Castile soap originated in Spain centuries ago. “Castile” simply means the soap is formulated from only natural, plant-based, oils rather than animal fat (tallow). Castile contains no chemical detergents, is biodegradable, Earth-friendly and versatile as a natural cleaner.
Many people who are learning about the toxins in our household cleaners, hand soaps and body care products are choosing natural solutions instead. There are nearly 13,000 chemicals used in formulating cosmetic products alone, with FDA restrictions on only 11 of them! Just in body care products like shampoo, we find numerous endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are those chemicals which may cause severe neurological and immune system defects, and are shown to interfere with reproduction and development. Here is a small sampling of the harmful ingredients in most of our every day products:
Sodium Laurel Sulfate: Used in engine degreaser, industrial cleaning products, and 90% of personal care products, SLS (or SLES) can cause breathing problems, eye damage, and death. It is found in body washes, hair coloring kits, shampoo, laundry detergents, liquid hand soap, make-up products, toothpaste, and bath oils.
Phthalates: Used in shampoo and numerous other products even though it is rarely listed on the label, or is simply called “fragrance”, Phthalates interfere with the reproductive system, cause early breast development in young boys and girls, birth defects, and damage to liver and kidneys.
Parabens: Parabens are chemicals found in cosmetics, deodorant, shampoo and other products but are not often labeled. Parabens can mimic the female hormone of estrogen, and have been linked to breast tumors and cancer, hormone imbalance, and early puberty.
Benzoyl Peroxide: Often found in facial cleansers for treating acne, this chemical may act as a mutagen. It could produce DNA cell damage in humans and other mammals, is toxic upon inhalation, and irritates the eyes, skin and respiratory system. These are the statements appearing on the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for Benzoyl Peroxide.
It’s a simple process to begin eliminating these, and other dangerous toxins, from our homes. Many people make their own natural and effective Cleaning Products, Soaps, Laundry Detergents, Carpet Freshening Powder, Deodorant, and even Homemade Hair Color!
Watkins makes it simple to transition to natural home and personal care. The J.R. Watkins Castile Liquid and Bar Soaps are made with nourishing coconut and olive oils, and are free from dyes and harsh chemicals. To create the liquid soaps, they simply use basic salts and heat them with the natural oils to create a fluid, liquid soap. Castile Soap can be safely used as body wash, shampoo, dish soap, hand soap, laundry soap, mopping solution, carpet cleaner, as a vegetable wash, toothpaste, and pet shampoo. Note: As a shampoo, Castile soap may not the best choice for chemically treated hair that has either been colored, permed, highlighted, bleached, or straightened.