The making of Najel Aleppo Soaps
The saponification process begins by heating water and sodium hydroxide in a large cauldron until a certain temperature is reached. Olive oil is added and left to heat for 12 hours, and then left to stand. One Najel’s major advantages, is to head the soap paste by steam as it provides a better temperature control. If too high, then all of the beneficial qualities of the oils are lost.
The next day, the contents of the cauldron are heated, while mixing Bay Laurel Oil is first filtered and then added.
The whole preparation is then rinsed several times with salted water, this is to remove any traces of caustic. The water is then removed from the cauldron and recycled. These steps are a part of the saponification process: the natural chemical effect between oils and sodium hydroxide that transform the oil as a soap molecule.
The soap paste obtained is then spread in a basin and smoothened out on the surface. Once it has solidified, it is manually cut into blocks of soap on Phase 5. Each soap is then hand-stamped with Najel’s brand logo on Phase 6.
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