Thursday, July 26, 2018

How to Make Your Own Liquid Castile Soap Blend

We're sharing with everyone an infographic we've made to serve as a guide for using our unscented castile soaps to make your own soap blends. Its like a condensed field guide that shares all you need to know in successfully making your own soap blends, what not to do and if anything goes wrong, how to fix it.

Hope that this can help everyone using CDL Naturals Unscented Soaps to make exciting DiY soaps added with your own personal blend of essential oils suited for your individual preferences and needs.


Infographic on Using CDL Naturals Castile Soap



Saturday, July 14, 2018

New DIY Bundle

Castile Soap, Essential Oil, Carrier Oil and Sanitizer Set
We are announcing the return of our DIY Bundle, but this time with better combination of Castile Soap, Essential Oil and Carrier Oils!

Combining (1) 1 liter CDL Naturals Unscented Castile Soap, (1) 150mL CDL Naturals Carrier Oil, (1) 50mL CDL Naturals Sanitizer Base and (1) 10mL CDL Naturals Aromatics (Essential Oil). With these products, one can start doing a lot of natural and organic skin care stuff.

To start with, one can mix his or her very own body wash, facial wash or hand wash. Just mix a few drops of CDL Naturals Aromatics (our essential oils) to about 100mL of CDL Naturals Unscented Castile Soap and you got scented soap already! Dilute this with distilled water, it can be used as a facial or hand wash. Hope you won't mind using it thin and watery.

Make massage oils or body oils by putting several drops of essential oils to carrier oils. You can also combine other massage oils to create your very own mix fit for your skin type. Try making facial serum as well by adding essential oils to carrier oils beneficial for facial rejuvenation and applying it during the night.

How about making your very own sanitizer with a smell you created? That's why we're providing an unscented sanitizer base where you can just add essential oils, shake and use.

For the CDL Naturals Unscented Soaps, choose from the following:
Please use weighing scales if accuracy is desired. Percentages is better calculated by weight than volume. However, you can always go by volume or drops. Just please be aware it isn't very reliable. 1mL is usually equivalent to 20 drops.

The Essential Oils to choose from:

Recommended Essential Oil Limits:
  • Soaps: 1-3%. Too much may be too overwhelming. Sometimes you can go as low as 0.5% on many essential oils.
  • Carrier Oils: 0.25%-2%. This concentration is usually enough to achieve desired effects and is already quite fragrant for neutral smelling carrier oils.
  • Sanitizer: 0.25%-1%. Going over this limit may cause cloudiness for most essential oils (Ylang-ylang, Lemongrass, Rosemary, etc.), although some essential oils can be added up to 5% without any issues. Please note as well that some essential oils when blended with our sanitizer base will go a bit cloudy at first, but will clarify after a day or two.
Carrier Oils to choose from:

*All our unscented products will definitely work with CDL Naturals Essential Oils provided recommended limits are observed. You may use other essential oil brands but we cannot guarantee results as they haven't been tested.

*Please note that our essential oils are subject to availability. You'll be advised if the EO requested is not available so please provide your contact details we can use.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Essential Oils of the Philippines

Ever wondered what are the essential oils from the Philippines? Here's a few of the essential oils that are made and available locally:

Lemongrass Essential Oil - originating from the grass locally known as "tanglad," this essential oil has been known to treat fungal infections, act as an antibacterial agent and soothe tired muscles of the body. Currently there are studies being undertaken to pursue it's anti-cancer potential. Lots of promising uses for lemongrass essential oil.

Calamansi Essential Oil - who doesn't love the smell of calamansi? The sharp, sour but juicy and fresh smell we Filipinos are all familiar with. Yes, Calamansi has essential oils in the rind and its perfect for a lot of uses. Some swear it has skin whitening properties, can neutralize odors and to a certain extent, purification. Calamansi essential oil is both refreshing and invigorating, and can help improve mood. The oil is extracted by cold pressing the rind or by distillation.

