Magic Soap

Dr. Bronner's Suds Really Are Magic!

Now Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap for hand and body washing is an allergy product that you can really feel good about. The ingredient list doesn't contain a single chemical that you can't pronounce, and of course there are no SLS (surfactants, a detergent compound that promotes lathering) or DEA (diethanolamine, a mild skin and severe eye irritant) or any other such compounds on the label. Not only are all the ingredients "natural", they are also overwhelmingly organic as well!

I stumbled across Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps at my local health and bulk food store. It seems I'm always prowling around there, looking for new allergy-friendly products to handle our chemical and food allergies. It was on sale. I looked at the price - only $9 for a quart-sized bottle of pure-castile liquid soap. Well, given the cost of high-end liquid soap products designed to moisturize dry skin, I thought I'd try it out. After all, my husband was always having problems with dry, irritated skin, and it looked like my son was going to take after his dad. Besides, most of the ingredients were organic and listed in common English. That alone impressed me.

My first purchase of Magic Soap was the unscented Aloe soap. Perfect for our (then) 2-year-old son, and I knew I could live without scent if I had to. It's got a crazy label with a ton of text on it, so it didn't surprise me the next morning when my husband shouted out to me, "What's this stuff in the shower?" I explained it was soap and that he should try it. Ignoring the tons of text (within which the name of the product and ingredients were buried), he used it.

He walked out of the shower completely impressed. "Hey!" he said. "I don't have any dry or itchy patches on my legs!" This has been a running challenge for our household; every winter my husband gets dry skin in patches all over his legs; which are greatly irritated by chemicals and soaps. So, this was a first.

Turns out he didn't need to use much of it either. He put it on his bath mitt and it only took a small amount to work up mounds of lather.

After the first successful experiment with this allergy product, I decided to try other versions. Next, I purchased the lavender-scented soap. It's an all-natural lavender scent using essential oils, and wasn't overpowering on the skin. I quite liked it, and my husband even tried it occasionally. Again, no one in the family had any reaction to it.

When you come across Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap you may be intimidated by the label - which is really out of this world. It's full of information on Bronner's philosophy of life and his religious musings. We ignore that and just enjoy the soap. However, if you like shower-time reading, this label is for you. It's also very distinctive, which helps you pick it out of the allergy products in the store.

Along with a great list of organic ingredients, there are more reasons to feel good about your purchase. The bottle is actually made using post-consumer recycled plastic, so you are doing your part for the environment - while you baby your skin.


~ Monique L. Attinger

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