Wednesday, April 24, 2013

REVIEW: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps and Organic Oscar

It's review day in our 30-day Cruelty-Free Challenge!

Today, Lulu got a bath.

She hates baths. But it can't always be fun and games.

Lately, we've been using two products for Lulu's baths. Both happen to be cruelty-free.

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps has been around for years. It's fair trade, organic, cruelty-free and has all sorts of uses. Even the bottle is made from recyclable material. And it only has a few ingredients:
Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Olive Oil*, Tea Tree Extract, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol 
I like to use the Tea Tree Oil soap on Lulu. It works really well in getting rid of fleas. I didn't think Lulu had any, but just in case, I figured I'd give it a shot.

I let her stay in the tub after soaping for a few minutes. No fleas when I rinsed her off this time, but believe me, the fleas just fall off using Dr. Bronner's.

Dr. Bronner's comes in many scents. I have a friend who uses different scents on her dogs for different things -- lavender for calming, eucalyptus for itchiness.

And Dr. Bronner's is not just for dogs. I've used that same bottle as a shampoo for my own hair. You can wash yourself with it. Dr. Bronner's says a single bottle has 18 different uses.

My only big problem with the Dr. Bronner's is afterwards. The fur can feel a bit... resiny afterwards.

That's when I break out the Organic Oscar. I got this in my Wag-in-the-Box back in January, and it's a fantastic product.

Organic Oscar has only been around for a few years, but it's a great shampoo for dogs with sensitive skin. It also is cruelty-free and organic (obviously). Here are the ingredients:
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Decyl Glucoside, Purified Water USP, Lauryl Glucoside, Citrus Urantium, Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, PCA Glyceryl Oleate, Propanediol, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate
 I apply it on Lulu the same way I apply the Dr. Bronner's -- coat evenly, let it sit for a bit, rinse off. It leaves Lulu's fur feeling so soft. 

Now if only she would stop drying herself on the furniture.

You can find Dr. Bronner's at Target stores, Whole Foods Markets, Vitamin Shoppes, and other health food stores. They have a store locator on its website.

Organic Oscar is less easy to find. It is, of course, available on, and it's also available on the Organic Oscar website. Right now it's selling for $9.99 a bottle.

And, both products are on the Leaping Bunny cruelty-free shopping list!

I have a discount code for Wag-in-the-Box, where every month, great products like Organic Oscar will be sent to you.

Head to their website, purchase your subscription order. You can buy by the box, or purchase three-month or six-month subscriptions. In checkout, just add one of these codes:

  • 5WagsFurLifeWithBeagle - $5 off 1-month membership purchase 
  • 10WagsFurLifeWithBeagle - $10 off 3 or 6-month membership purchase
This discount is only for first-time customers.  


  1. We thinks a bath sounds pretty cruel, but the products do sound great. ~Fenris & Tuiren

  2. Lulu looks so unsure in the before pictures. She looks happy as she rubs away on the furniture.

    1. That's her favorite part! Free of the bath, no collars, zooming around the living room and running on everything. She gets into play mode and starts barking. Hysterical.

  3. So Lulu is a Guinea Pig. As long as there is a treat and some snuggling afterwards I say Wheek Wheek Wheek! tee hee (thats guinea pig talk)

    1. Well we had tried them before, so I knew they worked before I wrote this. Actually, I just bought a whole bunch of cleaning products to review soon, so I'll be the real guinea pig over the next few weeks!

  4. Thanks for sharing these products! I've been looking for some new shampoos for Luna. Luna hates bath time too, but as soon as its over she is ready to play. Have you tried lavender at all? How do you help soothe Lulu during baths?

    Jessica from Beagles and Bargains

    1. I haven't tried lavender because my family is allergic too it. She doesn't really DO anything when I bathe her, except jump out when I'm not looking, and refuse to go in the tub. No whining or anything. I've taken her to groomers and they say the same thing.

  5. Oh very cool. We've always just purchased whatever looked good. I was happy, this time around, with the handmade bar soap I used on Flash. He rinsed clean and didn't smell like wet dog.


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