|Woman's Weekly, January 1973|
William Valentine Wright was a wholesale druggist and chemist in London, England. He initially made his name with a recipe for non-alcoholic communion wine, taking some of the fun out of that religious ceremony. In 1860 he created a soap using coal tar, marketing it as an antiseptic skin cleanser. Initially called by the jaw-breaking name of Sapo Carbonis Detergens, it eventually sold under his name. It's still sold today, but is now made in Turkey and contains no coal tar, which has been banned from cosmetics by the European Union.