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Raising the Bar: Organic Castile Soaps

By Lecia Rand, October 10, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Lecia Rand

Castile SoapLecia Rand, Whole Foods Market team member since 1985, is the category manager for Exclusive Brands Whole Bodyproducts. She enjoys collecting fragrant plants for her Los Angeles garden, as well as growing herbs and vegetables to cook for her husband and her daughter.

In the work that I do to support our Whole Body departments, I am fortunate to introduce incredible body care products to shoppers year round. However, friends and family frequently ask for my top picks among those aisles, which feels a bit like a mother being asked to single out her favorite child. What I can say is that Whole Foods Market® USDA Organic Castile Soap is a product that I hold very close to my heart… and my skin, hair and household. Two years ago my team found a rich lathering, freshly scented USDA-certified organic castile soap that exemplifies so many of Whole Foods Market’s Core Values that we not only brought the product to our stores, we also included some of those values on the label!

The real deal

Whole Foods Market Organic Castile Soap is produced using the time-honored process of saponification. This means it is real soap and doesn’t contain any synthetic detergents, chemical sudsing agents found in conventional cleansing washes. Crafted in the US with more than 95 percent organic ingredients, Whole Foods Market™ Organic Castile Soap is certified to the same strict USDA standards as organic food, making it one of only a few USDA organic castile soaps in the marketplace. Plus, it wears our Premium Body Care™ logo – meaning it meets our strictest standards for quality sourcing, environmental impact, results and safety – so you know the ingredient list is squeaky clean.

These two certifications – the USDA organic standards and our Premium Body Care standards – together equal some of the highest quality products available. Whole Foods Market Organic Castile Soap meets both standards while providing a multiple-use soap that really works. Scented with essential oils and certified-organic natural scents, they’re available in Lavender, Almond and Peppermint. Their rich, luxurious lather is gentle enough for your hair and body bur really effective in your kitchen and laundry too! What’s more Whole Foods Market Organic Castile Soap is also:

  • Vegan
  • Biodegradable
  • Not tested on animals
  • Bottled in containers made from 50 percent post consumer recycled plastic

Brown is beautiful

Yes, Whole Foods Market™ Organic Castile Soap is brown. Our castile soap looks different because it is different. Its brown color is because it’s made with organic apple juice instead of water. It’s that ingredient that creates the 95 percent organic formula that qualifies it for USDA organic status. Castile soaps that are clear use water and organic oils but are not made to the USDA organic standard.

Soapie groupies 

New to castile soap? Castile soaps have long been a shopper favorite because of their effectiveness, clean ingredient list and versatility. The all-purpose formula has tons of uses, from head to toe body care for adults and kids to every day household cleaning, laundry, pet and car care. Plus, many devoted fans (and value seekers) love that a little of this soap goes a long way. If dirty ingredients for bathroom basics are getting under your skin, check out Whole Foods Market Organic Castile Soap. It washes away unnecessary ingredients leaving you and your family, your house, pet and yes, even your car with a rich, gentle lather that cleans and refreshes with scents from essential oils and extracts.

Are you a fan of our castile soap? Let me know how you use it.

