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Dr. Bronner's Liquid Organic Pure Castile Classic Soap


Pros: Hilarious label; enjoyable shower or bathtime reading; all natural; nice scents; cheap; refillable; multi-purpose

Cons: Slippery feel; not easy to control how much liquid comes out; not very foamy; peppermint flavor can be too strong for sensitive skin.

(Price listed here is from Trader Joe's for a 32-ounce bottle.)

If you haven't entertained yourself by reading scraps of their label in the shower, you haven't truly showered. Their website provides a fine example of the Dr. Bronner writing style:

"Dr. Bronner's PEPPERMINT Pure-Castile Soap is our most popular variety. The peppermint essential oil creates an exhilarating chilly-tingly-cool body space. Because therapeutically peppermint oil is a mild stimulant, it increases vitality and clarity, enabling constructive-selfish Peppermint-Castile users to work hard and get done! then sing-dance-play until we're All-One! Naturally, morning peppermint power showers lead to a fulfilling life of service and fun! Exceptions Eternally? Absolute None!"

The print on these labels is teeny, and wacky quotes like this are crammed into just about every possible space, offering months of stimulating entertainment and showertime laughs.

The label also claims that it can be used for shaving, shampooing, dishes, shower gel, hand soap, laundry, toothpaste (toothpaste??) and probably even more things by now. It doesn't, however, claim that it will do all these things WELL. It is certainly not going to produce thick or fluffy shaving lather, for those that need it. And while it makes a perfectly effective shower gel, it... well, it can be a little TOO effective in some areas, if you get my drift. I've heard some customers suggest that it should be diluted before any use, but it doesn't offer any suggestions for how much it should be diluted to be used as toothpaste or soap.

Nor am I willing to try it as a toothpaste; no matter how great the flavors they offer are, I don't want the flavor of peppermint or lemon-eucalyptus AND soap in my mouth. The one flaw with Dr. Bronner's (okay, besides the potential burning icy-hot sensation of too much peppermint oil where no peppermint oil was ever meant to be) is that it frequently falls into the trap of preaching deprivation instead of eco-friendliness. It is not worth it to me to save a few dollars a year by using Dr. Bronner's Soap as toothpaste (nor am I convinced I would actually be saving money that way). And I absolutely draw the line at following their suggestion of saving water by bathing in an empty tub with a damp washcloth moistened with Dr. Bronner's. Low-flow showerhead and greywater system, sure: damp washcloth "bath," no. No the hell no.

Still, when used appropriately, Dr. Bronner's is a cheap, eco-friendly, multi-purpose product with a wide range of nice scents. I would happily use it to wash my floor or scrub just about anything. It just happens to want you to do the footwork yourself to figure out which of their suggestions for use is actually going to work for you.


Pros: smells great, concentrated, great value, organic, environmentally friendly, not tested on animals, cold-hard-water compatible

I have always had a hard time finding any soap that my skin didn't protest - loudly. Dr. Bronner's is simply the best, most skin-friendly soap I have ever used. It comes in a wonderful variety of scents - or unscented - and I've tried the lavender, almond, peppermint and unscented... in fact I have three of them at the moment. It uses all organic oils, no chemical surfactants or sudsing agents. It cleans wonderfully, even in hard water, and a single 16 oz bottle can easily last for 6 months - even using it as shampoo as well as body wash - so the price per size is fantastic - of course the bigger you go the more you save, and you can buy it by the gallon. Besides being animal-friendly and earth-friendly, as a bonus the company is fair-trade on most of it's ingredients, so it also humanity-friendly.


Pros: Multiple Uses, efficiency

Cons: up front cost, availability

I was confused by the label and concerned by the price when I first picked up a gallon of Dr. Bronner's. The concern dwindled as soon as I smelled the soap.

The soap is ultra concentrated so in my 2-person household a gallon is split between 2 baths, a kitchen, the pantry and the laundry with about a half gallon to spare. The scents are strong and fresh. The ingredients are natural and organic. You can dilute it with hot water for mopping, you can dilute it with cold water for hand soap and shower soap. You can mix it with baking soda and water for a scrub cleaner. You can mix it with vinegar for a disinfectent cleaner. You can add other essential oils to boost the power or change the scent.

This is the best all around product you can have in the house.

The label is fun to read too.


