Dr. Bronner’s is the world’s best soap! Read all about it! »
I can’t remember the first time I used Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap. Maybe in college, around the first time I went vegan. I just remember loving it—and when I discovered the lavender scent? Sold for life.
Over at Inc.com, Tom Foster wrote a great in-depth profile of the company, and guess what: It’s exactly the combination hippie-activist independent eco-friendly company you imagined it to be the first time you giggled at the label. A few highlights:
- They soap contains 100 percent organic ingredients.
- They’re so serious about Fair Trade they bought farms to grow their ingredients according to Fair Trade standards—coconut oil in Sri Lanka, palm oil in Ghana, peppermint oil in India, and “a partnership that combines olive oils from farmers in the West Bank and Israel, and has become a symbol of Israeli-Palestinian coexistence.”
- They led the hemp industry to sue the federal government in 2001 in protest of the Bush policy of “seizing shipments of hemp seed and hemp oil at the Canadian border”—and won.
- They pay all their workers everywhere a living wage, and all the big corporate salaries are capped.
- They plan on staying independent forever.
Go read the entire article RIGHT NOW, it is three pages of you in happy shock because companies can be this amazing and turn a big profit. There is good in the world, you guys, and it starts with soap.
[photo by Max Edmands via Flickr]
Product Review: VonDulce Danish Candy! »
I got some gratis samples of VonDulce’s handmade Danish candies to try! VonDulce is a vegan-owned business and the creator, Karolina Zakonek, gave me some awesome background info. While hard candies here in the states are often vegan-friendly, they are usually made with corn syrup. In contrast, check out the sugar Karolina uses:
[VonDulce candies] are made with Fair Trade, 100% Organic, Kosher, Evaporated Sugar Cane, which is not filtered through animal by-products, and produced under strict organic standards. The sugar is not treated with herbicides or synthetic fertilizers, and no chemicals or bleaching agents are used. The freshly squeezed Organic Sugar Cane Juice, is evaporated and crystalized on the same day it is harvested. The Sugar Mills are self sufficient, using the crushed cane stalks (called bagasse) as a fuel for the boilers, which generates electricity, so there is no need for fossil fuels.
Holy crap that’s some serious sugar! Talk about guilt-free. And no bone char! Nice. I already like supporting vegan businesses but that sugar is just so cool, it makes it all the better. Yes, I’m talking about cool sugar.
Karolina grew up in Denmark where hard candy is a common treat. She learned to make these candies the old fashioned way and uses the same recipe candy-masters used in the late 1700s. She orders all her natural flavoring oils from a Danish supplier so she can get the purest ingredients available. She also doesn’t use plastic molds (which is how most candies are made) so you don’t have to worry about toxins and chemicals leaching into the sugar! Wow girl, you are thorough! I appreciate that.
My official verdict: These candies are the yum! And SO PRETTY! My favorite flavor is the Lemon Pucker. It’s a great mix of sweet and lemony-sour but not too sour. It’s unique too, nothing like a lemon Jolly Rancher or what have you. The Berry Me and Peppermint were yum too. And if you like root beer, the Sassafras is for you! All the flavor of root beer in a little candy. And licorice fans have definitely found their match, apparently that is a Danish fave! Another note: these candies are gluten-free, gluten-free friends!
So if you want to support a vegan biz and eat some tasty, old-fashioned sweets, head over to VonDulce’s Etsy page and go crazy! Oh and hey, on VonDulce’s Facebook page, they are having a little caption contest and you can win candies before Valentine’s day! So check that out!