The nicest thing about being a blogger is that you can work from almost everywhere. So right now, I am sitting in a crowded train and watch my seatmate eat an entire bag of gummybears.
I KNOW. MY LIFE IS INCREDIBLY INTERESTING.
Good thing I don’t have a cat or you’d probably adopt me out of sheer pity.
But hey… my life is getting even more exciting, because today, we’re going to talk about soap. Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Pure-Castile Soap, to be exact. In my defense, It does have a bit of a cult following!
So, what’s so special about these products?
For startes, the super-simple formula, which doesn’t contain any chemicals and only consists of organic and essential oils. Coconut- and palm kernel oil (produced sustainably, of course) are foaming agents, olive- and jojobaoil hydrate the skin and hemp oil protects the skin.
Here are two of Dr. Bronner’s newest launches, which do exactly what they advertise: hydrate and protect.
Like I said, the soaps contain essential oils, like tea tree, lavender or eucalyptus that add not only different scents, but also have very different effects on body and mind. As there are no sulphates or thickening agents in the product, the soap stays liquid and lasts a long time.
Dr. Bronner’s have been producing pure-castile soap since 1858. In 1929, they moved from Germany to the US. From the beginning, the company has produced sustainably-sourced, chemical-free products, and always made sure to pay fair wages. In 2012, they moved back to Germany and are now managed by the fifth generation of Bronners.
The «5 to 1» cap on executive salaries is truly remarkable: The management doesn’t earn more than 5 times as much as the least-paid employee.
Not bad, Bronner family!
Back to the product. I’m sure you’ve all been asking yourself, what the «18-in-1» claim really means. According to this, the liquid soap can be used for 18 different things.
I have to admit that I haven’t tried all of them, but I like the idea of not having to buy thousands of different things to keep your body and home clean. Here we go:
- Hair (only recommended for short hair)
- Bubble bath
- Foot bath (the one with tea tree oil is great for this!)
- Baby bath (with the unscented one)
- Brushing teeth (best with peppermint or eucalyptus)
- Mouth wash (best with peppermint or eucalyptus)
- Deodorant (mixed with rock salt)
- Washing pets
- Washing dishes
- Doing laundry
- Mopping floors
- Washing fruit and vegetables
- Protect plants
- Wash make-up brushes
Quite a lot, isn’t it?
As I said – I’m not rushing to throw away my tooth paste, as my brother has actually tried it himself and doesn’t exactly recommend it. But I have to say that an allrounder product like this comes really handy while travelling. Even I as a beautyblogger (and notorious over-packer) have replaced some of my products with a travel sized Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap.
The liquid soaps are no doubt the most famous products of the Dr. Bronner’s line. But the company also makes soap bars, body lotions, lip balms and body balms – all formulated with high quality oils and 100% natural, organic ingredients.
Also, they have the most amazing hand sanitizer!
This one is not only completely natural, but also smells incredible of lavender (which has a calming effect!).
HEY PRETTY’S SUMMARY:
The Dr. Bronner’s company uses natural, organic ingredients and cares about their suppliers and employees. They make useful products at a fair price and have won quite a few prizes and certificates for their range (and their ethics).
Plus you can keep your family, your house, your dog and your guinea pig clean with only one bottle of soap. Less sometimes is more!
Have a lovely week!
P.S.: Here is some more information on the «spiritual» texts on the labels, if you wanna go there.