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Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Senteurs d’Orient Soap

Jan 14, 2016

Now we might be biased here, but to say that we’re obsessed with the art of soap-making would be a serious understatement. That being said, we never tire of going in-depth with everything that goes into the making of a Senteurs d’Orient soap. This week, we’re taking you to  our headquarters in Lebanon to give a behind-the-scenes peek into our production process. Scroll down for exclusive photos of our team in action.

Step 1: Mixing ingredients

We hand-mix the main ingredients - hydrating Shea butter, Glycerin, fragrance and pure essential oils - to create the soap base.

Step 2: Extrusion

The soap base goes into a plodder, a machine which refines the soap base into a uniform texture and shape.

Step 3: Roll-mill

Then, we put the soap base into the roll-mill to homogenize the ingredients in the soap base.

Step 4: Extrusion (yes, again!)

We refine the soap base multiple times by running it through the plodder once again. The finished product goes out in the form of a long rectangular block.

Step 5: Hydraulic Cutting Machine

It sounds a lot scarier than it actually is - the next step in the milling process involves a machine where we can manually cut the desired length from the soap paste into desired sizes.

Step 6: Semi-automatic Soap Press

The last step of making the soap is to use the semi-manual machine to engrave each soap- individually with our brand filigree.

Step 7: Drying

We let our soaps dry for ten days. (Don’t they look beautiful?)

Step 8: Packaging

The very final step of our craftsmanship process is to individually handwrap each soap with our origami-inspired paper and technique. Voilà!

Photos: Ieva Saudargaite, Sarah Akkari (7)