Welcome to my blog!

I am Lisa Bronner, granddaughter of Dr. Bronner, but not a soapmaker like my brothers David and Mike.  I am a wife of 11 ½ years.  I am a mom with 3 young kids.  I spend my days doing what it takes to keep a family and household running.  In addition to the basics, I garden, quilt, crochet, pray, make paper airplanes and play-dough, untangle parachute men, build forts, and teach basic tree climbing.  I’m active in MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), a church small group, and facilitate a grass-fed beef CSA.  And now I blog.
Bronner Family 1985 title

This was about 1985 at Warner Hot Springs in San Diego County and contains all the California Bronners (my bunch) and the Wisconsin Bronners (my Uncle Ralph’s set). From left to right: Ralph Bronner with his arm around his son Eric, David Bronner (my brother) with his head down, Gladys Bronner (Dr. Bronner’s wife), me in the pink shorts, Dr. Bronner, Scott Bronner (Ralph’s oldest), Mike Bronner (my brother, in front with the lavender shirt), Mark Bronner (Ralph’s second son), Gisela Bronner (Ralph’s wife), Trudy and Jim Bronner (my parents).

I am also a student of efficiency and multi-tasking, by necessity.  For example, today I was standing on one leg while rocking my baby in her stroller with my other foot and filing papers with my hands and explaining the benefits of grass-fed beef to a friend.  Does this sound familiar? I once wore a pedometer just to see how many steps I was taking in my day, without doing any intentional exercising.  I walked 7 miles.
Sometimes I pause to take a fly-on-the-wall view of my scene, and I have to laugh. (Do flies laugh?)  I have to laugh instead of cry when one son clogs the toilet while the other one drops his milk and the baby is shrieking because she keeps rolling on to her tummy and can’t get back and the timer for dinner is beeping and somehow we’re barreling irrevocably toward bedtime and the end of another day.  And then a sweet, well-meaning older person comes along and says, “Be sure to stop and savor it because it goes by so quickly.” Maybe I could if they’d just hold still!  But I love it all!
I have to confess that even though I grew up Bronner, I underestimated the usefulness and versatility of the soap.  My grandfather really wasn’t exaggerating when he said you need two cosmetics: enough sleep and Dr. Bronner’s soap.  But the soap goes so much farther than that.  His famous list of 18 uses (see FAQ page) doesn’t venture beyond the body, and that’s where the real fun begins!
So that’s what this blog will be about.  I’m pretty much focusing on moms out there who want to be greener, but don’t have the time to figure out how.  However, the info is just as relevant to any household.  Other than my Bronner roots, I’m pretty normal, doing what most moms do in their days.  I’ll be blogging about incorporating Dr. Bronner products into these routines to enhance the well-being of our children, to make our households safer, and to save time and money. Pretty ambitious, but here goes!

24 thoughts on “Welcome to my blog!

  1. So excited to obtain this kind of info. I learned about this soap at a MOPS meeting and was hooked! I use it for a lot of things and would love to hear how I could use it more.

  2. Great read!I am also a stay at home mom ,looking for tips on being green! Looking forward to more post!

  3. I love Lisa B! Where can I buy Dr. B’s household cleaners and tea tree oil? Thank you!

  4. Hi Despina!

    Thank you! Most health stores, independent ones and chains, carry parts of our product line, and conventional stores are starting to pick it up as well. We are starting to gather their names on our store locator http://www.drbronner.com/locator. Although this isn’t complete, it should get you started, but also definitely check out your local independent stores. There are several major chains that carry the line, such as Target, Whole Foods, Kroger stores, GNC, the Vitamin Shoppe and Trader Joes. Online, there’s Frontier Natural Products, our website, and many more if you Google “Dr. Bronner’s”.

    Essential oils such as Tea Tree are available in health stores, usually in the body care section. Frontier is a good source for them online as well. (Here’s a hint: If you’re able to gather some friends together to place orders over $250, you can get wholesale prices at Frontier AND free shipping.)

  5. hi
    anyway i’ve used hemp products for some time now thanks to sues sundog products and i wish you guys could work in patcholli? scent in your magic soap. that fragrance is a winner in many peoples book, trust me people always compliment me on the lotion and the old patcholli fragrance.
    thanks

  6. Is there somewhere on the main web page that shows all 18 uses? I looked att he FAQ link and there are only a few uses on there. I am looking for the hand soap you refer to in a foaming pump. I am looking for the amount of water, amount of liquid soap, etc? Thank you! Green stay at home mommy!

  7. Kerri – So the 18-in-1 uses are here, although your first thought will be, “I only see 10″. http://www.drbronner.com/faqs_main.html#faq10 We quoted from my grandfather directly here, and although he uses 10 numbers, several of the lines contain more than one use. If you count them out, the number hovers somewhere around 26. This is pretty typical Dr. Bronner fashion. I don’t know where he landed on the number 18. It was and is a constantly evolving list. :)

    -Lisa

  8. Great Blog! I found out about your family’s products through the Feingold Association because they do not contain any artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives etc. I am so happy such a great line of products exists & they are included in the Shopping List from the Feingold Association. :)

  9. I’m glad you all found this! The Dr. Bronner’s Facebook page lists my latest blog, but I’ll have to look into having an independent page. Thanks for the suggestion!

