The Roman legend says soap takes its name from the word “Sapo”, this was the mount where animals were sacrificed. Rain would wash the animal fat and wood ashes down the mount into the rivers. The women would wash their clothes in the river and found the mixture made their washing efforts much easier. The first actual recipe for soap making was found in 2800 BC. Soap wasn’t originally intended to wash the body, but fibers in clothing. The body washing obsession came much later!
Soap in a process where fat (vegetable or animal) and lye are combined, with the chemical reaction called saponification, you will make soap. After the saponification process, there is not lye in the soap, contrary to peoples opinion. The soap is then cured for weeks, sometimes months, to make a very mild bar of soap. The manufacturing process in the big companies hurry this process with different chemicals. One thing to note is that the big companies will take the glycerine out of the soap and sell it for more profit. Glycerine is a great emollient for your skin, the handmade soap process will leave this in. Check your bar or bottle of soap, its interesting to read the ingredients!
If you haven’t tried a great bar of soap, you should at least try it for a month. You may be surprised at how your skin feels, all nice and clean without all the leftover chemicals!