Made with Certified Organic Oils
About Dr Bronner’s Amazing Soaps
Soaps have been made for millennia. Aside from making fire and cooking food, "saponifying" oil and fat into soap is one of the oldest and simplest chemical reactions known to humankind. In fact, the first soaps were accidentally made by fat dripping into the ashes of cooking fires.
Soap is made by saponifying a fat or oil with an alkali. A fat or oil is a "triglyceride," which means that three fatty acids of various carbon lengths are attached to a glycerine backbone. The alkali is either sodium (for bars) or potassium (for liquids) hydroxide, made by running electricity through salt water. The saponification process is a simple one-step reaction with no waste generated: the glycerine is split off from the fatty acids, and the fatty acids combine with the sodium or potassium to form soap, while the hydroxide forms water. The result is soap, glycerine and water (no alkali remains in our soaps).
Quality soap-making consists in great part of choosing the right proportions of the right oils with their different fatty acids. Most commercial soap manufacturers skimp on quality because of cost and use lots of tallow from beef fat with a little bit of coconut or palm kernel oil. Our unsurpassed soaps are made with olive, hemp and palm oils instead of tallow, and contain three to four times more coconut oil than commercial soaps. Saponified coconut oil generates high-lather cleansing even in hard water because it has shorter-chain saturated fatty acids. Hemp, olive and palm oil-based soaps make a mild, smooth, creamy lather because these oils contain longer-chain unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fatty acids.
Other Ways Dr. Bronner's Makes a Higher-Quality Soap
Unlike most commercial soap-makers who distil the glycerine out of their soaps to sell separately, we retain it in our soaps for its superb moisturizing qualities.
• We super fat our soaps with hemp and jojoba oils for a milder, smoother lather.
• We use natural plant-derived vitamin E and citric acid to protect freshness.
• We do not add any chelating agents, dyes, whiteners or synthetic fragrances.
• We use pure and powerful high-quality essential oils.
• Our liquid soaps are 3 to 4 times more concentrated than most so-called "liquid soaps" on the market, and are only a few percent away from being a solid, which ecologically saves on packaging materials.
• Our new plastic cylinder bottles are made from 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic.
• Our soaps are a superb value, costing less than less-concentrated, inferior detergent body-wash "liquid soaps."
• Our soaps are most popular for at-home washing, but they also are the soap of choice for many campers and hikers, as they are so biodegradable and nature-friendly. Dr. Bronner's soaps have spread by reputation for quality and word-of-mouth into virtually every health food store in the USA, and are now available in Australia.
Please see the end of this page for Frequently Asked Questions.
Dr Bronner’s Quality BAR SOAPS
140g each, wrapped in 10% hempflax / 90% post-consumer recycled paper.
TEA TREE BAR SOAP
Pure-Castile Soap. The therapeutic benefits of tea tree oil can now be reaped in our unsurpassed pure-castile soap base. Use for facial cleansing and cleaning minor cuts and scrapes, as well as everyday bathing.
ALMOND BAR SOAP
Pure-Castile Soap. Our most delicious and warm scent. The almond-scented steam-misted waters of the inner bath-tub sanctum can cause deep, dreamy, mystical trance states of super-sensuous luxuriousness and consciousness.
LEMON BAR SOAP
Pure Castile Soap. Lemon essential oil, being a citrus oil, is stimulating for the skin.
ROSE BAR SOAP
Pure-Castile Soap. The Rose soap, with beautifully blended natural essential oils and isolates, has an elegant and romantic traditional feel.
PEPPERMINT BAR SOAP
Pure-Castile Soap - Our most popular variety. The peppermint essential oil creates an exhilarating tingly-cool body space. Because therapeutically peppermint oil is a mild stimulant, it increases vitality and clarity.
BABY-MILD BAR SOAP
Pure-Castile Soap - Formulated to be a mild, smooth soap for use on newborns (but still be sure to keep it out of the eyes). Because the Baby-Mild soap contains no essential oils, some people add their own favourite blends to craft personally unique bathing spaces.
LAVENDER BAR SOAP
Pure-Castile Soap - Contains both lavandin and lavender essential oils to create a soothing and harmonizing bathing experience. Lavender showers replenish body and soul.
