Natural Soap is Always the Better Choice
Natural soap is old-fashioned luxury for both skin and hair health. The most basic of recipes was the only handmade bar soap available for thousands of years. This pure soap was the only hygienic product in use. The basic fat & ash lye natural bar soap was used not only for bodies but also for most chores and that included clothes and linens. These natural soaps were handmade using rendered animal fats and hardwood ash lye water (potash). Many families produced their own soaps but there is evidence unearthed from the ruins of Pompeii that suggests that a small soap factory existed.
Soap making dates back to at least 2800 BCE. Excavations of ancient Babylon revealed cylinders with inscriptions of making soap. Later, in 1500 BCE, records from Egypt revealed how animal and vegetable oils were mixed with alkaline salts for partial vegan soap making. Much later the Europeans made good use of the abundant olive oil production and used it for soap making. It was called it “Castile soap”.
How soap was actually discovered is but a legend. According to the Romans, soap gets its name from Mount Sapo. Animals were sacrificed on Mount Sapo. Rains washed the fat of the sacrificed animals along with the alkaline wooden ashes from the sacrificial fires into the Tiber River. This mixture often bubbled at the water’s edge and helped people in cleaning their clothes. This was the standard recipe for a few thousand years.
Around 19th century, industrial soap became widely available. Over the years, the art became lost and is only now making a comeback. Modern consumers are hungry for natural and organic ingredients. The commercial, bar soap brands molded into perfect bars are no longer admired. The imperfections of natural bar soap handcrafted with the finest ingredients are appreciated in today’s commercial, chemical world.
Natural soap is always the best choice for its purity, skin & hair health, earth-friendly & sustainable qualities. Did you know that a common additive in commercial soaps along with poor quality base ingredients which can include synthetic scents & unnecessary dyes, is sls.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (commonly known as SLS) is an inexpensive detergent added to a very large number of cosmetics and personal hygiene products such as shampoos, toothpastes and soaps. In pure form it resembles a white, crystallized powder.While it does help cleaning products perform more effectively, many people are distrustful of using products that contain SLS. After all it’s known to irritate the skin, gums and scalp. In fact it’s often used as a control irritant when testing the effectiveness of skin care products. If you guessed that these tests are often carried out on animals you would be correct.
When you think about soap in your life, you realize that it touches nearly every portion of it. Keep it simple, pure and chemical free. Always choose handmade, natural soap with quality ingredients.