In earlier centuries, an all-vegetable based soap was made in the Castile
region of Spain from local olive oil. By the turn of this century,
"Castile" had come to mean any vegetable oil-based soap, versus animal
(tallow) fat-based soap. Melrose Castile Soaps are a pure and simple liquid
soap, not a complex blend of detergents. Many commercial blends are
labelled as "Liquid Soap" even when they contain absolutely no soap
whatsoever. Melrose Castile Soaps do not contain any synthetic foaming
agents or detergents
You may notice that some batches of Melrose Castile Soap are darker than
others. The reason for this is that we use unrefined organic oils; they are
not bleached, and therefore can vary in colour. Some vegetable oils also
contain a small percentage of waxes, lecithin and other matter that do not
dissolve in the reaction to make soap. This may make the soap appear
How do you use Castile soap?
For everyday body-washing: Pour several drops of soap undiluted onto wet
hands, washcloth or loofah, clean all over for the freshest, cleanest
Dilute from one part soap into 40 parts water for light cleaning. Use it
undiluted for heavy-duty grease-cutting jobs.
Use 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup for one regular load; adjust as needed depending
on the hardness of your water. Adding a dash of baking soda makes it
Certified organic by ACO
No synthetic detergents
Not tested on animals
No animal ingredients
Potassium soaps of Organic Olive Oil
Organic Flaxseed Oil
Organic Palm Olein (Columbia)
Organic Sunflower Oil
Organic Orange Oil
Shelf Life & Storage
36 months from date of manufacture.
Store in a cool (less than 30oC), dry area.
How is it made?
Melrose Organic Castile Soap is made in the traditional way from
organic virgin olive, coconut, palm kernel, flaxseed, safflower and
other certified organic vegetable oils. Beautiful, clean, healthy skin
clearly begins with Melrose Organic Castile Soap.
Sustainable Palm Oil use in Melrose Organic Castile Soap
Melrose has a proud history of 30 years working to supply healthy,
organic and sustainable products.
It is a concern to our customers to see Melrose using Palm Oil as this
oil has come under significant criticism regarding habitat destruction
and threat to biodiversity. The fate of the Orang-utan is a main
feature of this concern.
Melrose only sources its Organic Palm Oil from Daabon in Colombia,
No Orang-utans live in South America and the palm oil is grown in a
chemical free, organically certified and sustainable system.
Daabon has been a foundation member of the international "Roundtable of
Sustainable Palm Oil" (RSPO). The goal of RSPO members is to jointly
develop legal, technical, ecological and social criteria to promote the
sustainable manufacture and use of palm oil.
One particular aspect is to ensure that the farming of palm oil
plantations is compatible with the protection of the rain forests and
their biodiversity. The RSPO working groups have devised criteria to
rate the quality of sustainability in the production of palm oil
These criteria include products only being permitted from areas placed
under cultivation prior to 2005 (old-stock plantations) or, if placed
under cultivation subsequent to 2005, the previous land use must have
been taken into consideration and an examination as well as an
exclusion of existing, natural areas in particular need of protection
must have been performed. These criteria are being applied on a trial
basis and will become increasingly binding in the manufacture of palm
Melrose supports and promotes the aims of the RSPO which to a large
extent are aligned with the philosophy of Melrose.
What is the pH?
All true soaps have a pH of between 9.5 and 10.
Why is the soap sometimes cloudy?
Some vegetable oils contain a small percentage of waxes, lecithin and
other unsaponifiable matter that do not dissolve in the reaction to
make soap. These remain and eventually float to the top.
Why are some batches darker than others?
Unrefined Organic oils are not bleached and vary in colour. The
presence of minute traces of iron also results in the soap darkening
What if I get it in my eyes?
It stings. Flush with ample clean water. The effect is temporary.