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Aleppo soap is a traditional Syrian product that is made from olive oil and laurel berry oil. If made in the original way it is made using hot process, but can also be made using the cold process method if you wish.
129gm Sodium Hydroxide (caustic soda)
240gm Pure water
250gm Laurel Berry Oil
750gm Olive Oil
Before making up your lye solution put on goggles that cover your entire eye area and gloves. Wear closed shoes. Sleeve protectors and an apron are optional
Make up your lye in a well ventilated area:
After weighing your water and sodium hydroxide into separate containers gently sprinkle the sodium hydroxide over the water while stirring gently . Continue stirring until the lye is totally dissolved. Leave to cool.
Combine your olive oil and your laurel berry oil into the container (cold process) or pot (hoe process) you will be using to make your soap.
Add your lye mix to your oils and stir until combined.
Stick blend until trace is achieved and mould cold processed soap.
If you are making hot process gently heat your soap and stick blend periodically until the mix resembles apple sauce. Remove from the heat and spoon into your mould. Bang the mould down several times to release air bubbles that may cause voids in your soap and smooth or texture the top as desired.
Allow to sit for 24 hours before unmoulding. Cut as desired and allow to cure for 8 weeks minimum but it will continue to improve as it ages right up to a year.
Should you wish to fragrance your soap essential oils can be added at the recommended usage rate, but traditional Aleppo soap is not fragranced.