Watch: Nabulsi Soapmaking in Palestine’s West Bank

Nabulsi soap is a traditional Palestinian soap that has been made the same way for centuries in the old quarter of Nablus, Palestine. Made out of olive oil, water, and an alkaline compound, it is widely considered one of the best soaps in the world.

Reaching a manufacturable scale in the 14th century, Nabulsi soap was at that time traded all over the world — Queen Elizabeth of England was said to be a fan. By 1907, the city’s factories were producing over 5,000 pounds of soap annually, but this would soon taper off due to natural and man-made disasters and destruction in the region.

Only a few traditional Nabulsi soap factories still exist today.

Watch the amazing process and production below: