Olive oil is a very rich oil. It contains more than 85% unsaturated fatty acids including linoleic acid and linolenic acid. Plus phospholipids, phytosterols, phenols, flavonoids, vitamin E and beta-carotene. These ingredients make the oil nourishing, cleansing, soothing, cooling and anti-itching. That’s why every Nature Bar soap and shampoo bar contains a healthy dose of organic olive oil.
The Spanish olive oil I use is certified organic (Skal quality mark), of food grade quality, from the first pressing and is extra virgin. Olive oil is pressed from the fruits. The first cold pressing is the best quality. A second pressing takes place at a higher temperature, the oil is of much lower quality. After this, sometimes a third (chemical) pressing takes place. The oil that this produces is not suitable for consumption.
Olive oil in soap
If you’ve ever studied a soap recipe or looked at the ingredient list for soap, you’ve probably noticed that olive oil is often included. Often even as one of the core ingredients. Some soaps, such as the classic Marseille soap, even consist entirely of olive oil.
Olive oil also plays an important role in Nature Bar’s soap and shampoo bars. Olive oil provides a mild and creamy soap that gently cleanses and cares for your skin. In addition, olive oil is moisturizing and perfect for sensitive skin. This makes it super suitable for mature and baby skin.
Are there also disadvantages? Yes! Pure olive oil soap does not foam very well and does not give large bubbles. Instead, it gives a more lotion-like, creamy lather for a gentle cleanse. That is why I choose a blend between olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil and shea butter.