REVIEW: Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Soap

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Kirk’s Natural is a family owned and operated company. We like Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Soap because it’s so gentle on the skin, lasts a long time even when submerged by a staff member’s toddler because he likes “cloudy water” for his pirate ghost ship adventures.  Not only is the soap lightly scented with a citrus-y aura but has absolutely zero synthetic ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate, an irritant that is a staple in other mainstream brands. The quality of the soap is great and is a simple formula of coconut oil, water, vegetable glycerin and a natural, refreshing fragrance. It has no animal by-products and uses the Leaping Bunny Program, so vegans can rest easy while doing a conscientious scrub down.  We bought our soap at Wegman’s grocery store  for under $2 in the northeast United States but you can order a set of 12 bars from their website. There’s also a great section on ‘Natural Remedies for the Home‘ using Kirk’s products.

Interesting facts from their company’s ‘About Us’ section:

“James S. Kirk, founder of Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Soap, was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1818. Kirk was the son of a prominent shipbuilder and civil engineer. His family migrated to the Montreal, Canada when he was only six months old. In his teens, Kirk was introduced to soap and candle manufacturing. At the age of twenty-one, he married his true love and was inspired to create the James S. Kirk & Company in Utica, New York. He produced a brood of seven sons, many of whom were later involved in the family business. The Kirk family lived and worked in South Evanston, Illinois until his death in 1886. It was said that “there never was a resident of Chicago who was more highly respected and esteemed.”

In 1859, Kirk’s relocates from Utica, New York to Chicago and sets up shop. The plant was located on North Water Street in Chicago, Illinois. The massive five story building was situated along the banks of the Chicago River and was served by a railroad spur that connected it to every railroad in Chicago. With the exception of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, it quickly became the largest manufacturer of soap both in Chicago and the United States. Kirk’s operating divisions were laundry soap, toilet soap, perfumes, colognes, toilet waters and glycerine. By 1900, Kirk’s was producing over 100 million pounds of soap per year.

Kirk’s Soap has been produced without interruption for nearly 175 years. With the success of the Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Fragrance Free Bar, Kirk’s Natural debuts their new light blue wrapper to help distinguish it from the original bar. Kirk’s Natural is constantly working to create new products that meet the need of our customers and the growing demand for affordable natural products.”