This Day in Jewish History Creator of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Dies

Emanuel Heilbronner, a self-styled doctor, left Germany for the U.S. and created the Castile soaps that come with moral messages on the bottle.

Soap manufacturer and amateur philosopher Emanuel Bronner died on this day in 1997. Bronner produced Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, which in his day were known as much for the large amount of text printed on their labels – up to 3,000 words per bottle preaching variations on the theme of world peace – as for their natural ingredients and the fact that only a few drops are needed to wash up with them.