William Lever started making soap in 1884 with his Sunlight Soap. The first Lux soap was introduced in 1925. It was produced by Lever Brothers and started as bargain brand toilet soap. Some of the world’s sexiest women have been Lux spokeswomen, including Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Demi Moore and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The mission statement of Lever Brothers -- now Unilever -- is health through hygiene.
Gentle Soap Product
Lux soap comes in a variety of forms, flakes, bars and liquids. Originally, Lux made Laundry Flakes -- a thin sheet of soap film was cut into small flakes. They called these Sunlight Flakes, but changed the name in the 1900s to Lux, which means light. Lux flakes were made to wash clothes, but were so gentle women soon began using them as dish soap, hair soap and other soap uses. Lever Brothers developed a bar soap form of the Lux Flakes called “Lux Toilet Form.” This became well-known hand soap because of its gentleness.
Lux soap products are gentle and do not irritate normal skin. According to the Unilever Corp., it applies high standards checked by in-house safety specialists before bringing a product to market. Unilever has an established Safety and Environmental Assurance Center that ensures safety of the environment, people and production. Lux soap is formulated for use with children under age 3, the elderly and other vulnerable members of the population. All soap formulations are designed and tested for human and environmental use, according to Unilever Corp.
Lux, when it was introduced in the United States in 1925, gave people an affordable option to expensive French milled soaps. Lux is also sold in China at an affordable price for consumers, according to China Radio International.
Caroline Thompson is a professional photojournalist who has been working for print and online publications since 1999. Her work has appeared in the "Sacramento Bee," "People Magazine," "Newsweek" and other publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in photojournalism from California State University at Hayward and a personal trainer certification from the university's Health and Fitness Institute.