Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Review

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Review

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.

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps Review
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!

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps Review

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."



  1. Stephanie from Minnesota From Scratch says

    Ohh! I’ve never heard of this brand but I’m always looking for a great new brand of organic skincare!
    Stephanie from Minnesota From Scratch recently posted…Homemade Chemical-free Insect Repellent

  2. Jessica Hehir says

    I love these products. I washed my walls with the peppermint soap in our old home to get rid of spiders. House smelled great and the bugs were gone!
    Jessica Hehir recently posted…Tangled Cupcakes

  3. Trish F says

    Hello, I love Dr. Bronner’s soap, I have never tried any of the other products but I will be on the look out for them. The ingredience sound so pure almost edible. Not that I would try to eat any of it. But, I did read once that you can spray one of their soap flavors on your garden for bugs. I will have to try this this year.
    Trish F recently posted…iPad giveaway! Free Blogger Opportunity and Signup

  4. Kristina L says

    Nice.I love the smell of peppermint it really does relax me to just breath it in! I have very sensitive skin too. That has me concerned on what I use!

  5. Chris (aka Freckle Face Girl) says

    I use this for EVERYTHING!
    Chris (aka Freckle Face Girl) recently posted…Tips for Living: How we Cut the {Cable} Cord and Survived - Part 1

  6. md kennedy says

    I think Dr. Bronner’s soaps are “the bomb!” I use them as shampoo, facial cleanser, body wash, hand soap, dish soap, laundry detergent….I couldn’t live without them and feel so clean, in ever sense of the word, when I use them! My absolute favorite is the Tea Tree Oil.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge