Soap Making: A Walk into History
But do you ever wonder how a simple soap, the root of all hygiene - boasting fragrance and freshness came to be?
Well, the journey of soap is quite an interesting one, dating all the way back to 2800 BC!
Come aboard as we venture as we take a trip 5000 years into the past to learn how soap making began.
The Origin of Soap Making
The earliest tracks of soap can be dated back to the ancient Babylonian empire, present-day Iran, and Iraq. It was formed through a combination of animal fat, water, oil, and ash.
It wasn’t just for personal hygiene though. Natural soap was an important tool for the textile and medical fields.
Its evolution into a natural body wash started when the Egyptians started using alkaline salts with water and animal fats in 1550 BC.
Sapo or Soap
While the Babylonians came up with the idea of natural soap, according to legends, it gets its name from a mountain named Sapo.
The Romans claim that animal sacrifices were frequently made on the mountain. The tallow from their bones was then mixed with the ash to create natural soap.
On the other hand, more credible resources suggest that the word is derived from an ancient Germanic language used by the Gauls, who were eventually taken over by the Romans.
So, the Romans still have a valid claim of giving soap its name!
The Spread of Soap
From the 7th and 8th centuries, natural soap had become a worldwide phenomenon. It became an essential product for both commercial and domestic usage. Over time, the textile, medical, and cooking industry delved into soap consumption as well.
For many years, however, natural soaps were still made from animal fat. The switch to vegetable fat occurred when the Arabians came up with their version.
They replaced animal fat with vegetable oils and alkali with lye. These new versions turned out to be an everlasting presence through centuries.
Bar to Liquid Transition
Although natural bar soap is still a popular choice today, it has taken many forms over the years.
Its liquid form was first introduced in the 19th century and then grew into a somewhat sensation with Palmolive entering the scene around the same time.
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