Aleppo Soap, Then and Now

Aleppo Soap, Then and Now

In the heart of Syria, lies a rich tradition that has withstood the test of time, preserving its legacy. Aleppo soap, a renowned natural soap with roots dating back centuries, continues to captivate the world with its unique qualities and timeless appeal. From its ancient origins to its modern-day production, Aleppo soap remains a symbol of craftsmanship, tradition, and sustainability.

NAJEL’s Journey with Aleppo Soap

The story of Aleppo soap begins in the ancient city of Aleppo, situated along the historic Silk Road. With a history dating back more than 2,000 years, this remarkable soap has been handcrafted using a traditional recipe passed down through generations. Its origins can be traced back to the local olive oil and laurel oil, abundantly available in the region, which formed the foundation of this remarkable soap.

One of the prominent names associated with the legacy of Aleppo soap is our brand, NAJEL. While the NAJJAR family had been producing Aleppo soap using since 1895, the company NAJEL wasn’t formed until the late 1990s. Current CEO, Manar Najjar and his wife Catherine, formed NAJEL as an opportunity to bring the exceptional qualities of Aleppo soap to a wider audience while promoting sustainable practices. Beginning first in France and now distributing to over 40 countries, NAJEL has continued to share the authenticity and quality of Aleppo soap.

Traditional Production Process

The traditional way of making Aleppo soap is an intensive process that has been passed down through generations. This hard soap process is produced by an exclusive combination of olive oil, laurel oil, water, and lye (sodium hydroxide). Over the course of 9 months, a combination of boiling, mixing, cleansing, spreading, drying, cutting and sealing is needed in order to get the ideal soap consistency and foaming quality that people know and of love today.

NAJEL is dedicated to preserving the tradition of Aleppo soap and follows the meticulous creation process with unwavering commitment. They source the finest olive oil and laurel oil directly from Syrian producers, ensuring the authentic ingredients that have been used for centuries. With a fully natural recipe, the Aleppo soap produced retains no preservatives or synthetic chemicals. NAJEL's artisans adhere to the time-honored techniques, carefully overseeing each step of the production to maintain the exceptional quality and integrity of Aleppo soap. Through their dedication to tradition and craftsmanship, NAJEL continues to honor the ancient art of making Aleppo soap while bringing it to a global audience.


Qualities of Aleppo Soap

Aleppo soap has exceptional qualities that sets it apart from other commercial soaps. Its natural composition, crafted from olive oil and laurel oil, provides a host of benefits for the skin. The olive oil moisturizes and nourishes, leaving the skin feeling soft and supple. Laurel oil, known for its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, helps cleanse and purify the skin, making it suitable for individuals with sensitive or problematic conditions, like psoriasis and eczema. Aleppo soap is free from synthetic additives, fragrances, and harsh chemicals, therefore naturally organic, gentle and non-irritating. Its mild and soothing nature makes it suitable for all skin types, including those prone to allergies or irritations.

These exceptional qualities, combined with the soap's rich history, make Aleppo soap ideal for skincare enthusiasts seeking natural and nourishing products.

Aleppo Soap Today

Aleppo soap continues to enchant skincare enthusiasts and advocates of natural products today. With a growing emphasis on sustainability and eco-consciousness, Aleppo soap aligns perfectly with the preferences of modern consumers seeking authentic, chemical-free skincare options. Whether as a staple in daily routines or an indulgence, Aleppo soap remains a symbol of natural and authentic skincare with evolving authentic craftsmanship.

NAJEL is proud to be one of the oldest, established producers of both liquid and hard Aleppo soap in Syria!
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