Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dr. Bronner's

Ah, Doctor Bronner's, let me count the ways I Love You!  With each and every drop, my Love for you grows.

It was 34 years ago when I was first introduced to Dr. Bronner's.  It may have been on one of my first Salt River kayaking trips.  But, for sure, it was on my very first Grand Canyon trip in September of 1980.

If you didn't use Dr. Bronner's back then, you were a heathen, an infidel and unworthy of traveling with your fellow adventurers.  Using Dr. Bronner's was a badge of "Early Green Honor."  It simply would have been unthinkable to travel The Colorado River through Grand Canyon without Dr. Bronner's.

The Nose Knows.

They say your sense of smell can bring back memories better than any of the other human senses.  They say there's some connection between the olfactory nerves and that part of the brain that is the gate keeper for Sweet Memories.

I can attest this is true.  The mere sniff of Dr. Bronner's brings back a genuine flood of river memories.  I can even remember specific camps and beaches where I washed my once long, flowing hair and beard in the luxurious aroma of Dr. Bronner's.

Dr. Bronner's became kind of a Mentor to me in a strange sort of way only a soap could do.  Somehow, I connected with that Free Spirit whose dedication shines bright long after his 1997 death at the age of 89.  Somehow, even today when I see a bottle of Dr. Bronner's,  I am instantly transported back to those Free Spirit Days of my own.

If ever there was one common thread between all of our profligate lifestyles back in the 1980's, it would have to be the scent of Dr. Bronner's.  There's really nothing like washing your hair in The Colorado River with Dr. Bronner's.  Somehow, the whole world became more real and more compelling as the embracing aroma of Dr. Bronner's filled your life with a sense of All Things Possible.  Aye!

Well, the years passed and Dr. Bronner's faded from my Life Path.  Suska Kocis came for a drive by visit in mid-September and we both went to the organic grocery in Idaho Falls.  I think it's name is Natural Grocer's or something like that.  She wanted to get some certified organic produce and I was just along for the ride.

But as I walked in the store, the seas parted and there stood a bold display of Dr. Bronner's right smack dab in my face.  And, imagine my glee to see a great big bottle was only $7.39.  That's downright free!

I couldn't find Grand Canyon Peppermint right away so I anxiously asked the staff if it was still for sale and they laughed and guided me to the peppermint.  I gleefully clutched my bottle and checked out.

Ever since that day a short time ago, I have been reliving so many memories with my twice daily shower.  Ah, Dr. Bronner's, who knew you could bring back so many olfactory memories of yesteryore along the riverbanks of legendary Southwest streams?

Aye, Dr. Bronner's let me count the ways I Love You!


This article really sums it up for Dr. Bronner's.


There is only one and will forever only be ONE

Dr. Bronner's!


The Goatherder said...

I had a girlfriend who brushed her teeth with the Peppermint. Talk about hardcore! We always have a bottle of lavender in the shower. Classic, simple, who cares what it costs?

Kirsty said...

I have a big bottle of Dr. Bronners in my shower! Use it in our soap dispensers too. Good stuff. You can get it on Amazon :)