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Aleppo soap is considered a medicinal soap, with beneficial properties for problematic skin. This recipe contains 5% superfat and has a specific, smoky smell.
The original version, produced in Syria, was initially a hot process soap. This recipe follows the standard of at least 20% laurel oil, except that it is a cold process soap.
Note: 5% superfat, 20% laurel oil
Ingredients for 1 kg of soap
Olive oil extra virgin
Laurel oil virgin
Before you start preparing the soap, prepare all the utensils and equipment on the work table, to be at hand.
Weigh the necessary ingredients for the recipe.
Add the distilled water to a heat-resistant glass, over which, little by little, add the sodium hydroxide and mix slowly, carefully, until it dissolves completely and the solution becomes transparent. Leave the solution to cool to about 40°C.
Put the oils in a heat-resistant glass and heat in a water bath, to approximately 40°C.
Transfer the melted oils to a container bigger that 1000 ml, or you can use the vessel in which they were heated if it is large enough. Slowly pour the sodium hydroxide solution (lye) over the oils. Both must be of similar temperature.
Insert the blender into the bowl and mix until the consistency resembles that of a more liquid pudding.
Pour the composition into the chosen mold. The resulting quantity can be poured into 8 cavities of the Rectangular soap mold (two molds are needed) or into a 1 kg block type shape. You can find both in the links below.
Spray alcohol on the surface of the soap to prevent the formation of sodium carbonate.
Cover the soap with foil and let it rest for 2 days in a safe place. After the soap has hardened, it can be removed from the form and cut to your liking. To be able to remove it from the mold when it is still soft, put it in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
The soap is then cured in a well-ventilated area, on shelves or in covered boxes (but not sealed tightly, to allow air circulation). Curing lasts at least 4 weeks from the date of production, during which time the soap is not used because it is still reactive.
For best results, this type of soap is left to mature for 6-12 months.