Gifts Today magazine

Heyland & Whittle at Spring Fair

Check out the company's traditional soap offering in Hall 3, stand R50

When you pick up your bar of Heyland & Whittle traditional soap or use some of their liquid body wash, you probably don't think much about the thousands of years of evolution that have gone into them.

The start of soap
There is evidence that soap-like substances were used as early as 2800 BC, with a material found in clay cylinders during the excavation of ancient Babylon. This soap was made from animal fats that were boiled with ashes, creating a product that was effective but not necessarily great smelling. It was primarily used for cleaning utensils and to wash wool for the textile industry.

Increasing popularity of soap
While soap started to be more common by around 600 AD, it wasn't until the 8th century that it was mass-produced with factories built in Italy, France and Spain.
Soap prices finally started to fall after 1791 when a new process was discovered for soap making. A Frenchman called LeBlanc found that certain alkalines reacted with the fats used in soap making to result in a finished product quicker and easier.

Heyland & Whittle's soap
At Heyland & Whittle, they make their solid soaps according to a traditional recipe that includes natural oils, an alkaline and essential oils. This results in lovely soft and gentle soap that smells amazing and is incredibly effective. Using the unique Heyland & Whittle recipe, only the purest ingredients, including a vast array of essential oils, herbs and spices, are blended to create these handmade soaps. They use only natural colouring such as madder root, walnut leaves, nettle leaves and turmeric.
When the soap is ready, it is hand cut and weighed into the different shapes and sizes so it is ready for packaging. In fact, it is the job of just one person to cut and weigh every single piece of soap.
The soap is then boxed up into individual packages, all ready for the final stage of its journey - getting sent out to you.

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