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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