The origins of Castile soap go back to the Levant, where Aleppo soap-makers have made hard soaps based on olive and laurel oil for millennia. It is commonly believed that the Crusaders brought Aleppo soap back to Europe with them in the 11th century, based on the claim that the earliest soap made in Europe was just after the crusades, but in fact the Romans in the first century AD knew about soap and Zosimos of Panopolis ca. 300 AD described soap and soapmaking. Following the Crusades, production of this soap extended to the whole Mediterranean area.Early soap-makers in Europe did not have easy access to laurel oil and therefore dropped it from their formulations, thereby creating an olive-oil soap now known as Castile soap.
What is Castile Soap?
In its simplest definition, Castile soap is soap made from vegetable oil. It originated from the Castile region of Spain and originally made from pure olive oil. Today, Castile soaps are primarily olive oil based, but can also contain differing amounts of plant oils such as argan, neem, coconut, palm, hemp and jojoba. Castile soaps do not contain any animal by products or synthetic detergents. Castile soaps can be found either in bar form or liquid form. There are many different labels each having different properties depending on formulations. However the base being castile or vegetable based oils all promote the same benefits.
How is it beneficial to the environment?
Unlike commercial soaps that rely on SLS and fragrances to create soapy lather and scent, Castile Soap’s bubbles are from saponins in the natural oils and it's scents from essential oils. These natural ingredients break down in the environment much more easily than other soaps and detergents. The simple nature of the soap means lesser impact due to reduced waste stream during manufacture. It's properties also allows it to washed away more easily means saving precious water when washing and cleaning.
Why use Castile Soap?
Castile Soaps are good for all skin types, especially for sensitive and dry skin. When the soap is made, glycerine is retained unlike in most commercial soaps where it is removed. Glycerin in the natural oils moisturizers and hydrates the skin. It is perfect not just for grown ups but for babies and children too. Natural and Safe. Castile soap actually opens pores, unclogging them and allowing for a deeper clean. People with severe acne have reported that using Castile soap has allowed for their pores to be gently unclogged- reducing acne breakouts and the occurrence of blackheads. It has also been known to be effective for those with ezcema. The best soap that anyone can use!