Castile Soap is one of the most gentle forms of soap available. Variously made with coconut, olive and vegetable oils, using a traditional Spanish recipe from the Castile region.
There are a number of Castile soaps available. however, our preferred Castile soap is produced by Dr. Bronner.
Castile Soap Ingredients
The carrier oils often used to make Castile soap are saponified Organic Sunflower and Organic Coconut Oils, along with one or two natural essential oils, including Geranium, and Lavender etc…
The term saponification is the name given to the chemical reaction that occurs when a vegetable oil or animal fat is mixed with a strong alkali. The products of the reaction are two: soap and glycerin. Water is also present, but it does not enter into the chemical reaction.
Castile Soap is a Genuine Soap
Castile soaps are essentially genuine soaps unlike the more modern versions of soap, which really aren’t soaps at all. Instead, modern skincare cleaners are often composed of a complex blend of chemically derived detergents that tend to be a lot harsher on the skin, and are often toxic to our body.
Placing chemicals on the skin is never a good idea. We are cautioned constantly about the dangers of eating chemically coated foods without washing them first, but at least the digestive tract provides another layer of protection from toxic exposure. The chemicals placed on the skin, however, are not going to be filtered out by the stomach… they are much more likely to enter the dermis and then the bloodstream and are allowed to accumulate in the system, usually being deposited in our adipose fat.
The Problem With Antibacterial Soap
Another major problem with using conventional liquid soaps (bath and shower gels etc.), particularly the anti-bacterial varieties, is that they are believed to encourage the proliferation of super-bugs.
This is mainly considered to be due to the constituent Triclosan in a lot of these modern soaps, which is a pesticide, and has been shown to contribute to antibiotic resistant bacteria in certain studies.
Triclosan may also be an endocrine and thyroid disruptor, causing fetal damage, and exacerbating allergies and other inflammatory responses / conditions. And, if that isn’t enough to put you off using conventional soaps… then may be the detrimental effect to your waistline will ultimately swing it for you… Triclosan can cause weight gain too!
Castile soap foams naturally in both hard and soft water owing to the high oil content.
Consequently, our preferred, all-natural Castile soap contains no SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate).
SLS is found in 90% of personal care products. It is added to make these products foam. However, animals exposed to SLS experience eye damage, depression, laboured breathing, diarrhoea, severe skin irritation and even death.
Please note, Wild As The Wind does not advocate animal testing under any circumstances. We believe that the untold suffering of innocent animals is one of the more abhorrent aspects of the chemical industry. Moreover, we believe that this egregious chronic torturing of innocent animals is altogether unnecessary, and is only undertaken in the pursuit of profit, which is an appalling reason to inflict pain, disease, and slow agonising deaths on poor innocent animals.