Name: Aleppo Soap with 30% Laurel Oil
From Nour’s website:
Aleppo Soap is considered the most natural and ancient soap: made of only pure vegetable fats (olive oil and laurel oil), it is delicate, precious and skin-friendly. 30% Laurel Oil is suitable for problematic skin types, dry skin with impurities, that suffers from itching.
What I liked:
- cleanses skin well
What I didn’t like:
- irritated my skin and made me break out
- bulky and difficult to use
- the scent
Aleppo soap is a very ancient type of soap that’s made in Syria. It is made mostly of olive oil and a variable amount of laurel oil (the one I have contains 30% of it). Lately, Italian beauty bloggers have been raving about this soap which made me curious to try it and so I was very pleased when I received it in a GlossyBox. So I decided to try it straight away only to find out that this is the worst soap I have ever used. It just don’t work for me at all.
Aleppo Soap is brown on the outside and green on the inside. It is quite big and bulky which makes it quite hard to handle. I tried to cut it down to manageable slices, but it just crumbled to pieces so I gave up and used it as it is. The scent isn’t nice either. It smells of laurel and it is quite strong, but fades away after 5 minutes, so you’ll just have to put up with it while you’re using it. I would have excused all this if it had performed well, but it actually caused havoc on my skin too!
Aleppo soap does a great job at cleansing skin and removing dirt, makeup and other impurities. However, after I use it my skin (which is oily on the t-zone and dry on the cheeks) feels very tight and my cheeks look red. Like that wasn’t enough, it made me break out quite bad. At first I thought the cause was hormonal as I always get a few pimples on my chin during that time of the month (oh the joys of being a woman!), but then I noticed I had some of my cheeks too.
So for the next month, I used the soap on and off and I noticed that, every time I used it, the pimples would appear, and every time I stopped, they would quickly disappear. I was really surprised at this because Aleppo soap is supposed to be very gentle and suitable for people with sensitive and problematic skin, and besides, soaps are on our skin for such a short time before being rinsed off that they really shouldn’t have the time to cause any problems. Yet this did. Why?
I believe the culprit is laurel oil. It is not an ingredient commonly found in skincare products and so I didn’t know much about it, but after some digging I discovered that it has some fragrant components that can cause irritations and allergies. And even though it stayed on my skin for a very short time, that was probably enough to cause an allergic reaction. So I just gave the soap to my bf’s mum, and went back to use products with sulfates such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate. They can be synthetic, but at least do their job without causing problems for my skin (and no, they don’t cause cancer either).
Of course just because laurel oil didn’t work for me, it doesn’t mean that it will cause problems for your skin too. I know lots of people who use Aleppo soap daily and have never experienced any redness or breakouts. So, if you are curious to try it, I recommend you buy one with a small concentration of laurel oil and see how that works for you. As for me, I have no choice but to give this soap a bad rating.
*Olea europaea fruit oil, *laurus nobilis fruit oil, sodium hydroxide, aqua
*from biological agriculture
Available at: shop.nour.it
Although a lot of people swear by it, Nour Aleppo Soap with 30% Laurel Oil just doesn’t work for me. This soap, which is made mostly of olive oil and laurel oil, cleanses skin well but left mine feeling very tight and looking red. In addition, laurel oil can be very irritating and caused me to break out. Also, the soap is quite big and unpractical to use and the scent is quite strong.