Your Skin is Your Biggest Organ

Keep Your Biggest Organ Happy

March 28, 2018

 

As I’m sure you’ve figured out, soap is not a natural product in nature. Man has been making soap making for at least 4000 years. Soap and lye did not always get a great rep. In fact, around 500 B.C., Ancient Rome frowned upon this strange substance used by the savage Gauls. No one exactly knows who made the grand discovery, but it was the Babylonians who first came up with a recipe for lye soap and carved it into a tablet. There is no evidence as to whether Babylon used the recipe for washing people or their supplies. Soap first starts with lye or alkali, a liquid created by leaching ashes of potassium carbonate or potash. Then, the lye is added to vegetable oils and animal fats, causing a chemical reaction known as saponification. While the strong alkaline solution is all but eliminated, what is left is a basic soap, excess fat, and glycerin. Glycerin is used in anti freeze and explosives which is very dangerous for your skin! Do you really want to put the same chemicals used in explosives to  "clean" your body with?

Sources:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lye

  • http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/soapmakingsafety/tp/Making-Lye-from-Wood-Ashes.htm

  • http://www.soaphistory.net/

  • http://www.realhandmadesoap.com/folders/FAQ/what_is_saponification.htm

  • https://www.alcasoft.com/soapfact/history.html