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I know what castile soap is but when I go to the store is it going to be labled as such? Who are the makers of castile soap? Where can I get it and especially on a budget?! If I remember correctly castile soap is good for laundry and making your own shampoos, right? Please refresh my memory. :
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Look for Dr. Bronner's. It comes in tall, round bottles, and also in bar form, and often you have a choice of scents. We use it for bathing, mostly. It doesn't leave soap scum like ordinary soap does.

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Castile soap is traditionally made from olive oil and it's still considered castile if it has other vegetable oils mixed in with the olive oil.

You can purchase castile soap flakes online or yes, purchase Dr. Bronners. Dr. Bronners has some milder detergent chemicals in it that doesn't leave the film that true soaps leave behind, as the previous person mentioned. Dr. Bronners uses coco-betaine rather than sodium lauryl sulfates.

You can go to the Dr. Bronners website to learn more. For laundry purposes, it can use a boost of baking soda, same with hair. I've heard that though it's mild, it can be a weak cleaner (because it doesn't have as many harsher and harder working chemicals), so you have to add baking soda or extra elbow grease to make it work harder.
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OMG - I just saw my status and the "Baking Soda Goddess of the Universe" title. How did that happen? I didn't put that there!

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Awww, that's cute, Spastica, and accurate.
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"Brevity is not my forte" *snarflegiggle*

I take it you didn't write that either?
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Totally fits. I'd add ACV in there, though.

Sorry to derail the thread. I think the Dr. Bonner's pretty much covers it.

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Trader's Joe has a cheap store brand. I loved the scent. The nearest store is 3hrs away so I use Dr. B when I have to buy locally. I love to use it in foam soap dispensers. I feel it leaves a nice film on my hands so they don't get all dry, especially in winter. I wouldn't want to use it for shampoo for this reason, but have never tried.

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Kirk's makes a castille bar soap that we like.

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Forgot to mention that it's really cheap too. I think it's at our local grocery store for $1.20/bar or something.

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OMG - I just saw my status and the "Baking Soda Goddess of the Universe" title. How did that happen? I didn't put that there!

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I did, you got DDDDCed.

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does Dr. Bronner's have lye in it? I've been wondering this for a while and I can't find the answer.
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Yes, Dr. B has lye. I use Kirk's castile soap also. It is around $1 a bar. It is a little more drying than Bronner's though. But we all like it. DD 9 LOVES it.
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I forgot to mention in my last post, the Dr B bar soap contains sodium hydroxide (lye) & the liquid version contains potassium hydroxide which is similar to lye & used to make liquid soaps & shampoos.
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So does Kirk's have lye? Is there anything available without lye?
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Yes, Kirk's also has lye. All true soap has lye. The only thing that will suds & doesn't contain lye is a synthetic detergent. The old term "lye soap" confuses people, because all soap contains lye. The term lye soap usually referred to soap made with lard. I don't know why they didn't just call it lard soap! It isn't as bad as it sounds though. The lye is no longer active. It reacts with the fats & oils to form soap. Ingredient lists will sometimes list sodium tallowate (lye/beef tallow combo). Sometimes you'll see sodium cocoate, that is coconut oil/lye soap. Usually any word that has -ate at the end is the oil mixed with lye. On the Dr B label they call it "saponified organic coconut oil. Saponification is the process that turns lye/oils to soap. That is probably too much info!
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dr b probably uses coco betaine, but sodium lauryl sulfate is made from coconut too.
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Yes, Kirk's also has lye. All true soap has lye. The only thing that will suds & doesn't contain lye is a synthetic detergent. The old term "lye soap" confuses people, because all soap contains lye. The term lye soap usually referred to soap made with lard. I don't know why they didn't just call it lard soap! It isn't as bad as it sounds though. The lye is no longer active. It reacts with the fats & oils to form soap. Ingredient lists will sometimes list sodium tallowate (lye/beef tallow combo). Sometimes you'll see sodium cocoate, that is coconut oil/lye soap. Usually any word that has -ate at the end is the oil mixed with lye. On the Dr B label they call it "saponified organic coconut oil. Saponification is the process that turns lye/oils to soap. That is probably too much info!
No such thing!

But there's no need to be scared about lye, there is NO lye present in soaps made with lye. It has undergone a chemical reaction with the oils to create a new substance - the metallic salt of a fatty acid. Otherwise known as... soap. Saponification is not just a mixing of two ingredients, it's a reaction that essentially breaks down those two things and recombines them into something different.

However there are products that contain sodium hydroxide in its unreacted form, as a pH adjuster. Toothpaste is one product that comes to mind.
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Where are y'all finding Dr B's bar soap for $1 a bar? It's like $4 a bar around here.

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I bought Trader Joes last time because it was cheaper than the Bronner's. . .and found it stinky/funny smelling - it has a smell on top of the natural peppermint smell that Dr. B's has.
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Where are y'all finding Dr B's bar soap for $1 a bar? It's like $4 a bar around here.

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The Kirk's Castille is the less expensive ($1 a bar) soap. I buy it at Kroger. Dr. Bronners is $3 something around here. HTH!

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