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Castile Soap – A traditional, effective all natural stain remover

Fresh OlivesLast week we were trading next to lovely Greek ceramicist at Spitalfields Market. We got chatting about ceramics and soap, and  I learned that her mother still made olive oil soap for the family using a traditional recipe.

They of course use the soap to wash with, but where she really said she thought her mother’s soap distinguished itself from all others, was a stain remover. In fact, she said that she thought it was better than any of the chemical stain removers that she’d tried for getting out grass, blood and food stains. Well…that sounded like a challenge to me :), so I put our Traditional Castile soap to the test on a variety of stains.

Lipstick, Curry and Unidentified Muck

Perhaps not the nicest of jobs, but in the name of experimentation I had a rummage through our house’s laundry basket looking for stains. What gems did I find? A black vinyl handbag of mine that had red lipstick smeared all over the lining – lipstick cap malfunction at a wedding; a white T-shirt with a nice curry stain  near the collar; and a beige hoodie with a really odd smear-stripe of what looked like black and red charcoal crayons.

Traditional Castile Soap_All Natural SoapTo the sink!

I thought I’d start easyish and attacked  the curry stained T-shirt with cold water and then a good scrubbing of our Castile Soap. I  saturated the stain, worked some soap in, rinsed and you know what? The stain was gone! I was so pleased. Minimal effort, no nasty chemicals penetrating my skin and soft hands to boot.

Onto the unidentified hoodie muck. Well for this one I pretty much attacked the stain in the same way I did the curry. This one required a little more scrubbing and a little more soap, but again, the stain was completely removed. Two for two.

The hardest challenge – onto the red lipstick.

I wasn’t really holding out much hope for my handbag as the lipstick had really managed to work itself in to the bag’s lining and was all over the place, but I starting scrubbing anyway. The fact that this was a bar of ‘stain remover’ helped a lot on this test as I could use it to really get into the stain. Previously I’d apply some eco friendly stain remover and let my knuckles do all the work. The lipstick, not surprisingly, was not budging quickly, but I persevered, rinsed, worked in some more soap and eventually, to my complete amazement, it was gone! One pristine handbag for lucky old me.

The verdict? Castile Soap really is a great stain remover

I realise this wasn’t the most scientific of tests, but I for one am extremely pleased with how our olive oil soap performed on these difficult stains and intend to keep using it. I love the fact that its such a simple, traditional product that works so well; is biodegradable and 100% plastic bottle free.

Interested, why not try our Traditional Castile soap for yourself? It’s great for the body too.

Traditional Castile Soap_All Natural SoapWhat do you have to say and share?

Have you ever used our Castile Soap as a stain remover or for any other unexpected uses you’d like to share (such as for washing with :))? Do you have any top tips for eco-friendly cleaning?

Let us know about them by leaving a comment at the end of this article, or we could even publish a guest blog by you if you have a lot to say of the subject. Just get in touch.

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A new scrub – great for all skin types, even sensitive

Honey & Oatmeal soap enriched with Coconut Milk_All Natural SoapWe had a look at our range recently and realised that we didn’t have any scrub soaps for people with sensitive skin. This clearly wouldn’t do, so we headed to our workshop to set about creating a gentle and soothing soap that also had exfoliating properties.

Milk soaps are great for gently cleansing delicate skin so we thought this would be a good place to start. Our Goat’s Milk and Calendula soap already does a good job of helping those with sensitivities wash without irritation, but for this new soap we wanted to go that little bit further and make it both exfoliating and vegan. Enter coconut milk.

Coconut milk has been used in skin care for centuries because of its ability to soothe and moisturise. When added to soap, it, not surprisingly, creates a creamy, milky lather that is truly a pleasure to wash with. First ingredient down.

Next we wanted to attract even more moisture to the skin so we added honey, a natural humectant. Second ingredient down. For the scrubby element, we wanted to choose something that could be used all over the body, including the face, and the natural choice was of course oats. Very soft, so non scratchy and caring on the skin, oats are also famous for helping to sooth all manner of skin irritations. Our soap was complete. Well almost…

We make a number of unscented soaps (or more specifically soaps with no added scent that have a lovely, clean natural smell – our most popular being our Castile range), but on this occasion we were keen to create and add a scent that appealed to everyone as, after all, we were trying to create a scrub soap for all skin types.

