October Events

gifts, baskets, sets, spa basket

Special gift baskets filled with Special soaps and body products made with Love!

October is here and so is the cool air, breezes are picking up and festivals are filling in, this weekend October 11th you will find us at the Ocala Farm market from 9 to 2 pm.

***CEDAR KEY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL***  The weekend of the 18th – 19th you will find us at spot # 23: From 9 am to 5 pm both days. The sidewalks will be filled with arts and craft vendors, food vendors featuring Cedar Key specialties, conch fritters and the like! There will be music, watercolors, oils and acrylics, mixed media, sculpture, graphics, photography, fine crafts, antiques & collectibles, please join us for this water side event!

October 25th, the Ocala farm market will be CLOSED!

Please continue to vote for us in the American made Martha Stewart event, it ends on the 15th of this month,  you can vote 6 times per day! Thank You for all the encouragement and Support! I love being Your organic soap maker!

Gifts and Goodies are ready to order, message or call me for orders.

Large baskets $ 100 “The whole shebang” (as pictured above)  Includes 10 large bars (your choice) Aloe shampoo (large 16 oz pump) Facial wash, body scrub, natural sponge, loofah, scrubby, foot salts. Gift wrapped in an attractive hand made reusable basket with carrying handles.

Medium $ 50 (his or her treasure basket) (as pictured above) His includes 8 bars of soap (your choice), a soap net keeps bar dry and exfoliates as a scrubby too, gift wrapped in an attractive hand made treasure box, leather carrying handle. For her we pack a hand made treasure basket with all the must haves, Aloe shampoo, facial wash, body butter, lip balm, natural sea sponge and foot salts and basin bar (your choice scent)  packed together with a gold insert. A gift anyone will Treasure.

Small $ 35, includes your choice of large or basin bars, shampoo, facial wash, scrubby or loofah.

All prices are the same, large bars $ 5 each, basin bars $ 3 each, Aloe shampoo $ 5 of 8 oz or  $ 10 for 16 oz large pump, Facial wash $ 8, body butter $ 5, body salt scrub $ 5,  foot salts $ 3, natural perfume $ 10 (your choice scent).

Super size basket: Add an ultra sonic diffuser for $ 40,  ounce of essential oils for $ 10 (your choice). Need a custom blend, just ask, I am happy to help!

Call (352) 372-1026 or message soapmakermonica at gmail (dot) com

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Stop by and see us at Kate’s Fish Camp on Prairie Creek and The Gainesville/Hawthorne Bike 


The Cococastile Soap Family



Monicas Cococastile Soap is 100% Organic Cold-processed-Castile-Soap

My name is Monica Carter – an entrepreneur and natural soap maker!

It all started in 1995, when I first realized that soap was irritating my children’s skin. Through extensive research, I discovered that soaps are really detergents that strip oils from the skin and leave behind irritating contaminants. In the search for more natural products, it became clear that none existed; although some might say “natural” on the label, a review of the main ingredients proved they were not. So began my endeavor to make natural soap for my family’s sensitive skin.

I discovered our problem – but had no solution other than to make my own soap at home. And that was a bit frightening (to say the least.) Using my experience as a home-school mom, I researched the history of soap: how it was first discovered and how it evolved. And I came across a very special soap – made famous in the 4th century by the Royal Castile family from Spain – so gentle, it was recommended for infants. Since I believe in doing everything the old-fashioned way, I began to try and re-create this soap.

Eventually, I convinced my family to let me sell our home-made soap at the little farmer’s market in downtown Gainesville. They agreed, purchased a tent and table, and rented a spot. Our first market day, we were overjoyed to sell $100 in soap!  My husband Mike was so proud of me. Our family decided it was a worthwhile venture, and soon, our business grew from single 10-pound batches to 50-pound batches of soap.

I vividly remember the day we grew to 100 pounds of soap. I was terrified that our timing would be off. You see, making soap is a little like sending the shuttle into space: there is a small window of time in which everything must be just right. In cold process soap making, timing is everything because soap will set up fast like a batch of concrete!

Every family member plays a role: husband Michael is production engineer in charge of manufacturing, securing wholesale suppliers and creating our molds, cutters, labels, liquid soap and face wash. Daughter Kristine (21) designs our graphics and web presence. Son Billy (19) is our “heavy lifter” and customer service representative; and Jonathan (22 Kristine’s Boyfriend),      is our web creator and “go to” guy who keeps deliveries on time!

Fast forward to today: we produce a mind blowing 400 pounds of 100 % Organic cold-processed soap! A small, family-owned business in East Gainesville, Florida, we have struggled through the recession’s economic hardships, and a 1999 drought, which made it impossible to rent a boat at our primary business – Kate’s Fish Camp on Newnan’s Lake. We are very proud to be American-made.


And the secret to the success we have achieved? Keeping our prices low and quality high. Listening to what our customers have to say, and always adjusting. Always learning, and trying to improve our products.

We are equally proud to have been selected as a “wild card” finalist in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made competition, which “spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.”  It is our hope to inspire others in East Gainesville and surrounding areas to embrace their dreams, and follow their passion. We firmly believe that small, locally-owned businesses – always the backbone of America – can help to revitalize our communities.



Start your adventure at Kates Fish Camp on Newnans Lake and Prairie Creek


We are Finalists!


American Made Finalist

We are Finalist in the American Made Awards
I need Your Vote to Win!

Monicas Cococastile Soap, is Excited to be a Finalist in the American Made Martha Stewart Awards!!!   Please vote for me to win by clicking the link and sharing on social media sites, the more you share the more chances we have to win!   Voting Begins September 15th, please share us with your friends and help us Win, we would be Honored! And we sure could us that prize money to expand and streamline our operation and make even more amazing products like organic deodorant, lotions and awesome packaging for our essential oils, extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil…..We love making organic whole body products and Thank you for the opportunity to do what we Love!

As a Thank You for helping us get our name out there and share our products with your friends and family, we are offering FREE SHIPPING with No Minimum!    Please Enjoy!

Fall is almost here and we can feel it in the air, with smells of the acorns blowing in, makes me reminiscent of Fall Festivals, apples, colorful leaves and long nature walks with my family. What this really means is time to ramp up production in the soap shop! And prepare for the Holiday season just around the corner. No worries, I have done all that for you, We have lovely baskets in Small, Medium and Large, we have salt scrubs and lotions, body bars and natural body sprays. Flu baskets you say? Why Yes we do, complete with a Now brand Ultra Sonic Diffuser! And a Full line of essential oils and I can blend anything You desire!

Four Thieves oil is the Hottest Scent for the Home and Office

Kills Germs and airborne Bacteria! Woot! And smells like a Cinnabun shop!

Rejoice, 4 drops of the blend into the ultra sonic diffuser and 4 ounces of tap water! , turn on the unit, pick a color, enjoy aromatherapy for 8 hours, It turns itself off! It’s That Simple, easy to clean, wipe out with a paper towel and change your scent. It has a customer care number on the bottom of the unit and replacement guarantee. Best of all there is Nothing to burn, no waxes, no flame, no trimming, no burn time.                         Pure essential oil Bliss!

essential oils are wonderful

Essential oils therapeutic benefits are wonderful

Monicas Cococastile Soap display

You’re gonna love the way it makes you look and feel!

Food grade Organic products

Monicas Cococastile Products are Food grade Organic!                     

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