Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

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Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by slingstone » Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:40 pm

I've done a search and noticed it sporadically mentioned, but this stuff is so valuable, I think it deserves it's own thread.

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I was first introduced to Dr. Bronner's back in 2004 when I was doing field research in western Montana. We used it as a leave-no-trace general-purpose camp soap instead of detergent-based cleaners which are harmful to the environment. I've since learned that modern detergent-based cleaners are regulated and more eco-friendly than the nasty stuff made in the 50s and 60s, but still not as harmless as real soaps. I was most impressed by its power; how only a few drops of soap were needed for washing.
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Fast forward to a few weeks ago when the 8oz Eucalyptus variety shows up at my university. It's in a little convenience store where the students can spend their meal-plan dollars. I decided to try it out to see if it stood up to my memory. For the past two weeks I've been using it to wash my face and hands and recently hair and body when my 2-1 bodywash ran out. Excellent product; only a few drops need to make a good lather.

Uses
Cleans hair and body
Cleans clothing including silk and wool.
Shaving lather (be sure to clean your razor well afterward)
Brushing one's teeth (full disclosure: I've never done this. But I know folks who have and they swear that the peppermint variety is at least palatable)

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Compact
Multi-purpose
Completely Organic
Certified Fair-Trade
Available in bulk, travel/pack, and in-between sizes

So basically I wanted to share my re-discovery of great product as well as see if any of you had any uses/applications for it that I hadn't thought of.

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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by phalanx » Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:46 pm

One little bottle of that stuff lasted me three months, and my only complaint is using it as shampoo really blows. Left some kind of film on my hair and it didn't really feel "clean," so I had to lug around another bottle :(
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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by Meat N' Taters » Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:46 pm

My fiancee can't get enough of this stuff. It is pretty decent as a body wash.

The new one she bought (Eucalyptus/Hemp or something) smells like total ass, though.

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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by mk_ultra » Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:48 pm

I keep a bottle in my ruck .

For camping it is great , clean yourself , clean your dishes .......etc.....

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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by LowKey » Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:49 pm

It may be great for home/BOL use...if you like it.
I tried brushing my teeth with it once on a dare. The taste wasn't bad, and it did a great job of getting my teeth clean. It also burned the hell out of the inside of my mouth leaving it feeling raw....pass on it as a dentifrice.
Shaving- anything to provide lubricity for the razor and you can get by. This stuff works okay, but so do hundreds of other things.
Shampoo- Once again, yes you can wash your hair with it. You will want a good conditioner afterwards...trust me. BTW-you can also wash your hair with bar soap....and use the same conditioner.


As far as BOB use....nope.
It's liquid. That means it weighs more in comparison to solid soap of equal cleaning power.


It's soap. Nothing magical about it. It's just fairly concentrated compared to most liquid soaps.
Reading the crazy rambling on the labels is a bit of fun......
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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by phalanx » Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:58 pm

LowKey wrote: Reading the crazy rambling on the labels is a bit of fun......
Seriously.
It says "magic" and "organic" roughly eighty times apeice.
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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by LowKey » Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:13 pm

phalanx wrote:
LowKey wrote: Reading the crazy rambling on the labels is a bit of fun......
Seriously.
It says "magic" and "organic" roughly eighty times apeice.
And!

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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by arrowolf » Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:51 pm

I use the bar variety as opposed to the liquid. Packs easier and don't have to worry about the bottle getting broke and you whole pack smelling like a chewing gum factory.
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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by LowKey » Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:59 pm

arrowolf wrote:I use the bar variety as opposed to the liquid. Packs easier and don't have to worry about the bottle getting broke and you whole pack smelling like a chewing gum factory.
See, now the bar soap seems more promising to me......less weight/space, less risk of spills.

So, how does it lather up in comparison to other bar soaps?


Wish they made a non-scented version, something like Castille Soap.
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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by Squirrley » Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:11 pm

LowKey wrote:
Wish they made a non-scented version, something like Castille Soap.

They do in fact make one. I think it comes in a teal bottle.
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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by LowKey » Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:15 pm

Yeah...I just checked their website...

Over $4 for a freaking bar of soap!!!!!!!! FOUR!!!!! F-O-U-R!!!!!! FOUR DOLLARS!!!!!

FOR A SINGLE FREAKING BAR OF SOAP!!!!!!!!



Sorry....just a massive WTF moment there.......

For that price the bar of soap not only should give me x20 washes than an average brand soap bar, it better come with a happy ending provided by tiny miniature twin Japanese ladies flown in on a giant moth. Seriously....$4 for a bar of soap??!!!?!! There has to be some special hidden super secret ingredient....maybe the "Baby" bar has ground up dessicated real babies in it? Something outrageously expensive to justify the price??!!?!


