Our Raw Ingredients
The base for the majority of Elivan soaps consists of raw coconut oil, rice bran oil, olive or pomace oil, castor oil, raw Shea butter, and beeswax. Depending on the specific soap recipe, many soaps will also contain aloe, hemp oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and meadow foam oil. Ingredients are chosen based upon their skincare properties and are sourced from providers that care about quality and sustainability. This even applies to our soap packaging which consists of 100% acid free, natural, sustainable bamboo paper and tape made from bamboo and rice paper.
Read on for key information about the fine ingredients used to create ElivanSoaps:
Olive oil is a great component in a heart-healthy salad dressing, but its benefits don't end there. Since ancient times, people have taken advantage of the skin-softening benefits of this miracle oil. When blended with lye to make a soap, olive oil contributes to smoother, more elastic skin. Olive oil soap removes make-up gently and efficiently without irritating the skin, particularly when removing makeup around the eyes. The greatest additional advantage of this soap is that if it is consistently used, it can soften and moisturize the skin surrounding the eyes while smoothing out wrinkles.
Olive oil soap cleans your skin without stripping away the natural oils -- so you don't end up dry and flaky after it's use. Olive oil also allows the skin to sweat and shed cells naturally; commercial soaps that contain synthetic cleaners and fragrances can block your pores and cause irritation. Glycerin, a byproduct of the soap-making process, is retained in most natural olive oil soaps. Glycerin is highly moisturizing -- it actually absorbs water from the air. Commercial soap producers usually remove the glycerin from their products to use for other purposes.
Olive oil soap is hypoallergenic, so you are less likely to experience an allergic reaction when using it. A 2008 publication of "Pediatric Dermatology" found that olive oil was a suitable ingredient in creams used on pre-term infants. If it's safe for the skin of these newborns, it is likely to be gentle on your sensitive skin. Most olive oil soap contains only natural ingredients, as opposed to many other soaps that contain sodium laurel sulfate, a known skin irritant and potential toxin.
You encounter free radicals every day as you expose yourself to food, pollution, pesticides and chemical beauty products. These free radicals damage cells, potentially causing disease and accelerating aging. Olive oil is a natural source of the antioxidants vitamins E and A, which fight free radicals -- and the benefits are there regardless of whether the oil is ingested or rubbed into the skin in the form of soap. Olive oil also contains oleocanthal, a compound touted for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Inflammation in the body can compromise your immune system and put you at risk for illness and disease, including chronic skin rashes, heart disease and digestive problems.
Long Lasting and Vegan
Soap made with olive oil is hard and lathers beautifully, so the bars tend to last a long time and you get a lot of use out of your investment. Many commercial soaps are made with animal fats, rather than plant oils. Olive oil soap uses plant products, making it appropriate for people who wish to avoid using animal products.
Particularly as a soap, olive oil is considered to be the best treatment for dry skin as its moisturizing properties help to soften the skin texture and nourish it without interfering with the natural skin function. It also attracts and holds moisture in the skin.
Pure olive oil soap is the most suitable natural body wash for those with sensitive or dry skin as it has a lower pH than most 'mainstream' soaps that can be made from foaming agents, toxins, petroleum oil or animal fats which can be drying and irritate the skin. It is also considered to be the most mild of all soaps.
Here's how olive oil soap benefits your skin...
- Olive oil soap softens and smooths your skin and is great for dry and sensitive skin because olive oil is a fantastic emollient (an agent that softens or soothes the skin).
- Olive oil is great for relieving the symptoms of skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis.
- Olive oil will not clog your pores because it is non-greasy making it great for people who suffer from acne.
- Olive oil contains squalene and squalane. Squalene is naturally produced by the sebum glands in the skin. The squalene and squalane work together to help prevent the skin's natural oils from oxidizing which could lead to cell deterioration.
- Hydroxytyrosol gives olive oil anti-inflammatory properties which research shows is good for healing skin abrasions, rashes and sunburn. The hydroxytyrosol also has antimicrobial properties.