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Frequently Asked Questions

We NEVER test our products on animals. Our friends and family happily volunteer to be our testers.

We’ve formulated our recipes so they can be sold nationally, and so all our soaps are good for anywhere – hard or soft.

All REAL soap is made with lye (also known as NaOH/sodium hydroxide/caustic soda) mixed with fat or oils (such as coconut, olive, etc). Any soap product made without lye is not ‘soap’, it is detergent (big difference – proper soap nourishes the skin, detergent strips it and gives you that tight feeling afterwards!).Once the chemical reaction of making soap, called saponification, is complete, the lye and oil molecules have combined and chemically changed into soap and this magical thing called glycerin appears.Providing all the ingredients have been measured correctly (we have tight QC, don’t worry and legally all our recipes have to be safety assessed and stability tested) all of the lye is used up in the saponification process to turn oil into soap meaning there is no lye present in the finished bars of soap.

All REAL soap is made with lye (also known as NaOH/sodium hydroxide/caustic soda) mixed with fat or oils (such as coconut, olive, etc). Any soap product made without lye is not ‘soap’, it is detergent (big difference – proper soap nourishes the skin, detergent strips it and gives you that tight feeling afterwards!).Once the chemical reaction of making soap, called saponification, is complete, the lye and oil molecules have combined and chemically changed into soap and this magical thing called glycerin appears.Providing all the ingredients have been measured correctly (we have tight QC, don’t worry and legally all our recipes have to be safety assessed and stability tested) all of the lye is used up in the saponification process to turn oil into soap meaning there is no lye present in the finished bars of soap.

We are so proud to have a plastic free supply chain. We use cardboard for our outer cases (no shrink wrap in sight).When we send out online orders we only use boxes, paper wrap, shredded or zigzag paper and corrugated cardboard, all of which are biodegradable and recyclable.

During the curing time, Aleppo soap usually develops a golden hue on the outside while retaining it’s beautiful green color on the inside (which can be seen if you cut a bar of Aleppo soap in half).

Aleppo soaps are one of the most prized, and most expensive soap bars that you can find. Their recipes didn’t change over the years. They are still handmade using pure and natural ingredients only. These soaps are said to help with a number of skin conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other dermatitis types. Some people use it on their hair and say that it helps with dandruff and other scalp conditions. It’s a mild soap that soothes the skin and may have natural antibacterial and anti fungal properties. You will not find all of those medicinal benefits in a regular soap bar.

In more modern times, scientific studies of the essential oil of the bay tree (Laurus Nobilis) have demonstrated antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory activities. Anecdotally, using laurel oil soap can help treat and manage skin conditions like eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and acne. It is free from harmful chemicals such as parabens or other preservatives, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), EDTA, phthalates or formaldehyde.
Aleppo soap can also be used for hair washing as it helps control dandruff. It can be worked up into a lather and then rinsed. Many people who use Aleppo soap as a solid shampoo do not need to use conditioner as it leaves the hair very soft to the touch. It also means you can avoid carrying liquid shampoo in your hand luggage when your travel by air.

Yes, it can be used for shaving. It doesn’t produce the same lather that shaving foams give, but it allows the razor to glide very smoothly over the skin. Either apply the soap to the face and shave, or lather the shaving brush on the soap and apply.

For the difference in laurel oil content, the high laurel oil content soaps are good for people with dry skin (so often older people), and high olive oil content soap are good for people with too fatty skin (for example teenagers with acne etc.) A 50/50 olive to laurel oil ratio gives the best of both worlds.

Aleppo soap is hand made in small batches. It uses olive oil and laurel oil. Laurel oil is very expensive! Also the soap rests for 6-9 months so makers can only make as much as they can store and aren’t able to sell instantly. Commercial soap is made using a highly mechanized process in very large volumes. Using inexpensive raw materials such as animal fats also keeps the costs down.

Aleppo soap smell is very mild due to the laurel oil, as olive oil soaps have little to no scent. The scent of Aleppo soap is very pleasing and leaves a very mild aroma after a bath.

Hand sanitizer gels contain antibacterial chemicals that ultimately kill off healthy bacteria that naturally live on your skin. These gels allow some bad bacteria develop resistance to antimicrobials, so in the longer run they do more harm than good. For regular home use, soap is better than antibacterial hand sanitizer gel.

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