One of the most well known soaps in the world recommended for even the most extreme cases of sensitive skin. Perfect for newborns. Our Castile soap is made with only Organically Grown Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
If it's not made with 100% Olive Oil is NOT Castile Soap.
- The TRUE and original Castile Soap (Jabón de Castilla) made with ONLY 100% Organically Grown Extra Virgin Olive Oil imported from Spain
- Unscented and without any colorants, extra mild soap that can be used on babies and newborns
- Gently cleanses without irritating the skin
- Safely removes the daily accumulation of dirt and excess oils without stripping the skin from its natural acidic mantel
- Safe to use as a daily facial cleanser
- Perfect for any skin type
- Recommended for blemished or acne prone skin
During the saponification process of the oils and butters, all the natural occurring vegetable glycerin content is kept in the soap, helping seal in moisture while providing anti-aging and humectant benefits to the skin.
Our boxes are made of 100% post-consumer cardboard without glues or dyes, so it's biodegradable, compostable and environmentally friendly.
Saponified Organic Extra Virgin Olive (Olea Europea) Oil,
Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide (Saponifying Agent).
Organic = USDA Certified Organic.
Contains 72.79% Organic Ingredients as per USDA NOP Organic Standards Calculation.
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* This bar of soap doesn't contain artificial (FD&C or D&C) colorants or dyes of any kind, artificial or synthetic fragrances, chemicals,
petrochemicals, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, triclosan or GMOs.
** The color of the soap comes directly from the natural ingredients it contains.
*** All the vegetable glycerin produced during the saponification process is retained in the soap. We do not remove it to sell it separately.
Jabón de Castilla (Castille or Castile Soap) was born in Spain in the Kingdom of Castilla, today referred as the Region of Castilla, around the year 600-700 AD, very close to where Don Quixote was born.
While England and France where making soaps with animal fats or tallow as the main ingredient, Castilla had an abundance of olive groves that had arrived with the Romans a few centuries earlier. Soon it was discovered that the oil from the olive fruit produced a far superior soap, and Castile soap was born. The Romans didn't discover or invented the soap, but they understood and appreciated the benefits of olive oil. Olive oil was not only used to prepare meals, it was also used for external cleansing purposes, rubbing the oil on the skin combining it with the dirt and grime and then removing it with a scraper like object called a strigel.
Castile soap became a very desired commodity, because of its benefits for the skin, becoming the first choice of many royal families and wealthy people throughout Europe. Like today, Castile soap was expensive and not available to everyone. Because of his fascination with this soap, the King of France, Louis XVI, decreed all Marseille soap boilers would only make soap with olive oil.
A few of the Marseille soap boilers are still today making soap with only olive oil, but sadly the majority of them have changed their ancestral formulations allowing other inexpensive oils like coconut and palm to replace the original green gold.
As with the Marseille soap boilers demise, Castilla also reduced the amount of olive oil in their formulations replacing it for cheaper oils to increase production and profitability, massacring in the process the good denomination name of this fabulous soap.
Today, the true Jabón de Castilla is only manufactured by a hand full of soap boilers worldwide, using the same 1400 year old traditional methods and formulations.
Many believe Jabón de Castilla is green and not white the fact is that olive oil makes white soap unless colour is added.
It’s common for Castile soap to have a white skin, not to be confused with “soda ash”. This skin is perfectly normal. won’t harm in any way and proves it’s made with pure Extra Virgin Olive Oil of the best quality. As the soap continues curing (becuase soaps never stop curing) and harden the soap will become completely white the reason why Castile soap was once called “The White Soap” by the Kings and Queens of Spain.
Can I use Castile soap on my baby?
- Yes. Castile soap is a very mild soap that won't dry or harm your baby's skin. Since it's made with Organically Grown Extra Virgin Olive Oil, it's free of harmful chemicals.
Can I wash my hair with Castile soap?
- Absolutely. Castile soap was used as an all purpose soap ever since its inception 1400 years ago. It's commonly used as a body soap, but works very well as a hand soap, shampoo and it's wonderful as a facial soap.
I heard olive oil is wonderful for the body but shouldn't be used on the face because it clogs pore, is this true?
No. Olive oil is one of the safest and widely used oils. It's been used in Europe, Egypt, Greece, Syria and Iraq, among other countries, for thousands of years. It's been used as a trading commodity, currency, as an unguent for the body and hair, to prepare food, and even as a lamp oil. As an unguent or modernly called body oil, it not only softens and protects the skin, it also aids in balancing the natural ph of the skin. When applied to the body it doesn't clog the pores or causes any other problems, so there is no reason to believe it would clog the pores of the face only.
Other Castile Soaps have burned and irritated my skin, will this soap do that too?
Chances are you were in the presence of fake castile soaps made with high amounts of coconut oil, palm or other oils, and not like castile should be made, with only Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Our TRUE Castile Soap is gentle and soft on the skin, non-comedogenic and won't irritate or dry your skin.
What should I do if in eyes?
Like with any other soap or shampoo, immediately flush with plenty of fresh water. Soaps and shampoos, even this one, are mildly irritant to the eyes. It would burn and sting, if just a little drop falls inside the eye, and probably would get red, but it's just temporary and should go away in no time.
Can True Castile Soap be used to clean or do laundry with?
Although you could, why would you? BVO's True Castile Soap is an expensive high end soap made with the best imported USDA Certified Organic Olive Oil from Spain. Because of its soft nature, although one could argue castile soap has been used for centuries to clean or do laundry with, the soap intended for that use back in the day, was the castile soap made with the leftover oil from cooking and frying, not the pure extra virgin olive oil extracted by pressing fresh olives. BVO's True Castile soap is a mild, soft soap intended to be used on the skin and hair, but not quite suitable for laundry or cleaning. Perhaps a pure 100% coconut oil soap would be more suitable for this task, as this soap due to its strength isn't suitable to be in direct contact with the skin.