Dr Bronner’s: The ethical all-in-one Castile soap that tackles just about any cleaning task
One of the worst things about cleaning products, both for ourselves on a personal level, and at an environmental level, is the sheer number of them.
And they all come in different bottles and packaging, mostly virgin plastic, each with varying degrees of recyclability.
One way to cut down on this is to switch to products that can multitask, and one of the best and most established is Dr Bronner’s.
A truly ethical soap
Before getting onto the products themselves, one of the things that makes Dr Bronner’s so special is the company’s ethos.
You’ll find it plastered all over their labels: “All-one or none”. The mastermind behind the family-run business, Dr. Emmanuel Bronner, instilled an ethical ethos that means employees are treated like family.
As if that weren’t ethical enough, the company also cares deeply about the planet, its motto being “In all we do, let us be generous, fair and loving to Spaceship Earth and all its inhabitants”!
This might sound quirky, but Dr Bronner’s has proved its environmental chops by becoming a B Corp, meaning it maintains a level of transparency and accountability around its sustainability practices.
Furthermore, its bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic and the whole company is aiming to become zero waste.
What is Castile soap and why should I care?
Soaps at their most basic require some sort of oil or fat mixed with an alkali to “saponify” the fat (i.e. make it lather), plus water.
Traditionally, soaps have not been able to call themselves vegan as animal fat was the most common fat used in their production.
Castile soap, on the other hand, is a true vegan soap as it has no products derived from animals.
Taking its name from the Castile region of Spain, it traditionally used olive oil, though these days can also be concocted from other vegetable oils, such as avocado, coconut, hemp or castor.
It often comes in a very concentrated liquid form – as is the case with Dr Bronner’s 18-in-1 Pure-Castile Soap – which means that it can be used diluted for a multitude of uses for just about any cleaning task. Wash your face, body & hair with this adaptable, multi-purpose liquid soap!
Dr Bronner’s natural liquid soap
Dr Bronner’s 18-in-1 Pure-Castile Soap is the company’s iconic and most famous product. The liquid natural soap comes in various sizes, such as 237ml, 473ml and 946ml and the iconic label lists some of the uses, as well as spreading messages about love, peace and care for our planet and fellow humans.
It uses as many fair trade and organic ingredients as possible and has a velvety smooth lather that isn’t drying, unlike many other soaps.
Dr Bronner’s Baby Soap
Dr Bronner’s baby soaps are among the company’s most popular products.
If you want to use the soap for cleaning purposes, it also means you can add in your own essential oils later, should you want variety. When using an essential oil always read the directions of use and dilute as instructed.
Dr Bronner’s organic sugar soap
Dr Bronner’s also offers a range of Organic Pump Soaps with a slightly different formulation to the traditional Castile soap.
Their organic sugar soaps are based on fair trade and organic sugar and organic white grape juice, which are then blended with various oils, including coconut, hemp and olive, to produce a similar Castile-like lather.
The 4-in-1 soap is brilliant for hands, hair, body and face and the pump makes it the perfect product to keep in the bathroom or by the kitchen sink.
Dr Bronner’s hand sprays, toothpaste and lip balms
In recent years, the world of Dr Bronner’s products has grown beyond just soap.
And don’t forget the peppermint toothpaste, which uses organic peppermint oil and organic menthol crystals along with a range of other natural ingredients to help promote great oral hygiene.