My biggest motivation for starting a blog was to share with others how to make simple DIY recipes that were both safe and effective! Castile soap is a wonderful base for skincare recipes and one of our Top 10 Ingredients in our Premium Starter Kit Recipe Shopping List! I shared a picture of the ingredients I used to make a quick hand soap recipe on our Facebook page recently. We received so much interest that I knew I needed to make a post to share the exact recipe! We use Castile soap daily in our home, so I thought I would also share additional ways we use it to make various skincare recipes! These recipes are super easy and can be modified by adding different ingredients to meet your skin’s specific needs. My personal recommendation would be to start off trying Castile soap on it’s own, test it out, and then add additional ingredients if needed to make these Castile soap recipes work just for you!
First Things First. What is Castile soap?
From Dr. Bronners: “In earlier centuries, an all-vegetable-based soap was made in the Castile region of Spain from local olive oil. By the turn of this century, “Castile” had come to mean any vegetable oil-based soap, as distinct from animal (tallow) fat-based soap. “Pure-Castile” is now also your guarantee that what you are using is a genuinely ecological and simple soap – not a complex blend of detergents with a higher ecological impact due to the waste stream created during manufacturing and the detergents’ slower biodegradability. Unfortunately, many synthetic detergent blends are deceptively labeled as “Liquid Soap” despite the fact that they contain absolutely no real soap whatsoever.”
Starting Simple – Try Castile Soap and See How It Works For You!
When I’m in a pinch or am short on time, I’ll bring a bottle of Castile soap in the shower with me and just use that to wash my face and body! It suds up nicely in a loofah and cleans my skin really well. I personally use Dr. Bronner’s liquid Castile soap because of their commitment to quality ingredients and fair trade. You can read more about their mission and principles here!
Scented or Unscented?
Liquid Castile soap comes in several scents and also in an Unscented version. The benefit to using Unscented is that I can personalize my soaps to smell exactly how I want them to! The downside to using Unscented can be that depending on which essential oils you use, you sometimes need a lot of drops to get a strong scent! Dr. Bronner’s uses organic ingredients and has a very strong commitment to quality (you can read more about that here) and I personally trust the essential oils they use in their soaps. I like to use their scented soaps as a base and add in my own essential oils to help build my own scent. I’ll share a few of my favorite scents as well as their unscented below!
by Dr. Bronner's [Dr. Bronner's]
A Quick Description of Their Scented Soaps
- Citrus – Fresh and bright with organic Lemon, Lime, and Orange oils!
- Rose – My favorite scent! It’s very soft and sweet smelling with light floral undertones. I love it!
- Peppermint – Minty and strong! I prefer to use their Peppermint soap only in my hand soap recipes. You will get a strong tingle if you use this as a body or face wash, FYI!
- Almond – I really like this one, it smells similar to Amaretto to me! We pair it with Thieves for a warm and comforting hand soap!
- Lavender – This one has a strong floral scent that is a little overpowering for my liking. If you’re looking for a very strong Lavender smell, you may really like this one!
- Tea Tree – This is my least favorite scent because it smells highly medicinal.
- Cherry Blossom – This is another one of my favorite scents! It’s very soft and pretty. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to find online. I purchased mine at Whole Foods!
Recipe #1 – Outdoor Foaming Hand Soap
Add 1/2 teaspoon of liquid Castile soap (we use Unscented for this recipe!) to the container and fill it 3/4 of the way with Distilled Water. Add 10 drops of Purification and 2 drops of Thieves essential oil. Put the top on, shake well, and enjoy! We take this with us when we go to the beach, state parks, or whenever we spend time outdoors. You can rinse your hands easily with a splash from your water bottle and you’re good to go!
by ATB [ATB]
Recipe #2 – Foaming Hand or Face Soap
Add 3 tablespoons of liquid Castile soap to the container and fill it 4/5 of the way with Distilled Water. I love using the Rose scented Castile soap for this recipe! I add 7-8 drops each of Lavender and Frankincense for a simple face wash or 10 drops of Purification and 5 drops of Lemon Myrtle for a simple hand soap! If you try this recipe and think you need a little more moisture or skin soothing ingredients, follow my measurements in my Foaming Hand Soap recipe and try adding Glycerin, Vitamin E, and Organic Aloe! I use this foaming face soap in the mornings when my face needs a light cleansing and love using the foaming hand soap in my classroom! Foaming hand soap is a great alternative to using regular soaps if you need to wash your hands often because it offers a more gentle cleansing.
