A batch of olive oil soap can take up to a month to produce. The formula has not varied over the centuries, despite the availability of modern chemical compounds now found in most manufactured soaps. Ingredients (virgin olive oil, water, and a sodium compound) are mixed in a large vat over low heat for approximately five days, before the mixture is poured over a large floor space. Shortly afterward, casts are laid down to cut the soap into individual blocks, which are then stamped with the traditional seal of the factory of production. Once the soap is cut into blocks, it is stacked in geometric towers which allow for air circulation that assists in the drying process. The towering pyramids of soap climb to heights of over eight feet, and line the halls of the factory’s drying room for a period of between ten and thirty days, before they can be packaged and shipped.
In the city of Nablus, the tradition of olive oil soap-making evolved into a major industry and an art. As early as the 10th century, the traditional olive oil soap from the city’s factories was exported across the Arab world, and as far a field as Europe, where it is said that sabon nabulsi was the soap of choice for Queen Elizabeth of England.
Cinnamon: Anti-oxidant; for all skin types especially dry
Cinnamon stimulates blood circulation, deep cleans pores, refreshes skin cells, and moisturizes the skin. Aromatic and sweet; fights wrinkles and freckles.
Pomegranate: Anti-oxidant; for all skin types
Renews the cells in the two most important layers; the epidermis and the dermis. Being rich in Potassium and vitamin C, it is a potent anti-oxidant and helps reduce wrinkles.
Date: Nourishing; for all skin types especially dry
Rich in minerals and vitamins, including phosphorus, iron, potassium, zinc, calcium, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamins A and K, this soap nourishes the skin, eliminates dryness, and delays aging.
Fig: Anti-oxidant; for all skin types especially sensitive
This gentle soap contains sugar, fibers, protein, calcium, iron, phosphorus, vitamins E and C. Fights the effects of pollution, nourishes and preserves the skin. Can be used on hair, also.
Lavender: Balancing soap; ideal for oily or problem skin
Known for its calming effect, lavender balances the skin and supports the growth of new skin cells. Its antibacterial properties help detox the skin, while its scent calms the mind and soothes the body.
Sage: Detox soap; for all skin types especially oily or problem skin
This detoxifying herb helps deep clean and tighten the skin.
Thyme: Refreshing, antibacterial, rejuvenating; for all skin types
Contains thymol, an antibacterial phenol with other beneficial properties. Fights acne, eczema, and blackheads, and wrinkles! Can be used as a shampoo also as it nourishes and strengthens the hair while also reducing scalp irritations. Ideal for all skin types, but particularly recommended for oily skin. Helps tighten skin pores while helping eliminate clogging.
Dead Sea Mud: Exfoliating soap; ideal for oily or problem skin
Made from a unique combination of olive oil and a mixture of treated mud from the Dead Sea. The mud strengthens and purifies the skin, while leaving it flexible, soft, clean and smooth. Because of its deep cleansing effect this soap can also be used as a facial mask. Proceed as follows: Wet your face, distribute the soap over your face and massage it into the skin for three minutes. Wait three minutes, then wash your face with warm water and dry.