FAQ

Can Aleppo soap cure acne, dry skin, eczema or psoriasis?

Whilst there are no randomised control studies that prove or disprove this (these studies are very expensive to conduct), anecdotally, using laurel oil soap may help treat and manage skin conditions like eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and acne. There are some reviews from customers who use Aleppo soap to manage eczema or dry and itchy skin conditions here. One Estonian beauty blogger recommends using Aleppo soap as a facial mask for a few minutes to treat acne, but I’d recommend caution to begin with.

My own personal experience in moving from hand washing with a purely olive oil based soap to laurel oil based soap, is that it helped stop a mild case of dyshidrotic eczema (pompholyx) I developed on the fingers of one hand. It also helped largely reduce dandruff and alleviate an itchy scalp. What works for one person may not work for another! Soap should be used for it’s primary purpose of cleaning and if it appears to make a skin condition worse, cease use immediately.

There are however scientific studied of the essential oil of the bay tree (Laurus Nobilis) which have demonstrated antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory activities.

Aleppo soap is free from harmful chemicals such as parabens or other preservatives, such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), EDTAphthalates, formaldehyde, limonene or linalool, chemicals which may impact sensitive skin. Some personal care products have been found to contain toxic levels of benzene, leading to product recalls, while phthalates found in many products have been shown to increase the risk of cancer.

Why do the ingredients include Sodium Laurelate, Sodium Olivate and glycerine?

Aleppo soap can also be used for hair washing as it helps control dandruff (which may be caused by a fungus). Use the bar of soap to scrub the hair directly. Rinse, then repeat and it can be worked up into a lather. Rinse again and repeat if preferred. It can sting the eyes, but if this happens rinse with water.

Like any product, it may not be suitable for all hair types, but many people who use Aleppo soap as a solid shampoo do not need to use conditioner as it leaves the hair very soft to the touch. It also means you can avoid carrying liquid shampoo in your hand luggage when your travel by air. A £5 bar of Aleppo soap will last far longer than a £5 bottle of shampoo.

In hard water areas, using Aleppo soap may result in a waxy feel to the hair. There are some solutions to this, such as washing hair in cooler water, or using a dilute vinegar rinse after the wash. More on this here.

Yes, it can be used for shaving. It doesn’t produce the same lather that shaving foams give, but it allows the razor to glide very smoothly over the skin. Either apply the soap to the skin and shave, or lather the shaving brush on the soap and apply. See how to work up a lather here. You can discuss shaving techniques on some forums.

Yes, it can be used as a laundry detergent. The recommendation is to grate some Aleppo soap into fine flakes, and dissolve in warm water before adding to the wash. There is some useful discussion on the use of Aleppo soap as a laundry detergent on this blog (or this PDF version) It would be best to try it once or twice to see if it works. If clothes feel waxy or oily after a wash, it may be because of living in a hard water area, and the accumulation of wax may be harmful to the washing machine. Hand washing may be more suitable for stubborn stains. 

 

Aleppo soap is hand made in small batches. It uses olive oil and laurel oil. Laurel oil is very expensive! Also the soap rests for 6-9 months so makers can only make as much as they can store and aren’t able to sell instantly. Commercial soap is made using a highly mechanised process in very large volumes. Using inexpensive raw materials such as animal fats also keeps the costs down.

Hand stamping with the soapmaker’s stamp

Hand santizer gels contain antibacterial chemicals that ultimately kill off healthy bacteria that naturally live on your skin. These gels allow some bad bacteria develop resistance to antimicrobials, so in the longer run they may do more harm than good. For regular home use, soap is better than antibacterial hand sanitizer gel. Some hand sanitisers have been found to contain toxic levels of benzene, a carcinogen.

I can ship internationally but please contact me on contact@alepposoap.uk BEFORE placing an order so I can calculate shipping. There are many options depending on weight and destination. You can view Royal Mail International shipping rates, for 1 bar of soap (0.3kg) up to 5 bars of soap (1.3kg). If you tell me how many bars you’d like I can work out the most inexpensive option for shipping. To remain within the 2kg weight limit, I can only post a maximum of 8 bars of soap. The default post rate does not accurately reflect postage costs. For international payments I’d recommend a debit card linked to a multi-currency account with Wise to save on exchange rate fees.