    Take care,
    lisa

  10. Such honesty about how your days at home go! Thank you for sharing! Boy can I relate! What sounds nuts to others, makes perfect sense to fellow SAHM’s! You are a kindred spirit, as I believe Anne of Green Gables would say. And thank you for your wonderful blog. Being able to easily find out truly safe, natural, budget conscience ways to keep our bodies, hair, hands, house and clothes clean is SO important! Your information and science knowledge are invaluable. Keep it coming!

  11. Thank you so much for this blog. My kids are all off on their own now, but in the last few years (I am 62), I have gotten allergic to a lot of things I have always used. I bought a bottle of your lavender soap on the end aisle of our local Safeway. I was reading the label and saw there was no “eths” and no “cones” anywhere.

    I took it home loved it on my skin, hated it on my hair. So I ordered a bottle of the citrus rinse. I have waist length, coarse, straight, really thick hair(thanks to my native american grandmother). I love the products so much, I just ordered a gallon of sal suds (for dishes and cleaning), and a few different scents to use at different times.

    I actually took an afternoon and read back thru your archives to get a full benefit of all the things you do with the soaps, my dogs are grateful, the stuff the groomer used made them a bit tender.

    I know this is way too long, but I think it is important for people like you to know you are appreciated. My husband and I are on a limited budget and Bonner stretches almost to infinity. I have always tried to be green and my kids and grandkids will attest I drive them nuts with recycling and packaging. Once again, can’t say it enough….THANK YOU for this site

    • @ Marell – I’m so glad to hear this! Thank you for your kind words.

      All the best,
      Lisa

  12. Hi Lisa, i am waiting for my order of citrus liquid soap, citrus bar soap, orange lavender lotion, peppermint liquid soap, and the citrus hair rinse…. I can’t wait!

    I struggle with cystic acne, combination skin and was wondering if i can use the orange lavender lotion on my face or is the lavender coconut best? I just purchased the tea tree liquid soap from my local health food store and will start using it tonight. I hope my order arrives soon…i’m eager to stop using the harsh products that claim to prevent acne and other skin ailments but eventually seem to make things worse…..With a constant itchy rash mostly on my upper arms, chest and across the top of my back which i suspect may be from the soaps, shampoos and lotions (which i am cutting out of my roster of items under the cupboard)I am hoping your products calm down that situation as well :)

    I read one of your comments about using the naked balm as an eye cream (that will be my next order!)

    Also, can i use the liquid soap for laundry in an high effecieny washing machine?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Tami – I’m sensing a theme here in your order – orange! The Citrus liquid castile soap is one of my really happy scents. A great mid-day pick-me-up. The orange lavender lotion is also very light. The only difference between this and the lavender coconut lotion is addition of orange essential oil, so its scent is slightly stronger but still not that intense. I think you’ll find that it works great, but if your skin doesn’t like it, perhaps back off to the Lavender Coconut. I would really like to hear your feedback after a couple weeks with the castile soaps.

      The issue with liquid soap in an HE washer is residue. If your water is hard, you may want to use a vinegar rinse by adding a 1/2 cup of vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser. Use about 3-4 Tbsp. (1/4 c. or slightly under) of the castile soap per load.

      All the best,
      Lisa

  13. Hi WendyEllen – I have never used them, but I have read lots of recommendations for them. They definitely add iron into the food in good amounts. I’ve seen them particularly recommended for pregnant and nursing women who need an extra amount of iron. I’d give them a try if I had an opportunity.

    All the best,
    Lisa

  14. Hi,

    Maybe you can help answer this question I have been very curious about- what are the mysterious 2 cosmetics Dr. Bronner refers to??

    Thanks!

  15. Hi Tracy – The two cosmetics my grandfather refers to are “Enough Sleep and Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps”!

    All the best,
    Lisa

  16. Lisa, it was a great joy celebrating what we did so far to Label GMO’s and Win Back Our Sacred Seeds when we gathered together November 6 at Election Central. Thanks for helping to Grow A Healthier Pizza. As we remember the Know-how to grow some of our own food, as well claim our birth right for the RIght To Know GMOs in our food, we will restore America the Beautiful. Thanks to you and your family for helping some the way through all your family does.

    Leslie Goldman
    Your Enchanted Gardener

  17. Thanks, Leslie! It was nice to see you on election night.

    All the best,
    Lisa

  18. The Day after Passover and two days after Easter Sunday 2013

    Hi, Lisa, I am going to be linking to your wonderful blog more often. So good seeing you at the Natural Product Expo West. The picture of the family on this page means a lot to me. I would run into your grandpa at the health shows in the 70’s and 80’s. It is so very good to see his good works continue through the family and your wonderful work as a Green Mom. Many blessings from Your Enchanted Gardener, Leslie

  19. Hi, Lisa,
    I am a soapmaker and have just started trying to sell online. That’s an adventure in itself! Your website is very upbeat and helpful! I enjoyed reading your posts!

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