All Natural Soaps

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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All natural soaps have a fascinating history. Soap is mentioned in the Bible. A soap mill was discovered in the remains of Pompeii. Soap was used by the Romans to wash their clothing, and by the ancient Celts to wash their faces and bodies. In other words, all natural soaps have been around for a long, long time.

The Value of All Natural Soaps

However, the value of all natural soap was not truly appreciated until approximately 150 years ago. Bathing came in and out of fashion, but was not considered necessary until the mid-1800s. At this time, medical people such as doctors and nurses noticed that wounds which were kept clean fared better than those which were left dirty. Finally, the medical and hygienic value of all natural soaps was made a fact of life!

Soap making is an interesting process, wherein simple ingredients chemically react with one another to make a product that resembles neither of the main ingredients. This chemical process, in which fats such as vegetable oils or lard are combined with water and alkali, is called saponification. Appealing ingredients are added to this basic product to give it fragrance and beauty.

In this way, we are treated to delightful blueberry soaps, lavender soaps, and so on. Although basic soap is considered a necessity, specialty soaps are considered a luxury. Luxurious ingredients like sage, avocado, cucumber, and oatmeal help make soap a perennial favorite for gift giving and self-indulgence alike.


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