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Saturday, September 7. 2013
Got that? It's deep and makes good sense (if you are on an acid trip).
It's the hippy soap, Dr. Bronner's. It's organic, whatever that means. When I saw the bottle, I remembered this stuff. Knew a hippy-styled girl in college who used it.
Some folks still swear by it. It's "organic."
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I remember that!
My mom would occasionally go on her hippy trip and get some. It was good soap...not great, but good. Edible, too, I think?
Fun to read while on the toilet, too.
And here I thought you were talking about Herbal Essence.... a soap I swear every girl I dated in the '70s used to wash their hair.
I've never been able to grok what organic actually meant, and if being "organic" is a goodness. Awfully good buzz word though.
Perhaps my deficient education in that regard is due to growing up outside of an urban area, and being in the military during the turbulent years of the late 60's, early 70's.
Heh- I can remember selling, door-to-door, Watkins Salve back in the 60's. Was going to make my mark, I was. If Mom believed in it and bought it regularly, surely so would my neighbors (our neighboorhood was rather tolerant of us youngsters). I did learn that sales is hard work, especially door-to-door, though I did get to meet some great people.
I also thought selling magazines, newspaper subsciptions and ice cream (hand-pushed cart w/dry ice) would be more successful endeavours than they turned out to be.
I absolutely love Dr. Bronner's soap. Did you know he was a survivor of the death camps, and came to this country penniless. He has made a fortune from the soap. It is organic because it is made from organic oils, which are made from olives grown without chemical pesticides. I love the way the peppermint soap makes me feel, and I get a kick out of reading his rants on the side of the bottle.
What you've pictured is Castile soap. If you had a child with eczema problems, you'd see the value of it. There was a time I could only use castile soap in my house, even for clothes washing, or my poor little boy would turn into an alligator.
Love the stuff!
The only "organic" soap I've ever used was Momma's homemade from hog lard and lye.
Heck yeah. I remember my grandmother's homemade soap too. 50+ years ago. Can't get anymore organic than that. The reviewer said she knew of only one use for soap and that was for cleaning. Perhaps one of the 18 uses that Dr. Bronner has in mind is to drink some of the liquid soap. I'll bet it's one hell of a laxative.
Most of what we call soap is actually detergent. Perhaps a small point, but as BlackOrchid highlights, genuine soaps are friendlier to human biochemistry. The main ingredients in our common petroleum-byproduct soap substitutes are scary to some.
I remember Dr. Bronner, he used to have a store here in San Diego, the windows were filled with sheets of paper bearing his tracts. The original died some years ago and apparently his kids have carried on the tradition.
I like the tea soap, but it rots the pump when I put it in the hand soap dispenser. I mean the damn thing just corrodes and falls apart.
But it's the dispensing nozzle not the container that corroded.
Good soap anyway.
There's an excellent documentary on Dr. Bronner (available through Netflix). He also escaped from a mental institute. The fascinating thing is that the family shares the wealth with their employees and are also known for giving away money.
Dr Bronner's corn chips were pretty awesome too, dipped in some guacamole!
Sorry, I'm an old Curmudgeon but I love the Peppermint soap. Many moons ago took it camping on the Appalachian Trail - lightweight, good for bathing, cleaning dishes, washing out clothes, even brushing teeth. Even now at my advanced age I find it refreshing as opposed to the unnatural mass market products like Axe and Irish Spring.
You should give it a try!
Ahh, Dr.Bronners Peppermint soap. I used to have a friend with a health food restaurant order it for me by the gallon. Great stuff.
Have used this soap since 1972.
Speaking of acid trips, has anyone ever read a box (original) of Screaming Yellow Zonkers??
Also, you can buy the Good Doctor's stuff on the internet.
It also makes for a good substitute toothpaste, and several different varieties other than peppermint. I've tried them all, they are all great, but peppermint leaves the best afterscent.
(three years later)
Well, there's your typical right-wing post. He vilifies it, calls it a 'hippie soap', mocks the word 'organic'...
...then it turns out lots of people love the stuff and think it's great!
Message #5 up above about eczema was interesting.
And Big Al makes a tough point:
"I thought hippies didn't use soap!"
Yeah, what about that, BD? You used "dirty, smelly hippies" in a post last week -- and this week they're squeaky clean?
Of course, folks, this was three years ago when BD still had a lot to learn about proper smear techniques.
But he's gotten much better, thank goodness.
I used to use Dr. Bronner's when I was a Boy Scout hiking the Adirondacks, the Appalachian Trail or any other trail available for hiking.
It was great stuff.
Oh shoot, most people wouldn't know a hippie if it sat on em anyhow. Love the stuff and I take it on road trips cause you can use the one soap for anything.
Oh yeah, my first exposure to Dr. Bronner's was via a Dead-loving Hippie Chick. Peppermint. At first I rolled my eyes - I did a lot of eye rolling around her - but the label was so earnestly whacky I warmed to stuff. I had already started using castile soap b/c I have sensitive skin & Dr. Bronner's was milder than anything I had run across.
Great soap. Incredible bathroom reading material in a pinch. Don't hate.
And don't get that stuff in yer eyes, you'll claw them out right in the shower.
Dr. Bronners is great soap. We use the lavendar soap for our pillow cases. Also, castile soap is one of the few cleaners that will easily clean up fingerprint powder, in case any of you have the misfortune of a break in and crime scene techs in the house
"Gee, your hair smells terrific!"
Speaking of Boy Scouts and hippies and hiking. My Scout Troop has hiked through several Rainbow Gatherings in the Ocala National Forest. Haven't had any hippies sit on me yet so that's a good thing. Many of them do not use soap when gathering in the forest. Fortunately they tend to gather in February when it's cool and mostly what you smell is wood smoke. Well, maybe some other kinds of smoke also. Maybe...