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Aleppo Seife Louise’s (potentially) Sad Story

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“Alepposeife ist schön. Macht Alepposeife auch schön?

The above is from a German article, and it says it better than my post of July 14. So here is a translation of it…

Aleppo soap is beautiful. It is even very beautiful. But does it also make you beautiful?

Something's Rotten in the Souq

Something's Rotten in the Souq

Let’s be logical. When Aleppo Soap Louise says in the Aleppo-soap-makes-beautiful-forum that Aleppo soap makes you beautiful, that means, of course, that Louise is using it for beauty care. And beauticare usually doesn’t mean that Louise is looking at the soap and smiles because of its beauty, and thus looks more beautiful. NO, the Aleppo soap gets into contact with Louise’s skin.

Which puts us right at the centre of a considerable brawl.

The brawl seems to run through every beauty community, and through the European Community, too.

Of course, we’ve been a European Union for a long time already, but back then, when the European Commission was dealing with the possible impacts of laurel oil, it was still a Community. The corresponding documentation is “Council’s Cosmetic directive 76/768/EEC”. EEC stands for “European Economic Community”.

Apparently, different member states take different degrees of liberties in implementing this guideline, and they don’t interpret it in identical ways either. This is true for Aleppo soap, too. The legal status may lead one and the same merchant to sell the same soap with a warning and disclaimer (as for the use of the soap as cosmetics) in one country, and without such footnotes in another EU member state.

Anyway – Aleppo soap, like any cosmetics, is under similarly close scrutiny in Germany as is foodstuff. Registration of cosmetics with the Giftnotzentrale [a literal translation would be poison emergency center] is as essential as at the Amt für Lebensmittelüberwachung [Food Control Office].

Complaints about “bureaucratic juggernauts” or “lobbyism” (“the chemical industry just wants to protect its own interests!”) are regular reactions. On the other hand, Aleppo Soap Louise certainly wants her skin to be protected from inconveniences that might direct themselves against her skin.
Just imagine some laurel-oil Aleppo soap did leave undesired traces in Louise’s face – even just ahead of her next shooting. Than it wouldn’t be fun anymore, and the soap merchant (Aleppo Soap Louise’s best friend only minutes ago) would get a letter from Louise’s attorney.

The hint that life itself leaves traces in faces too would hardly save the merchant. And excuses like “It wasn’t the Aleppo soap at all – Louise better gave her dog an anthelmintic therapy” is just as unlikely to save anyone. The main question probably will be: was the Aleppo soap sold in accordance with legal requirements?


Written by taide

August 10, 2008 at 8:23 am

Posted in society, Syria

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