What is real soap?

Traditionally made soap has been around for centuries. The earliest forms of soap were derived from animal fats and ashes. Running water through wood and plant ashes produces a caustic liquid called lye. When lye water is mixed with fats and oils it reacts to form soap. Early versions of this mixture were crude and impure but ideally resulted in a solid bar for cleaning.

Modern cleansers found in stores today aren’t acually soap. In fact, they legally can’t be called soap in the United States. Popular “body bars” and “body washes” that we’ve been using for the last several decades are actually detergents - chemically engineered compounds that strip human skin of moisture and natural oils. Real soap cleanses skin by removing dirt, impurities and excess oils without leaving it dry and irritated.