As you know I am very keen on philanthropic retail, trying to direct funds towards communities that will benefit the most. In Paris I was utterly delighted to find a truly outstanding natural soap that is being made by Syrian refugees on the border with Turkey.
This 'Alep Soap' is originally from Aleppo (obviously!) where it has been the made for hundreds of years from olive oil and bay laurel oil - however sadly this is no-long possible because of the dangerous conditions.
The soap is fantastic for those of us with dry skin and eczema (myself), and psoriasis as well as for babies as it is so soft and gentle. Skin feels literally like the proverbial baby's derriere and I am utterly addicted. Gentlemen, it is also great to shave with as you don't need to moisturise afterwards.
Obviously the Syrian people have had the most terrible experience imaginable and this project, in a small way, will help sustain a refugee community that has been torn apart by man's inhumanity. I am very proud to have this collection and full of admiration for the men and women sharing part of their cultural heritage with us despite their dreadful circumstances. I would also just like to mention the producer of the bay laurel oil as he is an 82 year Turkish farmer who lives in the Taurus Mountains and produces the finest quality oil in the traditional way by heating his berries in a cauldron over a wood fire (that sounded better in my head!). The soaps are stamped with 'ghar mumtaz' which means 'excellent laurel' in Arabic!