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Fun Fact May 13, 2020.

13 May 2020


Today the real poo on shampoo.  We all know what shampoo is and what it’s used for, but why is it called shampoo? The word entered the English language from the Indian subcontinent during the colonial era.   It is derived from Hindi champo, itself derived from the Sanskrit root chapati, which means to press, knead or soothe. The first use of the word was around 1762.  A variety of herbs and their extracts have been used as shampoos since ancient times. A very effective early shampoo was made by mixing Indian gooseberry with boiled Sapindus, which is a small shrub or tree.  It’s also known as soapberry.   Cleansing with hair and body massage during one’s daily bath was an indulgence of early colonial traders in India. When they returned to Europe, they introduced the newly learned habits, including the hair treatment they called shampoo.