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History of Soap

The history of soap is very interesting. Flash back to ancient Greece, and, in particular, the Island of Lesbos.  The inhabitants of Lesbos often sacrificed animals to their goddesses by cremating them.  As a result hardwood ashes, which contain alkali, often came in close proximity to the animals' tallow, and after a downpour a yellow liquid would often flow from the smoldering campfire down to the river. The Greek women noticed a strange phenomenon involving their laundry: whenever the river water was yellow, their clothes emerged much cleaner than when it wasn't.  Thus saponification was born—named after Sappho, the most celebrated poet of Lesbos.

People began to toy with this newfangled invention.  They discovered that using salt water in the saponification process made for less glycerin and a harder soap that no longer needed to be cured for a month before use.  This was called yellow soap, handy for cleaning clothes, dishes, and—yes—the human body. 

Legend has it that Louis XIV, king of France, beheaded three soap smiths whose products irritated the man's inordinately sensitive—and regal—skin.  (At that time, the very act of bathing was a luxury reserved for the rich.)  The only four soap smiths left in Paris convened.  Their lives were at stake.  They frantically devised a better way of making soap that involved pouring and then curing it.  It took them a month to make a single bar—the first known instance of handmade soap—but they were able to stay alive in the process.

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Today, 300 years after King Louis was scrubbing himself, Vermont Soap Organics uses this time-tested saponification process.  Vermont Soap combines and mixes palm, palm kernel, and olive oils—all certifiably organic—along with alkali at precise temperatures.  They stir the concoction for hours and hours as it gradually thickens; eventually, we add botanical concentrates as well as organic hers, spices, and grains.

The mixture is then poured into wooden moulds and as it hardens, alkali salts rise out of it.  After four days, we take the now-solid block of soap, slice off the layer of alkali salts, and chop it into smaller bars, which are then cured on our one-of-a-kind drying racks for about three weeks.  There is not a more effective process for producing mild soap—and especially not soap that is moisturizing, soothing, and can last two times longer than regular bars.

Vermont Soap Organics integrates a variety of essential oils and extracts to make unique types of designer soaps that cater to individuals' different skin types.  If your skin is not generally dry, then Peppermint Magic, Balsam Swirl, and Citrus Sunrise are the soaps for you—all made with natural astringents.  If you have normal skin that only gets dry once in a while, Lavender is your choice because it soothes pores.  People with consistently dry skin should try Shea Butter; if you have very sensitive dry skin, try Oatmeal Lavender.

Then there’s Honey soap, which uses cornmeal for exfoliation and honey, a great moisturizer. The Honey soap also has a natural astringent—clove oil—for good measure. 

Woodspice is perfect if your skin is on the oily side, plus it is a natural deodorant.  For people with extremely sensitive skin, we make Oats ‘N Aloe Unscented, which is very mild.  Oats ‘N Aloe is also hypoallergenic, and it is especially effective for people with eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis.  

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