EUCALYPTUS BAR SOAP
Pure Castile Soap. Eucalyptus opens your pores and clears your sinuses while enveloping the body in its warm invigorating vapours. All oils and essential oils are certified organic to the National Organic Standards Program. Wrapped in 10% hemp-flax / 90% post-consumer recycled paper from Living Tree Paper Co.
Dr Bronner’s LIQUID SOAPS
Available in 237ml or 946ml
We source the core soap and essential oils organically, not just minor additive ingredients, in order to support and encourage sustainable agriculture, farm worker health and ecological processing methods. Our soaps are certified under the rigorous USDA Organic Food Standards by Oregon Tilth. All of our cylinder bottles are now made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, a marketplace first which we have spent considerable energy and resources developing.
ALMOND LIQUID SOAP
Our most delicious and warm scent. The almond-scented steam-misted waters of the inner bath-tub sanctum can cause deep, dreamy, mystical trance states of super-sensuous luxuriousness and consciousness. Pure Castile Soap.
PEPPERMINT LIQUID SOAP
Our most popular variety. The peppermint essential oil creates an exhilarating tingly-cool body space. Because therapeutically peppermint oil is a mild stimulant, it increases vitality and clarity. Pure Castile Soap.
BABY MILD LIQUID SOAP
Formulated to be a mild, smooth soap for use on newborns (but still be sure to keep it out of the eyes). Because the Baby-Mild soap contains no essential oils, some people add their own favourite blends to craft personally unique bathing spaces. Pure Castile Soap.
LAVENDER LIQUID SOAP
Contains both lavandin and lavender essential oils to create a soothing and harmonizing bathing experience. Lavender showers replenish body and soul. Pure Castile Soap.
TEA TREE LIQUID SOAP
The therapeutic benefits of tea tree oil can now be reaped in our unsurpassed pure-castile soap base. Use for facial cleansing and cleaning minor cuts and scrapes, as well as everyday bathing. Pure Castile Soap.
EUCALYPTUS LIQUID SOAP
Eucalyptus opens your pores and clears your sinuses while enveloping the body in its warm invigorating vapours. All oils and essential oils are certified organic to the National Organic Standards Program. Packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.
Ingredients: Water Saponified Organic Coconut & Olive oils (w/ retained Glycerin) Organic Hemp Oil Organic Jojoba Oil Organic Eucalyptus Oil Citric Acid Vitamin E
ROSE LIQUID SOAP
The Rose Liquid Soap with its beautifully blended natural essential oils has an elegant and romantic traditional feel.
Ingredients: Water, Saponfied Organic Coconut Oil*, Saponified Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Glycerin, Organic Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Natural Rose Fragrance, Citric Acid, Tocopherol, (* Certified Fair Trade).
SAL SUDS - 940ml ONLY
Hard-surface all-purpose cleaner. A balanced formulation of plant-based surfactants with natural spruce and fir-needle oils: it cleans and rinses with exceptional power, yet is mild and gentle on the skin. Sal Suds is equally effective in hard or soft water, rinsing freely, hot or cold. It is 100% cruelty-free: no animal testing. Sal Suds will biodegrade rapidly after it has done its job.
Dr Bronner’s Organic Hand and Body Wash
PUMP PACKS - Available in 709ml
Certified by the same National Organic Program that certifies food, our pump soaps are smooth and luxurious with no synthetic detergents or preservatives. Organic Shikakai comes from the seed pods of the small South Asian tree Acadia Concinna and has been used for millennia in India as a gentle conditioning cleanser for both skin and hair. We extract the Shikakai in organic sugar and grape juice and combine with Dr. Bronner's unsurpassed castile soap base for rich emollient lather and moisturizing afterfeel.
Dr Bronner’s LIP BALMS
Available in 709ml
Certified to National Organic Standards, our lip balms are based on pure organic oils and beeswax, free of petrochemically modified ingredients. The lip balm leads with avocado oil because that gives a good protective barrier to the elements and along with the beeswax, while the organic jojoba and hemp oils assist moisturisation. Only the finest organic essential oils are used for fragrance: peppermint is invigorating; ginger has zing; lime and orange being citrus are stimulating. And of course the Naked is for more sensitive skin/people who don't want any essential oil.
Dr Bronner’s HAND SANITISER
Available in 759ml
How easy is it to eliminate bacteria on your skin with this sanitising hand spray? Simply spray on your palm and rub your hands together!
