Dr Bronner is nuts. Just look at the bottle and the crazy writing all over it. Saying that though, I’d heard lots about it and was really looking forward to trying out the shower gel when Male-Organics sent it to me to test.
I say ‘shower gel’ but from the ravings on the bottle it’s actually liquid soap so I suppose can be used as handwash and anything else you’d use a soap for. However, as directed by Male-Organics I used it in the shower.
The first thing I noticed it how runny it is. Shower gels that I’m used to are a thick liquid and stay in your hand when you squeeze it on. Squeeze too much out of Dr Bronner and you’ll end up wasting it, a bit of care is needed. However it then works just like other shower gels, foams up nicely and works well cleaning you – which is its purpose.
The smell of peppermint is fantastic and strong. It’s a lovely fresh smell and the first time it made me want to eat one of those peppermint cream things that I haven’t had in years. The smell hangs around for a bit afterwards too which I like.
Then there’s the tingling. Whether it’s the peppermint oil or something else, the gel leaves you tingling as if a light breeze is running over your skin. It’s not unpleasant and doesn’t last long. In fact I quite like it after having used it for a couple of weeks now.
I was a little worried about how quickly I would use it up as I thought that compared to other shower gels I was going through it quicker. However that’s not been the case and it’s hardly gone down after I’ve used it so much.
The ingredients are: Water, Saponified Coconut-Hemp-Olive Oils (with retained Glycerin), Olive Fatty Acids, Peppermint Oil, Rosemary Extract.
And if you get bored of reading the bottle (how could you possibly?) then there’s an interesting video below. While it does talk about an aging rocker and a court case, it’s worth persevering to see the tests they do on natural and real soaps – it makes interesting watching.