Soap facts – for those with a passion for detail
The word soap comes from the Old Germanic sape referring to a reddish hair dye used by Germanic warriors to give them a daunting appearance or saipo, referring to dripping resin. The fact that this resin was later used for the production of soap bars carried the name forward to what we today call soap.
From a chemical perspective, soaps are composed of sodium or potassium salts from a long chain of fatty acids.
In a nutshell:
- Soaps are made from fatty acid salts, manufactured from animal (beef tallow, pork lard, etc.) or plant-based (palm oil, coconut oil, olive oil, palm kernel oil, etc.) fats with the addition of alkalies (sodium hydroxide, pottassium hydroxide).
- Soaps are produced from renewable raw materials.
- Soaps are easily biodegradable.
- Soaps are toxicologically safe.
- Soaps therefore have only a negligable impact on our ecosystem.