CoExist Peacefully with Dr. Bronner’s Products

dr bronner“Dr. Bronner’s continues its mission and commitment to building an engine for promoting and advancing positive social change.”

I respect this philosophy and admire a business with ethics.

I’ve been using Dr. Bronner’s products since the 1970s and do the math — whatev, I admit I’m old!

Although we were well beyond the Woodstock years, at Crawford High School in San Diego, there were still a few die-hard hippie types who hadn’t totally succumbed to all that polyester disco fever, and I guess that’s the group I straddled, although I was never in a clique ‘cos that’s not how I roll.

But even then, I was a staunch animal defender (that’s how I got my wolf/malamute/akita we named Beowulf) and did a fair amount of backpacking in the Sierra Nevada like the time a friend and I were chased by a bear near Rainbow Falls. Scary and awesome at the same time!

If you ever hung out at the mysterious incense and patchouli perfumed and sawdust lined floors of the few natural foods stores in Ocean Beach or La Jolla or Oceanside, you’d find Dr. Bronner’s soaps front and center, along with the ubiquitous barrels of sunflower seeds and brown rice.

A definite pioneer. 

And way ahead of his time, if you read the fine print on the wrappers; way ahead of his time in marketing and branding, too.

I love a local company, and they’re here in San Diego, not too far away from me.

I wasn’t able to go on a tour, but they sent a package of lovely and pure products to sample and review:drbronner2

There is nothing but good things to say about all of the Dr. Bronner’s products I’ve used over the last forty-plus years.

  • High quality ingredients. ALWAYS.
  • Ethical sourcing, fair trade.
  • Organic.
  • Biodegradable.
  • Packed in 100% post consumer recycled plastic bottles.

I fought to keep the toothpaste (a new product!) and the bar soap from tugboat man’s clutches — and lost; he packed them both to take with him; but the new orange lavender lotion is light but very effective in moisturizing my dry SoCal skin.

I’ve used it daily and discovered that it also makes a wonderful leave-in conditioner. Just a teaspoon or so applied to the ends of my hair turn my curly locks soft and supple.

drbronner3Thank goodness, I was able to save the liquid Peppermint Hemp soap from disappearing because there’s nothing more refreshing than a steamy shower with the purest essence of mint to lift your spirits!

Do you know Dr. Bronner’s history?
It’s fascinating. Check it out here:

And what a coincidence (are there really NO coincidences?) a local TV station aired a piece about Dr. Bronner’s:

I was provided no compensation, just product to sample and review.

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Kind Organics From Garden of Life

October Theme: Healthy Living

We’re on the downward slope to 2015: Halloween to New Year’s Eve in the blink of an eye.

Whether holidays make us feel happy or depressed; whether we’re alone or surrounded by family and friends, this time of year is all about indulging. And OVER indulging.

That’s why I’m highlighting healthy living as a theme for October  — how to stay healthy during the holiday season  — to hopefully plant a little seed to help us (me) remember to make healthy choices all year — but especially now with  the temptation to snack on too many Halloween candies or imbibe too many Pina Coladas. A little balance is a good thing.

FYI: Did you know that an average Pina Colada has 525 calories? That’s MAJOR, and who just has one,  am I right?


I’d like to introduce everyone to Garden of Life and Kind Organics.

I was lucky enough to meet representatives from Garden of Life at BlogHer 14.

SO impressed with the company mission:

Garden of Life was founded to help empower others to attain extraordinary health. This is our mission at Garden of Life and the principles behind this mission are carried out by Garden of Life’s innovative health and wellness regimens.


They generously sent a HUGE box of the most amazing products for me, tugboat man, and my son, whose recent health complications and surgery means he needs a little help digesting his food properly. gardenoflife1

I’ll focus specifically on each Garden of Life product throughout the month, along with a couple of recipes I’ve created.

From the Garden of Life website:

Please join us for a moment in picturing a world where good health is a given, not a matter of chance. In this imagined world, chronic obesity is no longer a problem and couples never rely on fertility drugs to conceive.


The 4,000 people we lose prematurely every day to cancer, diabetes and heart disease would still be with us. And when we do contract an illness, we are not dependent on “drug-care,” but are instead able to take control of our own health with lifestyle changes and advanced nutrition.


At Garden of Life, we believe such a world is possible, and that together, we can make it happen.

I’ve probably tried most of the vitamins and supplements out there in the marketplace, and I’m honestly delighted by the quality of the products.

They’re organic and many are non-GMO Project Verified.
To view a list of Garden of Life products already verified by the Non-GMO Project, please visit:

Next time: Protein Bar Recipe