Category: Whole Body




Melissa says ...
I would like to add my own CPTG essential oils to soaps. Does does this come unscented? for a body wash, is it used undiluted?
11/12/2012 5:46:35 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MELISSA - I was able to get in touch with Lecia for her expertise. She said that for body wash it can be used undiluted.  Most rich lather that way.  It does not come unscented but I believe there are some branded options in the store like Dr. Bronners that are made with organic ingredients that are fragrance free. Hope this helps!
11/14/2012 3:54:37 PM CST
Ashly says ...
Is the soap 100% organic? And how do you recommend to use it in hair?
01/01/2013 5:33:03 PM CST
Helen Tenney says ...
Nikki, Thanks for the Unscented Option in the WF Body Dept. I also add my own CPTG oils, b/c our kids skin react to everything with fragrance! Do you think WFM Organic Castile Soap will have an unscented option in the future?
01/01/2013 6:56:19 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@HELEN - Thanks for your comment. I have not heard that this will be coming out yet but I have passed along your interest to our Private Label team!
01/02/2013 11:49:59 AM CST
Tina says ...
Coconut water / oil has so many wonderful health benefits and is marvelous for the skin and hair...would WF be willing to consider castile soap made with organic coconut possibly as an additional product? Always looking for the best organic natural products for whole body, whole health! Thanks for providing us with clean options!
01/04/2013 12:46:26 PM CST
Brandi says ...
I know castille soaps can be made with coconut oil or olive oil...what is this one made from? I think I'm allergic to coconut oil and I'm looking for castille soap made from olive oil. Thanks!
01/24/2013 9:47:57 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BRANDI - Unfortunately, the base for our castile soaps is coconut oil. Definitely check with your local store to see if they carry something that is olive oil based. They will be happy to help!
01/28/2013 12:54:06 PM CST
Katie says ...
Hi, I have tried subbing this instead of Dr. Bronner's (like that it's not hemp based) in my foaming soap dispensers but it seems to clog in the pump mechanism, even when diluted. Any suggestions? Thanks!
02/14/2013 12:33:17 PM CST
Patrick VanHorn says ...
What size bottle does the product come in and do you have lavender scented?
06/07/2013 4:34:17 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@PATRICK - Our products vary between store locations so check with your local store to find out what they have in stock!
06/11/2013 10:32:58 AM CDT
Julie Eckman says ...
Why aren't these Castile soaps sold in the stores any more? Not a fan of peppermint, but love the lavender and almond. Works great for me. What's up with these products? I live in the San Francisco northern Bay Area. Thank you, Julie
06/19/2013 1:54:16 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JULIE - Since our products vary between stores/regions, it would be the best to check with your local store to see if these particular soaps have been discontinued.
06/19/2013 4:17:06 PM CDT
Julie eckman says ...
Hi Nikki, I have checked at quite a few stores in the Bay Area, even the flagship store in Oakland and no one seems to carry the 360 Castile soap. Is there any way of ordering the lavendar online?
06/21/2013 4:17:08 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JULIE - We do not currently offer online ordering, however, we have a store in Austin that will ship products within the US. You can reach them at 512-542-2243 for details and to see if they carry this prodcut for you!
06/24/2013 1:04:28 PM CDT
Julie Eckman says ...
Just to let all of you know, I just called the Whole Body Products section at the Austin, TX store and was told that their Castile soap was discontinued and that only Dr. Bronners was sold at Whole Foods. Now I finally received a definitive answer and will no longer look for that product. It's unfortunate since the Whole Foods Castile soap is thicker than Dr. Bronners. Thank you for the phone number, Nikki.
06/27/2013 11:11:28 AM CDT
Jan Dunn says ...
I loved the rose soap you had in a wooden box near the registers. It suddenly disappeared. Can you warn us when you stop carrying things so we can stock up??? I've got to find that soap.
07/02/2013 1:44:21 PM CDT
Jan says ...
I adore the rose soap you had in a wooden box near the registers. No one can tell me what happened to it. Can you warn us when you are about to discontinue products so we can stock up on them??? Also, I would suggest using olive oil instead of canola oil in your food. Canola oil is not healthy.
07/02/2013 1:48:38 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JAN - Since our products vary between store locations, I'm not sure which soap you are referring to. Was this a 365 or Whole Foods branded soap?
07/02/2013 2:53:25 PM CDT
Staci says ...
Where can you get castile soap made with olive oil instead of coconut oil? I am trying to make my own soap since I am allergic to coconut and nuts but seems like everywhere I turn it is coconut oil in things, do you have any advice? thanks!
07/07/2013 8:24:55 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@STACI - Since our products vary between stores, I cannot recommend a specific product for you. Check with a team member in the Whole Body department at your local store and they'll be happy to help you out!
07/08/2013 4:13:42 PM CDT
Samantha R. says ...
I have found that the best place online to get castile soap is at www.naturalwayorganics.net. Their is not expensive and not harsh an mild and has all the many uses as well.
07/23/2013 5:44:58 PM CDT
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08/24/2013 7:36:55 AM CDT
Peggy says ...
I would like to see all the ingredients
08/30/2013 2:50:50 PM CDT
Fadel Shukry says ...
This product disappeared from the WFM's shelves in Cupertino (Stevens Creek) and the workers there suddenly insist that it doesn't exist. So has it been discontinued?
11/02/2013 5:12:54 PM CDT