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ARTISANAL  SHAVE  SOAPS

What is a shave soap?

A shave soap is a soap that is used on shaving. The main  differerence from body soaps is that they make creamier and more dense foam which helps the razor glide over the skin and offers a close and safe shave.

How we make our shaving soaps.

We produce our shaving soaps using the hot process method. Our production is artisanal, in small batches and totally handcrafted from weighting to cutting, taking the time to ensure the highest quality product. We take pride in the attention to detail that goes into every batch, as we believe that quality should never be sacrificed, even if it costs much more time. 

We DO NOT USE STEARIC ACID.

Stearic acid is a saturated fatty acid that is found in many animal and vegetable fats, but is usually higher in animal fat than vegetable fat. Stearic acid is very important to shaving soap to suspend a lather that does not break down. Most soapers typically use 50-60% of this very cheap ingredient in their formula. The problem is, there is no such thing as a stearic acid tree or nut. So that means it is synthesized with chemicals, by the hydrolysis of animal fat or from hydrogenation of cottonseed or vegetable oil, most commonly leached from Palm Oil. That process takes place by using a toxic nickel slurry as a catalyst. This can result in trace amounts of colloidal nickel in the finished product.

What ingredients we use.

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Our shaving soap is a luxurious blend of carefully selected natural ingredients. It is produced with cocoa butter, extra virgin olive oil and castor oil, mixed together with Greek mountain tea, buffalo milk, vegetal glycerin and skin-friendly fragrance and essential oils, to create a pleasant shaving experience. 

So why are there ingredients are selected? 


COCOA BUTTER is high in fatty acids, which is why it’s often touted for its ability to hydrate and nourish the skin and improve elasticity. The fat in cocoa butter forms a protective barrier over skin to hold in moisture.

Cocoa butter is also rich in natural plant compounds called phytochemicals. These substances may improve blood flow to the skin and slow skin aging by protecting against damage from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
One common use of cocoa butter is t
o smooth scars, wrinkles, and other marks on the skin.


EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL is rich in fatty acids and squalene, which can help to moisturize and nourish the skin. It can also help to improve skin elasticity and prevent moisture loss. It contains antioxidants, such as polyphenols and vitamin E, which can help to protect the skin from damage caused by UV radiation and environmental pollutants and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Also Extra Virgin Olive Oil has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce skin redness, irritation, and inflammation, while improving skin texture and tone. 

 

CASTOR OIL is traditionally used for its supposed healing properties against dry skin, eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. The castor oil we use into our soaps is produced from The Retsinoladia (Ricinus communis), which grows everywhere on the island (https://apothesis.lib.hmu.gr/handle/20.500.12688/9254).


GREEK MOUNTAIN TEA is one of the distinct herbs of Greek nature, without side effects but with many and important benefits. We collect it from Mount Chelmos of Peloponnese, 2000m  above sea level.

The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, bacteriostatic and detoxifying properties of the Greek Mountain Tea (sp. Sideritis Scardica) make it ideal to treat premature and skin problems as it causes cell renewal, while the healing properties that Greek mountain tea has, help to elliminate scars on the face and prevent sctretch marks.

BUFFALO MILK is a rich source of lipids, proteins, minerals, vitamins and other essential nutrients, skin care products containing buffalo milk leave skin smooth, supple and moisturised.

We deliver our buffalo milk from water buffalos who revived the area of Lake Kerkini at Central Macedonia.It is the most fatty milk and so these fatty acids reacts with the lye, producing a  friendly and gentle for the skin soap.

The pH of milk soaps is very close to the natural pH of human skin, resulting in a naturally gentle product, even people with sensitive skin and eczema find milk soap is far less harsh and drying than most ordinary soap products.
 

Expectations

Our shave soap is a trully artisanal product that is designed to give you a smooth, protective cushion for a close and comfortable shave, with a luxurious after-feel while leaves your skin feeling refreshed and nourished. It is handmade with love and completely natural, while it's production process (handcrafted-small batch every time) guarantees an over the top quality final product. 

What to NOT expect.

If you expect fancy labels, names or many known or unknown, exotic ingredients, you are in the wrong place. Our shave soaps are simple, including just a few but expensive ingredients, that make the big difference.

Packaging

We DO NOT USE plastic containers. Our packaging is eco - friendly and sustainable, as we only use paper, wax, wood  and glass.

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