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Castile soap is soap made from vegetable oils (often olive oil). The term "Castile" is based on the region in Spain known for its olive oil, which was originally turned into soap with the addition of animal fat. Animal fat is no longer added to modern versions of the soap, which is now made from such oils as olive, coconut, jojoba, palm and hemp. The recipes used to make castile soap are often centuries old.
Benefits of castile soap
Castile soap is gentle on the skin and can be used by a wide range of people without reaction to it. It is also good for the environment, as it doesn't contain such ingredients as foaming agents, artificial colours, deconstructed fatty acids, petrochemicals or anti-bacterial agents.
Castile soap is biodegradable.
Uses for castile soap
Castile soap can be used for cleansing the skin (body wash), washing the hair as a shampoo, and turned into a cleanser with the addition of such items as borax, baking soda and vinegar. It can also be used for laundry purposes and as a window cleaner, with the addition of some basic ingredients. It is a good soap to use when camping, for it has low environmental impact.
Sources and citations
- J. Hunt, (1999) A short history of soap.
- Hunt, John A. (1999). A short history of soap, at http://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/opinion/comment/a-short-history-of-soap/20066753, http://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com The Pharmaceutical Journal Vol. 263, No. 7076, pp. 985–989. Paid registration required to access the article.