it provides soothing moisturizing glide. Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Baby Mild Soap provides superior hair lift and wetting.
Ingredients: Organic Sucrose*, Organic White Grape Juice, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Shikakai Powder, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Corn Starch, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Spearmint Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
Uhm, look mom - no weird chemical ingredients!
The other item I received was Peppermint Liquid Soap (see a theme here?) These lovely liquid soaps come in 8 different scents to tickle whatever fancy you have. I honestly had a hard time deciding between the peppermint and the citrus, but I figured I should run with one scent so I didn’t smell like a confused fruit basket. Ok, so, when the description says LIQUID soap, they aren’t kidding. This takes a bit of getting used to because it is truly liquid. Once I stopped dripping it all over the place (my fault, not theirs) and got it into my pouf, it lathered up into a wonderful smelling soapy wonderland. When I rinsed, there was so slick film on my skin - it was so clean you probably could make squeaky noises on me. It makes me wonder what’s really in some of the soaps I had been putting on myself before. Ick. Also, unlike some of the other body wash I’ve used where it smells great in the shower but fades by the time my makeup is done, this had staying power. The first night I used this, we were headed to the movies and my husband leaned over and asked me if I was eating a secret stash of Junior Mints. Hah!
The peppermint essential oil tingles the body and clears the mind. Because therapeutically peppermint oil is a mild stimulant it increases vitality and clarity. All oils and essential oils are certified organic to the National Organic Standards Program. Packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.
Ingredients: Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Olive Oil*, Mentha Arvensis*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil*, Citric Acid, Tocopherol * CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS ** None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin
Hey look, nothing too weird going on in that ingredient list either!
So, in short, I absolutely loved the products I got from them. They have a full range of body products, even down to mild formulas for the wee ones. Aside from the quality of their products, they also are involved in a ton of activism, and are a “Made in the USA” company.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."