Olive soap is often handmade in countries where olive trees grow, such as Turkey, Greece, southern France and Syria. You've probably heard that olive soap is better and more nourishing than other (factory) soaps. But why is that?
Let us first explain how it is made: First, a mixture of olive oil, and soda is heated in large kettles, after which it is poured into shallow basins. The mixture now has to harden for a few weeks. Then they cut the soap into blocks and the soap blocks are are stamped. After that they still have seven months to dry.
For making soap chains herbs and oils are mixed with the soap which gives it a lovely scent. The olive soap chains are a nice gift to give for example in combination with a hammam towel.
Olive oil soap is very mild and long lasting. You can apply it undiluted on every skin type and it ensures that the skin is kept moisturized and that elasticity is maintained. It is therefore not surprising that olive soap nourishes the skin as well, because it uses the natural moisturizing effect of olive oil. Herbal extracts (such as thyme, rosemary, aloe vera, etc.) are added to enhance the natural and cosmetic effect.