Elemi Essential Oil - people have called this the "Poor man's frankincense" because its olfactory characteristics are very similar to Frankincense and its easy to come by. Elemi comes from Pili trees and its relatives which are prominent in the Bicol region. These trees bear fragrant resins that are harvested then processed to get essential oil. Elemi has been recommended for headaches, muscle pains, respiratory troubles and improvement of mood. Studies about Elemi essential oil reveal its ability to help in prevention of skin aging and enhance skin rejuvenation. In fact, during the year 2009, Chanel Parfums Beaute filed a patent for a component of Elemi extract that helps slow down skin aging.

Ylang-ylang Essential Oil - this is the essential oil fabled with belief of love, fertility and peace. These are native to the Philippines but now grown in tropical climates elsewhere in the world. The scent of Ylang-ylang is said to help alleviate depression, anxiety, frigidity and hypertension. It has been known to produce calming effects like a decrease blood pressure and skin temperature. Curiously, Ylang-ylang essential oil is the only essential oil that has several grades because of its very long distillation process: Extra, II, III and complete.

Citronella Essential Oil - the most unfriendliest to bugs and pests is an essential oil coming from the leaves of Lemongrass' cousin, Citronella. This means whatever Lemongrass can offer as benefits, Citronella can deliver, with some differences. If you've gotten tired of smelling Citronella essential oil, try mixing other essential oils to change it's smell. It will stay as effective or may actually become more effective.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Exclusive Essential Oils Offer

Essential Oils and Essential Oil Ceramic Burner
Get to experience the true smell of nature with Casa de Lorenzo's Essential Oils. Our essential oils come from plants and flowers, extracted via distillation or cold pressing. Some are grown and produced here in the Philippines while others are sourced abroad.

One of the great ways of enjoying essential oils is diffusing them in the air using a ceramic oil burner which we're throwing in for free, if you purchase essential oils worth 1,500 pesos.

Get it while supplies last.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Our Peppermint & Lavender Essential Oil

For the longest time we've been trying to find the best source of Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils in the Philippines. Really, we didn't want the ones available locally 8 years ago. They're affordable, they smell good, but those are not the ones we're looking for. Almost every Lavender and Peppermint we've taken a whiff at smells narcotic, seems to have a little too much of some fragrance notes, and generally, feels "incomplete."

Back then, who cares about real essential oils? Who would really know what real Lavender Essential Oil or real Peppermint Oil smell like and what difference does it make? Well, we did and we still care enough to keep talking about how different the real ones are.

In the supermarket aisles at the home section or at body care section, there's a lot of products using lavender. There's car freshener, home spray, fabric softener, body wash...the list is seemingly endless. Is it possible they use lavender essential oil? Possibly not. The cost of real lavender essential oil is too expensive to be in mass-produced and mass-priced consumables. So they use fragrance oils, composed by perfumers, "inspired" by real essential oils. This is the reason why not a lot of Filipinos don't know what real lavender smells like. All we're familiar with are the lavender fragrances from fragrance factories. Most of us have never even smelled fresh or dried lavender plants at all.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Castile Bar Soaps July Promo


So everyone's been asking us, do you have bars? Well now we do! Introducing our Castile Bar Soaps, made the same way we make our liquid soaps: with the same ingredients from nature and caring, loving hands. Enjoy your favorite Casa de Lorenzo Castile Soap variants in bar. The oils and essential oils we put in our liquid soaps are the same great ingredients we put in the bars. Go ahead, try one. Its only 100 pesos each for the whole month of July.

Call us at 0917-6081219 / 0939-9192916 or email us at order@thecasadelorenzo.com today.






Sunday, May 1, 2016

Elemi Essential Oil: The Things to Know

nwitimes report
The Philippines is the world's major producer of Elemi. From the resin of the Canarium luzonicum, Elemi essential oil is extracted, and this tree is abundant in the Philippines, particularly in the island of Luzon. For many years, it has been a popular ingredient in a lot of mainstream perfumes and has been regarded highly for its exotic scent and rarity.

Called as the "poor man's frankincense," the elemi shares characteristics similar to frankincense and myrrh. The scent of elemi essential oil is fresh, spicy and lemony, perfect as a middle note for perfumes. It is a natural analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Used by countless people to help soothe muscles, calm nerves and aid minor respiratory problems but perhaps the biggest claim to fame of elemi essential oil is its contribution to reduction of wrinkles and rejuvenation of skin.

