1. phelanisse

    you say that (the real thing is made only with ” saponified” olive oil, no other oils. what about saponified virgin coconut oil?

    • I was speaking only of castile soap. Castile is a region in Spain where they grow olives, so Castile soap is made with olive oil. Virgin coconut oil is great stuff, too! I use it in my Hemp Oil Soap & Shampoo Bar.

  2. lisa

    I am making homemade laundry detergent, loving it, (great for the front loader as it got all gummed up and hubby had to fix it long story but I had no desire to buy another washer when mine was only 3 yrs old.) I use
    baking soda boraz, oxy clean (not brand) aram and hammer washig crystals, and I can throw is some essential or scented oil) but my question is what kind of soap bar that I would grate and can I use, the recipe calls for fells nappa or zote. I cannot find these, and I have used sunlight bar soap I found in the detergent isle of walmart. I have hard water, I would like to use something with a vanilla smell or almond etc. or ivory bar soap, are the soaps in the toiletry isles fatty or will be oily on the clothes? Are they saponated? I just made my second batch with the second bar of the 2 pack of sunlight soap. So I have time till I make the next batch would love to know what is the best bar soap to use with this recipie Thanking you in advance, lisa

      • Teresa Peralta

        I’m curious that you say you would only use your own castile soap because it’s 100% natural, which seems to imply there are no natural store-bought products available. There are several, in fact, that are. No disregard to your method, ethics and wonderful products (per feedback comments). And your pricing is similar to these products available locally. Just seems a bit misleading to dismiss all store bought products as impure and ‘nasty’ when so many stores are making a point of carrying well-made products such as yours.

        • Thanks for your comment and interest in things natural, Teresa. More and more people are joining people like you and that can only make the world a better place!

          I’m glad that there are several good soaps available where you live. In my area there aren’t, except those made and available only from other independent soap-makers. Have you checked all ingredients in the ones you reference?

          Dr. Bronner’s is very popular, I know, but it’s available in only one specialty store in my greater area (and costs more). Some of their products also contain ingredients that aren’t natural according to the EWG website. I’m happy if there are many more – I’m not trying to push mine only. It’s true that I wouldn’t use any store-bought Castile soap for my laundry as I know that it’s natural, sustainable, and contains only olive oil. 🙂

      • Mark, I prefer to use no plastic when possible, and I’m very happy with my own frugal washing powder. I have very hard water, so I add baking soda and no-name oxygen cleaner directly to my laundry soap recipe. Two tablespoons per load and for about $40CAD, I have lovely clean laundry for at least a year! I read about the SmartKlean ball & if I used it I’d have to add those things to it so it would save me no time and I’d be using a plastic ball.

        • Jane Miller

          Hi Jane, have you tried soap nuts for your laundry cleaning? My son introduced them to me. They work wonderfully for all my laundry as well as for my son’s family. Just putting it out there.

          • Hi Jane! Yes, I’ve tried them & they were okay, but it’s less expensive and easy for me to make my own detergent. I encourage others to try them, though. Thank-you!

  3. Emma

    I am sure the fathers would love your tip for nappy rash too, no?

    Thank you for the great information on soaps! I am just starting my research into making natural products- so it was brilliant to read your well- explored info!

    • You’re absolutely correct, Emma! I’ll add “fathers” right away. I’m surprised that I said that as my son is one of the best parents I know. Thanks for pointing out my booboo. 🙂

  4. Bill

    I think the soap making world needs to understand something, organic soap versus non-organic. Both are cold processed and handmade but using organic oils versus non organic oils is a big waste of money! All oils, organic or not saponify, literally their molecular structure is changed. There is absolutely no benefit to starting with organic oils. When the saponification process is complete, you’re left with a completely different compound…soap! There is no transference of pesticides, herbicides etc, because of the saponification process. Pesticides and herbicides etc, do not “live” through saponification. People have been sold a bill-of-goods for years, it’s time someone told soapmakers and natural soap buyers the truth. There is no difference between soap made with organic oils and soap made with non-organic oils. Organic soaps just cost more but offer NO additional benefit!

    • I’m sure you’re correct, Bill. I use regular olive oil for my Castile soaps, but I use organic oils in my Hemp Shampoo Bar mainly because the organic, virgin palm oil I use is from Juka’s Organic Co., which partners with women from small villages in West African, where the trees are native and the oil has been produced for centuries. These women stand against deforestation and harming wildlife. Hemp oil is almost always organic because it doesn’t need pesticides/herbicides. (I also don’t charge an arm and a leg for this soap just because it’s made mainly with organic oils.)

    • linda

      Hi Bill,
      Isn’t organic farming better for the earth, what with there being no chemicals to leech into the earth etc? I think that’s a benefit.

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