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Month: June 2018

What is African black soap?

Made from locally harvested plants and barks, this gentle cleanser leaves skin soft, smooth. On the same day I received an assignment to write about African black soap, I serendipitously received a sample in the mail in a cache of beauty items I subscribe to monthly. The soap claimed to be microdermabrasion in a bottle. […]

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10 Uses for Soap

Humble it may be, but soap does more than clean up your hands at the end of the day. To chemists, it’s what you get when you boil down the sodium salts of fatty acids. To us, it’s just soap, known mostly for removing dirt from grimy hands. But with a little creative repurposing, soap—in […]

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How to Make Home Use Soap

Making your own soap at home is easy, frugal, creative and fulfilling. There’s something really marvelous about taking a bar of your own homemade soap into the bath or shower with you. Whether you are looking for a more natural alternative to commercial soap, or are just a crafty person looking for a new creative adventure, […]

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HOW IS NATURAL SOAP MADE?

Saponification is the chemical reaction that occurs when fats or oils (fatty acids) come into contact with an alkali (or a base.) and it literally means “soap making” – from a Latin word “sapo” or Celtic word “saipo” which also means soap. Without these 2 main ingredients there is simply no soap. Remember: no lye, […]

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Top 10 Whys and Ways to Use Soap in the Home

Older friends of mine still wax poetic over Ivory Snow Soap Flakes, about how well they cleaned everything from spots to upholstery fabric. There is something wonderfully simple and inexpensive in returning to plain ol’ soap and water for a number of chores, and you’d be amazed at how many tricky issues soap can solve, […]

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THE ORIGIN AND HISTORY OF SOAP

Although no one really knows when soap was discovered, there are various legends surrounding its beginning. According to Roman legend, soap was named after Mount Sapo, an ancient site of animal sacrifices. After an animal sacrifice, rain would wash animal fat and ash, that collected under the ceremonial altars, down to the banks of the […]

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The History of Soapmaking

How soap came to be discovered is unclear, but we know that the Sumerians were using soap solutions by 3000 BC. [The Sumerians] used a slurry of ashes and water to remove grease from raw wool and cloth so that it could be dyed. Sumerian priests and temple attendants purified themselves before sacred rites, and […]

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