Castile soap... I must admit that before I became a soaper, I had no idea what Castile soap was. Really truly, I was uninformed. And I was missing out!
I liked my previous facial cleanser. I really did. But I didn't read ingredients. I have read them, just now before writing this post. It's got sulfates and parabens, both of which have come under scrutiny and both of which are now being avoided by informed skin care consumers. Plus, it was $32.00 for 8.3 oz! Yikes!
Now, I use Purity. And if you read this blog, you know that's the "in" thing to do! Besides, even if I was buying it instead of making it, at $5/bar and considering how incredibly long a true Castile lasts, it'd be so much more cost effective in addition to being healthier.
But now there's even more to this magic soap! (No, we don't actually claim the soap does any tricks. It won't pull bunnies out of hats or disappear in a puff of smoke. But man, it works really well!)
I've mentioned that I'm also a face painter. As a result, I have a lot of face painter friends, one of which not long ago espoused the virtues of cleaning his sponges and brushes in a pure Castile soap. He bought some Purity and raved about its success. Since then, other face painters have followed suit.
This is what Ashley Pickin had to say about it:
OMG it cleaned my brushes and sponges SO WELL! Brushes that had been black with Wolfe black for like months came back to a light shade of gray... I couldn't believe it. I had used all kinds of other stuff on them and they never came that clean! My golden taklon ones turned back to their golden color! Amazing! ... STRONGLY recommend trying that stuff. It's awesome!
And today, I heard from my friend Cindy, who tested Purity on her face painting sponges last night (and bought a new camera):
First, she hand-washed face painting sponges in a lingerie bag in an unscented liquid hand soap, and got these results:
She pointed out the overall pink tinges of the lighter-colored sponges, which were originally a very light peach, and the pink stains on the formerly white lingerie bag. She'd spent "a good five minutes squishing, squeezing, resoaping, rinsing and rerinsing these sponges." They were washed until the water ran clear with the last application of soap, which meant three rounds of soap.
Then, she tested dishwashing liquid, and got this:
They're better and brighter, but the bag is still stained and there's still a good amount of face paint staining the sponges. She again washed and rinsed until the water ran clear, which took two applications of the dishwashing liquid.
And then she tried again, with Purity Castile soap, and got this:
It took two rounds of soap and they're still a bit stained, but the sponges themselves have returned to their original pale peach color! They are bright and not nearly so embarrassing for a face painter to pull out of her kit. And did you notice...? No stains on the lingerie bag!
Even better, since you know that Purity is safe for use on the face, if there's any residue on the sponges or brushes, it won't hurt anyone if transferred to a face during face painting. There are no allergens here, since it's completely color-, fragrance-, and additive-free!
This would work for any cleanup, though. Even though face paint is really makeup and not paint, this would work just as well for oils, acrylics, watercolors... after all, in my many years of art classes I was taught to wash my oil paint brushes with a bar of Ivory. What could be better than that? Purity!