Knowledge to Fill Awkward Silences: Facts About Soap

Here at Snowy Owl Cove, we’re passionate about all of our skin care products, but have a special affinity to the items that started it all, our all natural soaps. There is just something about the process of creating a perfectly compact bar of sweet smelling cleanliness, knowing it will help someone begin the morning or wash off the stresses of the day at night that is incredibly satisfying. And there is also the cool feeling of being part of a long tradition of soap making that has stretched back for thousands of years (the first literary reference to soap used for cleansing was by Greek physician Galen in the second century A.D.)

For inquiring minds, I’ve compiled a few interesting facts about this basic, everyday, yet extraordinary substance:

  • The first known soaps were created by boiling animal fat on a wood fire. The earliest known users of soap were either the Celts or the Phoenicians.
  • Early soaps were usually used for washing clothes or curing animal hides. The Romans, however, were known to use soaps as a part of bathing and spread this usage throughout Europe.
  • The soap making process stayed about the same until mass production methods were introduced in the late 18th century. Some of the large soap manufacturers, such as Pears Soap, date back to this time period (Pears Soap was founded in 1789).
  • Mass produced bar soap that you may buy in the grocery or drugstore is mostly detergent, which is why it bubbles up so much.

And one bonus fact…

  • Murphy’s Oil Soap is the most commonly used cleanser to wash elephants!

Happy Friday, everyone!

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