Why is Pure Olive Oil Soap so good for the skin?
Pure Olive Oil Soap cleans without interfering in the skin's natural functioning, allowing it to breathe. The traditional handmade method of producing this soap is beneficial as it retains natural glycerine within the soap. Pure Olive Oil Soap also has a lower pH than most commercial soaps, making it suitable for people with very sensitive or dry skin. Our Pure Olive Oil Soap has been laboratory tested giving confirmation that it contains natural vitamin E.
Why is Pure Olive Oil Soap better than other soaps?
Soap can be made from petroleum oil, animal fats or vegetable oils, and has different properties depending on the type of fat/oil used. Many are drying and irritate the skin. Pure Olive Oil Soap not only gently cleans but it also moisturises, nourishes and improves resilience of the skin.
Will Pure Olive Oil Soap assist Eczema, Dermatitis or Psoriasis?
These conditions are complex, difficult to treat and often caused by different factors. Many of our customers have told us that Pure Olive Oil Soap has had a calming and beneficial effect on the skin, and many have also reported a complete resolution of their skin problems. We are always cautious and recommend trying the soap to see how it suits you, keeping in mind that everyone's skin is different.
The trends in our customer feedback are as follows:
Eczema: Many received a benefit, some a very positive benefit, others less so.
Dermatitis: Most received a benefit, and found their condition resolved.
Psoriasis: Generally benefits the skin, some had symptoms resolved.
Dry skin: Almost all customers reported a significant benefit and improvement in their skin. Itchy skin during the winter months was largely eliminated.
How long does Pure Olive Oil Soap last?
Pure Olive Oil Soap is very long lasting; it should easily last two or three times longer than commercial soap. For best results it should be well drained between uses.
What type of olive oil is used in Pure Olive Oil Soap?
We use Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil that is produced on our own farm using a cold press method. The olive oil produced in Australia is of wonderful quality and is strictly regulated by the Government. Australian olive growers must comply with standards when labelling their product so we are always confident of the olive oil we use for our Pure Olive Oil Soap.
Why do you call it 'pure' when you refer to Pure Olive Oil Soap?
We use the word 'pure' to describe our soap as we use 100% Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Many other soap makers add other oils, waxes or other ingredients to make their soap. Some call their soaps olive oil soaps but only add a portion of olive oil within the overall ingredients. At Olive Oil Skin Care Company we are committed to only using Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil in our soaps.
What is the difference between lye solution and sodium hydroxide or caustic soda?
To make soap, the traditional method requires a strong alkaline. Wood ash is the historical origin of the alkaline ingredient. Wood ash is not reliable in producing consistent quality soap. Sodium hydroxide, a strong alkaline, when added to water is call lye solution. Other words that also describe soap ingredients include Saponified Olive Oil and Sodium Olivate; these refer to the final product. Sodium hydroxide when combined with water (or goats milk) and olive oil, using our special formula and traditional cold process soap making method, produces a beautiful Pure Olive Oil Soap that is cured for over 6 weeks to ensure full saponification to 100% pure soap. Our unscented soap is therefore 100% Saponified Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This is also the soap used in all scented soaps that contain an essential oil or botanical component. Our goat's milk soap is 70% saponified Extra Virgin Olive Oil and 30% saponified fresh goats milk.
What does saponified mean?
Saponification is the term used to describe the formation of soap from combining a fat or oil (in our case Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil), water and lye solution.
Can Pure Olive Oil Soap be used for washing hair?
Many of our customers tell us they regularly use Pure Olive Oil Soap for washing their hair. Anecdotal evidence tells us that the gentle nature of Pure Olive Oil Soap reduces the impact of split ends. To trial Pure Olive Oil Soap for your hair, plan to wash your hair with the soap over several weeks, as there is usually an adjustment period between using commercial shampoo and Pure Olive Oil Soap.
Can Pure Olive Oil Soap be used for shaving?
We have many customers who have told us they use Pure Olive Oil Soap as their preferred shaving cream. Several have told us it is one of the only products that is successful with their sensitive skins while other products have caused their faces to become red and inflamed.