Pros: A little bit goes a long way, scent awakens you

Cons: thin so it comes out fast

I was introduced to Dr. Bronner's three years ago while camping with my fiance. I was new to camping and not aware that traditional soap could not be used to wash our dishes. Since then, we've incorporated Dr. Bronner's liquid soap in the kitchen and the bar soap in the shower. The soap smells fantastic and gives me a little alertness kick while I'm washing the baked on grease. Note of caution: if using the peppermint bar soap in the shower, be careful of how much lather you put on your sensitive areas; essential oils do have astringent properties.


Pros: Smells Great, Eco-Friendly

Cons: Not a great Shampoo

I remember the day very well. It was Earth Day and I stood and read the label and thought, "Wow, how weird." I love to try anything weird.. so off to the registar I went and couldn't wait to use it. Over the years I have used it for everything from washing a dog, to washing my car. I use it as laundry soap, dish soap, and shower gel. If you have anything but super short hair, I would not recomend it as a shampoo, but it can be used that way too. I add essential oils to spiff it up to match my mood. You can use it as a bug repellant on plants. The uses are numerous. they now even carry little 2oz sizes to travel on planes with. Yippie.


Pros: lots of suds, great cleaning power, healthy for people and the planet

Cons: quite liquid and squirts out too readily from soap dispenser

This hand soap is great. I feel good about having it in my bathroom for my young students to use. I know how damaging parabens and phthalates are to young bodies so I am so grateful that this product is on the market for those of us who want to protect the health of people and also the planet. It has a great lavender smell, cleans well, lathers up just fine and rinses off well.


Pros: too many to list, I use it to clean everthing.

Cons: none

My mom had a bottle when I was a little girl and I didn't see it again until my 20's. I kind of forgot about it until I saw the The movie Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox. He was a fascinating man way ahead of his time. I use it for everything from washing the baby's bum to dog baths to washing the deck furniture. A little goes a long way. It's full of goodness and doesn't hurt the spaceship Earth-ALL ONE!!


Pros: Read the back! It has many uses! (Shampoo as well as keeping your plants healthy!)

This product is great! I have used this for close to 20 years. I live overseas and can't find it here but when I get to the States, it's an item on my "to buy" list. It's hard to find sometimes but well worth the effort.


Pros: organic, smells great, versatile

Cons: kind of expensive depending on where you buy it

i was first introduced to dr. bronner's soaps in high school when i worked at a vegan cafe that promoted all things eco-friendly and organic. it was amazing! we used it to wash dishes, mop the floors, and even as handsoap for the bathrooms. ever since then, i've been an avid user! i don't know many products that are as versatile as these soaps! i actually use them for foot soaks and facial steams. they also last forever and smell absolutely amazing (i'm particularly fond of the peppermint!) worst case scenario? you don't like it. at least you'll have some entertaining reading material courtesy of its info-packed label : )


Pros: cost effective, gentle

Cons: strong scent, but you can get unscented

We got a large jug of this in lavender scent to use as a multipurpose kitchen soap in a built-in dispenser - for handwashing and dishwashing. It isn't strong enough for really grimy pots, but is great for light washing and handwashing - thus eliminating the need for multiple soaps. The fact that you can buy a gallon of it is also cost effective.

The only thing I'd do differently next time is get the unscented version. I thought that the lavender scent was a little too strong.

Dr. Bronner's Liquid Organic Pure Castile Classic Soap

The Bronner family continues to responsibly produce the fine ecological soaps you have loved and lathered with for over 50 years, now made with organic oils and certified to USDA's National Organic Program standards. * Made with organic coconut, olive, hemp & jojoba oils * Scented with organic essential oils. All oils and essential oils are certified organic to the National Organic Standards Program. * Contain no synthetic surfactants, no petrochemicals, and no floral water fluff * Packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. New Scents! Rose and Citrus Orange have been added to the line. Fair Trade: For our 60th anniversary, we are pleased to announce that we are now certified Fair Trade! We take care of our employees with generous salaries and benefits (no-deductible PPO health insurance and a great profit sharing/retirement plan that we fully fund), we cap executive pay at five times the lowest-paid position, and we give all profits not needed for business development to support progressive charities and causes. Certified Under the USDA National Organic Program: Organic integrity in body care means that the main ingredients as well as secondary ingredients in an organic labeled or branded product are certified organic, produced in compliance with the National Organic Program. Our products are certified to the USDA’s National Organic Program, which consumers rightly trust to ensure the organic integrity of organic labeled products. No Animal Testing Dr. Bronner's qualifies for the rabbit and stars logo of the Coalition for Consumer information on Cosmetics (CCIC). This logo certifies that our product and all of our ingredients are not tested on animals. The CCIC, a coalition of animal rights organizations, requires independent audit for confirmation.

