100% olive oil soap is also known as Castile Soap. This is the most gentle soap: great for babies, low sudsing, it takes longer to cure (dry/harden). You should expect it to take about 6 weeks to cure. Castille Soap also takes longer to reach Trace. The recipe provided below is made with 32 ounces of oil/fat to make a 2 pound batch of soap.
Below is my favorite recipe for olive pure olive oil soaps:
Castille Soap Recipe: 100% Olive Soap 6% superfat
32 oz Olive oil(generic olive oil works the best)
4.07 oz lye
12.16 oz Distilled water
1/2 to 1 oz soap safe fragrance oil
Use standard soapmaking procedures.
From Castles To Homes
Castile is a word meaning castle, and is also a name garnered on soaps. Actually, Castile soaps are olive oil based soaps. These have been named because they originated in the region of Spain called Castile, where similarly styled soaps were created.
A little history on Castile Soaps
For millennia, Castile soaps have been made by artisans. The soaps were made from olive and laurel oils. Tied to the crusades, these soaps travelled the world. As the Crusades expanded, the production of the soap expanded as well to the entirety of the Mediterranean area. Through time, the artisan soap makers in Europe found it difficult to access the laurel oil and dropped it in the recipe. It became popular because it was a soap which hardened further and even when it aged, it never lost its whiteness.
Eco friendly Castile soaps
Making the rounds in environment-friendly quarters, the Castile soap is enjoyed a number of ways. As the soap is mainly created from plant oils, like jojoba and vegetable oil, apart from olive, it makes many users keener to use it as it is less harmful to the environment. It is important to safeguard from harmful chemicals. This extends to our environment as well as everything that is used at home ultimately affects the environment.
Castile Soaps Uses
As the Castile soap has been present in households since the 16th century, it nestles in your homes for a variety of purposes as well. The Castile soap is a favourite of people who have sensitive skin. It is gentle and the natural ingredients still address skin problems such as dryness, chaffing, blemishes and acne. The oils in the soap also contribute to moisturizing the skin which is critical in those who have eczemas and psoriasis. Dryness and constant trauma to the skin propagates and exacerbates psoriatic plaques. Therefore, the moisturizing effect of Castile soap could address this.
Not only as a healthier alternative, but Castile soaps are also best for your baby’s skin. As the skin of infants and toddlers are sensitive, it is best not to expose them to harsh chemicals. But not only will the babies enjoy, but men as well! The Castile soap gives a good lather which is essential for getting a close shave. Plus the moisturizing effects will prevent unsightly stubbles and ingrown hairs.
But Castile soaps are not relegated to the world of bathing and beauty alone. In the kitchen, Castile soaps could function as a laundry and dish soap. Ridding the smell of food on cooking utensils is possible. The soap could even combat those stinky diapers and clean soiled clothes effectively. Apart from the countertop, the Castile soap could address your kitchen floor. Ergo, Castile soaps are really worth trying as they have been always in the castles, now is the time to have it in your home!