Soap Made With Liposuction Fat Is Now A Thing
An artist from the Netherlands is making soap from surgery, and you can buy it next month!
Here is a sentence we thought we'd ever write: You can now lather up with lipo fat!
You see, fat donated by patients who have undergone liposuction surgery is now being turned into soap. But don't worry, it's not going to turn up in your local supermarket just yet -- it's all in the name of art.
It's part of a production taking place in a pop-up shop and factory at this year's Adelaide Festival, which opens on March 1. The production is by Dutch installation artist Julian Hetzel, who worked with plastic surgeons in the Netherlands to produce 300 kilograms of the “soap" ready to be used by real, everyday people who feel the need.
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"We collaborated with a soap maker and she advised us to make a mixture of different fats and oils to have like a really high-quality product that is also moisturising and has all the components of a really good soap."
The 125g bars -- which actually contain less than 10 percent human fat -- can't officially be labelled as soap, but -- regardless -- when you go and watch the show, you will be able to wash with it and see for yourself.
"It looks like soap, it functions like soap, but it is an artwork," said Hetzel.
Even more real, you can also see a surgeon in action as they go through a procedure as part of the production.
To extract fat. Yes, we know.
Feeling icky about it? Us too -- but fear not, the soap been through a lot of processes to make sure it's hygienic.
"We collaborated with a hygiene institute and they advised us how to purify the material, because we had to make sure that there is no bacteria or a virus in the material, in the fat, so we had to process it at a very high temperature for a certain time and to kill all the viruses," the artist said.
If you find yourself getting over the horror of it and even loving it, then you can also be able to buy the "soap" at about $32 per bar -- and the proceeds will go to a good cause. Funds will go to building wells in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a bar of real soap will be gifted to there too, each time someone from the audience buys a bar.
Feature Image: Ben and Martin Photography