Fight Club Soap



In the movie Fight Club, Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) comes up with his recipe to make soap. In order to get one mayor basic ingredient, he and Jack (Ewdard Norton) need to go to a liposuction clinic. Tyler: ‘The best fat for making soap, because the salt balance is just right, comes from humans.’ In the movie we see how the fat is harvested. Plastic see-through bags with the text bio-hazard are obtained from the bins of the clinic and brought to their kitchen on Paper Street.

‘Than the fat needs to be rendered on a fire. Now the tallow floats to the surface. After a period in a fridge, where the tallow hardens, you can skim of a layer of glycerin.’ Now lye needs to be added to complete the process, Tyler continuous: ‘Lye, the crucial ingredient. Ancient peoples found their clothes got cleaner if they washed them at a certain spot in the river. Why? Because, human sacrifices were once made on the hills above this river.Year after year, bodies burnt. Rain fell. Water seeped through the wood ashes to become lye. The lye combined with the melted fat of the bodies, till a thick white soapy discharge crept into the river.’*

The bars could be used to wash of stains caused by the Fight Club. Jack: ‘Tyler sold the soap to department stores at twenty bucks a bar. God knows what they charged. It was beautiful. We were selling rich women their own fat asses back to them.’

Chuck Palahniuk (1962)

Paper Street Soap

Human fat

Fight Club (book 1996, movie 1999)

Soap making scene:

*) These ancient people where Romans, and there where no bodies sacrified but animals. More of that and all you ever wanted to know about soap:

Recipe reconstructed from the motion picture and the wikipedia soap page.

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Toon Verberg