What You May Not Know About Soap


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Soaps and cleansers have certainly evolved over the years, going from animal fat to fancy ingredients that are hard to pronounce. However, the ingredients used by our ancient ancestors may have been better than what some soap and cleanser companies are using today.

According to some historians, soap making may have started in ancient Babylon back in 2800 B.C. as urns that were removed from an excavation site had traces of a soap like substance with inscriptions describing the process of mixing boiled fats with ashes.

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Ancient medical documents that were unearthed in Egypt dating back to 1500 BC describe a soap making process that combined vegetable and animal oils with alkaline salt. These early soaps may have been used to treat skin ailments or diseases.

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A Roman legend explains that soap was discovered after a torrential downpour putting together wood ashes and animal fats. The, “Soap,” flowed down the mountain from the place where animal sacrifices took place. The mixture combined with natural clay that sat along the riverbank was happily discovered by the women who marveled at the cleaning properties while washing clothes in the river.

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In 300 B.C., the Romans built baths. These baths were quite popular for social congregation. Physician’s notes from this time recommended that the Romans use soap in the baths.

During the 7th century, soap making was a well-guarded and established craft in France, Italy, and Spain thanks to the natural supply of raw materials. The English started making soap in the 12th century while the American colonies began soap making in the 1600’s. Although soap was made from animal fat, or tallow, vegetable oils and ash, it was eventually scented with herbs.

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Nicholas Leblanc is responsible for patenting a soap making process in 1791. The process involved making good quality inexpensive soda ash using common table salt. The ash was then combined with fat to make soap. Ernest Solvay created another process that involved using an ammonia-based process to create soda ash from salt as well. Together these inventors help simplify the soap making process leading to mass production.

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It wasn’t until the 1970’s when Dove/Unilever created a soap containing creams and fats. The beauty bar concept literally exploded with other soap and cosmetic companies following suit developing their own versions of the Beauty Bar.

These days it is difficult to find an all-natural cleanser that doesn’t contain some of the harsh chemicals that a bar of soap does, but they are available.

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