Where to Buy Aleppo Soap in Singapore
Where to buy Aleppo soap in Singapore? Singapore Soap is a local artisan soap producer of the traditional handmade Aleppo soap that originated in Syria. Handcrafted locally in Singapore, our handmade Aleppo Soap contains 20% laurel berry oil that is excellent for your skin. Thanks to its natural composition, Aleppo soap is a vegan soap that’s suitable for all skin types, especially problematic type, as it is said an Aleppo soap may help relieve itching for those suffering from psoriasis, acne, and eczema. Check out our traditional handmade Aleppo Soaps below! We have Aleppo soap with 20%, 30% and 40% laurel oil.
What is Aleppo Soap
Aleppo soap (or Savon d’Alep, laurel soap, Syrian soap, or ghar soap) is a hard bar soap made from olive oil and lye, like Castile soap from Spain. Associated with the city of Aleppo, Syria, an Aleppo soap is made with a special ingredient that takes it to another level, the oil of laurel (also known as laurel berry oil).
The origin of Aleppo soap is unknown. Unverified claims of its great antiquity abound, such as its supposed use by Queen Cleopatra of Egypt and Queen Zenobia of Syria. It is commonly thought that the process of soap-making emanated from the Levant region (of which Aleppo is the main city) and to have moved west from there to Europe after the First Crusades. This is based on the claim that the earliest soap made in Europe was shortly after the Crusades, but the soap was known to the Romans in the first century AD and Zosimos of Panopolis described soap and soapmaking in c. 300 AD.
Traditional Aleppo soap is made by the “hot process“. First, the olive oil is brought into a large, in-ground vat along with water and lye. Underneath the vat, there is an underground fire that heats the contents to a boil. Boiling lasts three days while the oil reacts with the lye and water to become a thick liquid soap.
The laurel oil is added at the end of the process, and after it is mixed in, the mix is taken from the vat and poured over a large sheet of waxed paper on the floor of the factory. At this point, the soap is a large, green, flat mass, and it is allowed to cool down and harden for about a day. While the soap is cooling, workers with planks of wood strapped to their feet walk over the soap to try to smooth out the batch and make it an even thickness.
The soap is then cut into cubes. The cubes of soap are stacked in staggered cylinders to allow maximum air exposure. Once they have dried sufficiently, they are put into a special subterranean chamber to be aged for six months to a year. While it is aging, the soap goes through several chemical changes. The free alkaline content of the soap (the alkaline which did not react with the oil during saponification) breaks down upon slow reaction with air. The moisture content of the soap is also reduced, making the soap hard and long-lasting. And lastly, the color of the outside of the soap turns pale gold, while the inside remains green.
Image credit: Syrian Heritage
Benefits of Using Aleppo Soap
Aleppo soap is full of benefits for your skin and contains no animal fats. It is biodegradable and made from olive oil, bay laurel oil, lye and water, it is perfect for natural beauty fans looking to avoid artificial preservatives or harsh chemicals. Aleppo soap can be used daily as soap for washing and shampooing, as face mask, as shaving cream, and for bathing infants and babies while the laurel oil is said to be an effective cleanser, antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-itching agent.
Here are just some of the many skincare benefits of Aleppo soap:
- Cleanses and purifies without stripping the skin’s natural essential oils.
- The olive oil hydrates, moisturises and nourishes dry, flaky skin.
- Oil of bay laurel may help manage skin problems like eczema, dermatitis and acne.
- Together, the properties of olive oil and bay laurel oil may help calm redness, irritation and inflammation.
- Has Antiseptic, Antibacterial and anti-fungal properties
- May be suitable for the most sensitive or baby skin
Where to Buy Aleppo Soap in Singapore
Aleppo soap is the original ‘all-in-one’ product and is perfect for all skin types, including skin prone to dermatitis and other itchy, inflammatory skin conditions. It can be used to wash the face, body and hair, and lathered to create a natural shaving cream. It is so gentle that it’s popularly used even on babies’ skin, making it a family-friendly choice.
If you are looking for where to buy Aleppo soap in Singapore, you have come to the right place. Singapore Soap is a local artisan soap producer of the traditional handmade Aleppo soap that originated in Syria. Handcrafted locally in Singapore, our handmade Aleppo Soap contains 20% laurel berry oil that is excellent for your skin. Thanks to its natural composition, Aleppo soap is a vegan soap that’s suitable for all skin types, especially problematic type, as it is said an Aleppo soap may help relieve itching for those suffering from psoriasis, acne, and eczema. Check out our traditional handmade Aleppo Soaps below! We have Aleppo soap with 20%, 30% and 40% laurel oil.