Soap originated in this part of the world many centuries ago. It's still made the old-fashioned way in Tripoli and Sidon. The Audi Foundation maintains a lovely, informative museum in Sidon that shows the complete soap-making process.
Throughout Beirut it isn't too hard to find soaps just like these.
Here they are, all dressed up for a special occasion. You can buy the same soap in an unadorned box too, but these photogaphed better.