The nourishing effect of olive oil is significantly affected and determined by the anti-oxidants content in the oil, especially vitamin E and poly-phenols, which are prone to thermal dissociation at temperatures as high as 40oC, which can be reached during the hot elision and press method for the extraction of oil by olive paste. The cold elision and press method ensures the high quality of oil, but unfortunately at higher production cost.
The excellent quality olive oil is usually produced by small-scale producers. The time period for the collection of olives is critical and affects the quality of the produced oil. During collection, only the best olives are selected; neither the overripe due to the slightly higher acidity of their oil, nor the unripe since they add a bitter taste in the oil. The delay between the collection and the pressing of olives is also of significant importance for the acidity and quality of the oil and it should not exceed 48 hours.
Cold press olive oil is characterized by the strong aroma, the golden color and the distinctive taste. Its acidity lies at very low levels. A chemical analysis of the oil could convince anyone about its magnificent nature due to the plethora of the nourishing ingredients.
It is rich in fatty acids, mainly oleic, linolenic and linoleic acid or Ω9, Ω3 and Ω6 respectively that penetrate deep into skin and offer intensive nourishing and protection of the hydrolipidic layer. Οlive oil is also rich in vitamin Α, C and Ε, which counteract the free radicals and protect skin against aging.
Moreover, olive oil is rich in minerals like potassium and sodium that also nourish and stimulate skin, but also iron that strengthens hair. Another intensive anti-oxidant action is offered by the carotenoids, polyphenols and chlorophyll. The mentioned plethora of ingredients in virgin olive oil offer human body and hair intensive care, nourishment, moisturizing, revival, restoration and protection from dryness, resulting in improved look and texture.
As Hippocrates mentioned, olive oil therapeutic nature was used against skin ailments. Nowadays, it is well known that Ancient Greeks did not use soap for their personal hygiene, but olive oil that they applied over their body and hair. The overall appreciation for olive oil is also depicted by the entire picture as a precious agricultural product. Referring to mythology, it was Hercules who brought and planted an olive tree in Ancient Olympia after completing his 12 labours. All the wreaths for the Olympic Games winners were made by branches from that symbolic olive tree. Until our days the olive branch is a symbol of piece.
In Sαpoon we have decided to adopt and follow the traditional cold saponification method, where olive oil and the rest of soap ingredients are blended and react under ambient conditions. In this way all the ingredients of olive oil, but also of other cosmetic natural oils, are maintained unaltered and add their beneficial properties for human body and hair into our unique, outstanding quality soaps.