Have you tried castile soap yet? It’s one of my favorite “green” things and my family uses it every single day. AND we use it for almost every cleaning job — bathing, washing dishes, shaving, washing our hands, and so on and so forth. So when Quinn’s brand asked me to review their new unscented and peppermint scented castile soaps, I jumped at the chance!
What is Castile Soap?
Castile soap was originally made in the Castile region of Spain and was made from olive oils. Today, the name generally refers to simple, vegetable-based soaps that don’t include animal fats. The most common oils used in castile soaps in our present day are olive, coconut, and palm oils, but other vegetable oils can also be used.
Is Castile Soap Eco-friendly?
Castile soaps can be very eco-friendly, sustainable, and can be used to replace a lot of the toxic commercial cleaners available. But like many products, once it becomes commercial, you need to check your labels and know your manufacturers. Green-washing (when companies intentionally misrepresent their products to appear green when they’re not) can still happen, so it’s important to do your homework when choosing a brand.
Is Quinn’s Castile Soap Eco-friendly?
The cruelty-free company makes their castile soap mostly from coconut oil and includes argan, jojoba, hemp, and olive oils in their two liquid soaps. Both the unscented and peppermint scented soaps are made with 100% biodegradable and certified organic ingredients with coconut derived vegetable glycerin.
Quinn’s packing is also mostly green. Although it comes in a pretty paper box, the only other packaging with this soap is the number 1 labeled plastic bottle, which is the easiest type of plastic to recycle. Yeah, Quinn’s!
How Do You Use Quinn’s Castile Soap?
Like other popular castile soaps, Quinn’s is highly concentrated, so it needs to be diluted with different amounts of water, depending on your use. This makes one 32 oz. bottle of concentrated soap go a long, long way. You can also add other ingredients to create recipes from the base castile soap.
Quinn’s Castile Soap Recipes
The box comes with some helpful information, but the company’s downloadable User Guide has a huge list of suggested uses and recipes for all of the following:
- Body Wash & Hand Soap
- Facial Cleanser
- Shaving Lather
- Foot Soak
- Multi-Purpose Cleaning Spray
- Dish Soap
- Dental cleaning
- Laundry Detergent
- Car Cleaner
- Carpet Cleaner
- Reusable Wipes
- Makeup Brush Cleaner
What I Like About Quinn’s Brand Castile Soap
There are a lot of things I like about this soap, but the number one thing I like is that it feels a bit more luxurious than it’s cousin, Dr. Bronner’s. I don’t know if it’s because it includes different oils, including argan oil and jojoba oil, but my family and I both think it feels more moisturizing and rich on our skin.
How Quinn’s Compares to Other Products
I haven’t tried all of the Quinn company’s suggested uses, but I have tried quite a few and here is what I’ve experienced with each one…
I personally love Quinn’s brand as a body wash because of its more luxurious feel. It’s 50/50 dilution lathers well and has replaced the solid Kirk’s Castile bar soap I used to use. Both Quinn’s scents work well as a body wash, but I prefer to add about 10 drops of lavender essential oil to the unscented soap for a nice, relaxing body wash scent.
For a hand wash, I feel Quinn’s leaves just a little extra touch of luxury when compared to Dr. Bronners, which is nice if you wash your hands a lot like I do. However, I find that in order to get the same lather in a foamer, you need to use more Quinn’s than Bronner’s to get the job done. Not a huge amount, probably just a tablespoon or so and I especially like the peppermint scent in the kitchen.
This one is a tough one since I’m a bit of a shampoo snob. Although I still prefer Poofy Organics Mighty Mane Shampoo, Quinn’s does work and offers a good lather. I don’t plan on using it every day, but if you prefer a basic shampoo or are looking to reduce your number of products, Quinn’s works well.
I like Quinn’s as a facial cleanser. I like its simple ingredients and I really like that don’t have to buy a separate product for daily washing.
As a shaving lather, Quinn’s works well. It bubbles up, stays in place decently, and washes away easily. I like it and it has replaced other shave gels for me.
When compared to Dr. Bronner’s I think Quinn’s does an equally good job, but like the hand wash, I think you need a little more Quinn’s than Bronner’s for the same job.
The Bottom Line:
Not only do I recommend Quinn’s Castile soap, but Quinn’s is replacing several of my everyday personal care items. It is affordable, luxurious, and I really love that I can keep one 50/50 diluted bottle in my shower and safely use it as my facial cleanser, body wash, shaving lather, and in a pinch shampoo. Plus, if I want, I can use it to clean the bathroom!
Any bottle will work, but I decided to recycle one of my Quinn’s bottles and add my own label for in the shower. Of course, it works just fine without the fancy label, but I don’t want to confuse my base castile soap with my diluted product. If you’d like a printable copy of my label, you can click HERE.
Where To Buy Quinn’s Brand Castile Soap
As of today, Quinn’s brand is sold exclusively through Amazon and you can find my affiliate quick links below. It won’t cost you anything extra to order through my links, but a small portion of your order will help keep this blog up and running. Thank you in advance for supporting DarleneGoesGreen.com!
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Many thanks to the Quinn’s for sending me a complimentary set of their liquid castile soaps for this review. But be assured, all of the opinions in this review are mine from my personal experience with the products. Darlene
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