Aleppo soap, along with sulfur soap, is even recommended by dermatologists for different skin conditions, including acne, burns, dermatitis or eczema. Aleppo soap has relaxing, antiseptic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties; it is a great moisturizer and disinfectant. It is called the purest soap of all soaps, since it does not produce secondary effects on the skin.
When applied, it is recommended to leave it on the body for 5 minutes before rinsing. A treatment can be done using it daily for three weeks.
It is said that this soap was the first solid type in the world. It is made from olive and laurel oil, caustic soda and water. The laurel gives it a good aroma, avoiding the need to add perfumes, caustic soda is obtained from sea salt or from a plant called “Sololá Kali” and is what is responsible for hardening the soap.
This soap has its origin in the north of Syria, more specifically in the city of Aleppo and that is why it receives its name; it was invented more than 2000 years ago and today it is still a highly prestigious and highly recommended soap. Its recipe remains practically the same. It arrived in Europe in the 12th century through the crusades, initially in the Mediterranean, later reaching Spain, France and Italy.
It is a very special soap since it mixes natural products and the oldest manufacturing methods. It does not have any type of preservatives, dyes, synthetic products, animal derivatives or other chemical products. It is biodegradable, which also makes it ideal for taking care of the environment.
This soap has a long duration, it is very yielding, it produces creamy foam, it is suitable for all skin types and it has a maturation level, which means that the more time passes, the better it will be.
This soap has a great regenerative capacity, so it is useful to help heal wounds and stimulate elastin and collagen proteins.
It serves for anti-aging because it is rich in vitamins E and A.
It can be used as a shampoo, helping to give shine and body to the hair. And to regulate the scalp. It also helps remove excess oil and dandruff.
It can be used to replace shaving foam, thus helping to reduce the irritation that shaving can cause on sensitive skin. Both men and women can use this.
This soap can also be used to prevent moths from eating clothes, for this Aleppo soap is placed inside the closet.
Another use that is given is for clothes, it can be used to wash clothes and thus avoid using chemical soaps; when the skin is sensitive, it is highly recommended to wash clothes with this soap.
We leave you one of the most common recipes for how to make Aleppo soap, so you can do it at home.
What do you need to make Aleppo soap?
- 4 tablespoons bay oil
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of caustic soda in grains. (The smallest teaspoon, the tea spoon)
- 300 ml of pure demineralized water
- Silicone soap molds
- liquid petroleum jelly
- Latex gloves, goggles, mask and apron (for safety)
Instructions for making Aleppo soap
- Put on safety clothing such as an apron, latex gloves, goggles and
- Heat the oils to a temperature of 60°c.
- While the oils are heating, take the pure water and put it in a very clean glass jar, make sure it has a wide mouth.
- When the oils are well dissolved and hot, lower them from the heat and add the water while stirring constantly, until the ingredients are well mixed.
- This is the moment where you should add essences or dyes if you wish (see tips).
- Stir vigorously until ingredients are cool and doughy.
- Take the molds and pour a little liquid Vaseline on them (so you can easily unmold them later).
- Pour the preparation into the molds and with a wooden spoon match and remove the bubbles.
- Put the molds in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
- Unmold the soaps, but leave them in the fridge for two more days.
- Wrap the soap in parchment paper and you will have your soap,
Tips for making Aleppo soap
- You can incorporate natural scented oils to your liking.
- If you want it in color you can add just two drops of vegetable coloring.
- Caustic soda is also called caustic soda.
- Do not abuse caustic soda, it can be a dangerous agent if it is not handled with care or if it is used in abundance; in case of allergic reactions see your doctor immediately.
- Make the soap in a place with good ventilation.