Historically, castile soap was named after the region Castile in Spain, and was a strictly olive-oil-based soap. The term has since been used to as a general name for any soap that is vegetable-based and made without animal products. It is a highly versatile soap that can be used to scrub down any grime when in the shower—face, hair, or body—and even as a household cleaning soap.

One of the most popular makers of castile soap is Dr. Bronner’s, whose products are all certified vegan in Canada and the United States, with the exception of their lip balms and body balms that contain organic beeswax. Dr. Bronner’s soaps are largely made of coconut oil or olive oil, both of which are renowned for their skin health benefits.

Dr. Bronner’s castile soap is gentle and safe for babies—though they are not tear-proof—and also great for dogs! But beyond their versatile usability in the shower, for face, body, hair, shaving, and even brushing your teeth, Dr. Bronner’s castile soaps come with an impressive list of “18-in-1” uses. Some other uses for these soaps include rinsing produce, aromatherapy, cleaning dishes, doing laundry, mopping floors, all-purpose cleaning, washing windows, scrubbing toilets, even making your own shampoo!

There are also a wide range of scents to cater to everyone’s preference. Our favourites are lavender oil, peppermint oil, and tea tree oil. Whichever you choose is guaranteed to be refreshing and, ultimately, deeply cleansing.

It might be worth mentioning that the peppermint scent has sometimes produced a “burning sensation” in sensitive areas according to Dr. Bronner’s FAQs page, although it is not common. The explanation is that while the menthol bonds with the receptors on the skin that usually send the “cooling” mint sensation to the brain sometimes bonds with the wrong receptors and send a “burning” sensation instead, one similar to that of hot chili peppers.

Have you ever tried castile soaps? What do you like to use it for?


Daniel is a Digital Marketing and Content Strategist at SPUD. He graduated from UBC with a degree in English and International Relations with a focus on environmental topics. A wordsmith by day and a bookman by night, he's a self-proclaimed gastronomic snob, a buck-a-shuck addict, a sub-par skier, and a devoted kingsguard of the oxford comma. He also frequents the dog park with a schnauzer named Duke. | Instagram: @dannnyellow

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