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History of Aleppo Soap

First ancestor of all soaps, Aleppo soap can trace its origins back to the most ancient times. It is said that Queen Zenobia of Palmyra (III century AD) and Cleopatra (I century BC) made use of this soap.

The soap and its related production techniques rapidly spread around the Arab world and throughout Europe following the Arab expansion from 800 AD

Aleppo Soap is produced by saponifying in large cauldrons olive oil and laurel berry oil via the traditional method of hydrolysis with water and an alkaline base. The ancient craft mastered by Aleppian soapmakers allows for full saponification of all ingredients, guaranteeing a uniquely gentle and effective cleansing experience.

Once full saponification has been achieved, the soap is poured onto a large surface where it is then cut into 200g cubes using a special plough called “gozee”.

Once it has been cut the soap bars are stamped by hand using identifiable stamps of the producer.

The stamped soaps are piled into pyramids, where they are left to dry for at least nine months during which the colour changes from green to light raw umber brown and they acquire enhanced gentleness on skin and duration.

The soap is ready to be used!