The rituals of Hammam
Hammam, the public bathing houses characterising Middle Eastern society and its beauty culture, could once be found all around Syrian cities. The tradition was originally born from the Roman and Arab bathing traditions as early as the 7th and 8th century.
These public Hammams are characterized by their impressive facades and their dome-like structure decorated with small glass apertures.
Like many of the Aleppine architectural treasures, most Hammams have been severely damaged and destroyed by the years with the Syrian war.
The Aleppine people later added their very own element to the public bathing culture
– the Laurel soap.
The birthplace of soap
Based on the traditional soap-making techniques and a recipe dating back some 4,000 years, the story of our cubes and its craft originates from Aleppo, Syria.
Laurel soap is the world's oldest soap and a pure natural product. It is believed that the very craft of soap making originated from the Levant region and from there made its way west to Europe with the first Crusades.
The making of the cubes
Traditional laurel soap is made by hand and uses centuries-old soap making methods. Its main ingredient, olive oil, is boiled in a large vat together with water, lye and laurel oil and then boiled for three days.
The mixture is poured over large sheets of wax paper and made even and smooth, leaving for a day to harden. Once cooled, it’s cut into cubes and left to dry for six to nine months – creating the perfect beauty essential.