~ A Little History ~
Ancient Egyptian sources describe mixing animal fat, vegetable oil and watered wood ashes to make a substance used to treat skin afflictions and to remove ground-in dirt from the hands. Cake soap, or hardened blocks of soap, were not introduced into European and American society until the 17th century when soap making became a thriving trade. Lye, an alkaline substance extracted from the ashes of some barks, was mixed with animal tallow to make soap. Oils and musks were added to make the soap--and the user--smell better.