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How did Anti-Stain Ox Gall Soap Develop?

How did Anti-Stain Ox Gall Soap Develop?

How Anti-Stain Soap Developed

Anti-stain soap, also known as ox-gall soap, has been around for centuries. As usual with any great creation, it involved a few steps in the discovery process over a long period of time, before the final product was realised.


A French chemist, Antoine-Alexis Cadet de Vaux, in 1767 discovered that gall, or bile, a matter secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, was an excellent degreaser. Unfortunately, the idea never quite took off, due to the vile smell. It wasn’t until the middle of the 19th Century, that it was discovered simply mixing ether with the gall, was a great way to eradicate this foul smell. This was, at that time, highly recommended for cleaning goat or sheep wool.


Ox Gall Soap

At the end of the 19th Century, another French chemist in Paris, Louis Encausse, created Le Savon Vert de L’Amiral, (the green soap of Amiral). This soap contained only 5% of the gall, but because of the degreasing qualities of the gall, it was advertised as a slimming soap. It promised to make you slimmer in the fatty areas of your body that you applied the soap. If only it was that simple to lose weight!


Anti-Stain Soap

Later, the traditional Savon de Marseille was added to the gall and anti-stain soap was born. Hallelujah!!



Nowadays, the composition of anti-stain soap can vary greatly depending on where it is purchased. However, the most environmentally friendly version remains that which is created by mixing gall and Savon de Marseille. Other ingredients may be added to the preparation of ox-gall soap, but be aware that these are not always natural. For example, some contain triazine-triethanolamine, which can be very irritating to both your skin and lungs. So pay attention and read the label to find out the soap’s composition.


The Stain-removal soap from Natural French Soap contains only natural ingredients.


It will clean all fabrics without damaging them. It is 100% biodegradable and very efficient, with natural orange essence, ox gall and clay of Sommières, a small village near Montpellier, France

It can remove blood , wine, grass, grease, sauces, jam, oil stains, etc.


Directions for use:

Wet both the soap and the stained area. Rub the stain with the anti-stain soap and leave about 15 minutes. Rinse large items like carpets or sofas, or put smaller items in the washing machine as normal.


Et Toi?

Have you tried this soap? Was it amazing? What other tips do you have for removing stains from clothes, furniture, carpets, etc.? Leave us a note in the comments below to let us know your secret anti-stain ideas!


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