Monday, April 16, 2012

How to Make Beeswax Castile Soap

Castile soap is a mild soap made with olive oil and named for a region in Spain. It is a low-lathering soap chosen by many mothers as the first soap for babies. If you'd like to try your hand at soap-making, castile soap is a good place to start. The author of this recipe says that making this recipe can be challenging, so if you are a beginner at cold process soap I would recommend starting out with an easier recipe before trying this one.  For those would would like to try this recipe out, then check out the article on How to Make Beeswax Castile Soap on Ehow.

Can anyone tell me why they would add beeswax to a cold process soap recipe?  Is it to make the bar harder?  If someone is a vegan, can you leave the beeswax out?  Would it harm the consitency of the recipe if you did? And one last burning question, if you do not use olive oil from Spain does this mean you cannot call it Castile Soap?  Just wondering.

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