French Demand for Syrian Soap Keeps an Ancient Art Alive

Samir Constantini would have been born in France, but his Syrian mother insisted on traveling back home to Damascus just to give birth.

Even though Constantini grew up in France, he never lost his affinity for his parents’ culture, including a love for an ancient household staple — Aleppo soap.

Syrians say the brownish soap has been made in the northwestern city of Aleppo for 3,000 years. It’s a pungent soap made with natural ingredients, mostly olive oil and laurel oil. It’s used across the Middle East for all kinds of cleaning: showering, shampooing, washing clothes and even soothing skin rashes. Read More via PRI.

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