WTF!!!
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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by Meat N' Taters » Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:19 pm

One of them that the gal bought, I think it may have been peppermint, stung my Zeke a little when I washed with it.

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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by xmasons » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:36 pm

It's all about making your bits all tingly. That and you have plenty of reading material printed on the bottle.

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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by arrowolf » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:43 pm

LowKey wrote:Yeah...I just checked their website...

Over $4 for a freaking bar of soap!!!!!!!! FOUR!!!!! F-O-U-R!!!!!! FOUR DOLLARS!!!!!

FOR A SINGLE FREAKING BAR OF SOAP!!!!!!!!



Sorry....just a massive WTF moment there.......

For that price the bar of soap not only should give me x20 washes than an average brand soap bar, it better come with a happy ending provided by tiny miniature twin Japanese ladies flown in on a giant moth. Seriously....$4 for a bar of soap??!!!?!! There has to be some special hidden super secret ingredient....maybe the "Baby" bar has ground up dessicated real babies in it? Something outrageously expensive to justify the price??!!?!


WTF!!!
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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by Meat N' Taters » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:44 pm

arrowolf wrote: recycled McDonald's French Fry grease and campfire ashes
For some reason, this is what I imagine Britney Spears to smell like.

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Post by ironraven » Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:23 pm

Meat N' Taters wrote:For some reason, this is what I imagine Britney Spears to smell like.
Why would you even want to imagine what that smells like?
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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by Apollo-11 » Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:53 am

I use the peppermint liquid Dr. Bronners for hand soap, body wash, and shampoo. I have for over 15 years. I hate regular soap, liquid or otherwise, because of the sticky film it leaves behind. You don't notice it until you have not used regular soap for a while.

A little bit goes a long way! We buy the big quart bottle and use it to fill smaller containers and dispensers throughout the house. It is cut at least 50/50 with tap water. You REALLY want to dilute it if you plan on washing your private parts with it. :wink:
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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by ninja-elbow » Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:49 am

Brushed my teeth with it a few years ago to do a review on this thread. I almost gagged when I brushed my tongue with it. There's some pictures somewhere of me pre gagging.

The peppermint is awesome on a hot day in the dirt and you are bathing in a cold creek. Very refreshing. The stuff is my main outside adventure soap and sees use at home too.

ETA: Here ya' go... a past thread with me gagging myself on the stuff.
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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by cssims » Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:07 am

I thought I would try some a while back and read a lot of reviews on it. Decided to try the scent free first so I bought the 8 oz size from a local Vitamin Shoppe. Paid to much for it, especially when you can buy a 32oz bottle from them online for around $10-12 with really cheap shipping. (Thats what I've been doing since.) I've been using the Tea Tree oil the most and the Eucalyptus is good. Bought the bigger bottle of the scent free variety to use when camping. Not so big on wanting to try the other types, but I am liking what I'm using. I use it as a body wash and shampoo. I do cut my hair very short so I don't need anything else like a conditioner. It lasts a lot longer than the Axe body wash I was using. Oh and if you have a CVS card and get their 20% online emails you can buy the Tea Tree bars from them. It's cheaper than most other places I've found.

Forgot to mention, I have not tried it for any of the other things listed. If I ever decide to not use dehydrated meals on camping trips I may try it to wash stuff with.

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Post by Apollo-11 » Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:31 am

Ninja-elbow, that thread made me laugh like a hyena.

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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by Cuffo » Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:44 am

I have been using the bar soap for years. The best price I have found is at Trader Joes at about @2.50 a bar.

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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by slingstone » Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:13 pm

ninja-elbow wrote:Brushed my teeth with it a few years ago to do a review on this thread. I almost gagged when I brushed my tongue with it. There's some pictures somewhere of me pre gagging.

The peppermint is awesome on a hot day in the dirt and you are bathing in a cold creek. Very refreshing. The stuff is my main outside adventure soap and sees use at home too.

ETA: Here ya' go... a past thread with me gagging myself on the stuff.
http://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/view ... it=bronner" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Thanks ninja-elbow; I guess I didn't look deep enough in the archives.

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Post by Stormrider » Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:50 pm

LowKey wrote:
arrowolf wrote:I use the bar variety as opposed to the liquid. Packs easier and don't have to worry about the bottle getting broke and you whole pack smelling like a chewing gum factory.
Wish they made a non-scented version, something like Castille Soap.
Dr. Bronners is castille soap...

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Re: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Post by NLeFort » Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:43 pm

Depending on where I am, I use either Bronner's or Camp Suds..
Camp Suds is "welcome" in a lot more campsites and water sources as it leaves no trace.

But either one works great for me.
I won't lie... I prefer the flat bottle of Camp Suds to the tube shape of Bronner's - for storage purposes..
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