Over 400 years,
our family started working in soap industry, and were specialized in
cutting the soap into blocks. The cutting man after that was called
“Tubeili” referring to our Family name “Tubeileh” even in our
present days. Our factory is the only factory in the world that
still uses the Virgin Olive Oil manufacturing the Nabulsi Soap, but
we developed this industry in many ways:
- Developing the shape of the soap block, to meet the desire of the
- Adding new herbal components to give soften skin and other natural
medical components to cure some skin diseases and sensitive skin.
- Packing the Nabulsi Soap in a new packaging style & design.
city of Nablus, the tradition of olive oil soap-making
evolved into a major industry and an art. As early as the
10th century, the traditional olive oil soap from the city’s
factories was exported across the Arab world, and as far a
field as Europe, where it is said that sabon nabulsi was the
soap of choice for Queen Elizabeth of England.
Yet a batch of
olive oil soap can take up to a month to produce. Modern producers
in Nablus insist the formula has not varied over the centuries,
despite the availability of modern chemical compounds found in most
manufactured soaps. Ingredients are mixed in a large vat over low
heat for approximately five days, before the mixture is poured over
a large floor space. Shortly afterward, casts are laid down to cut
the soap into individual blocks, which are then stamped with the
traditional seal of the factory of production. Once the soap is cut
into blocks, it is stacked in geometric towers which allow for air
circulation that assists in the drying process. The towering
pyramids of soap climb to heights of over eight feet, and line the
halls of the factory’s drying room for a period of between ten and
thirty days, before they can be packaged and shipped.