Timeline

Tracing the History and Accomplishments of Dr. Bronner’s

The history of Dr. Bronner’s goes back over 150 years and 5 generations. Below is a timeline with some brief reflections on our origins, as well as key dates, milestones and accomplishments from our family’s history in Germany to the current day as the most interesting natural soap company around.


1800s

Soapmaking Begins
Heilbronn Factory

1908

Emanuel Heilbronner (Dr. Bronner) Born

1920s

Apprenticeship
Leaves to U.S.

1930s

Children Born
Lotte
Vacation
Luise

1940s

Parents Murdered
Wife Dies; Peace Plan Begins
Crucifixion/Institutionalization
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Founded

1950s

Pershing Square

1960s/70s

Counterculture Explosion

1980s

On the March
“All-One!” in a Reggae Style

1990s

Early 1990s: Jim, Ralph & Trudy
March 7, 1997: Dr. Bronner Dies
June 12, 1998: Jim Bronner Dies
Enter Crazy Fox

2000s

Enter the Ninja
DEA DOA
Certified Organic
Elevated Social Responsibility
Uncle Ralph
International Expansion
Sue Zamazin
USDA Organic Victory
Fair Trade Constructive Capitalism
Certified Fair Trade
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox
60th/150th Anniversary!

2010s

Dr. Bronner’s Germany (DBG) Established
Coconut Oil Soars into Food Market
Bringing Hemp Farming Back to the U.S.
GMO Labeling Throwdown
New Factory Opening