I was a little disappointed when I learned the September LoveLula box contained The Castilian Soap Company Castilian Soap. That’s because I put the brakes on the box until after my baby is born, so I didn’t get my box in September – no soap for me.
But every cloud has a silver lining! An opportunity came up to try this gorgeous natural liquid soap, so I jumped at the chance to try it. I received the lavender variety of the soap.
Since I use Castile soap for DIY projects, I usually have a bottle in stock. As most people know, Dr. Bronner’s is the go-to brand for Castile soap. I know and love Dr. Bronner’s, but I’m always curious to try alternative brands to see how they match up!
Before we take a look at this newcomer Castile soap, let’s take a minute to learn about Castile soap.
What is Castile soap?
I never really thought about why Castile soap is named so. After looking it up I learned it has a long history and originates from olive oil based soaps made in Castile, Spain.
It can come in a liquid or bar format, but Castile soap is always made using vegetable fat – be it coconut, olive, avocado, hemp, or another vegetable oil.
Castile soap is made by mixing oil with an alkali, making Castile soap an alkaline product with a pH around 8.9.
The Castilian Soap Company Castilian Soap
Aqua, Potassium Oleate, Potassium Cocoate, Glycerin, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Citric Acid, d-Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool.
Uses for the soap
Castile soap has a multitude of uses, but due to its alkalinity it’s better suited to some than others. Here are some of the ways you can use The Castilian Soap Company Castilian Soap:
- Hands – add a small amount, lather, and rinse.
- Hair – use 1/2 tablespoon.
- Face – not recommended. If you have acne, watch this video on using Castile soap to help acne. Just use it sparingly!
- Dishes – add a pump to the dish water.
- Laundry – about 120ml in the usual drawer.
- Floor – about 120ml in 15 litres.
Use this Castile soap dilution chart to help you find the right dilution.
How effective is it?
My favourite use for the soap is to clean my hands. It’s a really effective cleanser, removing ground in dirt from gardening and cleaning the car. I’ve been using it for some time now, and it hasn’t stripped the moisture from my hands. The scent is beautiful and very refreshing.
Is it organic?
The soap base is organic, but the essential oils are not.
How does it compare to Dr. Bronner’s?
The biggest difference is in texture – Castilian Soap is a thicker, gel-like texture, whereas Dr. Bronner’s is much thinner and more of a liquid consistency.
The Castilian Soap Company Castilian Soap is just as good a cleanser, and the price is roughly the same.
Like Dr. Bronner’s, The Castilian Soap Company Castilian Soap is biodegradable.
What other fragrances are there?
Final thoughts on The Castilian Soap Company Castilian Soap
It’s so nice to see a British rival to well-known Dr. Bronner’s, especially when it performs just as well. I can’t wait to try it for other purposes around my home. I’ll be switching to The Castilian Soap brand for future purchases.
The Castilian Soap Company Castilian Soap in Lavender
What do you think to this new Castile soap to rival Dr. Bronner’s? Will you try it? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Disclosure: I was gifted The Castilian Soap Company Castilian Soap to try by LoveLula. My views are honest and my own.