You Say Sopa…..I Say Soap

Many historians believe that the soap bar was invented by the Egyptians but the earliest recorded evidence of the production of soap-like materials dates back to around 2800 BC in Ancient Babylon. The ancient formula for soap consisted of water, alkali (salt) and cassia (evergreen tree) oil was written on a Babylonian clay tablet around 2200 BC.

It was later in 1550 BC through ecological discoveries on Ebers papyrus which were important medical records kept by the ancient Egyptians. It documents they bathed regularly and combined animal and vegetable oils with alkaline salts to create a soap-like substance.

The word soap by any name would smell as sweet? Or sapo, Latin for soap, first used by Pliny the Elder an author, naturalist, and natural philosopher as well as naval and army commander of the early Roman Empire In his encyclopedia the Historia Naturalis, he discusses the making of soap from tallow (which is beef or mutton fat, processed from suet ) and ashes, but the only use he mentions for it is as a pomade for hair.

Contrary to some beliefs about the European barbarians he mentions rather disapprovingly that among the Gauls and Germans men are likelier to use it than women. Galen a Roman physician describes soap-making using lye and prescribes washing to carry away impurities from the body and clothes. According to Galen, the best were German and ones from Gaul were second best. This is a reference to true soap in antiquity. Galen describes soap-making using lye and prescribes washing to carry away impurities from the body and clothes. According to Galen, the best soap makers were Germans and Gauls were second best. It seems there were no metro sexuals residing in Rome way back in the good old days.

By the 6th & 8th century the Soap-makers of Naples were members of a guild and soap-making had become a craft through out Italy & Spain. Soap continues to evolve throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East adapting itself to cultures, time, technology and indigenous botanicals.


By the 21st Century RAD Soap had been founded and modern transportation, technology, and the internet had mad anything possible. We create our soaps from Olive Oils from Italy, Un-refined Hemp Seed oil from North America as our primary bases. What makes us different is we utilize a medieval process that goes beyond cold press. By using the world’s best ingredients and going the extra step in manufacturing small batches in the lost art of hot pressed soaps we deliver utility and art in every batch we produce. The benefits are a longer lasting bar, a fresher product 1 to 2 weeks old and infused essential oils embedded in our nooks & crannies that last until the bar has done its job and you need a new one.

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