Lifebuoy Soap: The First Mass-produced Carbolic Soap
Lever Brothers Enters the Soap Business
Lever Brothers, an English soap company, introduced the first anti-bacterial soap in 1895. Named “Lifebuoy,” the soap was from the beginning advertised as a safe-guard to health—like the lifebuoy that saves lives at sea. Originally the red bar of soap contained carbolic acid derived from coal tar which gave it the antiseptic quality. The carbolic soap was so widely used in Britain and North America that the name often functioned as a generic term for bars of soap.
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