It may be a bit nerdy, but Hubby and I love a good documentary. Over the weekend we rented Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox from Netflix. It was a really intriguing film about the legacy of a man, and now a family.
Since my parents were some of the hippies who flocked to his “magic soap,” I’ve grown up on Dr. Bronner’s. I’ve always loved the tingly feeling of the peppermint, and the fact that it’s biodegradable. I enjoy their lotions too, and have the lavender one at my bed side.
I remember sometime in childhood asking my Mom about the religious/spiritual messages on the soap labels…all-one seemed like a unifying belief, but I wasn’t so sure how the rest of it fit together…Dr Bronner’s philosophy blends lots of different truths to create his own unique truth.
Dr. Bronner lived a fascinating life, and was steadfast in sharing his truth. CIA files labeled him as a “nutty,” although it’s to know if his shock therapy in the “nut house” only made his preaching more emphatic. Disturbingly, he sacrificed his children for his cause, and they grew up in orphanages while he traveled sharing his gospel. I don’t want to give away the whole film, but the trailer is below and you can start to get a feel for the zany scientist/soap-maker/spiritual speaker.
I also learned some more reasons to love Dr. Bronner’s soap:
- First to produce a 100% post-consumer recycled bottle.
- Organic and proud of it – they’ve been working hard to keep the standards high
- Fair Trade – and not just their supply chain – DB’s top execs make no more than 5 times the lowest paid employee, and all staff have health care and retirement plans
- Advocates for industrial hemp – hemp’s high omegas make it great for soap!
Dr. Bronner’s granddaughter is a mom, and has a blog all about her ways of going green.
As suggested, I use it for both personal hygiene and household cleaning. I have yet to try all of the ways they suggest using it though, and I’m planning to get more adventurous in my usage. If you start using Dr. Bronner’s religiously, I promise you’ll save your family money and promote sustainable and people-friendly business practices.
Here’s the trailer to the film about the magic soap maker:
Does your family use Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps?