Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Unite! Unite! OKAY!

Tonight I found out that a friend had never heard of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps. So I promised him I'd post some information for him.

First of all, the soap is actually pretty cool. It comes in different scents like Lavender, Peppermint and Almond. The Peppermint tingles. The soap is gentle enough that you can use it as shampoo.

But the thing the soap is most famous for is the fact that the labels on the bottles are covered in somewhat rambling semi-religious verbosity referring to "All-One-God-Faith" and "TO UNITE MANKIND FREE" and some suggestions for how to use the soap for birth control. Click on the picture to the right for a larger image. Notice that, even in the bigger picture, you still can't read the tiny print on the label. All that writing is in the same style as the sample on the left. It gives you something to read in the shower.

Here's the website of the 2006 documentary, "Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox". The trailer for the documentary is on the film's website, but here it is on YouTube as well.
Netflix shows the title in their catalog but says that the date it will become available is not known.

Here's some background information on Dr. Bronner and his soap from The Straight Dope.

Here's some info on Dr. Bronner's soap from Chase Union, Ltd., suppliers of exotic medical instruments and supplies.

And, finally, someone is selling coffee mugs, tote bags, stickers and magnets of a Dr. Bronner label here at Cafepress.

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