Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Growing Lavender in the Philippines

We've heard from a lot of people about growing Lavender in the Philippines. They tell us a lot of stories about how they themselves or their friends tried making the plant survive here in the country, and ultimately giving up on it. Why try? Because Lavender is such an amazing plant. Aside from the fact that it is one of the most well-known and widely used flower in the world (it surpassed roses a long time ago because of price and availability), real Lavender is but a delight to the senses. And because we dream of being able to grow our own Lavender, we are also trying.

Any species of Lavender doesn't thrive naturally in the tropics, but they can, as proven by a handful few. Cultivating them here in the country, will definitely be an uphill climb because the odds are bigger than the chances. The plant doesn't like being soaked frequently, loves a cool climate, thrives well under a good amount of sun and a dozen other factors that nags everyone to drop the idea and find other things to grow. But we'd like to try swimming against the current.

To build our confidence, we bought ourselves a 4 or 6 month old seedling of English Lavender (Lavandula Officinalis) to check our green thumbs. That was 2 months ago. Here she is now:

People seem to have understood the needs of Lavender because where we bought the seedling, they potted the plant on a high drainage potting medium which the plant seemed to be enjoying. Seeing it grow and mature in the past 60 days has been kind of a roller coaster ride. There are times when the leaves would be uptight and proud, such a happy sight. There are times when its leaves will droop low, and we'd get concerned. But now, she's going good. Her major stem is turning woody, the leaves are proliferating and the shoots are continually appearing. Whenever we pluck the damaged or drying out leaves, crushing it on our fingers releases a delightful fragrance, assuring us its going to be alright.

So we decided to take it to the next level: growing Lavender from seeds. We tried the English Lavender Munstead variant, and out of the about 200 seeds we planted, about 15 sprouted. However, because of the unpredictable weather in the past weeks and a lot of other factors, it went down to 3 yesterday and as of checking a while ago, one more wilted out. So here's one of the survivors:

All of these are just very small trials, as we are dreaming of growing a lot of Lavender locally and getting extracts or essential oils. By the looks of it, seems like we have a long, long way to go in improving the survival success of the plant. If it won't thrive well in a more or less controlled environment, how will it fare on a more hostile environment out in a field? Indeed, it takes a lot of patience, but once flowers will bloom, it will definitely be a statement it was worth all the effort.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Some Reviews of our Castile Soaps

Just a quick post to share some reviews done by our blogger friends who took some time off their busy schedules to try out our Lemongrass Manila Castile Soap and the newest Coffee Dark Castile Soap. Read their blogs to see what they think of our soaps :)

by Rebel Sweetheart
by Pensive Thoughts

by Mama Nees

by eSuperMommy

by Mum Writes

by Lhyzie Bongon

by Pinay Mommy Online

We will update this page once the other reviews come in. Thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Where to Buy Castile Soaps in the Philippines?

Liquid Castile Soap or Bar?
There's a lot of people looking where to buy castile soaps in the Philippines. And of course, there's a lot of choices and finding what you need won't be a huge challenge. First, one must decide whether its bar or liquid castile soap. Both are "castile soaps" and are natural, but always read the labels of the ingredients to make sure all ingredients are natural and organic in nature.

If the choice is liquid castile soap, look no further because there are a lot of ways to get yourself a bottle without the hassle.

You can always get your liquid castile soap needs with us, just fill up an order form on our website and we'll take it from there. We can also be messaged via SMS (0939-919-2916) or email (order@thecasadelorenzo.com) and we deliver to virtually anywhere in the Philippines. Casa de Lorenzo also offers the widest selection of soap variants and sizes, ranging from a type made purely of Olive Oil soap to a cleansing mix of Rice Bran Oil soap, Virgin Coconut Oil soap and Palm Oil soap. You can get it scented or for the DIY enthusiasts, unscented. We also provide it in 250mL, 500mL, 1 Liter and 1 Gallon sizes, so take your pick.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Our Newest: Coffee Castile Soap

We're proud to announce the release of our newest liquid soap variant: the Dark Castile Soaps. As it's name implies, it is darker than the usual soaps we make. One might be shocked at the contents of every Dark Castile Soap bottle because it is literally almost black. But don't be fooled by appearances, .

The first among the variants is the Coffee Dark Castile. For our love of coffee, the way it wakes us up during mornings, and how it makes us jumpstart our day, we thought we'd carry that over in the shower. We've been trying to make this soap happen for more than a year now, and it was just recent that we're satisfied with it so we're now sharing it to everyone.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pricelist Updated as of March 2015

We've recently updated our pricelist. Kindly click on the images below to see the latest pricing of our products!

There's no changes in the prices of our locally made castile soaps. As for the essential oils there's been some updates on the pricing. The Philippine Essential Oils are also updated, but bigger volumes will definitely save you a lot.

We're Crazy About Coffee!

Like millions of people around the world, we're taking our love for coffee to the next level!

Us here at Casa de Lorenzo, makers of Liquid Castile Soap in the Philippines, are brewing something that will change the way everyone will wake up to mornings. We know that coffee is an important part of our every day life, and we've seen how coffee has been a distinct part of our history back in the Spanish days so we've decided to make coffee enjoyable as well in our products.

Did you know that the Philippines used to be a top producer of coffee in the world? Our country used to grow Liberica coffee, known to produce bigger beans and stronger coffee aroma and flavor, thus the "Kapeng Barako" name was coined to the coffee grown in the southern part of Luzon.

Watch out very soon for the newest addition to our natural products.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December Promo

This Christmas season, we're waiving off all shipping fees! Whatever you order from us via the website, SMS or email, you don't get to pay courier costs. Whether you are in Metro Manila, or on any part of the Philippines (so as long as there's courier access), don't worry about delivery charges, its on the Casa!

Another great reason to enjoy our Castile Soaps, Essential oils and Carrier oils!

Read more about it here: