Olive oil is one of the key ingredients in all of our soaps because it's a skincare powerhouse packed with nourishment for your dry skin. It is an essential component for creating nourishing and healthy skin. It is extracted from the Olea Europaea tree that grows in many Mediterranean countries. We use olive oil pomace, which is extracted from the olive residue, and is considered one of the most nourishing oils available.

Let's discuss the origin, uses in history, and benefits of olive oil for your skin:

The Origin: Olive oil has been used for centuries for skincare purposes. Its earliest usage dates back to ancient Egypt. The Greeks and Romans also recognized its medicinal properties and used it as a base for their cosmetic preparations.

The Uses in History: The historical use of olive oil in skincare is linked to its potent healing properties, olive oil was used to soothe and heal wounds, relieve muscle pain, and moisturize dry skin. It was also used as a massage oil and hair conditioner.

How did it get popular: The popularity of olive oil in skincare grew as a result of its numerous benefits. It is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that help protect and nourish the skin, hair and so much more.

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in natural skincare products and olive oil has become a popular ingredient in many skincare products because of its ability to deeply condition, nourish, hydrate, and protect the skin topically.

Here are three top benefits of olive oil for your skin:

  1. It is a natural moisturizer that keeps the skin soft and supple: Olive oil contains essential fatty acids that help to hydrate and protect the skin. It also helps to create a protective barrier that locks in moisture, preventing the skin from drying out.

  2. It is a natural anti-aging ingredient: Olive oil is rich in antioxidants, which help to neutralize free radicals and protect the skin from damage. It also helps to stimulate collagen production, which helps to keep the skin firm and youthful.

  3. It has anti-inflammatory properties: Olive oil contains oleocanthal, a compound that has anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it effective in treating skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Olive oil is also known for having the most unsaponifiables of any vegetable oil. Unsaponifiables are the components of an oil that do not react with the lye in the soap-making process which ends up as extra moisturization in the finished bar of goat milk soap. These components are often rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which provide additional benefits for the skin. Because olive oil has a high amount of unsaponifiables, it contributes to the rich and creamy texture of the soap, making it a popular ingredient in soap-making.

Olive oil is a powerful skin superfood that provides numerous benefits for your skin and we totally recommend using any product that includes olive oil as part of your skincare routine. Its nourishing and hydrating properties make it an essential component in our goat milk soaps. 

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