Patounis Green Olive oil soap 110gr
PATOUNIS GREEN SOAP.
"Green soap" made from crude (unprocessed) olive pomace oil.
"Green soap" made from crude (unprocessed) olive pomace oil. The latter is obtained by extraction from the ground flesh and pits of the olives after pressing. It contains olive chlorophyll; hence the green colour of the soap when "fresh". This green colour fades as the soap dries and matures. The "green soap" is used mainly for household chores (especially clothes). It also had a good reputation for its disinfecting and healing properties on skin infections, allergies, bed sores, and strained muscles.
The soap is made from olive oil which is boiled with caustic soda and sea salt for several weeks. It is then cast in open moulds to produce the so-called "stamped soap bar" (as opposed to the conventional "pressed soap"). Finally, it is placed in wooden racks to cure for 3-4 months.
Nowadays there is only a handful of such traditional olive oil factories left in the world and one of them is on Corfu, run by Apostolos Patounis. His great-great-grandfather founded the business in 1850 and it has been the family business ever since! The place has changed very little in over 150 years and the traditional tools are still used!
SUITABLE FOR VEGAN