Waste Not! Want Not! Week 19…Castille Soap…

Last week (justly) I think… I had the mother of all rants…But I don’t want all my posts about our beautiful world to be rants as…

1. There are so many wonderful things being done to save our natural world.

2. There is so much we can do as individuals which combined will make a difference so today I will be looking at what we can do in our homes and our lives…

butterfly and bee flower meadow

If you missed it the other day in my posts Adele’s wife Becca when she walks their dog Dante she takes some wildlife seeds to scatters where not many people walk which means hopefully there will be more flowers for the bees and butterflies …Such a simple thing to do which if you are walking the dog anyway takes no time at all and will make a difference because when those flowers bloom and die the birds and the breeze will carry those seeds and they will bloom anew somewhere else thus spreading the love…I think that is a wonderful idea…


Deodorant… There has been much in the news about the dangers of deodorants and the effect aerosol cans have on the environment…Nasa gets a bird’s eye of the earth here is what they have to say about the effect of aerosols…

A recipe to make your own…

6-8 tbsp Coconut Oil ( solid)

1/4 cup of baking soda

1/4 cup of Arrowroot powder

6-10 drops of essential oil( optional) See note at bottom of the post…

To make…Combine both powders and add to the coconut oil a little at a time working it in and you will have a pliable and firm mixture.

If you find it is too wet then just add a little more Arrowroot powder or salt which acts as a thickener.

If you use the push-up deodorants then scoop it into your cleaned out empty container however if you are eliminating plastic from your home then put into a glass jar.

To apply just use your fingers and keep the jar in the fridge this amount used by two persons a day will last about 3 months not only saving the planet but saving you money…

Or if you prefer a spray then Castile soap can be used to make a natural deodorant. Add 1/2 tsp of liquid castile soap and 1 tsp of sea salt to a small spray bottle and use as needed.

I have heard and read quite a lot about Castille Soap and have a vague memory of my grandma and mum using it but didn’t really know what it was…It has only been since I have realised how much damage store brands do to the environment that I have been looking into it…

Vegetable based it is free od animal fats and any nasties aka synthetic ingredients…Natural, non-toxic and biodegradable it comes in bars or liquid form…First made in the Mediterranean region where it was made from olive oil and its name originates from the Castille region of Spain its popularity soon spread to Europe and beyond.

Image by U. Leone from Pixabay

Now the soap can be made or is made from Coconut, hemp or castor oil…What memories that word evokes as children we were forced to have a castor oil tablet a day…Avocado, walnut and almond oils are sometimes used as well…

As well as being environmentally friendly and safe as well as using it on your body it is safe for your beloved pets and you can clean your house with it…

Always buy pure 100% natural castile soap from a reputable brand to ensure you’re buying a high-quality product.

Washing up liquid…Add 1 part of castile soap to 10 parts of water to make washing up liquid for your dishwasher then mix equal parts of castile soap and water in a bottle. Fill your detergent compartment as normal.

washing dishes

Image by Eak K. from Pixabay

For your laundry...Add 1/2 cup of castile soap to a load of laundry. You can use less soap if you’re using a high-efficiency washing machine. This may be a particularly appealing option for those who get rashes from traditional store-bought laundry detergents.

washing on the line pegs

Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay

I am eagerly awaiting the delivery of my Castille soap as I suffer from rashes and the like from many store-bought products which has been a nightmare all my life. Once I find a product that doesn’t affect me I stick to it for life. If I can make my own and help the ecosystem then I will be even happier…

I am also looking forward to using it for many other purposes it definitely seems to be the all-around product…

There are a few things to avoid when using castile soap:

  • If you have hard water, it will react with castile soap and leave behind a white film residue. Install a water softener if it’s possible.
  • Combining vinegar with castile soap can also leave behind a white film. This is because the alkaline nature of the soap reacts with the acid vinegar, and they cancel out each other. This changes the soap back to its original oils.
  • Castile soap shouldn’t be combined with lemon juice for the same reasons it doesn’t combine well with vinegar.
  • Don’t use castile soap on colour-treated hair as it may strip away some of the colour.

This warning about essential oil was also on the site where I ordered my base Castille oil from

Caution: Some essential oils do not mix perfectly with a natural soap base. These may include lemon, lemongrass, clove, eucalyptus, and possibly others. Test carefully when using these oils. Orange oils and other essential oils may leave the mixture and float on top if too much is used. Warm and stir to get them back in. Wait 24 hours to check for separation. Skim excess from the top if needed. Any oil-based or water-based herbal ingredient can potentially be used.

Our Castile Soaps are fragrance-free, but can easily be fragranced with essential oils and thickened with table salt.

Do not consume. For external use only. Keep away from children and eyes.

Do you already use Castille soap? If so what is your experience of it?

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 


Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx




10 thoughts on “Waste Not! Want Not! Week 19…Castille Soap…

  1. Pingback: CarolCooks2…My weekly roundup of this weeks posts…Plastic, Hemp, Kaffir Lime Marmalade and Chocolate Cupcakes | Retired? No one told me!

  2. Pingback: Waste Not! Want Not! Week 19…Castille Soap… — Retired? No one told me! – HealthNuts.club

  3. Pingback: Waste Not! Want Not! Week 19…Castille Soap… — Retired? No one told me! | yazım'yazgısı (typography)

  4. Leoniechinup

    I’ve made olive oil soap before (I think that this is the same as Castille). It turned out ok, however not as good as some of the ones I have bought from markets and online. I bought some liquid Castille the other day from our local bulk foods shop and intend to add lemon tea tree oil. Its very concentrated and needs to be diluted.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you for the tip, Leonie..Did you use the hot or cold process when making your soap? I have been reading a lot preparing my self for when I get my Castille order and soap needs to cured as well a bit like making bacon/ham…But welll done for having a go it sounds an interesting process I may try Coconut oil as that is plentiful here…:) x


      1. Leoniechinup

        Hello Carol, I used cold process, just olive oil, water and sodium and hydroxide. It does need curing for a couple of months to complete saponification. I imagine coconut oil will work just as well.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Hello Leonie…Thank you, I do think I will give it a go it sounds interesting…Just wondering why you thought yours was not as good as the ones you buy 🙂 Maybe they were made using the hot process do you think?


      3. Leoniechinup

        Hello Carol, my soap turned out ok, the texture and lather were fine. It didn’t smell as fresh after it had cured as the ones I bought, and I used the recipe provided on the website I bought the soap from. I think it might need more time to saponify until I cut it.


  5. simplywendi

    I have always wanted to try to make my own deodorant but have never had the guts. I also didn’t know that Castille soap could be used for laundry and dishes……….thank you for this very informative post!



Make my day leave a comment I love to hear from you

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.