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Origins of Soap

I ran across an article the other day regarding an ancient soap factory. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1200-year-old-olive-oil-soap-factory-discovered-israel-180975599/?fbclid=IwAR0awZFpkNeB9du1tm8fAjIryUMfT3y2DLmiAlPjMq-fNQQMCXzLuN-TTEc

Who in our ancient history ever thought of mixing fat with ash? Was it an accident? Someone left a rock bowl with fat in it too close to the fire. Ashes got in and somebody noticed the suds? Who knows? And we will never know the full story.


According to Wikipedia, The earliest recorded evidence of the production of soap-like materials dates back to around 2800 BC in ancient Babylon. ... The Ebers papyrus (Egypt, 1550 BC) indicates the ancient Egyptians bathed regularly and combined animal and vegetable oils with alkaline salts to create a soap-like substance.

I like to think that I am continuing a skill that has been handed down for generations. And in today’s society, I have access to oils that the ancients did not have. I know that the soap I create is good soap and shampoo. It is not only good for you but for our environment!


Till next time







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