If you want to get rid of chemicals in your home, you may have heard about liquid Castile soap. Most commercially produced household cleaners and personal care products are full of endocrine disrupting carcinogenic chemicals. Over time these chemicals build up in our bodies and cause a variety of health issues. Castile soap is versatile, non-toxic, and made from natural ingredients.
Castile soap was originally made in Castile, Spain from olive oil and but now there are a number of manufacturers offering Castile soap made from a variety of natural oils. You can clean your home and clean your body with it and it is safe for even those with sensitive skin, yes, even babies.
But what is available in America which has a huge variety is not always available in India or shipped to India. In some cases, when it can be shipped to India, it can be expensive. But not to worry, there is more than one liquid castile soap manufacturer in India. I will be giving you links to where you can buy it and a price comparison chart. I will even tell you how to make your own.
Liquid Castile Soap India
- Dr. Rao’s Unscented All Purpose Castile Soap (200 ml): ₹ 200.00
- Vedi Unscented Liquid Castile Soap (200 ml): ₹ 439.00
- Cero Unscented All Purpose Castile Soap (200 ml): ₹ 199.00
- Vedi Lavender Castile Soap (300 ml): ₹ 625.00
- Vedi Peppermint Castile Soap (300 ml): ₹ 625.00
- Soapy Twist Castile Melt And Pour Soap Base (1Kg): ₹ 375.00
If you prefer to work with soap bars, here are some Castile soap bars:
- Dalan Gift Set Castile Beauty Soap – Olive Oil (Pack Of 8): ₹ 400.00
- Dalan Castile beauty soap Olive Oil (4 X 100 g) & Cocoa Butter (4 X 100 g) -Total 8 pcs: ₹ 380.00
- Vedi Unscented Castile Soap Bar (100 g): ₹ 225.00
- Vedi Lavender Castile Soap Bar (100 g): ₹ 225.00 currently on sale
- Burst Of Happyness Castile Soap (Olive Oyl) Natural For Sensitive Skin & Babies (100 g): ₹ 260.00
Here is a handy chart that you can use to make easy comparisons:
For more options, you can try this website.
DIY Castile Soap
Making homemade Castile soap is simple but it requires time and effort. It is also the more affordable option depending on the oils you use. Check the options after the recipe.
But first some safety precautions:
- Wear chemical-resistant gloves.
- Wear safety goggles or glasses that protect your eyes completely from every angle including from below.
- Wear a long-sleeve shirt, long pants, and make sure that you are wearing closed shoes too.
- Make your soap in a well-ventilated area.
- Never ever put water into the potassium hydroxide, always add the potassium hydroxide to the water.
- When mixing the potassium hydroxide into the water, always use a heat-safe bowl that contains no aluminum. None of your utensils should contain aluminum either.
Homemade Castile Soap Recipe
What you will need:
- A large crockpot (slow cooker)
- A food scale, preferably digital
- An immersion blender
- A spatula or wooden spoon
- Bowl, preferably stainless steel or glass but pyrex will also do
680 g Olive oil
454 g Coconut oil
14-16 cups Distilled water
- Turn your crock pot onto high and add the oils
- Put on your safety gear and put 4 cups of the distilled water into a stainless steel, glass, or pyrex bowl (best to have the bowl in the sink), then add the potassium hydroxide flakes and stir until all the flakes have dissolved. There may be some sizzling, bubbling, and heat, but this is all normal.
- When the oils are warm add the potassium hydroxide mixture (lye) into the pot. You can keep the heat on high.
- Then use your blender to blend the oils and the lye for 5 minutes until the solution becomes cloudy and starts to thicken. For the next 30 minutes blend the solution every 5 minutes. The solution will thicken during this time. Do this until it becomes too thick to use the blender.
- Then put the lid on and leave the solution to cook on high for 3 hours. Fold and stir it every 30 minutes during this time. The solution will go from white and runny, to almost puffy, and then finally a thick, clear, yellow gel.
- After 3 hours, remove 1/2 cup of the solution and put it into a cup or bowl. Put boiling water into the cup or bowl and mix. If the solution is completely clear you can move onto the next step. If scum floats to the surface or the solution is cloudy, keep cooking the solution in the pot for another hour before testing it again.
- Add 10 cups of very hot or boiling distilled water into the pot and try to mix the paste in. It might not dissolve fully, but that is fine.
- Put the lid back on and turn the heat down to warm for 8 hours or overnight. If you can come to stir the solution once every while, then do so, but it is not necessary.
- After 8 hours or in the morning, check the consistency. There should be no skin or thick bits of soap. If there is, just add another cup or two of water until it dissolves completely.
- Let the soap cool and then pour it into a clean bottle for storage or even into a jug if you are going to use it soon. But note that recipes often do not require large amounts of Castile soap.
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- Oil composition: You can play around with the oils that you use. You can use one oil only or you can combine quite a few. Different oils produce different lathers. This recipe uses 60% olive oil and 40% coconut oil. But you can also use hemp oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, or even almond oil. If you are unsure, use this soap calculator.
- Add essential oils: If you like the same scent for all your products you can add in the essential oils. Add the essential oils after the soap has cooled. The amount you put in depends on how strong you want the fragrance to be.
- Tocopherol for preserving: Add in tocopherol oil (vitamin E oil) into the soap when it has cooled. 25 drops per 650 ml will do.
- Make less: You can make less at once by halving the recipe.
- Use a different process: There are other processes that you can use, but they will take longer to cure, up to a few weeks depending on the process. You may need to wait quite a while before you can use your Castile soap.
There you have it. Your own homemade Castile soap. You can use it in a range of recipes. Check out these DIY face wash, hand wash, and body wash recipes. You can also use it to make DIY household cleaning recipes.
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- How to make DIY Liquid Castile Soap
- Dr. Bronners Inspired DIY Liquid Castile Soap
- How to Handle Potassium Hydroxide