Additional Featuresvarious scents (see models tab)
TypeLiquid soap
Bottle Size(s)2, 4, 8, 16, 32 ounces, half-gallon, 1-gallon, 5-gallons
Percent Natural
Percent Organic
Release Date
Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database Rating
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
Tea Tree Organic Liquid Soap - 1 Gallon
Tea Tree Organic Liquid Soap - 32 oz.
Tea Tree Organic Liquid Soap - 16 oz.
Tea Tree Organic Liquid Soap - 8 oz.
Tea Tree Organic Liquid Soap - 4 oz.
Tea Tree Organic Liquid Soap - 2 oz.
Peppermint Organic Liquid Soap - 1 Gallon41998911
Peppermint Organic Liquid Soap - 1/2 Gallon
Peppermint Organic Liquid Soap - 32 oz.
Peppermint Organic Liquid Soap - 16 oz.
Peppermint Organic Liquid Soap - 8 oz.
Peppermint Organic Liquid Soap - 4 oz.
Peppermint Organic Liquid Soap - 2 oz.
Lavender Organic Liquid Soap - 1 Gallon
Lavender Organic Liquid Soap - 32 oz.
Lavender Organic Liquid Soap - 16 oz.
Lavender Organic Liquid Soap - 8 oz.
Lavender Organic Liquid Soap - 4 oz.
Lavender Organic Liquid Soap - 2 oz.
Eucalyptus Organic Liquid Soap - 32 oz.
Eucalyptus Organic Liquid Soap - 32 oz.
Eucalyptus Organic Liquid Soap - 16 oz.
Eucalyptus Organic Liquid Soap - 8 oz.
Eucalyptus Organic Liquid Soap - 4 oz.
Eucalyptus Organic Liquid Soap - 2 oz.
Baby Mild Organic Liquid Soap - 1 gallon
Baby Mild Organic Liquid Soap - 32 oz.
Baby Mild Organic Liquid Soap - 16 oz.
Baby Mild Organic Liquid Soap - 8 oz.
Baby Mild Organic Liquid Soap - 4 oz.
Baby Mild Organic Liquid Soap - 2 oz.
Almond Organic Liquid Soap - 1 gallon30705414
Almond Organic Liquid Soap - 32 oz.
Almond Organic Liquid Soap - 16 oz.
Almond Organic Liquid Soap - 8 oz.
Almond Organic Liquid Soap - 4 oz.
Almond Organic Liquid Soap - 2 oz.

How should I use the liquid soap?

(Source: Dr. Bronner's website)


For everyday body-washing: Get wet and pour 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 shampoo, wet hair and scalp very thoroughly, squirt some soap into hands and work into a lather. Wash hair, then rinse well. Because soap can be drying for most hair types, using it as a shampoo is not one of our formal recommendations. Nevertheless, many people are fond of using it as such. People with short and/or curly hair seem to have the best luck using it for shampoo. Those of us with fine, straight hair sometimes feel it is difficult to rinse well. A dilute vinegar rinse is the best way to remove any residue.


For the laundry, use 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup for one regular load; adjust as needed depending on hardness of water. I've been told that adding a dash of baking soda makes it even better.


For pets, lather up well and apply to their body. Be careful to keep the soap and the lather away from their eyes. I find a mixture of peppermint and eucalyptus works best.


For toothbrushing, apply a drop or two of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap (I prefer the peppermint) to a wet toothbrush. Brush as you normally would, rinsing accordingly. Be careful about using more than a couple drops of soap, as you might start foaming at the mouth (last time I checked "rabid chic" was not hip). Many people with sensitive or softer teeth like to use our soap as toothpaste because it lacks abrasives.



Brushing Teeth With Dr. Bronner's Soap from opusmo


Trailer for documentary about Emanuel Bronner

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