Originally Posted by DeeAnna
Be careful -- bay laurel essential oil (distilled from the leaves -- this is the stuff at Brambleberry) is not the same as bay laurel oil (infusion using the berries). They are not interchangeable.
Aleppo soaps contain around 20% or so of bay laurel oil (speaking from memory so I might be a little off). If you used that much bay laurel EO in a soap, the odor would be overwhelmingly strong and the EO could be possibly toxic in that amount.
From what I've read recently, bay laurel oil is difficult to source in the US and is quite expensive if you can find it.
DeeAnna hit the nail right on the head with her reply, she is correct . I have seen blogs and post all over the internet far back as of 2007- 2009 about the elusive "Laurel Bay Oil" . there is only two places i have found it and there are both overseas . and you are looking at something like 12-15 dollars for something less than 10 ounces i think. I refuse to make an olive oil soap unless it contains 15 - 20% laurel oil so safe to say i have never made a . castile soap . i got two bars of soap as a gift and used one and the other going with me to my grave or the shower which ever comes first
. it is a spectacular soap . the outside has one shade of green but the inside has a dazzling leaf green.
there is a member here that uses laurel from Greece which is one of the source , they are overseas as well. one day i just may break down and just order a few bottles just to get it over with but until then i will hold out .
p.s please not that when i refer to laurel oil i am taking it for granted that it is understood that i am talking about the one used by soap makers in Syria / the other oils that i refer to is out of Spain and Greece