Not so Long back, I have tried and shared my review here on my blog about VEDI Liquiq Castile soap – Unscented. It was the first time ever in my life, I have tried a Liquid Castile soap that too from an India brand called VEDI Herbals. Before this, I used many Handmade soaps (especially from BON Organics) to wash my face and body whenever I am traveling and also when My Homemade Cleanser is running out.
Truth to be spoken, I felt the handmade soaps too were drying to my skin at times, but not so very drying like the conventional store bought ones. But after reading the ingredeints of this VEDI’s Castile soap bar, i just wanted to give a try to know How well can a soap made with goodness of Cannabis (Hemp seed oil) work on my skin. Out of Curiosity, this time I opted to buy a different variant of castile soap Bar (unlike the unscented one) to experience how the soap smells and also benefits the skin at the same time.
So, Get ready for the review.
VEDI Castile Soap Bar Review
Oh, I forgot to tell you that I bought not just one, but two. 😀 . One for my mom and the other for me. So you will read the reviews both from me and from my mom too in this post. Mom didn’t yet start using the soap, so once she uses it for a couple of days, I will add her point of views in using the soap – If you want me to. *Let me know in the comments, if I should*
As usual, let me start the review with Packaging. I sometimes feel that my product review style is a little boring, if you a frequent visitor of the blog and read a couple of Product review posts here, then do let me know if I should change this format and follow a new one or stick to the current style.
Anyways, here is about the Packaging of the VEDI Castile Soap Bar
Let’s start with the packaging
One of its kind. The best ever sustainable soap packaging after BON Organics. The soap comes in soap dish holder type packaging as you can see in the picture below. You need not tear or cut anything to get the soap out of its pack, just push the inner dish kinda holder left or right to reveal the soap. This kinda packaging is perfect for traveling. You need not cut or store the soap in a separate portable soap dish holder to carry your soap while traveling.
There is one thing that wasn’t that pleasing, the soap was wrapped in a plastic saran wrap. A recycled, eco-friendly thin paper would be a better option instead of a plastic wrap.
Variants I bought and are available..
I bought HIMALAYAN Cedarwood & Patchouli Castile Soap Bar and Lime & Lemon Castile Soap Bar.
Other variants which are available on their website are..
- Lavender Castile Soap Bar
- Peppermint Castile Soap Bar
- Unscented Castile Bar
- Tulsi Castile Soap Bar
1. Ingredients of Cedarwood & Patchouli Castile soap bar:
Distilled Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Olive Oil*, Wildcrafted Cannabis Sativa/ Hemp Seed Oil, Natural Himalayan Cedarwood Extract & Natural Patchouli Extract, Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Non-GMO Tocopherol (Vit. E), Sodium Hydroxide**
2. Ingredients of Lime & Lemon Castile Soap Bar:
Distilled Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Olive Oil*, Wildcrafted Cannabis Sativa/ Hemp Seed Oil, Natural Lime Extract & Natural Lemon Extract, Non-GMO Tocopherol (Vit. E), Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Sodium Hydroxide**
*Ingredients that are certified organic
**None remains after saponification of oils into soap
What the product says ??
Nothing fancy, but some genuine stuff.
This is an ancient Spanish recipe of soft and natural soap reinvented by Vedi. The Vedi Castile Soap has organic olive oil at its foundation along with a rich blend of organic coconut and wildcrafted hempseed oil. It’s what makes this soap 100% vegan and natural. It is free from parabens, alcohol, detergents, and petroleum-based derivatives, making it a choice to swear by, not just for your skin but also for the planet.
Be Free: Vedi is free fro parabens, sulfates, detergents, alcohol, synthetics and petroleum-based derivatives. Not tested on animals, Vedi is cruelty free.
Be 100%: Vedi is 100% vegan, 100% natural, 100% bio degradable.
Quantity & Price??
A 100gms VEDI Castile soap of any variant will cost you Rs. 349.
VEDI Castile Soap Bar Review – My Opinion
Vedi Castile Soap has a light cream-ish mixed light golden color as you can see in the picture below. The width of the soap will be around 2-2.5 cm, not so bulky or slippery to catch even by children. The soap has a mild earthy fragrance when you smell it from near but after you take bath, the aroma is more like woodsy mixed earthy.
I though there would be mix of Cedarwood and patchouli essential oil, but as they used extracts of these both as they mentioned in the ingredients list, the aroma can still linger for few minutes on your body even after you come of shower. Not to worry, it doesn’t smell like the heavily fragranced soaps that you find in the market. The smell of these soaps are very mild and can only feel the smell if you deliberatly sniff the soap or your hands after washing them with this. 😛
The soap is very buttery and smooth to glide on my skin.
Just Like Liquid castile Soap, Castile Soap Bars can also be used for face, body and hair.
I used the soap in the night while washing my face with just water in the morning (Learn More about Water-Only Cleansing to get rid of Oily face). I did not apply moisturizer (Aloe Vera) deliberately for a week to see if the soap really dry my skin. Only on the 6th and 7th day of that week I felt the skin is little dryer near my cheeks.
Apart from that, every time I wash my face I get this squeaky-clean feeling, which I don’t like because It is sign of moisturizer loss and it will dry your skin. And so, the reason it made my skin dry on the 6th and 7th day of that week.
I even washed my hair once with this Castile soap bar. Hair was very voluminous (my hair is already thick, so i don’t take this as a Pro) and frizzy too.
This never happened when I used VEDI Liquid Castile Soap. It was very very mild, moisturizing and nourishing to my skin each time I take bath. Moreover, it was easy to use for cleansing my hair too.
I am OK for..
1. Fresh, mild earthy aroma
2. Mild and not s drying as compared with other handmade soaps
3. Removes Dirt and grim. Decent cleansing. Squeaky clean feel (I am not a fan of this though)
4. Can be used for face, body and hair. One product that cleanses all.
5. Travel Friendly
6. Sustainable and Eco -friendly packaging
I am NOT OK for.
1. Price. Yes, Even though it is just a castile soap, I felt the price is a little high compared to other handmade soaps.
2. Slightly drying when compared to liquid castile soap.
3. That saran wrap. 😛
Will I Buy Castile soap Bar or Liquid Castile Soap again?
Using Bar soaps is nothing wrong. Don’t get biased with my review here. Different people have different skin necessities, and so are mine. I am not a fan of squeaky-clean-face feeling. In fact, it drives me nuts. I feel as if something is missing from my face. 😀
So, when compared to moisturizing properties, I felt the Liquid castile soap was more mild and gentle. Whereas the bar soap still left my skin a little dry (When I skipped the moisturizer for a week in the night to see the effect).
Apart from that, there is no such wonder that differetiates these two. Both are good at their job i.e., Cleansing.
Even though I will opt for Liquid Castile Soap for a regular basis, I will still carry a Castile soap bar in case I need to travel any where.
So, That is all for today. I hope you give this Castile Soap Bar a try, if you would like to.
If you haven’t tried any Castile soap till now, which one will you prefer to try first?? Liquid castile soap or castile soap bar?