Benefits of Shikakai for Hair and Body

Shika-what?! Did she say what I think she said? Is that a word she should be saying??? Raised eyebrows. Shocked glances. No need to worry. Shikakai is an age-old ingredient for personal care from India. Let’s say it right, though. It has the same rhythm and vowel sounds as “piece of pie.” Try saying those […]

Grow Something

Any plant will do. Go find a plant and keep it near you. Perhaps a pretty little houseplant, perhaps an edible herb, or maybe something more. There is nothing as able to sync our souls with the world around us like growing something. Watching things grow takes us out of our ruts, raises our eyes […]

Skin Health, pH, and Dr. Bronner’s Soap

There’s a question I’ve been avoiding: Does the alkaline pH of Dr. Bronner’s soaps interfere with the acidic pH of the skin’s acid mantle? It keeps finding me. I knew what answering this would take. I knew that sifting through the hype, marketing, and misinformation surrounding the concepts of the acid mantle, pH balance, and […]

Dog Washing with Dr. Bronner’s Soap (Video)

Tucker totally steals the show here, but before you get enamored with him, let’s talk about dog washing in general. The simplicity that makes Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap great for our bodies, also makes it great for dogs. You’ve got that blend of saponified plant-based oils – coconut, olive, palm, jojoba, and hemp – which […]

What Can You Mix with Castile Soap?

Over the years I have received an extraordinary range of questions about mixing stuff with our Castile soaps. There’s a lot of creative thinking going on out there. But before you get busy with your green self, let me remind you: Chemistry happens. I know that you want to toss together your favorite Green-It-Yourself (GIY) […]

Coconut Oil for Makeup Removal

Of Coconut Oil’s many bathroom uses, removing tough makeup came out of left field for me. It is safe and exceedingly effective, even against the most stubborn of all makeup: waterproof mascara. How did I not know this earlier? Safe and effective are the key words here. While conventional makeup removers can remove makeup effectively, […]

Fair Trade’s Direct Community Benefit

This post is part of a series written from my time in Sri Lanka visiting Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade coconut oil project, Serendipol, during July 2014. This is a “Part 2” to my previous post “What Fair Trade Looks Like.” When you buy Fair Trade, you are not only supporting all manner of good things for the employees […]

Heating a Washcloth without Losing Your Soul

Where I live, wasting water is akin to eating baby seals. With that in mind, waiting to get hot water at my kitchen sink becomes a soul-wrenching experience. However, I need hot washcloths roughly 73 times a day. Hot washcloths greatly decrease cleaning time while increasing cleaning effectiveness. While there are many things to do […]

Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile vs. Sugar Soaps

If Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap is so versatile, why make another kind of soap, the Organic Sugar Soap? Which should I buy? Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap is an extremely simple soap. It is my grandfather’s original, and if you have only heard of one Dr. Bronner’s product, it’s probably the Castile Soap and probably […]