I got a lot of questions yesterday about why on earth I was making expensive stinky soap.
I made a small batch last year out of curiosity. It you watch a lot of soap making videos on You Tube everyone eventually gets around to making this soap as it has a long history of being the gold standard of soap.
It's a traditional Middle Eastern Soap that is famous for its moisturizing and anti-microbial properties. It was supposedly Cleopatra's soap of choice.
It's made in huge floor vats most notably in the city of Aleppo in Syria where it gets its name. I can only imagine how bad this place must smell. My house still smells like burnt fruit. I've also read that if you wash your woolens in it moths won't be a problem. I totally get that.
If this batch cures like the last one that burnt smell will pretty much disappear over the year. What's left is a slightly medicinal smell that I like. This is the only soap I use on my face anymore. It's so rich and creamy it's like getting a facial. It does wonders for your feet too and everything in between but it's too expensive for all over use. That's $64 dollars worth of laurel berry oil you're looking at right there. Like I said, this stuff is gold.
I enjoyed the lesson on the soap. I really did. Who would have thought? And that IS some really expensive soap. For 20 bars? And that's without the other ingredients. No wonder you hoard it! :-)ReplyDelete
Very interesting. Glad the burnt fruit odor dissipates over the year:)ReplyDelete
Fascinating--thanks for the history; I really enjoyed learning about that! You are worth the investment!ReplyDelete
Sounds like it is worth every penny though.ReplyDelete
I kind of like a medicinal smelling soap. For some reason it makes me think I am getting cleaner.
Amazing that the soap requires such a long aging process - it requires patience, as well.ReplyDelete
Ohhhh, I love the cleopatra connection!ReplyDelete
Your own little spa in bar form!ReplyDelete
It is very impressive soap with a history, I like that. Enjoy.ReplyDelete