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.

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!

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 & Jim Bronner (my parents).

37 thoughts on “Welcome to my blog!

  1. Hi Lisa, thanks for sharing the picture of your family from 1985! I have used this soap since the 1980’s..I would have LOVED to have met your grandfather!! May God continue to Bless you and your family!

    • Hi Lucia- It’s always lovely to hear from long-time users of the soap. Thank you for your kind words!

  2. Mrs. Bonner I just need to let you know that being from Louisiana this time of year is so miserable for me due to mosquitoes and I have tried everything. Your peppermint soap I can use head to toe WORKS repel mosquitoes. So I shared on my Facebook page and have my friends willing to give this a try. I lived in California for several years and I loved that mosquitoes and Gnats were not an issue. But here in Louisiana a few mosquitoes bites will send you iback in the house. So I hope your sells go up here in Louisiana as I share your products on my Facebook.

    • Hi Elizabeth- Thank you for that great testimonial!

  3. I can hardly wait to use the soap on my nails. I have used 18 in1 Castle on my dog as she has allergies. I also love the hand sanitizer which is always with me.

  4. Oh my!!! Your soap has made my nails so hard. They have paper thin and splitting and pealing all my life. My daughter-in-law now uses it in her house. I share this good news everywhere. Last week in Target, I said โ€œLadies, you donโ€™t know me, but look what Dr. Bonner soap has done for my nails, hard as ever!!โ€ They laughed, and a friend walked around the corner and said that she had been telling them that. They all grabbed a bottle! Thank you!!!!!!!

    • Hi Nancy – So wonderful to hear! Our nails and hair are often the first sign that “something is wrong” with the products we’re using on our bodies. So glad to hear the Castile has made such a difference. Thanks for spreading the word!

  5. Wow! Dr. Bonner helped me grow healthy nails!!!! I am 67 and NEVER had healthy nails. My nails split, cracked, and pealed my entire life, and were terribly soft. On a fluke I bought a pretty glass FOAMING soap pump at Walmart. Directions said fill a small portion of liquid soap and fill with water. I decided to use Dr Bonner, which I had at home for use as a cleaner. I always thought Dr. Bonner would be to harsh on my hands. AMAZING!!!! I now have strong beautiful nails! I went and bought a Foam pump for each bathroom. Thank you so, so much! Nancy

    • Hi Nancy – I’m so glad to hear it! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Hello Lisa, I love Dr. Bronner’s products. I am so excited to learn about all the uses of liquids soaps. I’m so excited about your blog.
    Thank You.
    Erika P.

  7. Hi Lisa still i dont know if ur magic soap is komedogen or blogs pores.. so i try teatree and for first it feel very clean but afterwhile my skin change in oily parts belongs t zone and after using it 3 weeks it seems my skin is more worst than bevore….can that be? What u mean…should i try a diffrent one? Please replay!
    Thanx lot Sylvia

  8. Hi Lisa i like to know if ur drbronners soap are clogging pores because of palmoil and coconut oil inside
    Please can u help????
    Thanx for replay

  9. 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!

  10. 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

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

    All the best,

  12. 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

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

    All the best,

  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??


  15. 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,

  16. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    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,

  17. 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,

  18. 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!

  19. 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,

  20. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚


  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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 isnโ€™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.)

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

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

  27. 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.

  28. Great job with the blog! Looking forward to more entries! ๐Ÿ™‚

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