I’ve always been in constant hunt for the purest product and brands for my baby so when I stumbled upon So True Naturals, from Cat Juan Luna’s blog, I was overjoyed that another local Filipino company is creating these carefully crafted CASTILE soaps. I’ve been looking for castile soap for ages. The last one I tried was Dr. Bronner at Healthy Options which was discontinued. I’ve heard a lot of great things about castile soaps and how it has cured A LOT of seemingly hopeless skin problems. My daughter has a very sensitive skin and has been using Earth’s Best and Avalon Organics eversince. But then I wanted something way much more purer, and what could be any more purer than authentic true castile soaps basically created for newborn and sensitive skin.
So what is Castile Soap?
Castile is a name of a region in Spain where the famous soap-making process originated. Castile soaps are basically veggie soaps made from 100% pure olive oil, water, Lyle. In modern times, different variations came out from vegetable-based ingredients like beet, aloe vera, oatmeal, cinnamon and different essential oils infused to it. Castile soaps are considered a luxury item because they were favored by royalty before.
How to spot a fake Castile Soap?
There have been so many soaps in the market claiming they are Castile soaps. But in my process of researching and looking for true Castile soaps, I came up with 5 things to watch out for.
1. It does contain animal byproducts, such as “tallow”, fat-based soap we find in commercially producing soap manufacturers. Castile soaps are 100% percent plant oils and no animal product. Yes, it’s usually vegan, and cruelty-free too. (Some products have the leaping bunny seal, for local ones, you may just assume they’re not being tested on animals since they’re essentially vegetable ingredients and can’t be harmful anyway.)
2. It does contain any preservatives. True Castile soaps are free of artificial foaming agents, harsh cleansers, deconstructed fatty acids from vegetable oils or fats (aka oleochemicals), petrochemicals and/or chemical anti-bacterial agents (like triclosan). They don’t contain harsh synthetic detergents and the best ones don’t add any skin-irritating artificial colorants , fragrances and preservatives.
3. It doesn’t only contain premium olive oil. Castile soaps are comprised of pure, cold pressed premium olive oil. Some brands are using “pomace” as a cheaper alternative to olive oil. Watch out.
4. Beware of the word “Fragrance” again. Castile soaps don’t have artificial fragrances. There are no synthetic oils, but only true blue phthalate-free fragrance oils that are also vegetarian- lavender, peppermint, oatmeal etc. We all know phalates (found in basically ALL commercial perfumes) are endocrine disruptors. (which eventually causes cancer) Essential oils are generally antibacterial and have a lot of benefits too.
5. They lather up too much. True Castile soaps don’t really lather that much and have a tendency to get slimy. Best to store them at lower temperatures and always dry as much as possible. Remember, “foamy” soaps don’t mean really higher ability to clean.
Bonus tip 6. Liquid soaps should probably be in glass bottles! I can’t imagine liquid Castile soaps in plastic container since it’s made of pure cold-pressed olive oil.
First Impressions of True Naturals
One of my research process for selecting natural and safe is products, which I’ve discussed recently in this cheatsheet here, is learning about the company and checking how ethical they are. I was quite drawn at True Naturals because the owner, Mia, sort of resonated to my very own values of only giving the best and safest product to our babies as much as possible. You can safely say that people who have that level of paranoia (haha) and values (most importantly) usually has the most excellent quality assurance processes in their products. True Naturals commits to deliver only the purest luxurious soap. They even consider themselves a luxury brand since they don’t really scrimp on the quality of their ingredients. You may view their entire story here.
My online experience was very swift! I got the items I brought online just 2 days. Look at the super cute packaging. (Reminds me of pottery barn kids) Here’s a preview of the items I got two days ago. I got a liquid soap instead of the bars for my baby. I chose “lavender” scent because I have fuzzy toddler and I’m hoping this would somehow calm her haha. Glass containers…L-O-V-E-L-Y!
Then I got their NAT & DAVEY BABY COLOGNE (PHTHALATE-FREE). And I can instantly tell this is going to be a favorite! I’ve been looking for safe baby colognes out there and this one’s a charmer.
Stocked on some vapor rubs since it’s flu season again. A great additon to my previous cold buster kit. Excited to road test this.
Next in line is their baby oil. I was thinking of giving up baby lotions and use safe oils instead. So far my baby’s not having a reaction to this. The oil easily absorbs after bath.
They were generous enough to throw in a skin balm to try out too. I was totally smitten by the gorgeous packaging of this. I do hope they have solid perfumes eventually!
Castile soaps are technically the world’s purest soap ever. I wish I discovered them earlier before. I can’t wait to do a full review of them soon!:) I’m actually eyeing on their candles as well. They look very promising!
(Coolness, They do international shipping too! :))