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The World of Soap-Making in Aleppo

Published March 24th, 2019 - 08:03 GMT

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After years of war, the scent of laurel oil once again wafts from a small soap workshop in Aleppo, signaling the revival of a landmark trade in this battered northern city.

Syrian never stopped making soap throughout the war -- even if it was just for a little tim.

A Syrian company makes Aleppo soap that is a product primarily made from natural olive oil. The company utilizes traditional handmade techniques that make for an incredibly satisfying watch.

Aleppo's climate is very suitable for soap production and the people of Aleppo know the secret of the trade and how to endure the hardship of the many stages of its production.  Continue reading below »

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Syrian workers arrange olive soap bars in a factory on the outskirts of Aleppo 
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Syrian businessman Ali Shami arranges olive soap bars in a factory on the outskirts of Aleppo 
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Syrian workers arrange olive soap bars in a factory on the outskirts of Aleppo 
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Syrian workers arrange olive soap bars in a factory on the outskirts of Aleppo 
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Syrian workers arrange olive soap bars in a factory on the outskirts of Aleppo 
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Syrian workers arrange olive soap bars in a factory on the outskirts of Aleppo 
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Syrian workers make olive soap in a factory on the outskirts of Aleppo 
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Syrian workers cut olive soap bars in a factory on the outskirts of Aleppo 
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A Syrian worker cuts olive soap bars in a factory on the outskirts of Aleppo 
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Syrian businessman Ali Shami arranges olive soap bars in a factory on the outskirts of Aleppo 
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Image 8 of 8Syrian businessman Ali Shami arranges olive soap bars in a factory on the outskirts of Aleppo LOUAI BESHARA / AFP

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Aleppo soap distinguishes itself from other soaps around the world as it is made almost entirely of olive oil.

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