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Aleppo Soap Making

 

all the benefits nature has to offer.

 

The oil mill: where we produce the two essential oils for Aleppo soap, olive oil and bay oil, laurel. The picking of olives and bay laurel is done by hand between August and October. Bay berries are prepared before pressing: they are immersed in boiling water to separate the flesh from the kernel (knowing that the kernel of bay laurel berries is poisonous), only the flesh is collected. The oils are then pressed by a hydraulic process only once; first pressure completely cold in order to preserve all their virtues.

 

The soap factory: for the saponification and the manufacture of traditional hard soaps in 200 g, drying (9 months) and cleaning of the soaps (see the manufacturing steps below).

 

A 2400 m² site: for the manufacture of liquid products (soap, shower gel, shampoo, etc.) and hard compressed soaps (scented soaps: rose, jasmine, nigella, etc.), packaging, packaging, labeling and storage of products. The infrastructure in Syria manufactures, packages, stores and ships directly to Aleppo Sharbo's soap company.

 

We are producers of our own raw materials, this is a real assurance on the content of cosmetic products offered to you under the Sharbo brand. We are fully specialized in the manufacturing process. The different manufacturing phases of Aleppo Soap follow an artisanal method according to an ancestral recipe, essential for the quality of our soaps:

1. For several centuries, from the end of November to the end of February, the manufacture of the 1st hard soap in the world has been repeated according to an unchanging process. Saponification begins by heating the water and soda (sodium hydroxide NaOH) in a huge cauldron (1) to a certain temperature. We add the olive oil and let it heat for 12 hours, then let it sit. One of our major strengths is that we heat by steam entrainment and therefore we are in control of the temperature. If it is too high, all the virtues of the oils are lost.

2. The next day, heat the contents of the cauldron, while mixing, and add the bay laurel oil (filtered beforehand). In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

3. The entire preparation is then rinsed several times with fresh water to remove all traces of caustic (sodium). The water is then removed from the cauldron and recycled. These steps are part of the saponification process: it is the natural chemical effect between the oils and sodium hydroxide that turns the oil into a soap molecule (2).

4. The resulting soap paste is spread in a basin and smoothed to the surface (3). Once solidified, it is manually cut into blocks of soap (4). Each soap is then hand-stamped with our Sharbo brand (5 and 6).

5. The soaps are then gradually assembled on pallets and separated by percentage of bay laurel oil (7) then placed in ventilated cellars out of the sun. Then begins the drying for a period of 9 months. During this period, the soaps oxidize on the surface and take on a yellow / brown color but retain the olive green color inside (8). Aleppo soap is an authentic and natural product without dyes, synthetic perfumes, palm oil or preservatives, renowned throughout the world.

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