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Antiochia Soap 35% Pure Laurel Berry Oil 170g Handmade in Hatay Province.


Antiochia Soap : Biblical ancient Antioch, on The Silk Route; Antioch, founded in the third century BC. 64 BC a Roman Province, the third largest city of The Roman Empire, where the abundance of laurel berries were taken daily to Aleppo City for more than 200 years, whilst olive oil travelled up and down the Orontes River.

The sophisticated city, 1400 Roman columns and porticoes lined the colonnaded street for more than two miles. Shopkeepers trading below each column would use their vegetable oil filled lamps each night to light up the colonnaded street for more than 800 years. The surface of Egyptian granite wide enough to accommodate caravans, as the merchants passed through buying and selling. Romans, Greeks and local upper classes would holiday and live in the mild climate of 'Daphne', known for its plethora of thickly planted mulberry bushes, five miles from Antioch. Antioch : the centre of literature, the royal library, theatre, temples, public squares, baths, palatial homes, aqueducts (Hadrian's finest work). Libanius, Antioch's celebrated Orator 'People of Antioch were sleeping on the roofs at night where the summer breeze would gently stir the garments of the sleepers'.

The Vespasianus - Titus Tunnel (The Dam), 1st century AD, Antoninus Pius completes, 2nd century AD (Unesco Tentative Listing) . 10th Legion Engineers, built by Roman Legionaries, Sailors and Prisoners, more than three quarters of a mile digging into The Nur Mountains. The longest  handmade dug tunnel in history, preserved authenticity, without damage still today, ensuring Antioch's seaport Seleucia from silting-up, flooding and water supply during summer.

Third century AD, The Imperial Palace residence of Queen Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra Empire, Queen of Syria, Queen of Egypt declaring ancestry with Cleopatra, educated in Greek, Latin, Egyptian and Aramaic, defeated by Emperor Aurelius, chained in gold chains, treated with humility for a life in Tivoli, Rome, died 34 years old, 4 children.

Antioch : where the word Christianity began implemented by Peter and Paul who converted Gentiles to become Christians. Peter digs the foundations of the first church Mount Starius, Antioch (Unesco Tentative Listing), their missionaries were famous.They both suffered martyrdom under Emperor Nero, Rome.

Antioch : Mathew in all probability wrote his gospel in Antioch where he had long stays.

Antioch : Beeswax candles introduced by The Romans, one hour taper candles with cotton wicks releasing negative ions used by Byzantium churches and the wealthy Antioch,1st Century AD.

Antioch : Theatre, Augustus Caesar, enlarged by Agrippa, Tiberius, Trajan, 1st Century BC - 2nd Century AD.

Antioch : Amphitheatre, from the Greek word  amphitheatron, spectators all around, on both sides Antioch,1st Century AD.

Antioch : Hippodrome, Circus, chariot racing 1st Century AD 80,000 spectators, spina divides the course. 

Antiochia Soap, still handmade today from untreated olive and laurel berry trees, individually stamped (Daphne : ancient Greek meaning laurel), 65% first pressed olive oil, 35% pure laurel berry oil and distilled water. A natural moisturiser, antiseptic, anti-itching and antibacterial, calming sensitive skin, leaving skin soft, nourished and silky, containing no perfumes, artificial colours or, preservatives. Continuing making history remarkably, from the original historical area, directly from the Soapmakers in Biblical ancient Antioch, Hatay Province, Southern Turkey.

Ancient Mesopotamia : Antiochia Soap, Mardin Soap, Aleppo Soap and Nablus Soap; a collection of the first handmade olive oil, laurel berry oil, pistachio oil & almond oil soaps traded on The Silk Route; all from the area of Ancient Mesopotamia, The Fertile Crescent, centuries later, still handmade today. 2200 BC (where oils in soap began), a formula of soap consisting of water, alkali (ash) and cassia oil (cinnamomum) was written on a clay tablet.

Soap : an ancient product.

Antiochia Soap ingredients : Olea Europea (Olive oil), Laurus Nobilis (Laurel berry oil), Aqua (Water), Sodium Hydroxide (Soda, Oak Ash), Sodium Chloride (Salt). Assists eczema, dermatitis, Psoriasis. Ancient Mesopotamia products contain no perfumes, artificial colours or, preservatives. Ancient Mesopotamia products are not tested on animals and are 100% biodegradable. 170g ℮.

UK Second Class 0 - 2 kg £2.90
UK First Class 0 - 1 kg £3.48
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