Ancient Olive Aleppo Soap...a gentle cleansing formula made with only the following ingredients: olive oil pomace, laurel berry fruit oil, distilled water, sodium hydroxide, castor oil to help boost lather, and silk protein for a velvety, silky feel. Ancient Olive soap has been cured for a minimum of 6 months. This length of time is necessary for the soap to become a harder bar, and less astringent. This moisturizing soap feels amazing on your skin. Gentle enough for babies, sensitive skin, those with skin conditions, and to use on the face.
True Aleppo soap is a castile soap made with only 4 ingredients: olive oil pomace, Laurel berry fruit oil, water and lye (sodium hydroxide). It is made using the hot-process method where the olive oil pomace and lye water are boiled in large vats for 3 days. We choose to make our soap using the cold-processed method. Some people don't like the feel of pure olive oil soap - claiming it feels slimy. We've added a touch of castor oil to help with bubbles and boost lather.
No synthetic fragrances or artificial colorants are used. Only the earthy, vegetal aroma of the Laurel berry fruit oil, which also gives it a natural green color. Laurel berry fruit oil is a specialty vegetable oil that is produced from the berries and seeds of Bay Laurel. Laurel berry fruit oil should not be confused with Laurel Leaf Essential Oil that is steam distilled from the leaves of the plant.
Laurel berry fruit oil is produced through a time-honored traditional process of boiling Laurel berries until the seeds and pulp separate. The nutritive oil then floats to the top of the water and is carefully collected and packaged to maintain the purity, freshness and properties of this traditionally produced, nutritive oil.
The Laurel berry fruit oil we use is from the Mediterranean laurel tree, has antibacterial and antifungal properties, and may help with a number of skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes and other dermatitis types. We use 20% Laurel berry fruit oil in our recipe.
This soap can provide months of use due to its high density. True Aleppo soap is one of the oldest soaps in history, dating back to ancient times in Aleppo, Syria.
This listing is for one bar of Ancient Olive soap. Each handmade bar weighs approximately 3.5 oz net weight. This soap is hand cut and beveled, so the look and weight may vary slightly. Soap measures approximately 3" long x 2" wide x 1" thick. All of our soap bars are labeled for gift giving. We use breathable paper labels for packaging our handmade soap – 100% recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable. Handmade soap needs to breathe!
Ingredients: olive oil pomace, Laurel berry fruit oil, distilled water, sodium hydroxide, castor oil, silk protein
SOAP CARE TIP:
Handmade soap will last longer if allowed to dry fully between use. To prolong the life of your handmade soap, always store in a slotted or deeply ridged soap dish. Do not leave your soap in standing water. Certain metals react with homemade soap and cause oxidation, discoloration and rancidity. Avoid allowing your soap to come in contact with metal, except for high quality stainless steel.
Shipping charges provided are for one bar of soap. Please contact us if you'd like to purchase additional bars, and we'll provide you with an updated shipping quote.
Please read our shop policies before purchasing. We no longer offer refunds for returns, only exchanges or store credit within 7 days of purchase.
Warning: While all skin types and individuals react differently to skin care oils, please do not use if you are sensitive or allergic to certain essential oils or tree nut oils. Even though all of the ingredients I use are organic or minimally processed, it's still a good idea to do a patch test first. Pregnant or nursing women should always consult their physician before using any products containing essential oils.
For external use only. Discontinue use if irritation occurs. Avoid contact with eyes.
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ALL USPS PRIORITY MAIL SHIPMENTS ARE INSURED, BOTH DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL.
To save on shipping charges, I'll also ship within the US using FedEx or UPS for heavier/larger items.
PLEASE NOTE: FEDEX AND UPS DO NOT DELIVER TO PO BOXES.
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Ship items back to me within: 7 days of delivery
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Sorry - I no longer issue refunds for returned items, only exchanges or store credit. I also do not refund payment for initial shipping charges. Thank you for understanding. Please read each listing and my shop policies carefully before completing your purchase. If you're interested in an item, I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have, or send additional photos before you complete your purchase.
If you are unhappy with your purchase, I'd be happy to provide an exchange for you (buyer pays for insured and trackable shipping both ways). Sorry - no returns, exchanges, or store credit for any perfumes, skincare products, or soap. Please read each listing carefully before making your purchase. Samples are available for purchase (depending on availability) before committing to a larger size for all of my botanical perfumes, skincare products, and handmade soap. Please contact me if you'd like a custom listing created for you for any samples, since not all samples are listed for sale in my shop.
If returning an item for exchange, buyer is responsible for return shipping charges with insurance and tracking information. Return items must be sent back, or postmarked, within 7 days of date of receipt. Original shipping charges will not be refunded. Buyer is also responsible for shipping charges to send exchange.
If returning an item for store credit, buyer is responsible for return shipping charges with insurance and tracking information. Once item is received unworn or undamaged, your store credit will be issued. Original and return shipping charges will not be refunded.
*Reworked boots - please contact me within 3 days of receiving your boots regarding fit issues, otherwise an exchange or store credit will not be issued. You may exchange them for another pair, or return them for a store credit (buyer is responsible for return shipping and shipping charges for the exchange). Original shipping charges will not be refunded. Please measure your foot before purchasing any of my reworked boots. Please make sure to contact me regarding any questions you may have as far as fit or sizing. If possible, I'll measure the sole length and ball of foot width of the boots you're interested in for a better idea of fit. I mostly use vintage boots with character that are well broken in and the sizing could be off. I try to list the sizes as accurately as possible, but there is a risk with buying online without being able to try them on first. If slightly too big, boot socks or insoles can be added for a better fit. I do offer exchanges or store credit if they don't fit. Also, buyer is responsible for return insured shipping. Once I receive the item back from you in original, unworn and undamaged condition, your exchange or store credit will be issued. Return items must be sent back, or postmarked, within 7 days of date of receipt.
If an item arrives damaged, please contact me within 3 days of receiving your item. In this case, an insurance claim will be filed. Please open and inspect your item(s) immediately. I track and insure all of my shipments. In this case, refunds could take up to 30 days or more. If your item is damaged within 2 weeks of use, please contact me within 2 weeks of receiving your item. I will try to work with you. I will either try to fix the item for free, or offer store credit (buyer pays for insured shipping expenses both ways). Thank you for understanding.
If your item is lost in the post for more than 30 days or arrives damaged, please contact me and I'll file an insurance claim through Etsy. Once the claim is approved, I'll issue you a refund for the price of the item only. I do not issue refunds for any postage paid. I'm sorry for this but I cannot be held responsible for what happens to items once they are shipped.
Insurance Claim Policy - If your item(s) arrives damaged, please hold onto the damaged merchandise in the event you are requested during claims processing. Failure to retain damaged property could affect final settlement of the claim. To receive an item refund, you will also be requested to sign a buyer’s affidavit confirming the damage or lost package. I need to submit this, along with a form and a receipt of the merchandise. In the case of lost mail, we are required to wait 30 days before filing a claim.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.