Premium quality Aleppo Gold Olive Oil and Laurel Soap Extra Large hand cut bar with approx 15% Laurel (Bay Leaf Extract)
10 x 200g+ Hand Cut Bars - Not wrapped
Aleppo was once home to some of the finest Olive Oil Soap producers in Syria.
These wonderful soaps are still made using ancient techniques, with no animal fats or nasty chemicals and only 100% natural ingredients.
The traditional soap blocks are hand cut & stamped, then aged to form a deep golden crust with an olive green centre.
Note: We have new stocks of this item which may differ slightly in shape and colour from the image.
How is Aleppo Soap made?
In a skilled process, olive oil is converted to soap (saponified) and then bay leaf extract (laurel) is added and the product is spread out to solidify before being cut by hand into rectangular bars and individually stamped. The bars are then dried in huge aerated stacks for several months after production and the outer surface of the olive green soap goes a gentle brown through oxidation.
Olive Oil, Bay leaf (Laurel) extract (strength approx 15%), Water, caustic soda
Genuine Aleppo Soap
This soap is genuine Aleppo Soap made using traditional techniques perfected in Syria.
Please also note that the soap has been tested and meets the requirements of the EU cosmetic directive.
Please contact us if you require further information.
Aleppo soaps are used in some of the finest Spa Houses & Turkish baths all over the world.
The Aleppo Gold range of traditional Aleppo soaps were made by hand in the oldest inhabited city in the world - Aleppo.
Natural ingredients, and hundreds of years of tradition and expertise still go into creating this soft, creamy soap renowned for its efficacy.
Unlike most "high street" soaps it contains no animal fats.
Aleppo Gold hand cut bars are not moulded or polished; they contains no unnecessary additives or animal fats, just mild, luxurious soap made from olive oil with the addition of bay leaf (Laurel) extract.
It comes in extra large hand-cut bars weighing between 200g - 240g.
You can easily cut them into smaller bars if you wish!
Olive Oil, Bay leaf (Laurel) extract (strength approx 15%), Water, Caustic Soda
Chemical Analysis (Note this is not a list of ingredients but a chemical analysis on the finished soap)
The Basis of all Solid Olive Oils Soaps by our producer:
88.6% Total Oils,
88.6% Olive Oil,
0.21% Free Alkali,
0.72% Chlorides as NaCl
0.13% Insoluble in alcohol
0.92% Unsaponifiable matter
The Manufacturing Process
Aleppo Olive Oil soap can only be manufactured during the cooler months of December through to March.
Over the centuries the relativly simple manufacturing process has not changed much. During the course of each soap making process approx 5 tons of soap are manufactured each time. Olive-oil is mixed together with a caustic soda solution in big couldrons. Originally the necessary caustic soda was extracted from the ashes of desert plants, especially the Salsola Kali. Nowadays industrial caustic soda is being used.
The mix is then heated up to about 220 degrees/Celsius and stirred until the oilve-oil has been totally reduced to Glycerine and SodiumHydroxide.
Just before the end of the process the essential laurier-oil is added. Herewith the process of saponification comes to its end.
The remainders of the lye is being drained from the cauldron and the soap-solution is washed thoroughly with fresh water until it is totally free from lye.
After the remaining water has been drained the still fluid soap will rest over night to cool down.
Making the bars of soap
Next the light green, still fluid, soap is spread evenly onto a well prepared floor. After curing for a couple of hours the crude soap is cut manually into bars.
Each bar is then be stamped with the official (arabic speaking) seal of the factory.
Drying the soap bars
Before the soap can be offered for sale it needs to mature for at least 6-8 months. Traditionally the bars were stacked up in the historic arches of Aleppo. The bars need to be stacked in a specific manner to allow air to flow around every single bar in order to let the surface of the soap become encrusted.
The skin of each bar will then oxidize from olive-green to the typical ochre color whilst most of the inside remains green.
Switched to this soap after an extensive search for an alternative when Boots withdrew their brilliant Oatmeal Soap in the early 2000's. The latter had exactly suited my sensitive, eczema afflicted skin. This Aleppo Gold was the best alternative I could find; please remember, there's nothing logical about what suits your skin best, I switched from Oatmeal to Olive Oil having tried other Oatmeal Soaps all of which I reacted to. This one worked for me and trial and error sourced it.
How long do your bars of soap last? Is there an expiry date? Or can I keep in storage in cool cellar for some years without them losing their quality? Many thanks Tara
Please tell me what 10 bars of your Allepo soap ,as advertised, weighs. Thankyou.Martin