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Castile Soap And Acne Prone Skin. |
Castile Soap And Acne Prone Skin.

Castile Soap And Acne Prone Skin.


Beautifully, gentle, yet offers excellent cleansing, Super versatile, – if you are conscious of what they put on your skin- Castile soap is a must have.


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Castile Soap

Castile soap is named after its origin in Castile Spain. It is available either in liquid or bar form. It is made from different vegetable oils including Coconut oil, Olive oil, Hemp Oil, Avocado Oil, Grape seed Oil and Castor Oil. The oils are what give the soap its lathering and cleansing properties. It is alkaline and has a pH Scale of 8.9 (pure water is neutral pH 7).

Castile soap is biodegradable since it is made from natural carrier oils and natural occurring ingredients. It is also bio friendly during production because of its natural and non-toxic properties.

Castile Soap originated in Castile, Spain and is produced by many reputable USA companies. At Sweet Life Spa, we focus on purchasing from as many USA small family businesses as possible, therefore, we obtain Castile Soap from the USA. Castile Soap is often used as a wash to clean vegetables of contaminants, so it is a safe and non-toxic alternative to harsh synthetics in most face cleansers on the market.

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 Castile Soap – Gentle cleanse without the toxins

History of Castile soap

This soap is versatile in that it can be used for beauty as well as cleaning. This soap became popular in the Mediterranean Europe region after the Aleppo soap which was from Syria. The history of it was that, after the Aleppo soap came to Europe and people got interested in it for hygiene purposes, the local soap production in the Mediterranean region spread to Italy and Spain in the 12th century.

While Aleppo soap required laurel oi lhttps://naturallivingsupplies.co.uk/category/soap/, resulting in a green soap, this oil was in short supply. The city of Castile, however, had an abundance of olive oil that created a pure white soap. Whiteness was seen as purity, making this soap very popular among Spanish royalty. Among all the early European soaps, castile soap distinguished itself by its superior quality and more effective cleaning than others. Over the course of the centuries, Castile soap was used all over Europe.

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Their dedication and continuous inventions enabled some cities to become the leading export areas of soap to the rest of Europe. Among the many soaps that were made during that time in Europe, one stood out amongst all because of its high quality and its ability to clean best. This was castile soap which became the most popular soap in Spain.

Castile soap is unique in that it’s both gentle and strong; it’s gentle on skin because it’s made from saponified oils that have hydrating properties, but it’s an equally powerful cleanser that can tackle even the most stubborn smudge

How castile soap is made;

In the ancient times, castile soap was made using olive oil and blending it with either sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide lye, also known as caustic soda. The lye is highly alkaline and all favourable to make soap.

Sodium hydroxide is used to make solid soap while potassium hydroxide is used to make liquid soap.

Castile soap is made from 100% plant oils, olive oil castile soap uk whereas other soaps are made with animal fats and therefore are not vegan. Although original castile was made with 100% olive oil, in modern times other oils like hemp, coconut and essential oils have been included in the recipe. A versatile soap with unlimited uses, castile can easily replace dish soap, laundry detergent, household cleaner, pet shampoo, and shaving cream to name a few.

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Differences between  soaps using sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide.

The type of soap you make either solid(bars) or liquid is determined by the choice of compound you decide to use as your lye. You can either use sodium hydroxide (NaOH) or potassium hydroxide (KOH) also known as potash.

Sodium hydroxide Potassium hydroxide
Used to make solid soaps which are opaque bars Used to make liquid soaps which are clear, translucent, flowing liquids.
It is affordable It is 3 times more expensive
Generates more heat during mixing Generates little heat
Its molecular level is a bit large. It is a better cleaning agent because it has a smaller molecular level therefore can easily penetrate oil molecules thus breaking the oil’s hold on surfaces quicker.
Cannot be diluted in water easily. Easily diluted in water hence easy to make liquid soap.
Moisturizing after use. It is not drying. The soap turns out to be drying because KOH breaks the oils used in the making of soap and in turn removes oils from the skin.


Cold process method: this process is pretty straight forward than the hot process method. The lye is mixed with water then vegetable oils and any essential oils are added. The saponification process begins in the mixture and it begins to turn solid in case the lye used is NaOH. The mixture cures for a period of weeks, not less than 6 weeks to be exact.

The hot process method: this process uses heat to cure the soap mixture. It is a quick way of making soap since the heat helps to fasten the saponification process. It also requires less oils to add scent to the soap. Sources of heat such as an oven, stove etc are required.

When making castile soap, the rule of the thumb is applied because it is advised not to use too many ingredients in this process. Since time in memorial, only olive oil, lye and water were the ingredients in making castile soap. Today one can come up with a castile soap recipe suitable for your needs and you can add more natural ingredients to the soap.

