About Aleppo Soaps

The World’s Oldest Soap

Eco-Friendly Hand-Made Soap • Suitable for Skin and Hair Care

 

Our soaps are 100% natural with no artificial color, fragrance, parabens, foam establishers, or even animal fats. They are the ultimate in truly natural soap, with properties that are extremely good and safe for the skin. That is why we can confidently recommend using them for your babies, kids,
and pets as well. There are absolutely no chemicals in this soap. Only pure olive and bay (laurel) oils, water and salt.

DESCRIPTION:

The principle ingredients in our soaps are olive oil and bay berry oil, but we also have some made with vegetable oils since they are custom-made for you by Noon Nabalsy. Aleppo is known for the purest soaps ever, which is why we carry it exclusively. We buy direct from the finest Syrian soapmakers. These traditional soap recipes have been used there for thousands of years. Refreshing and clean, Aleppo soaps barely leave a scent on your skin because they are so light, non-greasy and non-drying and they wash off with absolutely no trace of soapiness behind.

PRODUCTION:

Pure olive oil soap can only be produced in the cold months of December through to March. It is manufactured using a simple process. Olive oil is mixed in large cauldrons with an aqueous solution of an alkali – the soda ash. The mixture is heated to more than 200 degrees Celsius and stirred until the oil fully decomposes, yielding glycerin and the sodium salt of olive oil. This process is called ‘saponification’. Towards the end of the initial process, the bay oil is added to the mixture and further saponification takes place. Usually olive oil is between 60-98% while laurel is between 2-40%. The soap which has the most amount of laurel oil in it is considered to be the most valuable and it has the most costly production. It is then dried for 9 months before it is considered ready for sale. This process causes the outside of the soap to a beautiful deep gold, whilst inside the soap remains an olive green colour. The color the soap acquires depends mostly on the amount of laurel oil the bar has. Color ranges from a pale yellow (small concentration of laurel oil) to a deep brown or golden color (large concentration of laurel oil). The soaps are finished in the traditional way, cut, stamped by hand and set.

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