Why Hemp?

The Bronner family is committed to helping transition our major industries away from polluting, unsustainable materials and methods to cleaner, more sustainable ones. Dr. Bronner’s uses hemp oil because of its unsurpassed essential fatty acid (EFA) content.

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Almond Pure-Castile Liquid Soap

Their signature soap is concentrated, biodegradable, versatile and effective. Made with organic and certified fair trade ingredients, it is also packaged in a 100% recycled bottle.

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Peppermint Pure-Castile Bar Soap

The Peppermint Pure-Castile Bar Soap is made with certified fair trade ingredients and organic hemp oil for a soft, smooth lather that won’t dry your skin.

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Lavender Coconut Organic Hair Crème

Dr. Bronner’s Organic Hair Crèmes provide light styling hold, make hair silky soft – without any synthetic ingredients! The organic hemp oil moisturizes and softens hair.

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Lemongrass Lime Organic Pump Soap

The Organic Pump Soaps keeps your skin nourished, hydrated and smooth. Organic coconut-olive-hemp oils blend for a creamy castile lather – our soapmaking tradition!

Where does the hemp come from?

Since hemp is still federally illegal to grow in the US, Dr. Bronner’s imports all of their hemp oil from Canada. With the hope to use US grown hemp in the near future, Dr. Bronner’s is actively fighting for its legalization.

About Dr. Bronner’s

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For over 5 generations and 150 years, the Bronner’s family has pioneered and made high-quality soaps and body care products. The family came over to the United States in 1948, which is when they started the family-owned company Dr. Bronner’s. The Bronner company is dedicated to offering its customers only the purest organic and Fair Trade ingredients, which means they do not use any harsh chemicals and only use biodegradable and cruelty-free contents.

They are heavily invested sustainability and are leaders in multiple environmental projects, such as “Small-Scale Organic Farming Projects”, “Tree-Planting Programs”, and “Aggressive Waste and Water-Use Reduction”.

Dr. Bronner’s was always a strong supporter of hemp and have used hemp oil in all their soaps. It uses the oil as a superfatting ingredient because of its amazing Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) content, which essentially means that the soap is smoother and a great moisturizer. David Bronner, Dr. Bronner’s president, has been one of the strongest advocate for hemp in the country and has therefore been arrested on several occasions.

The clips below highlight David Bronner’s fight to legalize hemp, while also showing how ludicrous the hemp regulation is in the United States:

David Bronner locks himself in a cage with hemp to protest the federal policy that does not allow US farmers to grow hemp in the US. Dr. Bronner’s soap company imports more than 20 tons of hemp oil per year from Canada, which he turns around and sells to US consumers in the form of soap. Mr. Bronner is protesting this ironic policy that does not allow American brands to buy hemp from American farmers.

In 2009, several hemp advocates protested in front of the DEA headquarters to voice their frustration over the law that allows people in the US to import hemp, but yet won’t allow its farmers to grow it. Many of them got arrested for planting hemp seeds in front of the building.

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