Castile soap has a very long and sordid history. The formulations you see now, made with pure olive oil, are born after the original laurel oil that was combined with olive oil, was difficult to obtain in Europe. This bar of Castile soap is made with an oil blend of olive oil pomace and rice bran oil. It is used in a variety of applications and not just for hand washing. You can make everything from laundry detergent to ant repellant from castile soap.
It is commonly use by fabric artists for washing and blocking their works and for the needle felting process in which you stab a pile of wool a bunch of times with needles. How metal is that?
Since this soap is made purely with soft oils, it is a much softer soap and will “melt” if left in water, so it’s best to have a draining soap dish to keep your soap on when not in use, and best to let it dry completely between uses. This is one of the most gentle soaps that you can buy and is often used for pets, babies, and for those with sensitive skin. It typically has a cure time of about a year due to the soft oils, but I used a water discount as well as sodium lactate to help speed the process along. It is still a soft bar, but with proper storage it can be as long lasting as our soaps that use coconut oil.
With this soap, I’ll be starting to do lather tests so that you can see how the soap lathers before you purchase! Just click on the video below to check out our new Castile Soap in action!
If you’d like to see how I made this soap, click this link
Ingredients: Olive Oil Pomace/Rice Bran Oil blend, Distilled Water, Sodium Hydroxide*
*to create the reaction that makes soap. No lye is left over after the reaction is complete