Are your soaps biodegradable?

Yes; and in addition to being biodegradable our soaps don’t require any chemical additions aside from the sodium hydroxide which completely reacts with the olive oil. Our production process produces no waste at all and uses a minimal quantity of water that will be evaporated during the curing phase. We do not use fossil fuels for heating since our products are worked at cold temperatures.

Is your soap vegan?

Yes; more specifically it does not contain any animal by-products and has not been tested on animals. We only use 3 ingredients in our unscented soaps. For our scented line we add a fourth ingredient which is an essential oil either lavender, pine, orange blossom, cedar, or jasmine. Essences change every season.

How long does it take to produce a soap?

From olive to soap it take around 4 to 5 months depending on the season. Our soap starts in a large mixer in which cold saponification takes place. Then the soap is dried for a month, then milled into chips. In the month that follows the chips are turned manually to aerate them properly for a whole month. Then milling is done again to obtain finer grades which are again aerated for another full month. At this point, on the third month, the essential oils are added, the chips and oils are mixed for 24 hours to obtain a paste which is pressed into the bars you’re holding. Then curing for another 2-4 weeks, and we’re ready to ship.

What is the pH of your soaps?

Our soaps have a pH between 9 and 10 depending on the season and the area where the olives were grown. While this is its normal range, it does not mean that a non-neutral pH will unbalance your skin’s. What unbalances your epidermis are the additives you see in synthetic soaps that stick to your skin to block your pores. When you use a natural soap, you will notice how gentle it feels and how easily the foam rinses off without the need for excessive rubbing.

For how long does a 100 g soap last for?

The answer to that question depends on how you store your soap and the water temperature it’s exposed to. A good soap that is matured for a long enough period of time (4-5 months) forms a dense body and loses its excess water. This transformation attributes to the soap its longevity. Our experience shows that a bar will last anywhere between 50 to a 100 full body and hair washes.

What does saponification mean?

Saponification is the chemical reaction that occurs when a fatty acid and a base are mixed in the presence of water. This complete and reversible reaction yields a solid soap. When it occurs in the absence of heat, the reaction takes months to complete. With the presence of heat, the reaction takes a couple hours but at the expense of altering the olive molecules and losing their benefits to the skin.

Why do you need to cure a soap?

Curing takes place in our cellars where soap undergoes two developments. The first is the loss of excess water which yields a denser soap. This densification attributes to the soap its longevity. The second is the carryover of the saponification reaction until all the sodium hydroxide is consumed. At ambient temperatures, the reaction is slow requiring a couple months depending on the ambient temperature and humidity.

Can I use your soap for a full body wash?

Yes, as long as you use it for external wash only; meaning ladies don’t use the soap on your intimate areas because its pH is not neutral. Our soaps are also not recommended for dyed hair as colour will fade.

How to store a soap?

In between washes store your soap in a dry place. For extended periods of time store it in a cool dry place away from UV light. In theory, soaps don’t have an expiration date. The only transformation that might occur after 7-8 years is the extreme loss of water and maybe its lather properties. Once rehydrated a couple times the soap should regain its properties and perform as intended.

How to identify a good soap from a bad one?

Multiple criteria identify a good soap. First, if it’s an unscented soap it should in theory contain no more than 3 ingredients. Second, the colour should be light. A lighter colour means many things: could be that the olive oil used was of a better quality or it could be that the producer used palm oils or titanium oxides. Always refer to the ingredients before making judgements. Third, if a soap has been saponified at cold temperatures then it should retain its aromas if olive oil was used.

Why are palm oils not part of our recipe?

We do not aim to reduce our production costs. Palm oil increases both hardness and detergence of the soap and by extension reduces the time required to mature the soap. But palm oil is corrosive and dehydrates the skin. It’s common practise in the industry not to exceed a maximum of 30% in concentration of palm oils which is also blended with glycerines to counter their effect.

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