From Sylvia T. Ramos blog
In a book published by the International Genetic Resources Institute written by Dr. Roberto Coronel, the Canarium luzonicum and its relatives are indigenous to the Philippines. Locally called "malapili" because of its Pili-like qualities, the Canarium luzonicum are of low value to farmers before the resin has been discovered to contain desirable properties for extraction of essential oils. This tree bears fruit like Pili, although inferior. Historically, the resin from C. luzonicum is being used as an ingredient in making plasters, oinments, paints, lacquers, varnishes and inks. Forest dwellers use the elemi resin as torches, rolling it in leaves and lighting it up to serve as their fragrant light for the night.

From PNA Legazpi Bureau
As disclosed by the local farmers of Sorsogon (a province in the Bicol region where a lot of Canarium grows), they only tap the "malapili" trees in the past because they're quite expendable and the extraction of resin eventually kills the tree. In a study published in a Philippine Journal of Science in 1945, among the reasons why the C. luzonicum became the source of elemi is because it gives out sufficient quantities for profitable collection. After collection of the resin from the trees, these are shipped out to Europe for the extraction of Elemi essential oil.

Fast-forward to present times, several innovative individuals began to maximize the commercial potentials of the Pili tree (Canarium ovatum). From just producing pili nuts, other products like pulp oil and essential oil has been extracted. Due to good attention of some agriculturists and plant scientists, farmers were able to devise a way to properly "tap" a Canarium tree for resin without killing it. With this advancement in farming technology, the more common pili tree (C. ovatum) became a good source of elemi and with further processing, become elemi essential oil.

This new development, the production of elemi essential oil may prospectively look good since the sources have more than doubled. The world market may soon be enjoying a bigger supply of the essential oil.

Below is the analysis of the chemical composition of Elemi essential oil. It was done using GC and GC MS analysis.

Components of Elemi Essential Oil
Sources:
Gloria Manalo, Agustus West, Analysis and Composition of Manila Elemi, The Philippine Journal of Science, 1943
Author Unknown, Promising Fruits of the Philippines
Roberto E. Coronel, Pili Nut Canarium ovatum engl., International Plant Genetic Resources Institute



Friday, April 22, 2016

Think Before Ingesting Essential Oils

From EssentialOilUS site
A big part of Casa de Lorenzo Organic Products is essential oils. We see it as a great way to make our soaps alive, in fact, it gives amazing definition and distinction to our castile soaps. Another reason is the long list of benefits it gives to people, among of which are relaxation, lowering stress levels, antibacterial action, and bad odor removal. Essential oils also allows us to help local farming communities and patronize their produce. Maybe not just big...its huge for us.

So why are we writing this? We just want people to be aware. Ingesting essential oils is simply dangerous and we're gonna tell you why.

Image from Suzanner Banks site
High chance of using too much. Because of the highly concentrated nature of essential oils, its always easy to go overboard when ingesting. Keep in mind, to be able to extract essential oils, one would need a lot of plant material. About one to two kilos of plant material can produce only 1mL of EO more or less. Higher concentration of substances means difficulty in administrating small doses. Half drop of EO vs 1 drop is a huge difference.

Essential oil tolerance of the body. Drinking citrus fruits, especially the ones prepared at home contains some essential oils in minute amounts. Way less than 1 drop per serving, and its all the body is used to. Imagine ingesting 3 or 5 drops of any citrus essential oil. That is the same as eating the rind of around 1 kilo of citrus fruits. And you know that adverse effects happen when the body takes in anything excessive.

Some essential oils can cause irritation. If essential oils can cause irritation on the skin at pure strength, getting a drop or two in your throat or digestive system will ultimately lead to some sort of discomfort.

Action of essential oils is different when ingested vs used in aromatherapy. Our digestive system is a wonderful set of organs designed to break down organic components for the body to use. It utilizes self-produced chemicals and mechanical action to do so, and this changes the actual property of any substance drank or eaten. This means the essential oil components are either changed or broken down, and when this happens, the results aren't exactly predictable. Essential oils have a better chance of reaching the bloodstream via inhalation or absorption on the skin and getting its full benefits. Whereas when taken in, we're not sure anymore what gets absorbed in the digestive system.

