"Octagon Laundry Soap is made with old-fashioned Lemon Grass scent for spiritual cleansing and spell-breaking. A large bar, in an old-fashioned paper wrapper."
-- The Lucky Mojo Curio Co. catalogue
The label shown here is from a bar of Colgate's Octagon Soap, still made with old-time quality and vintage packaging.
The original primary purpose of Octagon Soap was for washing laundry. In the old days, before the advent of liquid or even powdered detergents, folks kept a bar of laundry soap on hand alongside an old-fashioned grater, and they hand-grated up just the right amount of soap for each load of laundry. Laundry soaps are strong, never hard-milled like complexion soaps and beauty bars such as Black and White Skin Soap.
Laundry soaps contain a higher proportion of lye than fine soaps do, which makes them well-suited to getting rid of germs, dirt, and foul odors. To cover their tough, "soapy" scent, they may be (but are not always) strongly perfumed. Octagon comes out of this old-fashioned tradition of soap-making, and the scent used to perfume it is a Lemongrass and lemon fragrance, very similar to that found in Fan Laundry Soap from China and that other commercial spiritual cleanser, liquid Chinese Wash, which is also the basis for one of the most famous spiritual jinx-killers, Van Van spiritual supplies.
In hoodoo magical practices Lemongrass is an herb that is believed to clear away all evil messes and to provide personal protection from magical attacks. Therefore you can wash yourself -- or your clothes -- with Octagon Laundry Soap as a form of spiritual work.
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