Aleppo Soap is an authentic product which found its origins thousands of years ago. The production of the soap was known at the time of the Phoenicians (3rd Millennium – 13th century B.C.), who developed it in North-West Syria. At the time, it was just a simple soapy emulsion in a semi-liquid state.
Knowledge about soap making was mentioned in two books of the Bible (Jeremiah and Malachi) and by authors such as Theocrities (sapônion), Paulus Aegineta (sapôn) and even Pliny the Elder, who described soap (sapo) in his “Natural History“.
It was in Aleppo (Syria) that two major innovations led to soap as we know it today: The Causticizing process and the use of Olive Oil. This is how the first hard soaps were made in the 8th century thus creating professional soap making possible.
Due to the Crusades, production of this soap was extended to the whole Mediterranean area. The first European soap-making outfits were created in the 12th century in Greece (Lesvos), en Spain (Alicante, Malaga, Cartagena) and in Italy (Naples, Savone, Genoa, Bologna, Venice) and then, in the middle of the 15th century, in Marseille, where the Soap “Savon de Marseille” is a replica of Aleppo Soap. In summary, Aleppo Soap is at the origin of all hard soaps throughout the entire world.