Article by: Hari Yellina (Orchard Tech)
Alas! A 105 years’ legacy finally comes to an end in Australia. The legendary Australian soap bar Solvol, which has been used by tradies, farmers, and homes for over a century, has been withdrawn. The strong citrus-scented pumice bar famous for its grease-fighting prowess began to vanish from shelves in June 2020 with no attention. The bar was removed from the firm’s product assortment owing to production problems. Nevertheless, solvol liquid was still accessible and provided the same deep cleaning power as the classic bar in a convenient liquid form.
Solvol was founded in Australia in 1915 and was purchased by the WD-40 Company in the United States in 2000. Consumers who are upset about the switch to liquid soap have created social media pages and online petitions stating that they will not use it. Workers were suffering from poor hand cleaners, according to the ‘Bring back the Solvol soap bar’ Facebook group. “I’m talking to folks who look forward to walking out to the tap at the end of a long day at work or in the shed, turning it on, and removing all the layers of epidermis your body has to offer only to wipe the grime off their hands,” a page administrator remarked. It is undeniable that true Solvol devotees know how to use this bar to leave their skin soft and clean, just as it was before they started working or on the day they were born.
From 2010 until 2020, Civic Industries, a disability services provider in Sydney, packaged Solvol bars. On June 10, 2020, WD-40 Company general manager Nick Roberts paid a visit to the organisation to witness the final batch of soap being wrapped and distributed on-site in Caringbah. Civic Industries general manager Peter Moore noted at the time that the cooperation provided work for many employees and that they wanted to find similar work in the future. Mr Moore said, “This cooperation has allowed us to provide meaningful work while also upskilling up to 50 assisted employees and offering major changes for those living with disabilities.”