Can one think of bathing without a cleanser? Nope!
So how was soap invented?
The earliest records of soap or soap-like substance date back to 2800 BC and a formula for making soap with water, alkali, and cassia oil was written on a Babylonian clay tablet around 2200 BC.
Records from Egypt from 1550 BC indicate that Egyptians bathed regularly with a soap-like substance made by combining animal and vegetable oils with alkaline salts.
True or not true – It is believed that soap takes its name from a supposed Mount Sapo, where animals were sacrificed. The tallow from these sacrifices would’ve mixed with water and ashes from the sacrificial fires produce soap!
The use of soap slowly became popular in the Roman era and late in China, Middle east and Europe.
By 15th century, professional manufacture of soap found its place in a few centers of Provence – Toulon, Hyères, and Marseille. By 1525, production in Marseille overtook all the other provencal centers. Soaps from Marseille are called Savon de Marseille.
Very soon, Castile started producing soaps made with Olive oil instead of animal fat because of the abundantly available olive oil. The soap traveled over Europe, and entered the English market during mid 1500s when it was imported in high qualities via sea.
Castile soap and other vegetable-oil based are still produced, both industrially and by small-scale artisans.