'Sphagnol soap' cake, London, England, 1945-1960

Made:
1945-1960 in Putney

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Soap cake in wrapper, sphagnol brand, by Peat Products, Putney, c. 1950, made at 3 Carmalt Gdns, Putney, London.
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Soap cake in wrapper, sphagnol brand with instruction leaflet , by Peat Products, 3 Carmalt Gardens, Putney, London, SW15, 1945-60.

‘Sphagnol soap’ was used to treat a range of skin inflammation and irritations including acne, eczema, chilblains, dandruff, insect bites and ringworm. The name ‘sphagnol’ refers to an extract from peat believed to have antiseptic properties.

It was made by Peat Products (Sphagnol) Ltd and was used during both World Wars by the British Red Cross to treat facial wounds and trench sores. This particular example is described as a ‘toilet and nursery antiseptic’ – locations viewed as particularly in need of good hygiene.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
A631021
Materials:
antiseptic soap, paper (fibre product)
type:
soap cake
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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