Castile soap is a name used for olive oil based soaps which historically originated from Castile, Spain more than 500 years ago. We’ve formulated a recipe in the spirit of those traditional olive oil soaps with a creamy, luxurious lather that leaves skin feeling smooth and refreshed. Our liquid soap is pure and simple, crafted from scratch with completely whole, natural, and organic ingredients. While it may seem too nice to use on anything but your body, you can wash just about anything! We use this soap not only with our bath scrubbies, but for our dishes, our counter tops and floors, and for hand-washing clothes! Oh, and a little bit goes a long way.
To make the soap we start off by producing a soap paste using olive oil, coconut oil and castor oil which we combine with potassium hydroxide. All three plant oils soften and attract external moisture to your skin, additionally the coconut and castor oils are responsible for a stable and creamy lather. We then dilute the paste and neutralize it with citric acid, then scent it with a little bit of essential oils. We only use essential oils derived through steam distillation.
(paste, photograph courtesy of herbalnatures.com)
As with all Meow Meow Tweet products, we wanted to package the liquid soap in something that was sustainable but also user-friendly and attractive. We had been using plastic bottles for awhile with the intention to switch to glass and create a refill option. Well, here you have the first step, our new glass bottles, complete with dancing cats!
The cap is recyclable aluminum with a small plastic orifice reducer set into the top. The orifice reducer makes the bottle into a “shaker” so you shake the soap out into your hand or scrubby. We have found that the soap lasts longer with this top, it’s less plastic than other caps and pumps, and it’s fun to use!
Currently on rotation:
Tea Tree & Rosemary
Cedar & Clary Sage
Stay tuned for refill options!
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