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Aleppo (Halab) is the largest a city in Northern Syria. The area has been occupied since 5000 B.C. and has gone through many wars and the rule of many empires;

  • The old Babylonian period
  • Alexander the Great (Greek)
  • The Roman empire
  • The Medieval Period (Persian, Arab, Byzantine, Mongol, Mamluk)
  • Ottoman empire
  • World War I
  • French mandate
  • Independence (Aleppo vs Damascus)
  • Syrian civil war (present)

One of Aleppo's main export is the traditional Aleppo soap, but the intense civil war fighting in Syria has threaten the production of Aleppo soap. The origin of Aleppo soap is lost in time, some believe the Aleppo soap is the world's first hard soap.  Some claims the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Queen Zenobia of Syria used Aleppo soap in ancient history. The traditional Aleppo soap is made of olive, laurel berry oil, water, and potash. The concentration of laurel oil varies from 2% - 60%. The general procedure of making Aleppo is as follow;

  1. Olive oil and water is mixed with potash in boiling tank.
  2. Boiling under constant heat and stirring for several days.
  3. Saponification takes place.
  4. Laurel berry oil is added at the end of the process.
  5. Soap is pour onto ground to allow cool down and harden.
  6. The hardened soap is cut into cubes, and stamped with the soaper's seal.
  7. Soap cubes are stacked to cure.
  8. The color of the outside of the soap turns a pale gold, while the inside remains green.

The Aleppo soaps are suitable for all skin types, babies and skin problems. Like African Black Soap and Savon de Marseille , the Aleppo Soap is believed to be effective a variety of skin ailments such as skin allergies, irritated skin or conditions such as general dermatitis like eczema, psoriasis, bacterial dermatitis, acne, hair loss and skin diseases. The general belief is that the more intensive skin problem people have the higher content of laurel oil Aleppo soap they should choose.  However, people with dry skin should choose less laurel oil content Aleppo soap.

Reference: "Aleppo soap." . wikipedia, 1 Sept. 2011. Web. 1 Aug. 2014. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleppo_soap>. Arthur, Golda. "Aleppo soap: War threatens an ancient tradition." . BBC World Service, 15 May 2013. Web. 1 Aug. 2014. <http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22541698>.

Aleppo (Halab) is the largest a city in Northern Syria. The area has been occupied since 5000 B.C. and has gone through many wars and the rule of many empires;

  • The old Babylonian period
  • Alexander the Great (Greek)
  • The Roman empire
  • The Medieval Period (Persian, Arab, Byzantine, Mongol, Mamluk)
  • Ottoman empire
  • World War I
  • French mandate
  • Independence (Aleppo vs Damascus)
  • Syrian civil war (present)

One of Aleppo's main export is the traditional Aleppo soap, but the intense civil war fighting in Syria has threaten the production of Aleppo soap. The origin of Aleppo soap is lost in time, some believe the Aleppo soap is the world's first hard soap.  Some claims the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Queen Zenobia of Syria used Aleppo soap in ancient history. The traditional Aleppo soap is made of olive, laurel berry oil, water, and potash. The concentration of laurel oil varies from 2% - 60%. The general procedure of making Aleppo is as follow;

  1. Olive oil and water is mixed with potash in boiling tank.
  2. Boiling under constant heat and stirring for several days.
  3. Saponification takes place.
  4. Laurel berry oil is added at the end of the process.
  5. Soap is pour onto ground to allow cool down and harden.
  6. The hardened soap is cut into cubes, and stamped with the soaper's seal.
  7. Soap cubes are stacked to cure.
  8. The color of the outside of the soap turns a pale gold, while the inside remains green.

The Aleppo soaps are suitable for all skin types, babies and skin problems. Like African Black Soap and Savon de Marseille , the Aleppo Soap is believed to be effective a variety of skin ailments such as skin allergies, irritated skin or conditions such as general dermatitis like eczema, psoriasis, bacterial dermatitis, acne, hair loss and skin diseases. The general belief is that the more intensive skin problem people have the higher content of laurel oil Aleppo soap they should choose.  However, people with dry skin should choose less laurel oil content Aleppo soap.

Reference: "Aleppo soap." . wikipedia, 1 Sept. 2011. Web. 1 Aug. 2014. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleppo_soap>. Arthur, Golda. "Aleppo soap: War threatens an ancient tradition." . BBC World Service, 15 May 2013. Web. 1 Aug. 2014. <http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22541698>.