We all know that soap is used to cleanse our skin, but what is it really made of?? And how?? In the most basic terms, soap is made when acids (oils and butters) are combined with a base (sodium hydroxide, also known as lye). In ancient times, the Phoenicians and to some extent, the ancient Romans suggest that soap was originally made from wood ashes and animal fats. Today, much of what we know as soap is actually not soap - it's synthetic detergents which are much cheaper to produce. Learn more about the differences between natural soap (that we sell) and the commercial brands!