Say YES to Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps and Prop 522

Dec 12, 2013

Typically when I go shopping for beauty and personal care products, I try my best to focus on purchasing products that are all natural and non-toxic. Although that’s my intent, I always get lured towards the pretty bottles with the floral packaging and false promises that it will make me look 20 years younger overnight. I guess that’s why advertising agencies still exist, right?

Recently curiosity allowed me to look past the pretty packaging, when I picked up a huge bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps at a local store. There’s no pretty pictures or age defying claims. In fact, for a long time there was just one huge sticker plastered around the bottle with the header, “Yes on 522: Label Genetically Modified Foods” and mounds of text about the harms of genetically modified foods. After reading through what seemed to be a novel of information, I was able to hone in on the actual product information and ingredients. “18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint: Pure-Castile Soap made with organic oils”. As I started to question what “18-1” really meant, a lady behind me peaked over my shoulder and began to profess her love for the product and its many uses from body soap to vegetable cleaner and overall house cleaner.

Dr.Bronners LA Green Festival Ecopique

Impressed by the company’s strong standpoint on GMO foods, fair trade ingredients and 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, I purchased a bottle and began my Dr. Bronner’s journey beginning with use #1: body soap.  Two weeks into using the Dr. Bronner’s original peppermint soap, I couldn’t believe I was using anything else before. Although the product looks like it could be vegetable oil, surprisingly it foams on loofahs extremely well. I thought only the popular (and toxic) ingredient sodium laureth sulfate could make suds like this! That’s the only reason why so many body soaps have SLS in it right? Wrong. Now I know I can get a deep clean, full of wonderfully smelling suds without harmful chemicals in them. All natural suds that clean well and washes off easily. Sold. The cherry on top is that smells like pure peppermint and leaves my skin feeling tingly when I get out of the shower.

I had to take the 18-1 uses claim to the test, so I tried cleaning my vegetables with the soap by diluting it in a bowl of water and dunking my apples in. The result: squeaky clean, pesticide free apples, without any soap residue or odd chemical tastes left on its skin. wow looks like the sky’s the limit with dr. Bronners’ 18 uses. Could there be even more possible uses? i smell a challenge brewing.

Take part on #DrBronners18uses challenge and tweet in the hashtag with the different ways you’ve tried Dr.Bronners Magic Soaps.
It’s always great to know the product you’re using on your body is derived from people that are taking active stands to help keep their community healthy.

Check out the Bronner’s family discuss Proposition 522 and their stance on GMO foods.


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