Talking Clean with Irene
The good side of palm oil with Dr Bronner's
Jul 22, 2019 · 32 min
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Lisa Bronner is proudly carrying the family flag with her grandfather’s world-famous Dr Bronner’s soap business, which started way back in 1948. In this episode, she shares the history of these “magic” soaps and how they’ve actually become more relevant in the 21st Century than ever before.

Famous across the globe, the classic Dr Bronner’s castile soap is incredibly versatile and can be used for more than 18 different uses on ourselves and around the home. Lisa explains exactly what sets these soaps apart from the rest, how to make the most of them, and why it’s possible to use the same soap for dishwashing and cleaning your face!

Lisa also dispels the myths surrounding palm oil in Dr Bronner’s, once and for all, explaining that the family business is completely transparent about only using sustainably sourced, fair trade palm oil. She clears up these grey areas, talking us through Dr Bronner’s initiatives to educate on sustainability, ethically sourced ingredients and the importance of fair trade.

Made from nothing but plant-based, natural ingredients, Lisa bursts the bubble myth and explains how the Dr Bronner’s soaps perform even better than their mainstream synthetic counterparts. She also sheds light on the history of ingredients in personal care products and why we should start shopping smarter.

Lisa also has her own blog called ‘Going Green with a Bronner Mom’ which focuses on helping us live clean and eco-friendly lives.


Key takeaways:

  1. Dr Bronner’s castile soaps are completely natural, with no synthetic or animal-based ingredients
  2. These multipurpose soaps have a whopping 18 uses – everything from cleaning to washing our faces!
  3. Dr Bronner’s was the first company in the USA to use 100% post consumer recycled plastic bottles and paper
  4. There is such a thing as sustainable and ethical palm oil – no animals or habitats are harmed in the production of Dr Bronner’s soaps
  5. Bubbles ≠ clean!


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