What Does Castile Body Wash Do?

- By: Safia Ohlson

What Does Castile Body Wash Do?

Do you know what makes Castile Soap different from other soaps on the market? At Alpine Provisions, we have always been a little obsessed with the stuff and are here to tell you everything you need to know about it.

We named our own Castile Soap Alpine Provisions Castile Body Wash, because it is formulated to be extra thick for a super satisfying shower experience. You can use our Castile Body Wash just like you would any Castile Soap (see below for some great out-of-the-box uses), and while you don’t need to dilute it, you will only need to use a little bit because it’s so concentrated.

Without further ado, here are the answers to your most pressing questions about this wonder-substance.

What is Castile Soap?
Pure Castile Soap is a plant-based, multi-use cleanser that is, by its very definition, vegan, non-toxic, and biodegradable. It is typically found in its liquid form but is also available as bar soap.

What is Castile Soap Made Of?
Castile Soap’s origins are Mediterranean (it’s named for the Castile region of Spain), where its key ingredient, olive oil, is abundant. Recent adaptations of pure Castile Soap include oils such as Coconut and Hemp. It’s these nutrient-dense oils that give the soap its highly concentrated, super rich lather and an ability to both moisturize and deep cleanse at the same time. Often essential oils are added to Castile Soap, which can augment its benefits.

What are the benefits of Castile Soap? Is there a difference between Castile Soap and regular soap? 
There are many benefits!  Here are a few:

Purity – Regular soaps are traditionally made with animal fats, harsh detergents, synthetic fragrance, and chemicals.  Pure Castile Soap is always vegan, always non-toxic, and always biodegradable.

Versatility – Castile Liquid Soap has myriad uses, including body wash, shaving, household cleaning, laundry, and fruit and veggie washing.

Cost – High quality, pure Castile Soaps are super concentrated, so you just use a little bit at a time. This makes them a terrific value.

Is Castile Soap Antibacterial? How Does Castile Soap Work? 
Both the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control say that the #1 BEST way to stay healthy is to wash your hands regularly. When you wash with Castile Soap and water, you remove germs and bacteria, effectively banishing them from your hands, body, or whatever surface the Castile Soap and water touches. This is why washing our hands is, was, and always will be, the first line of defense against all viruses and bacteria. 

Not all Castile Soaps are created equal. It’s important to use pure Castile Soap made with organic, high-quality ingredients from brands you trust. (Shameless self-promotion: Alpine Provisions’ Castile Body Wash is made from the very best organic, high-quality ingredients available.)

More Pure Castile Soap Uses
House Cleaning – A clean home is a healthy home. Combine 1/4 cup of liquid Castile Soap with 1 quart of warm water and place the mixture into a spray bottle. Use a fresh sponge, mop, or rag, and make your home as clean as can be!

Gardening – Make a non-toxic, effective insecticide and fungicide for your garden by blending 1 tbsp. of Castile Soap in a quart of water with 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper. Spray plants twice daily, in the cool of the day, until infestation clears.

Body Scrub -- Make your own body scrub with 1 cup of sugar, 1 tbsp. of pure Castile Soap, 2 tbsp. of Coconut Oil, and a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Massage into skin before hopping into the shower

Dog Wash – Diluted Castile Soap is gentle enough to clean your best four-legged friend. Just be careful to avoid their eyes and ears. We recommend using Lavender + Juniper, as the small amount of Clove essential oil content in our Fir + Sage scent is NOT recommended for dogs.

We trust this cleared up the whole, “What is Castile Soap good for?” question. And you don’t have to take our word for it — Real Simple published this article about castile soap (and even threw in a quote from our Founder/CEO, Joshua Onysko!).