Chances are you didn’t look too closely at your everyday cleaning, bath and beauty products until you brought baby home and realized how toxic everything in your house really is (or, at least, that’s the way it seems). Or maybe the COVID-19 pandemic has shed a new light on your habits. Or maybe you’ve been on the organic straight and narrow for some time now (props!). Either way, safer-for-you castile soap has probably entered your radar at some point, but do you know how multi-purpose it actually is?
Tell me more about this castile soap stuff
For those who aren’t familiar, a quick lesson: Castile soap is true soap, a blend of acids (like organic oils) and base (like potassium hydroxide). When they interact, or saponify, they create a naturally foaming soap that doesn’t require any artificial preservatives or foaming agents. It’s a big deal because most hand soaps are actually detergents (not soaps!), which are synthetic blends of surfectants to make them foamy, emulsifiers to keep ingredients blended and preservatives to keep them from growing yeast, mold and bacteria.
And what’s so bad about that?
Okay, that last part sounds pretty good at first glance, but the catch is that those detergent ingredients are toxic and can enter your blood stream. This is especially noteworthy if you’re pregnant, because a benchmark investigation by the EWG found 287 chemicals in umbilical cord blood. Um, no thank you.
Castile soap products, like the ones from Earth Mama Organics, on the other hand are carefully formulated to be safe and effective for pregnant and breastfeeding women, their babies and the rest of the family. Earth Mama castile soaps are made with organic herbs, oils, shea butter and calendula and are third-party certified by Oregon Tilth, not to mention dermatologist and clinically tested for irritation. Last stat (it’s a good one): They’re rated one on the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, which is the lowest hazard rating a product can achieve.
So, moms, now that you’re caught up on the “why,” let’s get into the “how” of castile soap uses.