Savon beldi : Story Behind
The beldi soap, also often known as black soap, is an integral part of Moroccan beauty rituals. It is an essential element of the ritual of the hammam and has been part of Moroccan culture for centuries. The black soap has made its first appearances in Syria, more precisely in Aleppo … and yes, the Aleppo soap is in fact the ancestor of the beldi soap! It is only later that it will appear in the Maghreb, especially in Morocco where the manufacturing process remains the same but the ingredients are adapted to local customs. Thus is born the name of “Beldi Soap” which differentiates it to alep soaps or classic black soap.
Be careful, however, not to confuse the two kinds of black soap. One has a “domestic” vocation and can be used for housekeeping, the other for an exclusively cosmetic purpose. Generally, the name “Savon Beldi” designates only the cosmetic aspect but check all the same!
To go into more detail, the beldi soap is made from green olive oil, black olive oil, potash and salt.
The potash comes from the Arabic “al-qâli”, translated in Latin by “Kalium” meaning “ash”. The English then nicknamed it “pot ash” which gave potash in French.
Potash is the maceration of vegetable ashes, of burned wood for example, with water. This mixture is boiled in pots, and after evaporation, a white substance remains present, it is potash.
The salt contained in the black soap serves as a natural scrub. The skins and dead cells are removed and the benefits of black olives flood your skin with vitamins..
Its manufacturing process is divided into 3 stages :
- Phase n ° 1: The emulsion. At this moment, we have fats and oils immiscible in water. In other words, these three elements do not mix. Reaction agents for the emulsion are then used to force the 3 liquids to associate.
- Phase 2: Auto-catalytic phase. The goal is to separate the fatty acids contained in the fat body of the mixture. Potash is then used to accomplish this step. The released fatty acids give the soap.
- Phase 3: Saponification (preferably cold, to preserve all the benefits of oils) This phase aims to let the soap rest.
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