What is bastille soap you ask?
Well to answer that question first I need to tell you what castile soap is. It's a soap that is made from 100% olive oil and known to be a very gentle and mild soap.
Ok so now that you're an expert on castile soap, let's talk about bastille soap. Bastille soap is nothing more than castile soap with a tiny bit of other oils added to it.
Bastille = bastard + castile.
Simple as that.
Why choose bastille over castile?
Many people prefer bastille soap because castile tends to lack much in the "lather" department, and those extra oils that were added can counteract that depending on which ones were added. It still has the same gentle and mild properties as castile.
The downside to these types of soaps is that since they are made primarily of soft oil (liquid at room temp) they take FOREVER to cure and get hard. Curing is the process by which excess water evaporates out of the soap. Most other soaps cure and are ready to use between 4-6 weeks. Soaps with high olive oil content are typically cured for a minimum of 4-6 MONTHS! As with any soap it gets better with age, but this soap especially benefits from a longer cure. The lather increases and it's less slippery. I just finished making a bastille soap tonight. Check back in 4-6 months for an update. I'll be checking it periodically during its cure time to note any differences.
Have you ever tried castile or bastille soap? If so please feel free to comment and share your experience.
Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Tarrin. Soapmaking has been my passion since 2008. I'm also a member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild as well as a Certified Soapmaker. Here you can follow me on my journey of my handcrafted soap and body product business. Hope you enjoy this blog as much as I enjoy writing it!