Castile Soap is a staple in our house. It’s a zero-wasters best friend and a single bottle of castile soap can be used to replace a whole bunch of different household products including hand soap, diy nappy wipes, body wash and if you brave, even shampoo.
I’ve been receiving lots of questions lately about castile soap and how we use it in our house.
What is Castile Soap?
Castile soap is a natural. biodegradable soap base primarily made from olive oil or vegetable oil and lye.
What to look for when buying Castile Soap?
Less is more. The fewer ingredients the better. Ingredients can vary from brand to brand but the one I buy inculdes Aqua Potassium Olivate, Potassium Cocoate, Oleic Acid and Glycerine. A good quality castile soap will be thick and concentrated. Personally I try to avoid castile soaps that have a whole lot of extra’s added to it like oils (ie hemp, jojoba and coconut etc) and fragrances and parfums. My main concern with these additions is that it then limits what I can do with my castile soap and I prefer to have total control over what goes into my own diy soaps.
What can castile soap do and what’s it not so good at?
The list is endless. Castile soap is a gentle cleanser so it is great for making soaps, body washes and cleansers for people with sensitive skin. It can be quite drying though so it is a great idea to combine it with oil and other ingredients like palm oil free glycerine to help nourish dry skin. It can make a great gentle dishwashing liquid when combined with other powerful natural cleaners or when concentrated in bar form but it can leave a film over objects and clothes so I prefer to use other natural soaps to clean my clothes and wash my floors.
Where I buy my castile soap?
-Bulk food stores are a great place to buy Castile soap but I also buy castile soap from Aussie Soap Supplies in WA from time to time.
There are soap supplier in most states so why not seeing if you can find one near you.
So to get you started here is a great basic DIY hand soap recipe.
What you need
- 2 tablespoon castile soap
- 2 tablespoon of oil (jojoba, macadamia, avocado and almond oil are all great option
- 5 drops of essential oils (I like grapefruit and orange for a bright, fresh small but lavender is also a great option
Mix all of the ingredients together and shake.
You can turn this recipe into a DIY cleanser by experimenting with adding other skin nourishing ingredients like aloe vera, palm oil free glycerine, vitamin E oil or even a little bentonite clay or raw honey.