What is Castile Soap?
Castile soap is named for it's origins in the Castile region of Spain. This is a natural soap, made from vegetable and nut oils and lye. It is cured for between 4 - 6 weeks to produce the perfect pH for the skin.
Lye water is a solution of water and sodium hydroxide (caustic soda). This is required to make the chemical reaction of saponification to occur between the oils and the lye. Without lye soap cannot claim to be natural. Some products refer to the use of saponified oils, this just means that lye has been added to the oil.
While handmade soaps can have synthetic products like fragrance oils or colours, ours use only essential oils for scent and not added colours. Our clays provide all the colour we need.
Please read the ingredients carefully, We are working towards our soaps being made in allergy safe environments, currently all our soaps may contain traces of nut oils.
Our soaps are vegan friendly, except for the goat's milk soaps.
Each bar weighs at least 130g - these are hand made so there is a little variance.
Our coconut oil is ethically sourced.
Known Allergins - external use only
All our soaps may contain traces of these allergins.
Macadamia oil - nut oil present in Honey & Oat, Moisture, Poppy Seed and Invigorate Shampoo bar.
Our Soap Types
We have a number of soap types available.
Olive Oil - this is a pure olive oil soap with no added extras, a traditional castile soap.
Ingredients - olive oil and lye water.
Honey & Oat - A gentle exfoliator that nourishes the skin with macadamia oil.
Ingredients - olive oil, coconut oil, macadamia oil, local honey, oat bran and lye water.
Moisture - The most nourishing soap we have. It uses macadamia and jojoba oil to moisturise and cleanse with sweet orange oil for an uplifting fragrance.
Ingredients - olive oil, macadamia oil, jojoba oil, sweet orange oil and lye water.
Poppy Seed - This gently exfoliates whilst nourishing the skin with macadamia and jojoba oil.
Ingredients - olive oil, macadamia oil, jojoba oil, poppy seeds, bergamot oil and lye water.
Problem Skin - An antibacterial soap that is still great for all skin type, however best for those who have trouble skin. The tea tree and lavender relieve problem skin areas.
Ingredients - olive oil, coconut oil, lavender oil, tea tree oil and lye water.
Goat's Milk - All of our goat's milk soaps are excellent for sensitive or eczema prone skin. The goat's milk is moisturising and gentle on delicate skin.
Varieties - plain, lavender essential oil, lemon myrtle essential oil, lemongrass or sandalwood essential oil.
Ingredients - olive oil, coconut oil, fresh goat's milk and lye water.
Detox - This soap contains Australian clays. Clay helps to draw out impurities in the skin and has a slight drying effect. To counter balance this the vegetable oils nourish and moisturise. The essential oils help to clarify and cleanse the skin.
Varieties - green clay for oily skin, white kaolin clay for dry or mature skin, pink clay for sensitive skin and bentonite for all skin types.
Ingredients - olive oil, coconut oil, ylang ylang oil, grapefruit oil, lemon myrtle oil and lye water.
Solid shampoo bars are a great way to care for your hair. Use on wet hair by massaging the bar into you hair. Bring to a lather and rinse. We are currently working on a conditioner bar. You can use a natural shampoo or find your own conditioner recipe online.
Nourish- Formulated to strengthen hair and reinvigorate.
Ingredients - olive oil, castor oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, rose geranium oil and lye water.
Invigorate - designed to moisturise and reinvigorate dry hair.
Ingredients - olive oil, castor oil, coconut oil, macadamia oil, sandalwood oil, ylang ylang oil and lye water.
Refresh - Helps to control dandruff and regenerate.
Ingredients - olive oil, castor oil, coconut oil, lemongrass oil and lye water.
Natural - clean and natural designed to cleanse and enliven hair, no added essential oils.
Ingredients - olive oil, castor oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil and lye water.