Khan al-Saboun: "Soap, soap and more soap" Top 5 Page for this destination Lebanon Shopping Tip by TheWanderingCamel

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  Khan al-Saboun
by TheWanderingCamel

Soap-making was established in the Levant long before Europeans gave up the idea that washing was bad for the health. All the great souqs has soap khans where the product was made and traded. The art of traditional soap-making has returned to Tripoli, with some new innovations to cater for the modern taste for alternative therapies - "aroma therapy soap' is a big seller these days. All the soaps have a pure olive oil base with no chemicals in them and the range of perfumes is astonishing,

Khan al-Saboun is both factory and shops but seeif you can go into the back warehouse (through the pillars of soap) where the full range is kept.

What to buy: What else should you buy in Lebanon but cedar oil soap? It may look like a lump of black tar, but its combination of oil and honey together with the fragance of the cedar oil is wonderfully refreshing and invigorating.

What to pay: $3-5

Directions: Next to the gold souq
Theme: Bath and Beauty

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 11, 2005
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