Our lives revolve around making the best natural soaps at the best value for our customers. It’s no wonder then, that we’ve picked up quite a bit of soap trivia along the way!  Try sharing these little know facts about bar soap the next time you want to impress your friends!

  1. Soap has been around for at least 4,800 years: even the ancient Egyptians used a substance that was similar to our modern soap.
  2. The word soap comes from Mt. Sapo. According to legend, women who lived near Mount Sapo discovered soap when rain washed a combination of wood ashes and animal fat into the clay soil by the Tiber River where they were doing laundry.
  3. The Ebers papyrus (Egypt, 1550BC) revealed that ancient Egyptians bathed regularly and used the combination of animal and plant oils with alkaline salt to produce a soap-like substance
  4. The Roman natural historian, Pliny, credited soap’s invention to the Gallic and Germanic tribes who used it to make their hair shiny. He claims that the Romans brought soap back with them after their conquests of these tribes.
  5. The word soap is used in twice in the King James Bible.
  6. Soap production began in England around the end of the 12th century. Soap-manufacturers had to pay a heavy tax on all the soap they made so soap was very expensive
  7. Florence Nightingale brought soap to British field hospitals in late 1854. Americans during their Civil War (1861-1865) instituted the use of soap among soldiers, who brought their new, clean habits home.
  8. The U.S. gangster and con man “Soapy” Smith (1860-98) acquired his nickname through a racket selling bars of soap allegedly containing banknotes.
  9. In the nineteenth century, Italy, Spain and France were the soap capitals of the world.
  10. Most commercial soaps – NOT SHUGAR or VENEZIA – are made from alkali and animal fat. To mask the unpleasant odor of the animal fat, these soaps are heavily scented.