The active ingredient is the medical-grade "Ethyl Alcohol" (62%), which comes from the sugar cane farms of Ecuador under a Certified Fair Trade agreement. This antiseptic is added to a solution of water, organic glycerin and organic lavender oil.
Certified organic to USDA National Organic Program standards, Dr. Bronner's Fair Trade & Organic Hand Sanitising Spray is free of GMO-alcohol and petrochemical thickener. With added organic glycerin for moisturizing the skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does "Castile" mean? Is the bar soap also a castile soap like the liquid? What is the difference between the bar and liquid soaps?
In earlier centuries, an all-vegetable based soap was made in the Castile region of Spain from local olive oil. By the turn of this century, "Castile" had come to mean any vegetable oil-based soap, versus animal (tallow) fat-based soap. "Pure-Castile" is now also your guarantee that what you are using is a real ecological and simple soap, not a complex blend of detergents with a higher ecological impact due to the waste stream during manufacture and slower biodegradability. Unfortunately, many synthetic detergent blends are deceptively labelled as "Liquid Soap" even when they contain absolutely no soap whatsoever.
Both our bar and liquid soaps are pure-castile, as they are all vegetable oil-based. The bar soap wrappers prominently state that they, too, are pure-castile, like our liquid soaps. The difference between the liquid and bar soaps is that the liquid soaps use potassium hydroxide to saponify the vegetable oils, versus sodium hydroxide used to make the hard bar soaps.
What is "Organic" and why is it so great?
The term "organic" refers to both sustainable farming practices and to products ecologically made from materials produced on certified organic farms. According to USA federal standards, such products have to be at least 70% organic by non-water, non-salt weight. Organic products not only support sustainable farming, but also farm worker health and ecological processing methods.
Unfortunately, the hollow market-driven needs of some "natural" body care companies are making a mockery of organic principles. Underneath fluffy, feel-good "organic" floral waters and infusions, many "organic" body care products are really just composed of the same synthetic cleansers, conditioners and preservatives found in mainstream products, often in part or wholly derived from petroleum. Culprit companies are inflating organic content by counting ordinary distilled water in "floral water" as organic, a practice which is not allowed under the National Organic Program.
How should I use the liquid soap?
• For everyday body-washing: Get wet and pour several drops of soap full-strength onto hands-washcloth-loofah. Lather up, scrub down, rinse off, and tingle fresh and clean.
• For other uses: Dilute from one part soap into 40 parts water for light cleaning, to cutting it in half or using it full strength for heavy-duty grease-cutting jobs.
• For laundry: Use 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup for one regular load; adjust as needed depending on the hardness of your water. Adding a dash of baking soda makes it even better.
My liquid soap turned cloudy. What happened, and what should I do to clear it up again?
Our liquid soaps are so concentrated that they are nearly solid. Thus, when the temperature drops to about 50° F, the fatty acids begin to solidify and cloud out. Just put the soap in a warm room, or warm water, and it will clear up at about 70° F. But clear or cloudy, the soap works just the same.
Do your soaps contain any foaming agents/detergents like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate?
Absolutely not. Our soaps are 100% true pure-castile soaps. The high foaming lather of our soaps is from their high coconut oil content, which makes a more luxurious and rich lather than any detergent can ever create. "Pure-Castile" is your guarantee that what you are using is a real ecological and simple soap, not a complex blend of detergents with a higher ecological impact due to the waste stream during manufacture and slower biodegradability. Unfortunately, many synthetic detergent blends are deceptively labelled as "Liquid Soap" even when they contain absolutely no soap whatsoever.
Why do you use organic beeswax in your lip balms?
Although our line is otherwise vegan, we do use certified organic beeswax in the lip and body balms. We could not find a certified organic plant-based wax, and we have not found a plant-based alternative that can substitute for the amazing qualities of beeswax: based on our experience and extensive training and mentoring under the Native American herbalist Keewaydinoquay, we formulated these original lip balms with just avocado oil and beeswax, because beeswax has natural antibacterial and sunblock qualities and provides a superior barrier to keep moisture in. We buy our certified organic beeswax from New Zealand, and we checked to make sure that the queens are not killed each year as happens sometimes with conventional beekeeping to maximise yields.