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J. R. Watkins Pure Castile Soap

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

castile soap

Why is J. R. Watkins making Castile Soap?

Soap making has been a tradition at J.R. Watkins. Since the turn of the century, we have been offering pure soaps. We’re excited to re-introduce the tradition of vegetable-oil based soaps — a natural product that really works. Free from dyes and harsh chemicals, this simple formula remains pure and safe.

What is Castile Soap?

Centuries ago in the Castile region of Spain an all-vegetable-based soap was made. Plentiful, local olive-oil inspired the recipe and set it apart as a soap not made from animal-fat (tallow). With great versatility and natural cleaning power, this tried-and-true formula has become commonly known as Castile Soap.

What is the difference between the bar and liquid?

J.R. Watkins Castile Liquid and Bar Soaps are both made with nourishing coconut and olive oils. Different basic salts are heated with the oils to create a fluid, liquid soap verses a hard, bar soap.

How can J. R. Watkins Castile Soap be used?

In the bath?

Absolutely. With a small amount of soap, a high-lather makes for a luxurious body wash and efficient shaving cream. Rub a small amount in hands and use as shampoo.

Note: J.R. Watkins Castile Soap works best as a shampoo for those with untreated, virgin, straight hair. It is not recommended for use on color treated, bleached or highlighted hair.

As a face cleaner?

Yes, J. R. Watkins Castile Soap is gentle enough for use on the face.  Dilute two to three drops of liquid soap in hands with water, cleanse face and rinse thoroughly.  Soothing fragrances like Lavender and Clary Sage are best suited for use on the face.

On hands and feet?

Yes.  A small amount goes a long way for washing hands and feet.  After a long day, J. R. Watkins Castile Soap is a great addition to a foot care routine.  Soak feet in warm water.  Cleanse with a small amount of liquid soap or a bar, and rinse.  For extra invigoration use J. R. Watkins Peppermint Castile Soap and follow with J. R. Watkins Peppermint Lotion.

As a pet wash?

Yes. Place a few drops of liquid J.R. Watkins Castile Soap on a dry towel and dilute with water. Use wetted towel to wipe-up muddy paws. Safe for use as a pet shampoo but, like humans, some hair types, like very dry or coarse hair, may not be well-suited for use. No need to worry if bathing your pet outdoors as J.R. Watkins Castile Soap is biodegradable and earth-friendly.

In the home?

When diluted, J.R. Watkins Castile Soap is appropriate for many home surfaces and will leave no harmful residue. Test a small surface prior to use on entire surface. One tablespoon in a gallon of water works great as a general floor cleaner.

Note: J.R. Watkins Castile Soap is not recommended for use as laundry or dishwasher detergent due to a high-foaming rate. In any usage mixing with water, do not keep mixture and discard after single use.

When camping?

Carrying different cleaners can be cumbersome when camping. Handy as a body wash and even dish soap, a single bottle of J.R.Watkins Castile Soap goes a long way. Its biodegradable properties make it earth-friendly and safe for outdoor use, too.

Call us to get 20% off J R Watkins Castile Liquid and Bar Soaps in July 2015!



Watkins Quick and Easy Brownies

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

11oz pure vanillaWatkins buys only the best grade of Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans to make this exquisite vanilla with its rich, all-natural aroma.  A delectable addition to dessert recipes, vanilla isn’t just for the kitchen. Use it to freshen potpourri or remove odors from microwaves, fridges and coolers. Add a little bit of vanilla to paint to minimize the smell, and  keep insects away by mixing a teaspoon of vanilla with 1 cup of water and spraying it on your skin. (Bugs hate the scent!)

Watkins Quick and Easy Brownies

2 cups sugar

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup baking cocoa

1 teaspoon salt

5 eggs

1 cup Watkins Grapeseed Oil, original flavor

1 teaspoon Watkins Pure Vanilla Extract

1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, beat the first seven ingredients. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Bon appetit!


Watkins Rum Nutmeg Logs

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

extract sayingExtract! Extract! Read all about it!  Save 10% on Watkins high-quality, gourmet extracts this month! Watkins pure, all-natural extracts are made from natural oils, free of artificial colors and flavors.  They’re concentrated, and backed by the same expertise that has made Watkins Vanilla a choice for generations.



Watkins Rum Nutmeg Logs

Cream together:

1 cup soft butter or margarine

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon Watkins Pure Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoon Watkins Rum Extract

1 egg

In another bowl combine:

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon Watkins Nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

Add to creamed mixture.  Roll dough into a rope 1/2″ in diameter on a floured board.  Cut into 3″ pieces then place on buttered cookie sheet.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes.  Cool and frost if desired.

Bon appetite, thanks for visiting today!














Watkins Spinach Dip

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

It’s National Spinach Day – celebrate the day and try a new recipe!

Spinach Dip – Watkins style!spinach dip

1 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1-1/2 cups sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Watkins Garden Vegetable Snack and Dip Seasoning or Garlic & Dill Snack and Dip Seasoning
2 tsp Watkins Parsley Flakes
1/3 cup coarsely-chopped water chestnuts
1/4 cup chopped green onion

Stir together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate two hours. Serve with assorted crackers, bread cubes, or cut fresh vegetables.

Watkins Greek Spinach Artichoke Dip

1 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
3 tbsp Watkins Cucumber & Dill Snack & Dip Seasoning
1/2 tsp Watkins Onion & Garlic Pepper
1 can (13.75 oz/390 g) water-packed artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
4 oz/113 g crumbled feta cheese

In medium bowl, stir together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate two hours.

Bon appetite!