Updated: Jun 23, 2020
About 5 years ago, I discovered my now favorite product, Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap. Turns out I was only about 50 years late to the game as this soap has been around since 1948, (even longer when you take into account the fact that soap making has been in their family since 1858).
Dr. Bronner’s has got to be one of the most everything-conscious brands out there. Here are just a few of their certifications: USDA Organic, Regenerative Organic, "Fair for Life" fair trade, Leaping Bunny (cruelty free), vegan, Non GMO Project, kosher, and they’re a Certified B corp.
This company’s conscience spans much further than just their carefully curated products. After doing some digging, I now love them even more. In terms of social responsibility, they treat their employees like family. Offering full coverage health care with all deductibles covered in full, compensation for 50% of child care costs, and up to 10% bonuses at year's end. They have strong ties in their community and are deeply invested in many a cause (animal rights, fair trade, hemp and drug reform, youth mentoring, living wages, regenerative agriculture, and astonishingly enough, many more).
Now for why I fell in love with this soap: it literally does it all. If I was stranded on an island and could only have one product, I’d choose this in a heartbeat. Need body, face, or hand wash? Dr. Bronner’s has your back... and your whole body. Dirty dishes? Dr. Bronner’s. Dirty dog, car, laundry, or floors? Dr. Bronner's. Need to wash your fruits and veggies or spray your plants for bugs? You guessed it, grab your Dr. Bronner's. They claim that there are 18 uses for this soap, but I can think of waaaaay more than that. My friend and I went on a 14 day trip through Europe last year and this is the only shower toiletry that I brought.
Environmentally speaking, their HQ in Vista, California is taking steps to further lower their impact on our planet. They implement solar panels, take regenerative agriculture measures, and have nailed down a system to reduce water use by 85%. Their packaging is 100% post-consumer recycled and their product is 2-3 times more concentrated so they highly encourage diluting!
A large bottle of this soap lasts me months upon months. It can be found almost anywhere, I've found it at Target, Hannaford, Trader Joes, but the best place to find it is at TJ Maxx because it's significantly cheaper. Cost wise we're looking at anywhere from $10-16 per 32oz bottle depending where you purchase.
This is one of those companies that I just feel really good supporting. I feel like I'm contributing to something greater. They are 100% transparent and let their ethics guide them. Try it out and let me know how you like it!
To learn more visit https://www.drbronner.com/