Dr. Bronner's: Measuring Up Against David Suzuki's Dirty Dozen

Socially responsible and environmentally sustainable, Dr Bronner's is a company after my own heart.

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps was kind enough to send me these great natural, organic, and fair trade products to sample and review. Usually, when I do a product review it's with the David Suzuki Dirty Dozen in hand (or rather, on screen), and I have to invest at least a little bit of time looking up ingredients, referencing, and just making sure things aren't labelled under an unfamiliar name. The more I use the Dirty Dozen,
the faster and easier it gets to spot these harmful ingredients:

Coal tar dyes: p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as "CI" followed by a five digit number
DEA-related ingredients
Dibutyl phthalate
Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance)
PEG compounds
Sodium laureth sulfate (SLS)

Dr Bronner's makes my job even easier. Out of all of the products I've been trying over the past month (Fair Trade & Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Pure Castile Soaps, Orange Ginger Organic Lip Balm, and Orange Lavender Body Balm), NONE of them contain any of the Dirty Dozen. None.

My family is comprised of 5 people. We all use soaps, shampoos/conditioners, toothpaste, moisturizers, hair products... numerous products every single day.

I look at those products the way I look at food: it goes into, NOT JUST ONTO our bodies. So I want to use products that are healthy- that DON'T contain potentially harmful ingredients- and products that also:

By Natural Healthy Concept
Do multiple jobs and save us money, like Dr. Bronner's liquid Castile Soap which in our home is: an all purpose/all surface cleaner, hand/bath soap, mouthwash, and dish soap.

Will do the job I want it to do. It doesn't matter how natural it is if it doesn't work.

Don't have counter-productive, or nasty side effects (like conventional shampoos that strip hair and scalp of oils, coat it with synthetics, and cause our bodies to produce more oil so that we have to use more shampoo).

Beyond Dr Bronner's unique (and sometimes nutty) philosophy, beyond their equitable treatment of those involved in creating their products, beyond their passion and dedication to our environment, I see products that prioritize basic needs:

They are healthy, affordable, and they work. 

Want to see HOW they work?  Watch HERE for my favourite thing to do with Dr. Bronner's Extra Virgin Olive Oil!

And let me know what YOU think of Dr. Bronner's products in the comments below.

                                                        And hey! You should come follow my endeavours on YouTube HERE.

*Dr. Bronner's was kind enough to send these products free of charge, but I was under NO obligation to provide reviews of any of the product.