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Castilla | TRUE Castile - Sapone d'oliva - Bar Soap

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One of the best known soaps in the world recommended for even the most extreme cases of sensitive skin. Perfect for newborns. Our True Castile soap is formulated with USDA Organic Cold Press 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% USDA Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Unscented and without any colorants, extra mild bar of 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 extremely sensitive, blemished or acne prone skin

Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europea), Sodium Hydroxide, Aqua (Purified Water).

EO = Essential Oil
Organic = Certified Organic

*This product contains 88.42% Certified Organic Ingredients.

For more information on how a true soap is made please visit Is it a Soap or a Detergent Bar?

* 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.

By itself or with the help of a washcloth, soap bag/manopla or cleansing pad, work the soap into a lather. Rub for about 20-30 seconds. Rinse and repeat if necessary.

Let soap air dry in soap dish.

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 to bathe/shower 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.

What is the pH level of your this soap?
- Our soaps have a pH level between 8.5 and 10. This pH helps to gently clean the skin.

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 harsh 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. 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.

Is BVO's True Castile Soap like Dr Bronner's All-One Pure Castile Soap?
No. Dr Bronner's All-One Pure Castile Soap is not a True, Pure nor Authentic Castile Soap, but a regular vegetable soap. Although certain requirements must be met to produce this particular soap, these aren't enforced, hence the proliferation of the use of the title in products that do not meet the standards. A soap containing a mixture of vegetable oils isn't bad, it just isn't - in the true definition and manufacturing process of this ancient soap - a real Castile soap. The first and only oil that must be used to manufacture True, Pure and Authentic Castile soap or as its known since the Ancient Roman Empire Sapone d'Oliva, must always be Extra Virgin Olive Oil. No other oils should be added to the formulation and manufacturing of this soap. A soap containing other oils even if olive oil is present in small amounts in its formula, render a soap that cannot be called Castile soap or Sapone d'Oliva.

At BVO we manufacture our True, Pure and Authentic Castile Soap - Sapone d'Oliva with only the best Extra Virgin Olive Oil imported from Europe utilizing a modernized proprietary process passed down from previous generations in our family. The result is a gentle, soft, non-comedogenic, non-irritant soap that can be safely used on newborns, as hand soap, facial soap, shampoo, in the shower and even for your furry family. BVO's True, Pure and Authentic Castile Soap - Sapone d'oliva might not be suitable to clean floors or toilettes, but who would want to use this delicate soap for those tasks?...

Date Added: 04/13/2020 by Pedro G. - Verified BuyerSuccess

Este es el mejor y el más auténtico jabón de castilla que he usado jamás. Mejor aún que el se produce aquí en España. Gracias por mantener la autenticidad de nuestros productos ancestrales. Un saludo desde Madrid!
Date Added: 06/29/2019 by Laura F. - Verified BuyerSuccess

I fell in love with this soap the first time I used it! It gives such a rich lather and leaves the skin feeling super soft and clean. Most of all, I love knowing that there are no harsh ingredients that are going on my skin!
Date Added: 06/23/2014 by José M. - Verified BuyerSuccess

El mejor jabón de Castilla que he usado en años! Por fin un jabón de Castilla auténtico sin aceite de coco o palma. Un saludo desde Madrid.
Date Added: 05/16/2012 by Amanda - Verified BuyerSuccess

Last forever, cleans, doesn't dry out skin, organic, .... What else can I ask for, buy this product, it is the best out there, especially for babies and kids. Thank you ByValenti for such a great product
Date Added: 03/01/2012 by Antonio - Verified BuyerSuccess

If there were 10 stars I would give you 11 for this soap! Finally a true pure Jabon de Castilla como debe ser! From Spain I write you to congratulate you on this magnificent soap you seem to be the only company making the ancient way these days! Surprisingly I can't find pure Jabon de Castilla here in Madrid anymore. It seems everyone is manufacturing Castile soap with coconut oil these days to make it cheaper and that's not the way this soap is made! Would love to distribute your products to the European market. Gracias.
Date Added: 01/23/2012 by Carol - Verified BuyerSuccess

My God this soap is THE BEST!!! Creamy and gentle on my skin. I use it on my face as well as a cleanser and to remove make-up. It leaves my skin clean without drying it. Just an amazing soap! this is the real deal! I've tried other castile soaps but none of them are pure and they dry my skin, they all contain coconut oil and whatnot but like you say those are not real castile soaps. Castile soap is made with only olive oil and nothing more, I've done my research. Imitations shouldn't be allowed to be called castile soap. It's just like champagne, if it's not made in the champagne region of france it can't be called champagne. If it's not made with 100% olive oil of the best quality it shouldn't be called castile soap. Knowing that this soap is made with organic olive oil is a plus! Well done!
Date Added: 09/01/2011 by Jen - Verified BuyerSuccess

love-love-LOVE this soap! it's creamy, it cleans, it doesn't dry my skin, i can use it on my face to remove makeup and it lasts for ever! it's been in my shower for over 3 weeks! definitely a great product!!
Date Added: 02/09/2010 by Tony W - Verified BuyerSuccess

This soap not slimy at all, so you guys can take that out of the description and replace it with super creamy because that's what this soap is, super creamy. It lathers a lot and leaves the skin very clean and soft. I have to say though I got tired of the soap in my shower, this thing lasts forever. I've been using it for over 3 weeks and I still have enough soap for one more week. I've never seen a soap that lasted that long so 2 big thumbs up on this one. The only thing that I didn't like is that it has no fragrance whatsoever, nonetheless I'll keep buying it because this is truly a high quality product.