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History of Bar Soap Becoming Body Wash?

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Soft soaps were invented by ancient Egyptians about 5,000 years ago and were originally made with animal fat.  Over the years, commercial bar soaps were made. 

In 1980, liquid soap became popular with the first liquid soap brand, Softsoap. Over the 80s and 90s, many new brands were created in liquid form, and the shower pouf was invented.  Dove was a big lead in this, but also if you remember back to hanging in the mall in the 80s and 90s (well now you know how old I am!) you’ll remember Bath and Body Works, The Body Shop, and -do you remember this one?? – Garden Botanika used to sell “premium” poufs for like $15. 

Liquid soap and a pouf were revolutionary at the time because of the tremendous lather and exfoliating that the combination provides.  Did you know there’s even a patent held by Unilever for the combination of a liquid soap and a shower pouf? 

But whats in Body Wash?  Basically, if you come right down to it, a bottle of body wash is basically similar ingredients to a bar of soap, with a ton of water added to make it liquid, then packaged in a plastic bottle to contain it.  So when you buy a bottle of body wash, you’re basically buying a plastic bottle, filled with water, and a little bit of soap. 

And that bottle of body wash costs multiple times more than a bar of soap.  Why do you think that is? 

Its because the bid companies who make soap make a ton more money shipping you water, than shipping you bar soap.


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