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Old 07-22-2013, 11:33 PM   #1
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Default Aleppo soap

I was in Istanbul, Turkey recently and fell in love with their olive oil soaps. ...the ones that small like the inside of the hamam (spa). Does anyone know where I might find a recipe for this type soap?


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Old 07-22-2013, 11:45 PM   #2
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I want to make some too. I am going to try and find Bay Laurel oil. I leave in a suburb with a large Turkish population so hope fully it won't be too hard. Did you bring any back with you?Here is a soaping 101 video :


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brambleberry carries bay laurel...you might check ebay and etsy, too, but brambleberry is a reliable and honest vendor with quality products. http://www.brambleberry.com/Bay-Laur...Oil-P5398.aspx
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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.
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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).
It's actually expressed from the berries, hence the name Oleum lauri expressum. This oil contains about 1% of bay laurel essential oil, Laurus nobilis.
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Aleppo soap (Ghar soap) is made in Syria with olive oil and laurel berries oil. The laurel berries oil may vary from 4% to 14%.

Pay attention to find good quality laurel berries oil.

Most products that you find are essential oils. The other thing that you find easily and they call it laurel oil is an infusion of the laurel leaves in olive oil.

None of the above is used to make Savon d’Alep.


To make Aleppo soap you need the oil from the laurel berries.

The high quality laurel berries oil is more a paste than oil and it is very highly prized.

Here I can find it 11 euros for 100ml.


These are some Aleppo soaps that I made:




The above ones are 13% laurel berries oil and the ones below 8% laurel berries oil.




This is how they make it:


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thank you so much for the clarification on the e/o and the soap! with all the knowledgeable soap makers here, I can't help but learn something new each day!
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Ah, thank you for setting the record straight on the bay laurel oil, Dagmar and Sapwn.
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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
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it is a spectacular soap . the outside has one shade of green but the inside has a dazzling leaf green.

Exaclty!



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