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Roman animal sacrifices usually burned only the bones and inedible entrails of the sacrificed animals; edible meat and fat from the sacrifices were taken by humans.
Under such circumstances, animal sacrifices would not have included enough fat to make much soap.
Substances made up of such molecules are called surfactants.
They reduce the surface tension of water, and they reduce interfacial tension between oil and water by adsorbing at the liquid-liquid interface.
The legend about Mount Sapo is probably apocryphal.
A twelfth-century Islamic document describes the process of soap production.
The use of thick liquid soap has also become widespread, especially from soap dispensers in public washrooms.Egyptian documents mention that a soap-like substance was used in the preparation of wool for weaving. However, this report appears to be a misinterpretation of the survival of some soapy mineral substance, probably soapstone, at the Fullonica where it was used for dressing recently cleansed textiles.It has been reported that a factory producing soap-like substances was found in the ruins of Pompeii (C. The ancient Romans were generally ignorant of soap's detergent properties and made use of the strigil to scrape dirt and sweat from the body.The word "soap" (Latin sapo) appears first in a European language in Pliny the Elder's Historia Naturalis, which discusses the manufacture of soap from tallow and ashes, but the only use he mentions for it is as a pomade for hair.
He mentions rather disapprovingly that among the Gauls and Germans, men are likelier to use it than women.Surfactants are key components of detergents in general.