I was invited by The Spa PR Company to a lovely event at Tibits Vegetarian Restaurant on Heddon St. to personally meet Mike Bronner and hear the story behind Dr. Bronner’s Soaps.
If you don’t know about Dr. Bronner yet, let me tell you about him! Some background info first however…
Dr. Bronner’s Magic soap is the USA’s number one selling natural soap brand and the leader in organic and fair trade skincare. It’s also a celebrity cult product with famous fans including Kate Hudson, Lady Gaga, Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock and Bobbi Brown. Bobbi Brown has even said that Dr. Bronner’s is probably the ‘finest soap in the universe’. And if Bobbi says it, it has to be true!
Dr. Bronner’s is very affordable and the brand has a wide range of products. The main product is the liquid soap, which has 18 uses and only costs £5.49 per bottle. The 18-in-1 soap can be used to clean your body, your mouth, teeth, fruit and vegetables, bathroom, kitchen and even your pets!
Basically it can be used for anything and if you can put it in your mouth then you know it’s extremely safe to use. This would be an amazing product to take travelling because you can use it to wash your clothes, brush your teeth, wash your body – basically it does everything! The soaps are magical-they contain no synthetic foaming agents, thickeners, preservatives, fragrances, dyes or whiteners.
Dr. Bronner’s also has an amazing brand story that comes with it. The soap came from the mind of Dr. Emanuel Bronner, a third generation master soapmaker who spent his life renouncing hate and war on a personal mission to unite mankind. In 1929, Bronner, then age 21, immigrated to the US working as a consultant soap manufacturer. But following the death of his family in the Holocaust, he embarked on a mission to spread his message of world peace and the dangers of communism and fascism by giving public lectures on the subjects. He also began making peppermint liquid soap under the Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap name. He gave away soaps during his talks and when he realised people were taking it without listening to him speak, he started writing his philosophy on the bottle in tiny script.
I was able to meet Michael Bronner, who is Dr. Emanuel Bronner’s grandson and who runs the company today. The company remains true to its founders philosophy of sharing profit with the workers and the earth from which it was made by capping the salaries of the highest at five times that of the lowest paid full-time employee. Dr. Bronner’s is available nationwide from health stores including Whole Foods, Selfridge’s and Feelunique.
I have Dr. Bronner’s Magic 18-in-1 Citrus Orange Soap and it smells amazing! I generally don’t like citrus-smelling products because they remind me of cleaning liquid. However this shower gel smells like a freshly cut lemon – there are no synthetic smells at all and it’s zesty and fresh. It’s also revitalizing, refreshing and will instantly wake you up.
Even though the soap is 100% natural and contains no foaming agents, it lathers like a dream. I am planning to stock up the next time I am at Whole Foods!
There are other products in the range including bar soaps, body balms, conditioning rinse, hair creme, hand sanitizer, lip balms (as seen below), lotions, pump soaps and shaving gels.
Dr. Bronner’s is also donating 20p for every bottle of Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap sold in the UK to support Compassion in World Farming, which is the world’s leading farm animal welfare charity. The money raised will go towards improving the lives of farm animals so they can live a healthy life on the land. So when you are purchasing a Dr. Bronner’s Soap you can feel good that you are also donating to the good of animal welfare. And that’s something to smile about!
For more information on Dr. Bronner’s visit the website here: http://www.drbronner.co.uk/