Olive oil has been getting a lot of fame over the recent years. It is one of the healthiest oils to cook with, drizzle over your salad and even dip your focaccia bread into. But when it comes to natural beauty olive oil is par none.
So where does olive oil come from? It comes from tree-ripened olives. The olives are pressed several times to extract the olive oil. The first pressing results in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the next pressing will be 100% Olive Oil and the final pressing will be Pomace Olive Oil.
Olive oil soap is the first soap to be made with 100% vegetable oil dating back to the 1500′s. These soaps are sold on the market as Castile Soaps. They are extremely mild to use especially those who may be dealing with skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. If 100% olive oil soap has no fragrance added it can be used on sensitive skin such as babies. Don’t expect a rich lather with castile soaps as they will render a low stingy lather. But don’t let that fool you and think that it doesn’t cleanse well.
What makes olive oil so great is that it has antioxidant properties because of it is rich in vitamin E and Hydroxytyrosol. It also contains other nutrients such as beta carotene. These nutrients provide healing to damaged skin.
Olive oil when applied to the skin absorbs easily and doesn’t block the skin from performing it’s natural functions of shedding, sweating and releasing sebum. It provides a moisturizing layer on the skin that protects the internal moisture of the skin.
Isn’t olive oil a great ingredient to make soap with. Be sure to read your labels when purchasing handcrafted soaps and look for this great skin loving ingredient.