Soapbark Origins & Traditional Production

Soapbark traditional production of soaking in water cleanclean

Soapbark extract comes from a tree called Quillaja Saponaria or Quillay, endemic to central Chile, in South America.


Since ancient times, the Mapuche natives used it for their personal hygiene, and to clean their houses, they took the bark from the branches of the Quillay tree in the mountain, peeled it, and boiled it in river water in clay jugs. They obtained soapy water ready for personal hygiene and suitable to disinfect their homes. It is well known to be good for the hair. In Mapuche language, there is a word to refer to washing your hair with Soapbark, Küllaytun.

Soapbark is high in Saponins, a molecule named for its soap-like properties. It has multiple uses in multiple industries, like mining, health, cosmetics, and food.

There are three ways to obtain soapbark extract:
1-Boiling it as Mapuche Indians do.
2-soaking the barks in warm water all night
3-soaking in alcohol for a couple of days.

The three ways are valid, and you obtain soapbark extract. We use the boiling water recipe, and we don´t use alcohol in our method.

In modern times to make life easier, CleanClean already brings ready-made soapbark extract, made with the highest technology and quality standards, ready to go and use. We have Soapbark extract specially designed for body care, home care, and soon we will have Soapbark for hair so you can Küllaytun your hair.

We invite you to try it!

Sally Shats


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