The History of Soap

Bela Gyarmati

It is believed that the ancient Babylonians invented soap by mixing fats with wood ash and water back in 2800 B.C. as evidenced by Babylonian Clay containers found with inscriptions of soap recipes on them.  However, the soaps were most likely used to clean wool and cotton in preparation for weaving and not used for cleaning the body.

 

The Ancient Egyptians also made soap by combining both vegetable and animal oils with alkaline salts to form a soap-like substance.  Similarly, Phoenicians and Ancient Greeks combined goat tallow, wood ashes and lye to use for cleansing and medicine to treat sores and skin ailments.  Soap was believed to be widely used by the Roman Empire as archeologist had discovered an entire soap factory in the ruins of Pompeii.  However, the use of soap for personal hygiene did not become popular until the later centuries of the Roman era.

 

The Celts, who used animal fats and plant ashes to make their soap, named the product saipo, from which the word soap is derived.  Arabic people made soap from vegetable oils such as olive oil and other aromatic oil such as thyme oil.  Sodium Lye NaOH formula was used for the first time and it hasn't changed from the current soap sold in markets all over the world today.

 

As you can see, Mermaid Cove is utilizing an ancient art to bring you high quality products in a time-honored tradition.

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