If you’re familiar with our range then you’ll know that we love a good citrus. Strong tangy smells aren’t everyone’s cup of tea though so we decided to make the predominant scent in our essential oil blend, Sweet Orange. Sweet Orange is a fragrance that we have found to be almost universally appealing as it is uplifting, fresh and clean, and neither too floral nor too citrusy. On the skin, it is also generally tolerated by most people, regardless of their skin type. The background notes? Well we thought it would be nice to let the natural properties of the ingredients shine through and so the heart and base notes in this soap actually come from the oats, honey and coconut milk. We think the combination is gentle and heavenly.

Enough talking, we need to get back to creating new, delicious soap varieties.

Our Honey & Oatmeal Scrub soap is available to try now. If our testers are anything to go by, we don’t think this current batch will be around long so you better get yours quickly!

Honey & Oatmeal soap enriched with Coconut Milk_All Natural Soap

 

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Limited Edition Olympic Soaps

Ginger Zinger_All Natural Soap

Morning all,

As its almost Olympic time we thought we’d let you know about our limited edition Olympic Soaps.

Called Ginger Muscle Soother, they’re perfect for relaxing after a hard day’s pole valuting or even computer tapping.

Made with our favourite clay of all, Red Cosmetic Clay, this is an added treat as it works to revitalise the skin, improve its radiance and is famous for helping with capillary damage.

Exclusively available on our stall at Spitalfields Market from Friday 27th July and over the Olympic period, but only while stocks last.

During the Olympics, we’ll be trading Fridays and Sundays as normal (and possibly some extra days). If you plan on coming down to pick up an Olympic soap, please check Twitter on the day for our location.

We are happy to put aside Olympic soaps for customers to collect at the market, just email us to let us know how many you’d like.

 

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Lime & Seaweed soap cakes soon to be available as bars!

Sushi Seaweed Bars_All Natural SoapLime & Seaweed soap cakes have been so popular already this summer that we thought we’d make a bar variety.

Affectionately known as our ‘Sushi Seaweed Soap’, this bar contains 3 types of antioxidant rich seaweed – kelp, arame and nori – plus the vitamin packed algae chlorella. We know algae doesn’t sound too sexy, but we promise you its great for the skin.

The soap’s skin-loving properties are also only enhanced by the wonderfully clear essential oils of lime and juniper – famous for their ability to tone the skin – and they of course provide this gorgeous soap with an unmistakably fresh scent.

The bars will be ready 4 weeks from today, but if you just can’t wait to take a dip with this variety, then why not snap up our last Lime & Seaweed soap cake.Lime & Seaweed Bars

 

 

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FREE SOAP BAR – This week only

All Natural Soap_Free soap barWe know it’s been rainy and sad of late, so we thought we’d cheer everyone up with a fabulous offer of FREE soap!

For this week only, we’re giving away a FREE SOAP BAR* with EVERY online purchase over £6. Yes really 🙂

You get a choice of a soothing Lavender & Rosemary bar or a nice and scrubby Tomato & Basil Kitchen Soap.

Simply go to the checkout as normal and then let us know which FREE bar you’d prefer in the ‘Order Notes’ section.

This offer expires at midnight BST on Sunday 22nd July and is only available while stocks last.

Don’t worry, once you’ve placed your order we’ll email you to confirm that we have some of your chosen free soap left. If we’ve sold out and you would therefore like to cancel your order, we’ll refund you as quickly as PayPal lets us.

Alternatively, feel free to contact us in advance of placing your order, and we’ll confirm that we have your choice of bar in stock.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your FREE soap bar now >

*Minimum bar weight: 70 grams. These are hand cut bars though and many weigh at least 10 grams more. Offer only available while stocks last, within mainland UK and for purchases made via www.allnaturalsoap.co.uk.

