Thursday, August 15, 2019

Things About Bar Soaps You Never Knew

According to historians, an excavation of ancient Babylon revealed proof that Babylonians were making soap around 2800 B.C., and were the first people to master the art of soap making. They made soap from fats boiled with ashes from hard woods that consume the potassium and other minerals from the earth that ultimately when burnt and leached with water, it created potassium hydroxide. Soap was used in cleaning wool and cotton used in textile manufacture and was used medicinally for at least 5000 years.

Around 600BC, early Romans made soaps in the first century A.D. from urine and soap was widely known in the Roman Empire
The Celts made their soap from animal fat and plant ashes and they named the product saipo, from which the word soap is derived.  However, the first concrete evidence we have of soap-like substance is dated around 2800 BC., the first soap makers were Babylonians, Mesopotamia's, Egyptians, as well as the ancient Greeks and Romans. All of them made soap by mixing fat oils melted down. It is said that soap wasn't actually used as much for bathing and personal hygiene but was rather produced for cleaning cooking utensils or goods.

Soap from Aleppo in present day Syria has been used since as far as can be remembered. However, in the 7th and 8th centuries  soap factories began to spring up in Aleppo. Aleppo soap is at the origin of the first hard soaps in the world. Its original manufacturing process is based on abundant local products such as olive oil and laurel oil that is found in this region. 

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Is Bar Soap Wasteful Compared to Liquid Soap?
Recently Vice put out an article called "Keep Your Disgusting Bar Soap Away From Me and My Body Wash." They came up with the idea that there are only two reasons a person could have for using bar soap, which were "that it’s cheaper than liquid" and "there’s no plastic involved, and that’s important to you as someone who cares about the environment." While these points are true, there are not the only other reasons, not to mention sulfates that are common in bottled body wash. Part of their gripe was surrounding whether a house guest would be grossed out at the prospect of bathing with a bar that contained a lonely curly hair stuck on it. First of all any host knows it is proper to give their potential house guest a brand new bar for their disposal. Furthermore, curly or straight hairs can be found anywhere in a bathroom whether the bather uses bottles or bar soaps, this is common.

According to some studies we spend more on liquid soap, shower gels and body wash than on bar soaps. Some consumers believe that when they pump the liquid soap while washing their hands or body they waste more product.  While it seems that they save more with a bar soap.

For every wash, the average person uses 0.35 grams of bar soap, compared to 2.3 grams of liquid. ... Bar soap is over 3.5 times cheaper than liquid (numbers based on this specific price comparison and may fluctuate, depending on cost and brands)

Because cost is an important factor in our economy consumers prefer bar soaps versus liquid soaps.

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