Children and pets are put at risk. It happens all the time. Whatever parents use or consume, some give to their children and pets as well. Small amounts to adults may be tolerable, but for young people and animals, the tolerance may not be the same. It can lead to a long list of serious reactions.

Not all essential oils are made using food grade equipment. Because essential oils are mostly used on cosmetic and aesthetic purposes, the processing quality and the equipment used in extracting are not exactly food grade. Although bacterial and viral risks are eliminated because generally, all essential oils have a certain degree of antiseptic qualities, ingesting them may expose people to heavy metals and the likes.

Not all "essential oils" are pure. Sometimes, that bottle of essential oil you get may have been adulterated and mixed with cheaper aromatic chemicals resembling essential oil components. There's no fool-proof way for a consumer to know if what the labels say are true. Even if one has access to expensive analytical instruments like gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, the results can be so diverse, even the experts can have a hard time proving the purity of an essential oil.

If you are still persistent about wanting to ingest essential oils, why not try extracting it yourself. Its easy to do for citrus fruits, just press the rind and you can get essential oils there. But for other plant materials, its never easy. Even if you trust the essential oil brand you're buying, we still suggest using the nose or your skin to play on the safe side. Perhaps when there's more study or credible resources that can be used as basis for ingesting essential oils, that's probably the time eating or drinking EO can be seriously considered. Its your choice still, although know that being adventurous has its drawbacks and risks.





Sunday, January 17, 2016

Loving Skin Naturally with Castile Soaps


Every bath using Casa de Lorenzo Castile Soaps brings you closer to nature, literally.

We take pride in using ingredients from nature to make the best possible natural clean for your skin. Our goal is to keep it simple and natural. Fundamentally, Casa de Lorenzo Castile Soaps contain only water, oils and essential oils. The oils undergo saponification, where they turn into soaps through the aid of alkali, water and heat. This is the traditional way of making soaps, as has been done centuries ago.


The natural ingredients of our soaps and our blending expertise ensures the perfect natural clean for your skin type without drying your skin. Our Moisturizing Castile Soap is very gentle and absolutely moisturizing, its perfect for babies and those with sensitive skin. The Cleansing Castile Soap strikes an amazing balance between cleaning and moisturizing your skin, perfect for everyday use. Our Dark Castile Soap is like the Cleansing variant, only this one has coffee scrubs and real coffee that cleans, energizes and tightens skin. The Manila Castile Soap is made to match the demands of Filipino skin experiencing the tropical heat, Philippine traffic and the effects of daily commute.

Our essential oils mixed with the soaps provide a pleasant experience to the senses as well as its added benefits to your skin and well-being. These are concentrated plant extracts that give distinct benefits other than just smell.

By using our soaps, not only will you be using a biodegradable and earth-friendly product. You are also letting nature care and pamper for your skin.


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Season End Sale


We're welcoming 2016 and ending the holiday season with a huge sale! Its a chance for everyone to enjoy huge savings and while going natural at the same time. For those who haven't used Casa de Lorenzo products yet, now is the best time to try especially our soaps.

All purchases amounting or exceeding 2,016.00 pesos from January 4 to 8, 2016 automatically qualify, and the following discounts will be applied:

Castile Soaps : 50% OFF
Essential Oils: 30% OFF
Carrier Oils: 30% OFF

 For example, the order is 1 gallon unscented Moisturizing Castile Soap, 10mL Tea Tree Oil and 10mL Ginger Essential Oil, the original prices are as follows:

1 Gallon Unscented Moisturizing Castile Soap - 1,900.00 Php
10mL Tea Tree Oil - 365.00 Php
10mL Ginger Essential Oil - 455.00 Php
Total: 2,720.00 Php + Shipping

But since the total is above 2,016.00 Php, see again the price when the discount is applied:

1 Gallon Unscented Moisturizing Castile Soap - (50% Discount) 950.00 Php
10mL Tea Tree Oil - (30% Discount) 255.50 Php
10mL Ginger Essential Oil - (30% Discount) 318.00 Php
Total: 1,523.00 Php + Shipping

Just a few things to note, the DIY Castile Soap bundle is not  part of the promo. Shipping costs are not covered by the promo. For any additional questions, just contact us at  0939-919-2916 (Smart) / 0917-608-1219 (Globe) or email at order@thecasadelorenzo.com