olive oil castile soap uk 22 Different Types of Soap Please note that this article may include references and links to products and services from one or more of our advertisers. We may be paid compensation when you click on links to those products and/or services. Time to lather up and find out all about the different types of soap that are classified according to usage, form, ingredients, and the method of manufacturing them. A basket of folded bath towels surrounded by various soaps on wooden desk. Soaps are a mandatory item for every household. The lather-producing product is one of the most essential elements of personal hygiene. While the word “soap” generally conjures up images of regular bath soaps that we use for bathing, that’s not all that soap is used for. Soaps are salts of fatty acids. They are not just cleaning agents that you use for personal hygiene; they can be used to clean almost any surface. This is an important thing to note, as soaps are classified based on the surfaces that they are used to clean. Table of Contents [hide] History of Soap Types of Soaps Types of Soaps Based on Usage 1. Toilet Soaps and Bathing Soaps Laundry Soaps Beauty Soaps/ Bars Novelty Soaps Guest Soaps Dish Soaps Medicated Soaps Antibacterial Soaps Antifungal Soaps Medicated Soaps for Skin Problems 2. Non-Toilet Soaps 3. Glycerin Soaps 4. Transparent Soaps Types of Soaps Based on Form 1. Handmade Soaps 2. Bar Soaps 3. Liquid Soaps Types of Soaps Based in Ingredients 1. Milk Soaps 2. Flavored Soaps 3. Animal Soaps 4. Luxury Soaps 5. Perfumed Soaps Types of Soaps Based on the Method of Manufacture 1. Melt and Pour Method 2. Hot Press Method and Cold Press Method 3. Rebatching/ Milling Method Basic Soap Ingredients History of Soap Soapmaking dates back to 2800 B.C. It is backed by the fact that clay cylinders were found during the excavation of ancient Babylon. These cylinders contained a soap-like material that lined their inner walls. Moreover, certain inscriptions on these cylinders indicated that ashes and fats were boiled together to make soap.

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Uses of castile soap.

  • Facial cleanser
  • Bathing- it is considered a very healthy option than most soaps.
  • Cleaning wounds
  • Bathing pets
  • As a DIY pest control i.e. spraying plants for bugs
  • As a kitchen soap
  • For laundry
  • For washing produce
  • For oral care as a mouthwash and brushing teeth.
  • As a deodorant
  • As a foot bath
  • As a makeup remover and makeup brush cleaner
  • As a hair shampoo
  • For household cleaning i.e. mopping.

Castile soap on acne prone skin

Is castile soap good for acne ?

Acne occurs when the pores of your skin become blocked with oil (sebum), dead skin, or bacteria. Sebum (oil) overproduction is also one of the main causes of acne. Sebum is a substance produced by the sebaceous gland which is used to lubricate the skin. Too much sebum may fail to be excreted out of the skin and block the pore. The bacteria present in the skin may get trapped and clog the pore, feed on the blockage and lead to bacterial overgrowth. Immune cells attack the bacteria causing redness, inflammation and pus. castile soap it is a strong cleanser, with no fillers or additives—meaning that it will really clean out your pores and do the important work of removing keratin  and makeup.


Cleansing with Castile Soap

Cleansing helps remove any excess oils and dead skin. This is where Castile soap comes in. Castile soap is a strong cleanser but very mild on skin. With excess sebum, the soap molecules surround the oily molecules thus rinsing them off the skin. Castile soap is non comedogenic. It is made using oils like olive oil but does not clog pores because of the oils.

The oils were saponified thus they are not oils any more but the chemical reaction between the Potassium Hydroxide and the oils has turned it into a completely different substance thus is safe to use on oily skin without fear of clogging pores.

According to reviews on Acne.org, 96% of people with acne prone skin would recommend castile soap to a friend due to its positive results on their skin. its recommended to always moistuirise and replenish  the skin after washing with any soap.

Natural oils used in Castile soaps.

Coconut oil in castile soap.

Coconut oil  is very beneficial and moisturizing at the 20-30%. Coconut oil is a super cleansing addition that produces big, copious bubbles. It is so good at its job that it can strip skin of moisture, at rate but at higher rates ( above 30%) can be drying and can leave the skin irritated .

Olive oil in castile soap

Pure Castile soap is made entirely from olive oil with no other oils in the recipe, Pure olive Produces a very creamy mild soap – safe for babies. Soap made with olive oil creates creamy soaps that has no bubbles.



Castile soap can be a good alternative for artificial shampoos in the market that contain harmful ingredients which may be harmful to your hair and scalp. Castile soap is really good I removing oil build-up from the hair as it molecules completely surround the oil molecules which allows it to be washed away during rinsing. Castile soap can however leave your hair feeling matted and therefore it is advisable to rinse your hair with an acidic solution for example a diluted solution of apple cider vinegar. The soap is either applied directly onto the hair or diluted first.

Don’t use castile soap on colour treated hair as it will strip some colour from the hair.


Hand soap

Castile soap can be a cheaper alternative for different household cleaning necessities. For hand soap, you will need 2 tablespoons of the soap and diluted into 12 ounces of water. It is organic and therefore gentle on your hands.

History of soap The rise in soap use also coincided with the development of mass marketing. One of the early giants in the commercial manufacture of soap,Make up remover

Castile soap can be used as a makeup remover. You will need a 1 teaspoon of the castile soap and mixed in an equal ratio with any of the following; Witch Hazel/Rose Water and a carrier oil.

Makeup brush cleaner

Castile soap is able to remove any stubborn makeup on your brushes and give you nice, clean make up brushes. You will need warm water in a container and add a few drops of the castile soap into the container. Place the brushes in the solution for about 20 minutes and rinse. Repeat as desired.



Do not combine or mix castile soap with vinegar or lemon juice due to their acidity. This will turn the castile soap back to its original state as vegetable fat or oils.

Natural living supplies castile soap is made from coconut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, frankincense, tea tree or peppermint potassium hydroxide  and citric acid.


By Eila Oketch.

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  • Fahima Posted 06/11/2020 17:25

    I would love to try this soon! ❤️ I believe Any product from Natural living Supplies is amazing to the skin! ?? Lots of love

  • Brenda Ayuma Posted 06/11/2020 23:32

    Would love to try out your soap thanks

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