 

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New Decorations for Our Citrus Sunshine Hearts

Citrus Sunshine_All Natural SoapAs you may already know, we offer a number of different decoration options for our white and pink Rose Geranium Heart soaps, and that got us thinking – surely we can do something similar with our popular Citrus Sunshine Hearts. So we did!

Below are some pictures of our latest batch at the start of their 4 week cure. There are now the following decoration options to choose from:

  • Citrus Peel patchwork
  • Carrot Flake topping
  • Calendula Petal bouquet
  • Carrot Powder sprinkle

Can you guess which one is which from the pictures?

This means you can make up a lovely gift selection box of citrus soaps, and each one can look different.

You can pre-order your soaps here now – there’ll be ready in about 4 week’s time. Don’t forget to let us know which decoration you would like in the ‘order notes’ at checkout.

Alternatively, if you just can’t wait to get your hands on some summertime sun, why not try one of our fresh and mildy scrubby Citrus Sunshine bars. The current batch is extra lovely as we’ve added in some smoothing Carrot Oil.

Any questions, please get in touch.

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New Varieties – Sneak Preview!

Hi all,

So I know, I know we’ve been banging on about our upcoming new varieties, but where are they already I hear you cry! Here is where – taking their 4 week snooze on the curing rack.

New Varieties_All Natural Soap

We haven’t yet decided on a name for all of these beauties, but we thought you might like to take a sneaky peak at our upcoming offerings. Can you guess what the lighter coloured ones are? Yes…that is indeed a honeycomb pattern on the top – that’s all we’re saying.

And the darker ones? Well you can probably spy a coffee bean decoration or two. No, it’s not our Coffee Kitchen Soap – but that variety has been so popular we thought we’d create all you coffee lovers out there another everyday soap with coffee in it.

Anything else?

Well, only the Men’s Bar we can’t stop talking about! Here’s a peak of it 4 week’s ago when it was being cut.

All Natural Soap_Mens Bar

We’re really happy with how this one turned out. The scent is wonderfully sexy and masculine – with base notes of cedarwood and a fresh crisp cleanness lent by refreshing rosemary and lemongrass essential oils.

The lather is also rich and creamy, and the bar itself good and long lasting (provided its not left soap-dishless and neglected on the side of the bath or sink).

Oh and we thought it would be fun to give the top the texture of elephant hide to complement the grey/green colour. What do you think? And in case you’re wondering, no, no real elephants were involved in creating this effect. We’re an animal-loving soap company dontcha know.

And we couldn’t of course forget our new Grass Soap! We’re super excited about this one but oops out of time, you’ll have to wait till next time to take a sneaky peak at this one…

So when can I buy these new bars?

The elephant, I mean the Mens Bar, will be available on at our regular markets and on the website next week – we’ll be sure to let you know the moment it is available. The other mystery varieties will be available in about 4 week’s time, after they’re fully cured.

What am I meant to do in the meantime?

Perhaps check out our unique Lemon & Spice bar.

Bye for now,

Eliza

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New Expanded Hearts Collection

All Natural Soap_Hearts Collection

All Natural Soap_Hearts CollectionBy popular demand, we’re expanding our Hearts Collection to include some gorgeous new varieties.

We’re not going to tell you everything that’s coming – where’s the fun in that! But you will already find a delicate and elegant lavender heart, and a luxurious citrus treat soap on the website.

All the new collection will of course be made with our signature shea butter and olive oil blend. But even before they nourish your skin, the hearts can be used to adorn and scent your bedroom or bathroom – 2 scrumptious treats in one!

With the expanded collection also comes more fun and choice – you can mix and match from across the range to create your own unique and original heart gift boxes.

Find your favourites now.

Decorated Lavender Hearts

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Unique and Handmade

All Natural Soap makes soap that is, you guessed it, all natural!

Our products are also unique, handmade and free from everything you’d want them to be free from.

We only colour our soaps with plant, fruit and vegetable materials; and our complex, perfume-like scents are 3 note blends of pure essential oils.

All Natural Soaps are also vegetarian, (the majority are also vegan), and the skin-loving oils we use to make them ensure that your body not only feels fantastic, but it’s natural functions are not inhibited.

Find out more >