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.