Saturday Snippets 23rd October 2021…Soap or S.O.A.P…


Welcome back to Saturday Snippets..where I indulge my whimsy and have a play with one word prompts…My muse has answered me and this week my word is…Soap

Soap is something we all use, something we buy off the supermarket shelves ready-made, some make their own it comes in many guises from carbolic to very fragrant…my favourite at the moment is Papaya soap…Made from natural ingredients, Papaya soap is a natural, gentle soap that’s safe to use on different parts of the body, including the face.

A normal bar of soap cleans and removes dirt. But it may be too harsh for the skin, stripping it of natural oils…

But what can I find with a connection to the word “soap” apart from using it to wash your hands?

Gamers out there may be familiar with Johnny “Soap” McTavish…

Johnny MacTavish, also known as Soap, is a character and SAS operator of the Coalition faction featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. First mentioned at the end of the Modern Warfare campaign and heard within a Warzone cutscene, Soap was released as a playable operator on August 3rd, 2021 as part of the “Soap Operator Bundle”.


..Fancy making your own soap. You will need a soap Kettle…

The early soap kettles would have been heated over an open fire…

The word “Sapo” first appears in a book written in Latin titled “Natural History” by Pliny the Elder an academic from Pompeii. It was like an early set of encyclopedias of the ancient world, written around 77 AD. In book 28, chapter 51, Pliny writes: There is also soap (Sapo), an invention of the Gauls for making their hair shiny. It is made from tallow and ashes, the best from beechwood ash and goat fat, and exists in two forms, solid and liquid; among the Germans, both are used more by men than by women.

Making soap now can be almost an art form and some soaps look good enough to eat…

No Soap Radio…TV Series…

No Soap, Radio is an American sitcom and sketch comedy that aired on ABC on Thursdays from April 15 until May 13, 1982. Five episodes were broadcast. The five episodes also appeared on the BBC, where the deletion of commercial breaks gave the show an even more rapid-fire look.

The title is taken from a 1950s prank where “no soap radio” is given as a non-sequitur punchline to a joke.

Soap Nuts…Is not someone who is addicted to the TV SOAPS…like Devious Maids, Lifetime’s soapy series about four ambitious Latina housekeepers in Beverly Hills.

They are something that you do your washing with…over the last few years they have become very popular…Soap nuts, or Indian soapberries, have become increasingly popular in recent years for a variety of reasons. They are an amazing natural detergent due to a natural cleaning essence that is contained in their shell.

Although their popularity has soared soapnuts have been known and used for centuries: these soap berries have historically always been an integral element of Indian customs and used widely by many Indian households. They are the fruits of a small tree called Sapindus Mukorossi tree, native of the Himalayas and the mountainous region between India and Nepal. Also called soapberry nut husks, they are indeed the husk (shell) from soapberry nuts. Once picked and left to dry in the sun, these amazing shells contain a natural cleaning agent called saponin that produces an effect comparable to soap.

Soap Lake…Washington…

A story about Soap Lake Conservancy…A mineral Lake…

Soap Lake is a meromictic soda lake in the town of Soap Lake, Washington formed by the Missoula Floods at the foot of the Grand Coulee. The lake gets its name from the naturally occurring foam that gives its water a soapy appearance, and because the lake’s mineral-rich waters have a slick, soapy feel.

Soap Lake’s mineral-rich waters have long been thought to have medicinal value. In fact, it is said that rival Indian tribes would call a truce when they came to Soap Lake to relax and heal themselves and their animals. This is verified by recorded history and the number of Indian artefacts found in the area over the years. Washington State tourist guides in the 1920s referred to Soap Lake as the “world’s greatest mineral sea” and people afflicted with Buerger’s disease said that bathing in the lake cured their illness. The city of Soap Lake bills itself as “Washington’s Health Resort“.

S.O.A.P…Parody of television soap operas–the show’s humour relies on exaggerating soap operas’ characteristic plot implausibility and melodrama to ridiculous extremes, then adds a fair bit of the truly bizarre, including some remarkable characters.

