Castile Soap: What is it and what are its uses

Castile soap has become a popular choice for eco conscious consumers seeking a soap that is non-toxic and safe for use for both washing the body and household cleaning.

Castile soap, which comes in both liquid and traditional bar form, is made from vegetable oils – primarily coconut, olive, hemp and jojoba oils.

Castile soap is named after an area in Spain which is renowned for its olive oil. Castile bar soap was traditionally made with olive oil and animal fat.

In the process of making Castile soap, oils are mixed with an alkali – sodium hydroxide for solid soap and potassium hydroxide for liquid.

Castile soap is gentle on you and the environment because it’s free of artificial foaming agents, harsh cleansers, petrochemicals and chemical anti-bacterial agents. It’s also biodegradable.

Authentic Castile soap does not contain harsh synthetic detergents nor any skin-irritating artificial colourants, fragrances, or preservatives.

Castile soap has grown in demand in recent years and modern formulas have included ingredients such as aloe vera gel, shea butter, essential oils, salt, and natural antioxidants and preservatives such as citric acid.

Liquid Castile soap is particularly versatile. In addition to use as a body wash or hand wash, Castile soap has many other personal care uses, such as shampoo, shaving cream, and toothpaste. It can also be used to wash your pets.

Castile soap is great for household cleaning too – it can be used for washing dishes, mopping up floors and as a laundry wash – because it acts as a surfactant and helps lift away dirt and cuts through grease. It is also gentle and safe enough to use for washing your car.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. Follow Rosa on Twitter.

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