Soap

Soap

2800 BCE

Soap, in its most fundamental form, first emerged in Babylonia almost 5,000 years ago. This crude soap was a mixture of fat and ashes, which were boiled together in a big cauldron and then stored in clay pots. This emulsifying agent was later refined in Spain during the 19th century into the hard white soaps we are more familiar with today. Originally this new take on soap was made from olive oil and the ashes of the salsola plant.