Because of the scarcity of liquid castile soaps we have locally, I was stuck for years using Dr. Bronner’s Magic Pure Castile Soaps, which are only available in Healthy Options. Whenever I went to visit Healthy Options, I always secretly wished that a local counterpart will be available. I knew if there were, castile soaps need not be as pricey.
Imagine this soaper’s delight (if you have been following me on Instagram (@jenaspacio) you must have seen that I have been into castile soap making myself), when I was contacted by Casa de Lorenzo, a very local brand, offering to send me their products for me to try out! As much as I would have loved to get into full blast manufacturing my castile soap, mass producing it is not really a priority right now. So learning that castile soap loving people like me actually have options besides Dr. Bronner’s is such a refreshing change.
Only natural ingredients from natural products indigent to the Philippines are added to Casa de Lorenzo Manila Castile Soap. We combined the cleaning power of Virgin Coconut Oil Soap, the Moisturizing properties of Rice Bran Oil Soap and the lathering effect of Palm Oil Soap in one bottle. Added with Essential Oils from plants and flowers natively found in the Philippines, it is a delightful mix to surprise your senses.
But of course, I had to try Casa de Lorenzo for a couple of weeks at least, to be sure if the quality can at least be considered at par. I have used both Lavender and Peppermint variants of Dr. Bronner’s, so when Casa de Lorenzo included a unique variant, they interestingly called, Manila (Calamansi), I just had to try this out first from the batch.
If you know castile soap, you know that there are over a hundred things you can use it for. In our household, we use it as body wash, shampoo, mopping solution, all around house cleaner ingredient, et. al. I always add a few drops of tea tree oil for the mixtures I use for cleaning. Yes, precisely why I decided to make castile soaps myself. Yes, I use no less than castile soap in my very own homemade laundry detergent powder too 🙂
The unique Calamansi scent won me over at first sniff. As I would the former liquid castile soap we use, I poured 1 part of it in our body wash pet bottle mixed it with 3 parts of filtered water. We have been using Casa de Lorenzo Calamansi variant for two weeks now and I get the same benefits from Dr. Bronner’s. The cost is almost around two hundred pesos cheaper. If you know how costly making castile soap is, with having to use pure olive oil. then you know you are getting yourself a great deal. With castile soaps, their value rises with its curing time. This is also why it is hard for me to part with the castile soaps that I made myself. Thinking about the costing is a headache in itself. Then I would have to think how to properly mark up something that gets valuable by the day? Anyone here knows of a soapers’ forum I can join? 🙂
Casa de Lorenzo Lavender Liquid Castile Soap (Cleansing)
Delight your skin with the goodness of Olive Oil made into soap! Casa de Lorenzo Moisturizing Castile Soap is the closest to the Traditional Castile Soaps of Spain. Made from saponified Spanish Olive Oils and scented with Essential Oils, its mild cleansing properties make it ideal for those who have allergies and sensitive skin. It is great for babies too and recommended for people who have dry skin.
Lavender has always been my default castile soap variant. There’s no scent more calming and slumber-land ready when you step out of the tub from a good lavender scented bath time. I love that Casa de Lorenzo used nothing less than essential oil and not just a regular fragrance oil. I use the latter since I had no idea where to find a local essential oil supplier before. I know where to go for my essential oil needs. Casa de Lorenzo sells essential oils too. 🙂
Casa de Lorenzo Peppermint Liquid Castile Soap (Moisturizing)
Casa de Lorenzo Moisturizing Castile Soap is innately thick and may not bubble or lather much. It is the inherent property of soaps made purely of Olive Oil.
Here’s totally vouching for Casa de Lorenzo’s Liquid Castile Soaps. Our family has been loving their all natural castile soaps since we first used it. To the House of the Lorenzos, thank you for choosing to share the luxuries and benefits of your natural product to everyone by making it possible for Filipino people to have a better choice in products that we use on a daily basis.
Why castile soap, you ask? As snobbish as this may sound, every other kind of soap that’s not castile, cannot be technically called soap to start with. Sadly, most commercial “soaps” are actually synthetically formulated detergent otherwise known as surfactant. Believe me, a soaper has got to know these things. And if there’s anything you can be sure of, Castile soaps are the real deal in soaps. 🙂
Casa de Lorenzo Castile Soaps, Oils and Aromatics