Magic Soap

Dr Bronners Magic SoapDr Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint Pure-Castile Soap (also available in Eucalyptus; Almond; Rose; Tea Tree; Lavender and Citrus 236ml £5.49)

First of all, I love the label. Its claims put me in mind of the kind of thing that might have tripped from the lips of some snake-oil salesman out of Huckleberry Finn. Here are just a few extracts:‘Absolute cleanliness is Godliness! Teach the Moral ABC that unites all mankind free.’… ‘100% VEGAN. HEALTH IS OUR GREATEST WEALTH.’… ‘Shakespeare’s Hamlet, 1606: “Act well your part, complete the great full-truth task, there all the honour lies”.’… ‘All-One! All-One! Exceptions eternally? Absolutely none!’

The soap itself feels silky on the body.

It is liquid, rather than gel. A little goes a long way, an 8oz / 236ml bottle has lasted me several months. It does not froth up like many shower gels that contain foaming agents but it rinses off easily and leaves my skin feeling fresh and alive. The peppermint oil gives a lovely tingle.

Even after studying the label at length I still have not figured out what all the 18 possible uses might be but those that I did read include: washing the body; a face pack; cleaning teeth; washing hair; a body rub; shaving; baby bath; washing silks and woollens and washing the car.

So far I’ve used Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap primarily for washing my body and shaving my armpits. For both of those applications I highly recommend it.

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