Saturday, October 18, 2014

Acure Organics Castile Soap 16 oz in Peppermint: Reviewed

I have used castile soap for many years, and the same brand. It is a well known brand and has worked well for me, but I never knew what I was missing out on until I tried the castile soap from Acure Organics. For those of you that read my blog with regularity, you know that I love oils, argan and castor oil are both oils I use in my oil cleansing, along with the ingredients glycerin and coconut. Those wonderful additions are in this castile soap. Argan oil is such a luxurious and top quality oil, and if I knew that there was argan oil in a particular castile soap, I would have switched immediately. Argan oil is skin soothing and antiaging, and glycerin attracts moisture to your skin. Coconut has always been a skin favorite of mine. Now I want to make it clear, I do not dislike my previous brand, and have nothing against it. My previous brand has coconut, jojoba, hemp oil, and Vitamin E, along with a few other natural ingredients. I just think that using a top oil such as argan is really nice. Acure castile also has sunflower oil in it as well.

I had the opportunity to try the peppermint castile soap, and let me tell you, it is nothing short of AMAZING. I was incredibly impressed and have used it every time I shower. It has a slight cooling sensation that pairs wonderfully to a hot shower in the summer. It evens the temperature out and feels so refreshing. I am not sure how I will like using the peppermint in the winter, as our home is nearly 100 years old and generally freezing.

The bottle is 16 oz, and although it is half the size of my previous brand, I am only halfway through this bottle and I use it all over. I have used this particular bottle for about a month and a half. It has a nice fragrance, and is great for waking you up in the morning if you have to get up extra early or are just sleep deprived like me. :) The peppermint scent has never been overpowering or strong on my skin. I never have any irritation. I only need a few drops of the soap into my bath puff to suds a fantastic lather. Most the time I am over generous and heavy handed in my drops--in fact I use that term loosely, and I probably could use much less, however I like this product that much, and I have a hard time controlling my frenzy. It makes me smell fresh and clean.

I use a vintage 1963 Lady Gillette double edge safety razor to shave, and have no difficulty with using this as a shaving soap. My armpits can get a nice smooth and knick free shave. I generally either make my own deodorant (I am aluminum free as well and stay away from as many chemicals as I can) or I use my favorite lemon vanilla fragranced natural deodorant. So this castile soap and the peppermint are potent enough to remove any un-fresh smells and replace with a happy, cleansed underarm area. The peppermint oil seems to also act as a nice layer of scent for my natural deodorant method. After washing and rinsing this off, I apply pure coconut oil to my freshly blotted dry underarms, as that naturally prevents bacteria which is what causes odor. Then I apply deodorant.

I have not tried washing my hair with this castile soap, but that is due to the fact that I have been using an amazing shampoo and conditioner that is sulfate free and smells terrific. (any guesses as to which brand?--review to come shortly). I see that on the bottle it mentions that you can brush your teeth with this. I have not tried that, however a few years ago I tried homemade tooth soap chips that I purchased on etsy, and although it worked well, the soapy flavor was not my favorite so that little adventure was short lived.

I have used this peppermint castile for a body wash mostly, however, have used it a few times on my face as a deep cleanse every 2 weeks or so. I mainly use my oil cleansing method, and am not a frequent soap/ lathering face washing gal. The oil cleansing has kept me clear of breakouts and my skin remains soft and supple.

I had seen this brand at my local healthy food and body market store (yes that one) but had not seen the the Acure castile soap. The soap normally retails for $9.99 on the Acure website but currently from October to December, the castile soap and a few other items are on sale. The castile soap is only $6.99! What is even more fantastic is that the shipping is FREE when you choose ground shipping. And no, it is not with the requirement of spending a crazy amount such as $49 or more. I am really turned off by companies that brag about free shipping, and then the shipping really is only free if you buy a large order. When I saw the sale of the castile soaps, I actually purchased the citrus and the fragrance free this week as I could not pass those up. I plan on using the citrus as a body wash and use the fragrance free for my homemade baby wipe solution. I like to mix about 5 drops of plain castile soap, 4 drops of lavender, 4 drops of tea tree, and 4 of eucalyptus oil, along with calendula oil that I infuse myself, grape seed oil, and jojoba oil into filtered water. I put this is a wipes warmer and use cloth wipes. This makes a naturally fragrant (uses essential oils that soothe and heal--not chemicals), yet skin nourishing and cleansing wash for my little one's bottom at diapers changes and for sponge baths.

I highly recommend this brand, as a sulfate free, organic and natural product lover. I love how this is Vegan, Paraben free, Sulfate free, Cruelty free, Gluten free, Fancy free (aren't they cute?) I love how the bottle descriptions have funny little add ins:

"I’m all castile…without the nonsense. Unlike all those other lazy soaps, use me daily in the shower as a body wash, as a bubble bath, or to brush your teeth, wash your hair, do your laundry, clean the tub, clean your dog, clean your floors, do your dishes, do your homework, eat your vegetables, go jogging for you, write thank you notes for you, clean the gutters, as a therapist (I’m a great listener), someone to go to the movies with, or a road trip companion."

Water, Saponified Oils of Organic Coconut, Organic Sunflower, Organic Castor & Organic Argan, Potassium Hydroxide*, Peppermint Essential Oil *No potassium hydroxide left after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin

The pointer stick shows how far down my bottle has been used, after daily, generous use for about a month and a half.

For more information on this castile soap, you can find it on the Acure Website: Peppermint Castile.

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