Recipe #3 – Hand Soap
This is the recipe that I shared on our Facebook page recently! I used the Cherry Blossom scent – a close alternative would be the Rose scented soap! Fill the container most of the way with liquid Castile soap (exact measurements aren’t needed!) Add a few tablespoons of Aloe Vera juice or Aloe Vera gel. These ingredients are moisturizing, skin soothing, and contain both vitamins and minerals that your skin will love! In a 12 oz container, I used about 10 oz of Castile soap and 1 ounce of Aloe Vera. I alternate between using Aloe Vera juice and Aloe Vera gel depending on what I have on hand. Using the gel with help give a slightly thicker consistency and using the Aloe Vera juice will thin it out a bit. I added 5 drops of Joy, 7 drops of Spearmint, and 8 drops of Lemon Myrtle to the container. Then I added 1 teaspoon each of Vitamin E and Glycerin (I’ll link the ones I frequently use at the end of this post!). Put the top on, give it a good shake, and enjoy!
To Be Noted: Using liquid Castile soap in these types of pumps will sometimes clog the opening of the pump. Run the pump under warm water for a minute or two and it should come off easily!
by MetroDecor [MetroDecor]
by Spectrum Diversified [Spectrum Diversified]
Recipe #4 – Body Wash
Add liquid Castile soap to 3/4 of your container. I like to add Orange essential oil to my body washes, so I use this mason jar container since it’s made of glass and because it’s also durable! You can use any scented Castile soap that you like for this recipe. My personal favorites are the Citrus, Rose, and Unscented versions. Add 25 drops of essential oil, 1 tablespoon of Glycerin, 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E, and fill the rest of the container with Aloe Vera gel (leave a little room at the top for the pump to go back in). The Aloe Vera gel will help thicken the soap and will give you all sorts of skin soothing benefits!
Citrus Castile Soap Combo: I love using 10 drops each of Lavender and Ylang Ylang and 5 drops of Frankincense!
Rose Castile Soap Combo: I love using 10-12 drops each of Lavender and Envision for a soft floral scent!
Unscented: I love using 15 drops of Stress Away and 10 drops of Lavender to promote a relaxing environment. Bathing in Stress Away is the BEST.
To Be Noted: Avoid using Citrus oils if you’re out in the sun frequently! These mason jar dispensers are so fun, but the tops will discolor slightly over time. They do sell replacement lids on Amazon if you ever need them!
Mason Jar Soap / Liquid Dispenser By Smiths, - 7.25" High, Decorative Glass Soap-dispenser with Duable Material Pump, 210 Stainless Steel Lid and Spout, Perfect Gift for Weddings, Birthdays, Christmas
by Smith's Mason Jars [Smith's Mason Jars]
by Lilyshome [Lily's Home]
Extra Hydrating Ingredients!
If you’re looking for some serious moisture for your body wash, try adding a few teaspoons of raw honey and/or your favorite carrier oil! I personally love using Jojoba oil in mine! You can read about the benefits of raw honey here. It’s best to buy it local if you can, but I’ll link some below in case you aren’t able to find any near you! You can also read more about why I love this particular brand of Jojoba oil here. (Hint: It’s Organic, Cold Pressed, and Fair Trade!)
Organic Golden Jojoba Oil from Ko & Humble Beautifying Oils, 100% Pure & Cold Pressed, Perfect Moisturizer for Face, Body, Nails, Beard, Hair, Responsibly Sourced, Certified Cruelty Free, 4 Ounce [120 ml]
by Ko & Humble Beautifying Oils [Kate & Michael Beauty Co.]
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