I was so surprised to stumble upon Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap at Guardian over at Suntec City Level 2. I learnt about them through another fellow blogger who had asked me about their availability a couple of months ago.
Dr Bronner is a range of personal care products comprising soap bars, liquid soaps, lotions, lip balms, shampoos all certified under the USDA National Organic Program. But I only saw the soap bars, liquid soaps, body lotion and lip balms at Guardian and end up getting the first 2 items.
Both the bar and liquid soaps are pure-castile, meaning they are all vegetable oil-based. And the difference between the liquid and bar soaps is that the liquid soaps use potassium hydroxide to saponify the vegetable oils, versus sodium hydroxide used to make the hard bar soaps as indicated on their website at www.drbronner.com.
The liquid soap is indeed amazing because you don’t need a lot of it and yet, it foams very well despite the fact that it is oil-based. The soap bar lathers up to a lot of suds too. I think these make good body wash, leaving my skin squeaky skin but I don’t like the feel of it on my face at all. And despite the fact that both items I bought are indicated as lavender, it didn’t smell quite as good.
But surprisingly, my son loves the soap bar and so I’ll most probably continue to buy it for him. I’ll use the liquid soap sometimes as I did feel quite good after the wash despite the lack of sweet smelling lavender.
The soap bar cost S$7.50 and the liquid soap S$9.90. It’s supposed to last quite a bit, so let’s see. And one thing I want to comment is their packaging is really strange with so many words. No offense, but the whole “next to Godliness” stuff made me feel like it’s almost cultish.
But Dr Bronner’s soaps are apparently good for everything I was told, and I can imagine it’s the best thing to bring along if you’re planning a trip. If I have come across it during my years of backpacking, I would have brought it along for sure. It would have made me feel like a hippie all over!