Have you ever wondered what is the origin of olive oil soap?
History of Olive Oil Soap
Soap, the most indispensable cleaning item of our daily lives, has held a great significance for centuries. Greeks and Romans (even more than soap) used to use olive oil for their personal hygiene. They used to smear their bodies in olive oil and sand and afterwards proceeded to remove the mixture along with the dirt with a scraper called “strigil”.
It’s interesting to know that in Italian, the word soap translates to sapone. And there are two theories regarding the origin of this word.
The first says that the name sapone comes from the town of Savona, near Genova Italy.
The second is that traces of the concept of soap go back in history even further. In ancient Roman times the tradition of using soap dates back the times of Mount Sapo, situated close to the Tíber river in Rome.
Legend has it that on the side of this mountain there was a chemical reaction of saponification, which basically means that rain water mixed with the ash and animal fat. Thus, the birth of soap.
Later in the town of Savona, the first solid soap was made.
Olivella follows that ancient Italian tradition, while also adding in 100% Virgin Olive Oil, ensuring your skin is clean and moisturized in the most natural way possible.
So, olive oil soap is as Italian as any product can get!