Sustainable Sunday #3 - The wonderful world of Castile Soap!!

I have to be honest, this week has been discouraging. I learnt this week that a lot of my shower products that I use, that claim to be 'free of parabens and toxins', are not. For a few years now my family and I have used both Organic Care and Health Basics shampoos, body washes and hand soaps. Unfortunately all of these products have in them a toxic preservative called (sorry guys this is a long one!) methylchloroisothiazolinone  and methylisothiazolinone (phew!). These two toxic preservatives are not only skin irritants but have also may be linked to nerve damage. They are highly toxic! Yet cosmetic companies justify using them because of the low levels they use, but I would hate to think what kind of affect they would have on us, when they are used day after day. Annmarie Gianni has written a fantastic article on these preservatives, check it out if you want to know more. Many companies in the UK have even stood up and said that they would no longer use these preservatives in their products.

So with that I have been on a castile soap rampage! Making shampoo and hand soap, and also using it on my face and body, hows that for multi purpose?! Firstly castile soap is made from 100% plant oils, and is not a chemical detergent, meaning its completely biodegradable. Big Tick. I have only tried the Dr Bronner brand, but its wonderful! Currently Im using the peppermint bar soap in the shower, for both my face and body, and I have made a shampoo using the hemp rose liquid soap, with great results at that! (oh and they smell great). As I often have problem skin, I am waiting to get in the tea tree bar soap, I have heard its fantastic for clearing it up.  

My dad has struggled with bad dermatitis, and constantly has an irritated scalp, so it was my mission this week to find a recipe for a shampoo free of crap! I my self have been using this and I am really impressed with the results so here's the recipe. Credit to Wellness Mama 

  • ¼ cup coconut milk (homemade or canned)
  • ⅓ cup Liquid Castille Soap like Dr. Bronners - I used the hemp rose
  • 20 drops of Essential Oils of  your choice (I've used peppermint, lavender, rosemary and orange or combinations of those)

  • For dry hair: add ½ tsp olive or almond oil (optional)

Simply mix them all together and pop in a jar or reusable squigy, or pump bottle (it will last about a month)

And with that my shower is almost completely zero waste!

Happy sustainable sunday!