Ancient soap making evolved from the Babylonians in 2800 BC who utilized wood ash lye and animal fats to make their cleanser. Different cultural populations have traditionally obtained sodium alkali from soda deposits, burning seaweed, wood or plant material. The bi-product is then combined with waste animal fat and oils.
The fatty acid and the alkali come together through a process called Saponification. The fat splits from the alkalisí sodium or potassium, depending on which is used and rejoins the fatty acids held within the animal fat. Soap is the newly formed product.
The LeBlanc Process facilitated a significant transition in soap manufacturing; the break through made sodium hydroxide commercially available revolutionizing hard soap. Additionally, it stopped the deforestation of thousands of acres of land. People no longer had to burn wood to create lye.
In 2001, making soap is simple; sodium hydroxide or lye is readily available as are high quality olive and coconut oils. Magnolia Springs adds the finest floral and herbal blends, hand mixed according to our standards of excellence in soap making.