Friday, August 27, 2010

Can you be allergic to castile soap?

Yesterday I washed my body with baking soda. I filled a large cup with about 3/4 a cup of baking soda, added a little bit of water and then rubbed the paste on my arms, legs and face. This morning I when I woke up I thought my full-body rash felt a whole lot better.

So, I decided to do it again. In the shower I am rubbing baking soda on and it feels pretty good. Then I decided maybe I would finish off with some soap so I smell good. All of a sudden the burning and itching started. I think it is the soap causing it.

The soap I currently have is new. I've only used it 3 times. I've had the rash now for several weeks. But my previous soap was also castile soap. My previous soap was coconut castile and my current one is olive oil castile.

I do not understand how someone could be allergic to so basic a product. Castile soap is usually recommended for people who are allergic to other soaps.

I will keep trying the baking soda and see if it really does help. And I'll see if not using the castile soap also helps.


  1. Baking Soda has lots and lots of uses (some because in water it acts as a buffer solution)

  2. Yeah, I used it to clean the shower and it worked really well. Admittedly, I sprinkled it around after I had been rubbing with CLR. The CLR was working okay, but when I added the baking soda the shower came clean really quickly. It was really grossly dirty, too.

    I bought a huge box of baking soda and a huge bottle of vinegar. I've been using both on my hair. They work well.

    Since shampoo is really just detergent and a bunch of stuff to massage your emotions, I decided to cut out the emotional part and bought some dishwashing liquid. I used Dawn while hiking the PCT a few times. It makes fine shampoo.

    So now for my hygiene and beauty I'm using baking soda, vinegar, dishwashing liquid, coconut oil and jojoba oil. Still using regular toothpaste. I've still got some other things to use up, but so far all these things work well.

    - Baking soda for skin and hair
    - Vinegar for hair
    - Dishwashing liquid for skin and hair
    - Coconut oil and jojoba oil for skin and hair
    - Baking soda for cleaning the bathroom.
    - Vinegar is supposed to clean, too, but I haven't tried it yet. Probably good for cleaning the mirror.
    - Baking soda is supposed to work on your teeth but I've heard it is too abrasive to use long term.

  3. I use vinegar to clean my tile (ceramic) floors. Bon Ami from Vons is a non-chemical cleaner with baking soda. I buy a special toothpaste from iHerb.

  4. Love how the question was completely ignored! It maybe the oil in the soap, a plant extract that you have an allergy to. Read the ingredients and see what plant oils and extracts are used.