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Gift Idea #1: For the Dr. Bronner Newbie

It is that time of year, and I’d like to help you out with a few gift ideas.  These ideas work year round, but now is a great time to bring them up.  Let’s start with the people on your list who have never heard of Dr. Bronner’s.  What to get them?

Go simple!

Always the best way: One quart of Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Pure-Castile Liquid Soap.

It’s already dressed in a festive wintry blue. AND it fits perfectly in a wine gift bag. That’ll cause a laugh as well when they pull it out, thinking they had you – or at least your gift – all figured out. But it’s not wine! It’s soap! Ha! And it’s awesome.

Then comes that question, “What is it?” Now, this question often stumps me. Where do I start to explain what Dr. Bronner’s is? Do I start with the company and its crazy history and the man himself? Do I talk about the activism and the Fair Trade standards and the salary caps?

But no! You have to start with the basics. The soap. The excellent, versatile, simple, beautiful soap. And how exactly do you describe that? Let me get you started with some of the best descriptions I’ve heard:

“Washing with the peppermint soap is like getting hugged by a snowman.”

“It is like a magician and pharmacist gave birth, and this hydrating soap was the baby.”

“It’s like putting a York Peppermint Patty in your underwear.”

Thank you, Uncle Ralph. Nobody said it quite like you.

Better yet, hang a card from the bottle and let it do all the talking. Why not share one of Uncle Ralph’s memorable descriptions? Download printable gift tags with his words here. You’ll have them hooked. Your gift will be the talk of the day. I promise.

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Uncle Ralph's Gift Tags

Each gift tag contains a quote from my inimitable Uncle Ralph Bronner, who had the best descriptions for the Peppermint Soap.


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Barbara Mackie says:

Just received bottled Castile Soap today. Never used before. Needing measurements for making solution for body and shampoo together. I purchased scented Eucalyptus Castile. Awaiting your reply .. thank you

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Barbara- Welcome! Generally, we say one small squirt for the body and either 1/2 Tbsp. or a dilution of 1/2 Tbsp. soap in 1/2 cup of water for shampoo. These are guidelines though, so adjust to your preference. Converting from conventional shampoo to soap does take some time and tinkering. Read about my experience here: Because the Castile soap is so exceedingly versatile, I’ll refer you to the “cheat sheet” for other uses:

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Doris – My grandfather (Dr. Bronner) used the Peppermint Castile to clean his own dentures. I haven’t had any feedback on this, and I am not sure the details. Personally, I use the Castile to clean the bite guard I wear at night. I’ve had it for years and the soap has worked very well.

Dana says:

Hi Lisa,
Does the Castille liquid soap ever expire? I recently found a bottle in my cabinet that I had not used for years!

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Dana – Officially it has a shelf life of three years, but it will work long after that. It’s only the essential oils that may dissipate after that point. If you could locate a number code printed below the label on the bottle, I could give you the date of manufacture. The first four numbers are a Julian date: the first number tells you the year (i.e. 7=2017), and the next three tell you the date out of 365. So 7001 would be January 1, 2017.

Reitta Mernitszi says:

ermindorp dr bronner! het sulta-yen la “tea tree” weserkor? Erdu wal? Tetsumonji ere “castile baby unscented bar” madurka! Eer ls sulta hetmon…erla kouphor.


Tara says:

While I personally love the peppermint for bathing, my little kids (9 & 4.5) call it the “spicy” soap and don’t like it! My youngest says it makes her cold. So, just a word of caution, that it might be a bit too tingly for the little ones. 🙂

Wendi says:

Hi! I just received my first order of Dr. Bronner’s Castille liquid soap. I’m trying to go green. I haven’t used it yet for household cleaning, but I can’t imagine that being an issue. I did try it this morning as shampoo. I also used the orange cream rinse. My hair feels dirty. It looks stiff and frizzy like there is a bunch of product in it (I hate using products; root lift, mousse, gel, etc.) I really don’t like it. It feels and looks like it did when I tried a honey shampoo. Am I doing something wrong? I put about a 1/2 tsp in my wet hands and made a lather and shampood as normal. I diluted the crm rinse – 2 capfulls in 1 cup of water per instructions. worked it in, rinsed it out. Any help would be greatly appreciated, but I can’t hang with this hair. I may need to stick with store bought. 🙁
Thank you for listening (reading). I hope to hear from you soon.

Melissa P. says:

Peppermint is the first bottle I ever purchased and I love it. I use it for everything. Perfect scent for the holidays.

Anna Reifman says:

Thank you for the wonderful idea. I will be exchanging gifts through a Secret Santa exchange and I never know what to give. I really love the tag idea.

Mickie says:

What a neat, cute idea. I LOVE all Dr. Bronner soaps that I have purchased but don’t think I have tried the peppermint. Will have to give it a try. I bathe with the lavender, fill my handwash dispensers with tea tree, have mixed your bathroom spray with Sals Suds and also use it for the laundry. Don’t want to be without it!

Janet in Rochester says:

Great idea – but this year I chose to give Dr Bronner’s Naked Lip Balms to the members of my family. I use the lemon-lime myself but felt the unscented, unflavored “Naked” balm would be best for first-timers. Next year I’m going to buy small plastic jars and dole out Sal Suds for stocking stuffers, even though I hope I’ll be able to talk my family into trying it far earlier than Christmas. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!


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Uncle Ralph's Gift Tags

Each gift tag contains a quote from my inimitable Uncle Ralph Bronner, who had the best descriptions for the Peppermint Soap.