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  • Paraben Free
  • Phthalate Free
  • Sulfate Free
  • Leaping Bunny
  • B Corp
  • Vegan
  • 1% for the Planet
  • Charitable
  • Safe & Fair Labor
  • Made in the USA

Paraben Free

Parabens are synthetic chemical preservatives, commonly used in beauty products like shampoo, lotion, and deodorants. Parabens can accumulate in your body, and have been linked to hormonal disruption and reproductive problems. In studies of breast cancer patients, parabens have been found in the tissue of cancerous tumors–yikes! If you want to avoid Parabens in your beauty products, keep an eye out for methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben in the ingredients list.

Phthalate Free

Phthalates are found in toys, electronics, personal care products, plastic wraps, containers, and more. These petroleum based chemicals help soften plastics, and bind fragrances to perfumes, deodorants, creams, and other personal care products. Phthalates are are not chemically bound, meaning they can easily get released into the air, water, or your body, just by using the products as intended. Phthalates have been found to disrupt the endocrine system, which can cause reproductive damage, hormonal imbalances, infertility, mood changes, metabolism changes, and more.

Sulfate Free

Sulfates are synthetic chemical ingredients commonly used in beauty products and household cleaners, like shampoos and dish soaps. You can usually identify sulfates in an ingredients list by looking out for the most common types: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLC) and Sodium Laureth Sulfates (SLES). These chemicals, often derived from petroleum, are used to help form the “lather” we’re used to seeing in our beauty and cleaning products. When used in the shower or sink, these chemicals can flow through the pipes and into our waterways. Synthetic sulfates have been linked to allergic reactions, eye and skin irritation, and hair loss, and some studies suggest they contain carcinogenic ingredients.

Leaping Bunny

Cruelty Free International certifies that cosmetic and household products are not tested on animals. These companies are audited to ensure that the ingredients and finished products are not causing harm to animals.

Organic Content

Organic materials and ingredients are grown without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers, promoting a healthier use of land and decreasing harmful agricultural runoff. By steering clear of toxic chemicals, farm workers experience less exposure to hazardous conditions, promoting social responsibility as well as environmental stewardship. Choosing organic materials eliminates the use of insecticides and other harmful chemicals, promotes efficient resource use, and results in a safer products and a cleaner planet!

Family Business

This product is made by a family-owned business. EarthHero loves to support and empower businesses built around strong family values. 

B Corp

The B Lab is a third-party, non-profit organization that certifies companies as socially and environmentally responsible. B Corps are businesses that go above and beyond traditional business models and aim to create positive change in the world through their practices. These companies must meet rigorous transparency and accountablity standards, while doing what is best for people and the environment.

Vegan

This product does not contain any animal products or byproducts, and has not been tested on animals.

1% for the Planet

This company partners with 1% for the Planet, a nonprofit organization that helps promote environmental stewardship. Members commit to donating at least 1% of their sales to the program, which helps connect them to high-impact environmental nonprofits across the globe.

Charitable

This company donates a portion of their time or profits to charitable efforts in their community or abroad.

Safe and Fair Labor

We support safe and fair labor practices when producing sustainable products. This company cares for their workers by fostering a safe work environment and providing their employees with fair wage.

Made in the USA

This product was made in the United States. Buying locally made items helps to reduce harmful emissions that result from transportation during and after the production process. Purchasing products made in the United States also ensures that the items are produced in ways that meet strict safety and labor standards.

Tackle dirty dishes with the power of nature! Meliora's Organic Castile Dish Soap uses organic ingredients like coconut and sunflower oil to create a solid, concentrated castile dish soap that works hard to leave your dishes clean and residue-free. To use this plastic-free, non-toxic soap, simply wet a sponge or dish brush and rub it across the dish soap. It lathers easily, rinses well, and lasts months! Plus, Meliora is a member of 1% for the Planet, and pledges to donate at least 2% of all salRead Morees towards nonprofits like the Women's Voices for the Earth; an environmental non-profit that gives back to our Earth through numerous charitable programs.

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Sustainability Features

Origin

  • Produced and packaged in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Ingredients

  • Unscented: Vegetable Soap [Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Sunflowerate, Glycerin, Water, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil] Lemon: Vegetable Soap [Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Sunflowerate, Glycerin, Water, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil], Organic Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil. *lemon essential oil naturally contains the potential allergen limonene.
  • Additional info: sodium cocoate is the chemical name of coconut oil that has been saponified (aka 'made into soap'). Sodium sunflowerate is the chemical name of sunflower seed oil that has been saponified. There will be some coconut and sunflower seed oils left in the soap after they are saponified, due to the fact that Meliora uses sodium hydroxide, or lye, in the conversion process. Leaving these excess oils in the soap ensures there is NO remaining lye in the finished product, and gives the soap its lather and moisture. This process is also called 'superfatting'. Glycerin is naturally created when the oils are converted into soap–and helps to keep skin soft, and is an effective solvent, making it great for dissolving stains and dirt. Water is used in the soapmaking process to dissolve the lye, and then is dried out over several weeks, resulting in a hard soap bar with very little water leftover. There is ~5% water leftover in these soap bars, compared to liquid soap that contains ~60% water.

