The Scent and History of Soap

As noted in bicycle adventures #1 and 2 I ride a bicycle the 5K or so to work. This means that I shower at work in the small, stark, cubical showers. No bench or stool to sit upon, no locker, no towels, just lights a door with a lock and a shower.

So every morning I use this bar of natural Irish soap, not Irish Spring, just good plain Irish soap. The interesting thing about the soap is its scent. It smells for all the world like wet ashes. As thought the soap were made from the traditional ashes, tallow and water. Turns out the Celts may have been the first to discover soap making: “Soap Naturally Patrizia’s research on the true history of soap making”  and “Colonial Soap Making. Its History and Techniques“.


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