From the History of Liquid Soap: Invention and the Cornering of the Domestic Market

The first liquid soap was patented in 1865, by William Shepphard. He’s often credited for inventing it, but considering his patent was officially listed as “Improved Liquid Soap,” it seems clear there was liquid soap around already. In his patent, Shepphard announced he’d discovered that adding “small quantities of common soap to a large quantity of spirits of ammonia or hartshorn” produced a thickened liquid comparable in consistency to molasses. Much of the liquid soap that preceded Read more […]

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How the 1-oz Bar Came to Be

If history and legend are to be believed, nearly all of the soaps we know today were discovered by accident. The exception is 1-oz bars. Often forgotten, lost in the shadows of larger soaps, 1-oz bars are in fact a revelation. Looking back, it’s just as their inspired beginnings foretold. As with all origin myths, even those that don’t involve gods and cosmic events, the absolute truth of the 1-oz bar story can’t be determined. How Things Started There came a time in the early days of soap – Read more […]

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