Aleppo soap (or Alep soap) is a pure plant based soap based on olive oil and bay laurel (bayberry) oil. The soap owes its name to the Syrian city of Aleppo, where it originated. For more than 4000 years, traditional Aleppo soap has been handmade in an artisanal way by soap masters from the city and surrounding areas. The soap consists of only natural ingredients, of which olive oil and bay laurel oil form the basis. The softness of the olive oil in combination with the bacteria-killing bay laurel oil ensures that even people with skin problems can enjoy the benefits of this plant based soap.
Najel is a Syrian family business with headquarters in France. Although headquartered in France the soap blocks themselves are still made according to the traditional methods in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The olive oil and bay laurel oil are made from locally cultivated plants, and the soap is also mixed and poured there.
The olive oil is poured into a large traditional copper vessel and mixed with water and lye. The mixture is boiled for three days, after which the bay laurel oil is added. Once the soap hardens it is cut into blocks, and the cut bars of soap are left to mature and dry for another nine months. This drying process changes the color of the soap from dark green to light brown on the outside. This coloring is also an easy way to recognize real Aleppo Soap!
According to experts, bay laurel oil could be bactericidal, anti-fungal, antiviral, and an analgesic painkiller. The soap is therefore popular among people with a number of skin conditions. If you have sensitive skin, when choosing which soap is right for you, it is important to consider which skin problem you hope to soothe. The Aleppo olive oil soap is available with different percentages of bay laurel oil. The higher the percentage, the stronger the effects of the bay laurel oil on skin conditions. A low percentage of bay laurel oil does not mean that the soap is of lesser quality, it means that it is suitable for normal skin, daily use, and for children and babies. If you want to use Aleppo Laurel Soap as a shampoo, it is best to choose a variant with 12% laurel oil. People who suffer from skin problems would benefit more from a higher percentage of bay laurel oil. Popular variants are the Savon D’Alep (savon Aleppo soap) 30% bay laurel oil and Najel Aleppo Soap 40% bay laurel oil .
The Aleppo Soap with 40% bay laurel oil is suitable for all skin types and for the whole family. But above all, this soap is suitable for intensive care of problematic skin. For example irritated or sensitive skin, acne and psoriasis can be soothed with Aleppo Soap. The Najel Aleppo Soap with the addition of 40% laurel oil eases skin irritation and could have an antibacterial effect, while the olive oil cleanses and cares for the skin at the same time.
You can use this plant based soap daily to clean your hair and body. Thanks to the moisturizing properties of the olive oil, the skin remains nice and soft. Using the soap regularly could make your skin look healthier and improve its radiance; all thanks to the natural ingredients that the soap contains!
In addition to Olive Soap blocks, you can also buy Aleppo Soap as a liquid soap. The liquid form of the soap is especially nice for in the shower, and just like the blocks is great to wash your hair with or for daily skin cleansing. In addition, some Aleppo fans find it more pleasant to work with the liquid soap. Because it comes in a bottle, you don’t have to cut bars of soap, making it easier to enjoy.
The 100% natural composition ensures that the soap is completely biodegradable and therefore environmentally friendly. Organic Aleppo Soap is also skin-friendly, as it does not damage your skin with added synthetic substances. No artificial fragrances, colors or preservatives are added. Aleppo Soap contains no silicones, no parabens, and no synthetic additives. In addition, the soap is not tested on animals. The product has an ecocert certificate guaranteeing that it is 100% organic.
It’s a shame that the commercial world has discovered Aleppo Soap. Some producers are taking advantage of the hype, marketing many fake variants with synthetic agents. If you’re looking for authentic Aleppo Soap, buy online from Spiru knowing that we only sell genuine Aleppo Soap. You can recognize authentic Aleppo soaps because of the marks of the soapmakers that are cut into the bars, and its color: brown on the outside and green on the inside. The olive soap also has a specific scent. It helps to know what a real piece of organic soap smells like, then you can easily tell the real pieces from the fake ones. Pure Aleppo Soap consists only of olive oil, bay laurel oil, lye (also called sodium hydroxide) and water, giving it an unmistakable scent.
Are you planning to buy the olive soap and want to know more? Then read our blog about Aleppo Soap, where we tell you everything you want to know, including all the ways you can use the product.
Also take a look at our other plant-based products, such as our natural skin products and natural facial products. Besides Aleppo Soap, you will also find salt stone scrub, Marseille Soap and many other products. Everything for natural care can be found at Spiru!
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