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By John Gower If I say 'bathroom necessity, what's the first word that comes to mind?  Soap, perhaps? Using soap has become a daily essential, but how did this cleansing bar get invented? In ancient Babylon, around 2800 B.C., a crude formula for making soap was written up, composed solely of water, alkali, and cassia oil? three simple, natural ingredients. However, soap has evolved to the point where we need chemists to interpret the components for us. From sodium tallowate to pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, the soap of the twenty-first century has got it all. But soaps with harsh chemicals like these...

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