Greek olive oil soap is a high quality product and more than a souvenir.
By Greek olive oil soap we mean soap that is made in Greece, with Greek olive oil.
There are a lot of choices and different production techniques regarding soap. If you are searching for the best olive oil soap here is what to know:
The best quality natural soap is made of vegetable oils like premium extra virgin olive oil with the cold process method.
With this method the manufacturer has total control over the ingredients without using extra synthetic detergents.
This process makes extra virgin olive oil soap a great choice for most skin types and prevents skin reactions and allergies.
Greek olive oil soap basics
Greek olive oil soap benefits are many and especially the soaps made with extra virgin olive oil are the purest.
Olive oil soap is mild and simple made based on centuries old recipes using the cold process method.
Greek olive olive oil soap has moisturizing and nutritional properties that help the skin naturally glow.
It is generally recommended for all types of skin and was used in traditional medicine for treating various conditions like eczema, psoriasis or dry skin.
Most importantly it is good for face and body and also many use it to wash their hair.
Simply put Greek olive oil soap (made from extra virgin olive oil) is one of the most gentle ways to wash your skin.
Here, some facts about Greek olive oil soap that you need to know so you can understand its benefits and quality.
What is EXTRA VIRGIN olive oil soap?
The best natural soap uses exclusively native vegetable oils (natural fats like olive oil), no artificial color and no chemical additives.
The king of native vegetable oils is definitely the Greek extra virgin olive oil.
Extra virgin olive oil is the highest quality (and more expensive) of premium olive oils.
Yes, it is the one you find mainly in high end delicatessen shops in fancy bottles.
It has to have less than 0.8% Acid Value to be characterized as Extra Virgin (among other metrics) and the most Greek extra virgin olive oils have much less (~0.3% Acid Value)!
The European Union is the largest producer of olive oil at global level, accounting for 69% of the world production and the top three olive oil producers in the world are Spain (63%), Italy (17%) and Greece (14%).
So, Greece takes 3rd place worldwide in olive oil production, but it takes 1st place in the world in Extra Virgin Olive Oil production since 70% of all its production is Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
The low Acidic Value of Greek extra virgin olive oil can be explained because of the traditional harvesting method still used in Greece (in contrast to the industrialized method used in other countries that have industrially reformed).
In addition to the unique climate, geophysical conditions, the centuries old olive trees and farming experience.
In other words, Greece produces so much extra virgin olive oil that it also uses for soap production: A perfect cleaning agent as well as a cosmetically effective agent. Above all, it follows the Hippocratic advice: do no harm!
Attention: For soap, some use inferior olive oil, even filtered oil used from frying, but at least heated oil.
In this case there are not only no more positive effects, but also harmful, so prefer extra virgin Olive oil soaps, not simply labeled as "olive oil soap".
Is olive oil soap good for your skin?
Greek olive oil soap is the best way to get clean and healthy!
You've probably heard by now that olive oil is great for your skin. And you've probably also heard that it can be used as a shampoo, too.
But did you know that olive oil soap has many benefits beyond those two uses?
Greek Olive oil soap can help with acne and eczema, moisturize your skin, and even has some antibacterial properties.
But what makes Greek olive oil soap so special?
The answer is simple: purity.
The soaps made with extra virgin olive oil are the purest, so they have the most powerful effects on your skin and hair. They're also less likely to irritate sensitive skin than other kinds of oils.
You should try some Greek olive oil soap today!
Read more about the benefits of olive oil soap in this dedicated article.
Which olive oil soap to choose?
Olive oil soaps have "holistic" properties for various skin types and conditions and combined with certain ingredients these properties can be maximized:
a) Olive oil soap for dry skin
You should try an olive oil soap with donkey's milk. It has anti-aging properties and helps with wrinkle treatment among other benefits of donkey milk soap. It has a nice creamy lather that helps moisturizing your skin.
b) Olive oil soap for oily skin
Olive oil soap with activated carbon will help to perfectly clean and balance your skin (face or body). Beware there some myths about activated charcoal soap in general.
c) Olive oil soap for certain skin conditions
Ask your dermatologist first, and try a pine tar olive oil soap. It may be branded as a "soap for men" since it is great for other uses such as shaving, but of course everyone can use this pine tar soap that usually helps in psoriasis, acne or eczema.
Greek olive oil soap marketing
It is an interesting fact that everyone knows about the quality of Greek yogurt, Greek olive oil and Greek honey.
On the other hand Greek olive oil soap has not the place it deserves in the international market.
This is definitely a matter of marketing and branding.
Greece has a centuries old tradition in producing the treasures described above, but never really branded them or introduced them to the world.
The Greek landscape and climate, combined with centuries old knowledge provide the ideal conditions to produce such great products.
These products were used by Greeks themselves and were never really exported to the world outside Greece.
In the past decade, serious Greek entrepreneurs, managed to overcome the famous Greek bureaucracy among other obstacles and exported these treasures, mainly extra virgin olive oil and yogurt.
Now you can find these unique products in selected stores worldwide, with Greek yogurt becoming an international obsession.
But again, Greek soap has not yet the place it deserves in boutiques, cosmetics stores and pharmacies worldwide.
Find and try for yourself these premium soaps!
Further reading and references (science stuff!) :
- Use of "natural" oils for moisturization: Review of olive, coconut, and sunflower seed oil
- Peasant remedies from the Greek islands
- Favorable effect of creams with skimmed donkey milk encapsulated in nanoliposomes on skin physiology
- A taste for salt in the history of medicine
- Rosemary Essential Oil-Loaded Lipid Nanoparticles: In Vivo Topical Activity from Gel Vehicles
We think that it is common sense for people who have dermatological conditions, always to first ask their dermatologist for available treatments!