Full Ingredients List (for Labelling):
Filtered rainwater, Potassium soap made from oils of Coconut and Olive Oil. Retained glycerine.
Naked Press Liquid Castile Soap offers an ideal alternative to ordinary chemical-based soap substitutes. Proudly Hand Made by traditional soap making methods by us in Australia, our Castile Soap has been formulated from the following purest unrefined vegetable oils:
• Coconut Oil
• Olive Oil
Our liquid castile soap contains no preservatives, animal ingredients or synthetic detergents and is suitable for all skin types.
• 100% biodegradable
• No synthetic detergents
• No animal ingredients
• Not tested on animals
• No preservatives
• Incredible value
• No Synthetic Foaming Agents
• No Thickeners
• No Palm oil
Why you Should Use This Product:
• Buy in bulk for your home and save money.
• Minimize chemical exposure in your home.
• Add your favourite essential oils.
• Care for the environment.
• Make your own retail products from our base by adding your choice of essential oils.
Our Liquid Castile Soap is potassium soap and a natural surfactant (surface active agent), made from vegetable oils.
The word Castile soap comes from the fact that this type of soap was first made in the Spanish region of Castile, where most of the olive oil in Spain was grown. Castile soap was traditionally made with olive oil, but we have added coconut oil to the ingredients, as this improves the lather.
This soap is free from the usual foaming agents used in the more commercial liquid soaps, like coco betaine, decyl glucoside, sodium laurel sulphate, free from detergents, thickeners, animal fats (making it suitable for vegans), and preservatives, all known skin irritants, making our base non-allergenic and 100% biodegradable.
Unlike industrially made liquid detergents made from petrochemicals, or coconut derivatives, natural handmade liquid soap made from edible oils is always golden yellow to orange to light green in color and it may appear “runny”. Do not let this thinner consistency trick you in to believing your liquid soap is not concentrated enough, as it is usually foamier than most soap substitutes. You may find some essential oils e.g Rosemary and Eucalyptus can thicken your base, and some oils like Citrus essential oils can thin your base.
Our liquid soap base has its glycerine retained. Glycerine is a natural humectant or moisturizer, due to its water building capabilities, that allows it to draw and absorb water from the air. Chemically speaking glycerin is a byproduct of the saponification (soap-making) process.
To get a bit technical: In a way it is a “refuse” of the chemical bonding between the three fatty molecules of oils with the alkali molecule (potassium hydroxide), which leaves the fourth component of the oil molecules (glycerol) unbound and easily extracted from the soap.
In industrial soap making, glycerine is reclaimed from the soap paste, purified and sold as a separate product.
In the end of the soapmaking process the potassium hydroxide (a processing aid) has been used up and the natural handmade soaps contains all the available glycerol molecules (glycerine), which contribute to it's mildness and skin-friendliness.
Traditional handmade soaps all have a pH of between 8-10. Due to the high pH, it contains no preservatives, but should you wish to add any botanicals like aloe vera or herbal extracts it is advisable to add a preservative. This is not needed when adding essential oils.
There is a modern misunderstanding that a chemically based soap substitute is safer & milder on the skin, as it has a lower pH and that a natural & traditionally made soap from vegetable oils is harsher because it has higher pH. The fact is that the pH has no bearing on the mildness or harshness of a soap.
This misunderstanding started with the incorporation of chemicals into the soapmaking process, when during and after the 2nd world war, vegetable oils and fats were scarce.
To create a marketing edge over the traditionally made soaps and as these chemicals were naturally acidic in nature, the myth was created that soaps with a lower pH were more gentle on the skin that those with a higher pH.
Soaps manage to cleanse the skin as dirt and oils have a tendency to migrate from a surface of a lower pH (the skin has a pH of around 7) to the higher pH of the soap and it is a fact that skin conditions of thousands of people have improved after changing over from chemical soaps to natural soaps.
We suggest the addition of 1 to 1.5% of essential oil. Blend well. The base will still stay clear, or will clear after a day or so. If you buy a 1L unit of either of our bases, then for easy blending add a 12ml bottle of essential oil and mix well.
IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS PRODUCT IS (PALM OIL FREE):
KEEP ANY EYE OUT FOR ANY LIQUID CASTILE SOAPS THAT HAVE THE INGREDIENT “PALM KERNEL OIL”.
ANY SUPPORT OF THE PALM OIL INDUSTRY, EVEN IF CLAIMED TO BE SUSTAINABLE IS STILL SUPPORTING THE USE OF PALM OIL.
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