Reviewed by Janine Rumble
I had not heard about or seen any Dr Bronner’s products before being asked to review this product, so I was intrigued to receive a product that stated it had 18 different uses. It stated that not only was it suitable for being used on face, body and hair by humans, but for use on pets and as a household cleaner. I was unsure of wanting to test a product that I could use on myself but was also suitable for cleaning my house and my pets. How does such a product exist? In addition, is it really safe and suitable? I just had to try it.
Dr Bronner’s is sold as being ‘America’s No. 1 selling natural soap that cleans everything and leaves you with a clean conscience’, this is because it is organic, vegan and a certified Fairtrade product. It boasts having many famous fans including Meghan Markle, Kate Hudson, Lady Gaga etc.
Upon opening the envelope it arrived in, I was amazed to see a bottle label, covered in writing. I initially thought it was just information about the product to sell the product, but it was also covered in what Dr Bronner’s describe as philosophical writings. Apparently, the original Dr Bronner ‘embarked on a mission to spread world peace’ and realising that people did not listen to him, he wrote his thoughts on the labels in small print and these ‘musings’ are still included today. Although to be honest, although I read each and every one of them, they confused me and made me feel a little bit uncomfortable. One ‘musing’ on the bottle is “In all we do, let us be generous, fair & loving to Spaceship Earth and all its inhabitants. For we’re ALL-ONE OR NONE! ALL-ONE!” It also makes reference to God, Rabbi’s Israel’s greatest All-One-God-Faith, animals, Jesus, the Eternal Father etc. It could be easily be misconstrued as ramblings and before he first made these soaps, Dr Bronner was a patient at a mental institution. I understand that this is in keeping with Dr Bronner’s original philosophies and plans for his products and most consumers of these products probably purchase these products, not just for the soap, but for the ethics behind them and this is great for them, but I do not need all of this on a label, I appreciate seeing the certification logos showing that the products are ethically sourced and vegan and fairtrade etc, but I do not need anything else.
Being a product that stated it has 18 different uses made me sceptical and reading the back of the product, I was a little reluctant to actually try the product, especially as you can use it neat on your hands, face and body, but to wash your dishes or floor you have to dilute the product. I did not like the smell of the soap and it felt a little greasy to the touch, this may be normal for vegan products, I am not sure. The other scents may be more pleasant though. However, I washed my body with it as instructed by the label on the bottle. It lathered well on and washed off well. I did not notice a difference in my skin after using this a few times. I also used it to shave my underarms and legs as instructed on the label. I guess this does not matter as much as knowing that I am using an ethically sourced product that has not been tested on animals and by using it, I am helping the planet a little bit.
I did not test it on my hair as the label states you need to rinse it off using Dr Bronner’s Citrus Organic Hair Rinse and I do not have this to test. Maybe if I had tried it on my hair it would have rinsed out just fine with water and maybe they use this as a way to sell another product, but I did not want to risk it.
I did try it when washing the dishes and again, it worked perfectly well. I also mopped the floor with it following the instructions and again, it worked well, but no different to any of the products I usually use. I guess this does not matter as much as knowing that I am using an ethically sourced product that has not been tested on animals and by using it, I am helping the planet a little bit.
I found it odd that I could use just one product for all of these uses and that by buying this product I could eliminate the need to buy all the other individual products such as shampoo, shower gel, shaving gel, washing up liquid, floor cleaner etc.. This one product could, in the long run, save me money and save me space in my cabinets, reduce my use of plastics and help save the planet whilst being ethically minded, so this is a big plus. I would like to try other scents in this range and other Dr Bronner products just to try them. Who knows, maybe I will one day become a Dr Bronner convert?
Other products in the Dr Bronner’s range include ‘Hand & Body Lotion, 4-in-1 Sugar Pump Soaps, Organic Lip Balms, Pure-Castile Bar Soaps, Organic Hand Sanitiser, All-One Toothpastes and Whole Kernel Virgin Coconut Oil’.
The RRP for the 18-in-1 Hemp Pure Castile Soap is £2.15 for 59ml, £7.69 for 237ml, £11.69 for 473ml £19.49 for 946ml and £63.99 for 3.8l.
Pure-castile soap comes in a range of scents, the one I tested was tea tree, but they also have almond, baby-unscented, citrus, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint and rose.
RRP: £2.15 to £63.99
For more information or to buy, visit www.drbronner.co.uk.