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Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Soap, Earl Grey

Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Soap, Earl Grey

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Body Wash/Cleanser

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Dr. Bronner's

DATA LAST UPDATED

September 2023

EWG Verified Product

This product bears the EWG VERIFIED® mark, meaning that the product meets EWG’s strictest standards for health and safety. It avoids any of the ingredients on EWG’s “Unacceptable List” and provides full transparency of ingredients, including fragrance.

Ingredient List

The specific formulation has been reviewed by EWG scientists. At the time of verification, the ingredients in this formulation were used at a concentration below EWG’s health and safety limit, and therefore did not pose significant human health concerns. Click on an ingredient for more information.

ABIES SIBIRICA (SIBERIAN FIR) OIL
Appeared as: Abies Sibirica
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, masking, tonic
CONCERNS Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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ANTHEMIS NOBILIS (CHAMOMILE) FLOWER OIL
Appeared as: Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil
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CONCERNS • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)
• Neurotoxicity (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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CAMELLIA SINENSIS (GREEN TEA) LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: Camellia Sinensis (Black Tea) Leaf Extract
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FUNCTION(S) antioxidant, fragrance ingredient, oral care agent, skin-conditioning agent -miscellaneous, ultraviolet light absorber, antimicrobial, astringent, emollient, humectant, masking, oral care, skin conditioning, skin protecting, tonic, uv absorber
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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CISTUS LADANIFERUS RESIN
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, masking
CONCERNS • Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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CITRIC ACID
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FUNCTION(S) chelating agent, fragrance ingredient, ph adjuster, buffering, chelating, masking
CONCERNS Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT EXTRACT
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FUNCTION(S) not reported, perfuming
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, masking
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) PEEL OIL
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CONCERNS • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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CITRUS RETICULATA PEEL OIL
Appeared as: Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, masking, skin conditioning, tonic
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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CYMBOPOGON NARDUS (CITRONELLA) OIL
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, masking, tonic
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS (EUCALYPTUS) LEAF OIL
Appeared as: Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, perfuming, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Enhanced skin absorption
Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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FERULA GALBANIFLUA (FERULA GUMMOSA) RESIN OIL
Appeared as: Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, antimicrobial, perfuming, tonic
CONCERNS • Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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FOENICULUM VULGARE (FENNEL) OIL
Appeared as: Feoniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Oil
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, emollient, skin conditioning, soothing, tonic
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GLYCERIN
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FUNCTION(S) denaturant, fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, humectant, oral care agent;oral health care drug, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, skin protectant, viscosity decreasing agent, perfuming, solvent
CONCERNS Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, emollient
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IONONE, ALPHA-
Appeared as: Ionone
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FUNCTION(S) perfuming
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JUNIPERUS MEXICANA OIL
Appeared as: Juniperus Mexicana (Cedar) Oil
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, masking
CONCERNS • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL
Appeared as: Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, emollient
CONCERNS • Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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LITSEA CUBEBA (MAY CHANG) OIL
Appeared as: Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, masking, tonic
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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OCIMUM BASILICUM (SWEET BASIL) OIL
Appeared as: Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, masking, tonic
CONCERNS • Cancer (moderate)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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POTASSIUM COCOATE
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FUNCTION(S) surfactant - cleansing agent, surfactant - emulsifying agent, emulsifying, surfactant
CONCERNS • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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POTASSIUM HEMPSEEDATE
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FUNCTION(S) surfactant - cleansing agent, surfactant - emulsifying agent, surfactant
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POTASSIUM OLIVATE
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FUNCTION(S) surfactant - cleansing agent, surfactant - emulsifying agent, emulsifying, surfactant
CONCERNS • Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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POTASSIUM PALM KERNELATE
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FUNCTION(S) surfactant - cleansing agent, viscosity increasing agent - nonaqueous, cleansing, viscosity controlling
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ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF OIL
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, masking, skin conditioning
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SALVIA SCLAREA (CLARY SAGE) OIL
Appeared as: Salvia Sclarea (Sage) Oil
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, masking, tonic
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SAPONIFIED SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL
Appeared as: Potassium Jojobate
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THYMUS VULGARIS (COMMON THYME)
Appeared as: Thymus Vulgaris Absolute
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CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Occupational hazards (high)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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TOCOPHEROL
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FUNCTION(S) antioxidant, fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous;skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
Contamination concerns (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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TRIETHYL CITRATE
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, plasticizer, antioxidant, deodorant, masking, plasticiser, solvent
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WATER
Appeared as: Aqua
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FUNCTION(S) solvent
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ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT OIL
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FUNCTION(S) flavoring agent, fragrance ingredient, masking, perfuming, skin conditioning, tonic
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

EWG has reviewed the use of this ingredient in the product formulation and found it did not pose significant health concerns. However, there may be concerns associated with the use of the ingredient in other products or formulations. Visit the ingredient page to learn more.
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Ingredients from packaging:

Aqua, Potassium Cocoate, Potassium Palm Kernelate, Glycerin, Potassium Olivate, [[DISCLOSED FRAGRANCE]]**, Potassium Hempseedate, Potassium Jojobate, Camellia Sinensis (Black Tea) Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citric Acid, Citral, Limonene, Linalool **COMPONENTS: Cistus Ladaniferus Resin, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Juniperus Mexicana (Cedar) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil, Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella) Oil, Feoniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Oil, Abies Sibirica (Fir Needle), Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Sage) Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Thymus Vulgaris Absolute, Triethyl Citrate, Ionone, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil

Directions from packaging:

USAGE TIPS Dr. Bronner recommended many uses for this versatiel soap. Here are some of our favorite uses: 1. Face: Wet face with water, lather 2 or 3 drops of soap in wet hands, massage into skin in gentle circular motions. Rinse well and keep out of eyes. 2. Body & Hands: Lather a small squirt of soap in wet hands or washcloth. Massage into wet skin. 3. Bath: Put 2 tbsp. of soap in tub of hot water to relax. 4. Shave face-underarms-legs: Lather 5-10 drops in wet hands, apply to the skin & shave. 5. Hair: Work soap into wet hair. Rinse with a slightly acidic conditioner. 6. Fruit: A dash or 1/4 teaspoon in bowl of water to remove residue. Rinse clean. 7. Make-Up Brushes: Squirt a small amount of soap on wet brush tip, rub bristles clean with fingers or on palm of hand. Rinse well and squeeze gently to dry.

Warnings from packaging:

! Keep out of eyes. If cap clogs, poke it clear. Do not squeeze bottle and shoot out soap. Soap can clog and spurt with pump dispensers. Flush eyes well with water for 15 minutes. Consult a physician if irritation persists. Don't drink soap!

EWG Verified

This product bears the EWG VERIFIEDTM mark - its formulation has been reviewed by EWG scientists, and the company behind the product has shown its ingredients meet all of the EWG’s strict criteria. When it was verified, the ingredients in this formulation did not pose significant human health concerns.

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The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED® mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

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