Soap is an American sitcom television series that originally ran on ABC from September 13, 1977, until April 20, 1981. The show was created as a night-time parody of daytime soap operas, presented as a weekly half-hour prime time comedy. Similar to a soap opera, the show’s story was presented in a serial format and featured melodramatic plotlines including alien abduction, demonic possession, extramarital affairs, murder, kidnapping, unknown diseases, amnesia, cults, organized crime warfare, a communist revolution and teacher-student relationships. In 2007 it was listed as one of Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME“, and in 2010, the Tates and the Campbells ranked at number 17 in TV Guides list of “TV’s Top Families”.

Soap trees…grow in the Eucalypt forests of the Northern Territory and Queensland…recognisable by the leaves, which are glossy dark green above and silver/white underneath the flowers are tiny and cream in colour which produce a spherical black berry when ripe. Other common names are Red Ash or Leatherjacket.

In summer the fruits attract the birds…Leaves, bark, roots are used medicinally by aboriginals, berries to catch fish. Bush soap is made by crushing the leaves.

Soap Yucca…This is no ordinary Yucca plant…

I love this video with lots of tips and how you can make soap plus the creosote plant.


S.O.A.P. were a Danish pop music duo made up of the two sisters Heidi “Suriya” Sørensen (born October 18, 1979) and Saseline “Line” Sørensen (born July 26, 1982). Their music was primarily written by Remee and produced by Holger Lagerfeldt for Sony Music Entertainment Denmark. They released two albums before they disbanded in 2002. They are best known for their single “This Is How We Party”, and sold almost 2 million albums worldwide.

I hope you have enjoyed discovering that soap is not always what it seems…Enjoy your weekend  xxx


40 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets 23rd October 2021…Soap or S.O.A.P…

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Neither did I Michael…I love these one prompts it brings up all sorts ….Feel free to give me one word for Saturday Snippets if you can…Thank you for the reblog, Michael it is much appreciated 🙂 x


      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        I look forward to knowing what word choose for me., Michael…I am pleased you find interesting I love writing them …Thank you for reading and sharing them 🙂 x


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  4. petespringerauthor

    S.O.A.P. was pretty funny and was one of the first comedies that I remember taking on more controversial topics.

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  5. robbiesinspiration

    Hi Carol, an interesting collection of soap references. The most interesting information I’ve read about soap was in The Mammoth Hunters, one of the Earth Child series books by Jean Auel. The women at the camp discover how to make soap by accident.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Hi Robbie..Thats interesting was that from a tree root? The guy in the video I shared on the Soap Yucca showed how to make soap from a root of the soap yucca which was quite fascinating. Enjoy your weekend 🙂 x

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  6. beetleypete

    I remember watching the SOAP TV series. I thought it was very funny at the time.
    Talking of actual soap, I have been using a natural home made soap for some years now. It helps with my skin issues, and literally made a difference to my life. It is made by the Polish wife of English blogger Eddy Winko, who lives in Poland having adopted a sustainable lifestyle, and building his own house from straw bales!
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Castile soap is really good…Our daughter suffers from psoriasis badly and has done since she was young she was up the hospital again yesterday but all they give out is steroids…I have tried to tell her it could be diet/chemicals in what she uses but not sure she listens or maybe it’s that bad nothing works…I like the look and sound of their soaps I have BM the link Thank you, Pete 🙂 x

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      2. beetleypete

        It’s not the Castile we remember from our youth of course. 🙂 A blend created by Gosia containing Olive Oil. It helps control my Pityriasis Rosea, and even softens the water, making the bath easier to clean. 🙂 x


  7. Clive

    The usual enjoyably eclectic mix of things I didn’t know and things that entertained me, Carol. I shared that very same clip from SOAP as one of my Saturday Smiles a few months back – it was a great series, shown late on Friday nights here in the UK, and it always made me hoot with laughter. I still think Billy Crystal ad libbed that line about Goofy: Cathryn Damon’s reaction is beautifully acted if it wasn’t natural. As for S.O.A.P. I think the few seconds I managed of that song proved why I’d never heard of them before: it was like Barbie Girl meets rap, neither of which do much for me! 😂 x

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