One of the very first natural beauty products I introduced into my daily regimen (and the first I ever blogged about!) was Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap. It’s a staple in most basic, natural skincare routines, and several other clean brands have been taking notice of the allure of simple castile soap.
Castile soap is made strictly from vegetable oils (think olive oil and coconut oil), and provides a luxurious lather — sans SLS. Castile soaps tend to have a slippery feel to them and are super-concentrated; this means that a little goes a long way if you’re able to train yourself to use a small amount and really take advantage of the rich lather it produces.
When I had the opportunity to test another castile soap on the market — from another natural staple, Kiss My Face — I was excited to compare its castile soap to my beloved Bronner. I received a sample of Kiss My Face Lemongrass Clary Sage Castile Soap (mentioned on The Clean Beauty Blog) and used it off and on for several months before finally finishing the bottle yesterday.
I’m on the fence with this castile soap. The pros? It has a lovely, energizing scent that’s great for non-morning people like me. It’s affordable and easily accessible (you can get it at Whole Foods), and it contains some of my favorite natural oils: jojoba, coconut and olive.
The cons? It’s very, very slippery. This is to be expected with castile soaps, and it could partly be my fault for using just a tad too much on my loofah, but I’ve found that Kiss My Face’s version of castile soap is a bit more difficult to rinse off compared to Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap.
So, will I restock my shower (and soon-to-move-into guest shower) with Kiss My Face Castile Soap? Maybe. It’s a great pricepoint, and I really enjoy the smell. Perhaps I should grab a bottle of Bronner’s as well and do a double blind test this fall?
Have you ever tried castile soaps? What are your pros and cons? What are your standards for soaps and body washes? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section.