Certifications

  • This is a MADE SAFE® Certified product that has been third-party tested to ensure it contains only non-toxic, high quality ingredients that are safe for our environment and your skin
  • B Corp Certified to ensure safe and responsible business practices
  • Meliora is a Leaping Bunny Certified company that uses no animal testing
  • Meliora is a woman owned, family run business

Earth Friendly Features

  • Meliora is a 1% for the Planet business, donating 2% of sales to environmental non-profits. Their partner of choice is Women's Voices for the Earth–a non-profit dedicated to eliminating toxic chemicals from products through corporate responsibility
  • Manufactured and packaged in Chicago, IL, USA!

Packaging

  • Ships in 100% Recyclable and Plastic Free Packaging

Made Without

  • Cruelty-free and made without animal byproducts
  • No synthetic fragrances, dyes, optical brighteners, or preservatives
  • SLS-free

Product Specifications

Product Care

  • Keep dry and elevated from water when not in use–a soap dish is perfect for this!
  • To use, wet a brush and rub it over the soap puck to a lather. To soak dishes, hold the soap puck under running water and allow the sink to fill with suds!

Additional Features

  • Natural castile dish soap bar made from organic sunflower and coconut oils
  • Lathers easily to gently clean dishes without bulky plastic bottles
  • Rinses away easily for toxin-free dishes

Capacity

  • Each soap puck is 7 oz

Returns

  • Unused, undamaged items in their original product packaging can be returned with 30 days

Specifications

  • 2.5 x 2.75 x 2.75 inches

Shipping Info

  • Ships same business day!

About the Company

Meliora

Meliora began when their co-founder, Kate, began wondering what was really in her cleaning products. After discovering companies aren’t actually required to list all of their ingredients (what?!), Kate set out to create cleaning products with simple, earth-friendly ingredients that are listed on the front of the package. Meliora means “better” in Latin, and that’s what these cleaning products are made to be. They’re conscious about choosing ingredients that are effective, safe for the home and body, and cause no trouble for Mother Earth after the chores are said and done. Meliora boasts the MADE SAFEⓇ seal and Leaping Bunny on all products, ensuring that no products or ingredients build up on our bodies, in the environment, are toxic for the oceans, or are tested on animals.

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  1. basically_a_plant

    Works great!

    basically_a_plant (verified owner)

    Perfect for use with my no-waste dishwashing brush! However you’ll want to put it on a soap tray for best results… otherwise it will end up sticking to your counters and waste quite a bit of product/make a big mess.

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  2. leannsessoms17

    leannsessoms17 (verified owner)

    This dish soap lathers up well and I can tell it will last me a long time! I normally use this soap in between running my dishwasher. It does tend to leave a residue on my dishes though.

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  3. lojocu

    Good, not great

    lojocu (verified owner)

    This is a good alternative to standard dish soap, however, it does take some getting used to. I highly recommend drying dishes right after washing as it does leave residue. I also always keep Bar Keepers friend around by sink for my pots and pans that need more scrubbing power. That being said, I have re-purchased this bar soap, and will keep purchasing.

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  4. twashburn6441

    Works good

    twashburn6441 (verified owner)

    It lathers up good. Mild lemon scent. Washed the dishes good, cut through grease well, and did not leave a waxy residue. Some water spots but none that is to be concerned about. I like it! Had to use/test it as soon as I picked up from delivery.

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  5. stefanydorado

    Kissing plastic bottles good bye

    stefanydorado (verified owner)

    The soap works very well, I was very nervous to buy it but I’m glad I did. Esthetically looks so much better on its cedar soap dish compared to the ugly plastic bottles.

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  6. mtilson62

    Organic Castile Disg Soap

    mtilson62 (verified owner)

    Great Idea . Works better than some others I’ve tried. Slight residue. A stronger lemon scent would be much appreciated. Can hardly smell the lemon. Some minor improvements and it would be perfect.

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  7. Krystal

    Saving water!

    Krystal (verified owner)

    We’ve made the switch to Castile bar dish soap and are happy we did. Saving water from liquid dish soap feels good and the products look beautiful on our counter tops with less bulky plastic packaging hanging around.

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  8. D.G. Sifuentes

    Better than bottled dish soap.

    D.G. Sifuentes (verified owner)

    At first I thought this item would be slightly bigger as the photo implies that, but it is a solid so I gather it would have a good life span cleaning my dishes. The first thing I noticed was the really nice scent. It is not overbearing, but a refreshing coconut and lemon scent. My kitty was even attracted to the scent. I am glad to find a great alternative to bottled dish soap.

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  9. Maharani

    Maharani (verified owner)

    I love the concept of this product but it is a little harder to use than liquid dish soap – I sometimes have to scrub twice because the pot doesn’t quite feel clean the first time. Twice does it though. I actually wish it would soften up some if it would allow me to get more soap on my sponge.

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  10. gearandgo

    Zero Waste

    gearandgo (verified owner)

    I was really attracted to this product for its zero-waste quality, and I’ve been more than impressed. It suds up easily, smells nice, and seems to clean all my dishes adequately (I live in a dry cabin without running water, so I always end up with dubious cleanliness). Anyway, I love that it is easily accessible; I don’t need to free up a hand to pick up the bottle of detergent. It won’t travel well for when we’re camping, but it works for our cabin.

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