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Olivella Liquid Olive Oil Soap


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Soaps consist of an alkali salt of fatty acids that are contained like glycerines in the natural fatty substances.

Since soaps are obtained by saponification of different natural and synthetic fats and oils (from petroleum), they are blends of alkali salts of different fatty acids in varying percentages, depending on the raw material used.


The use of soap dates from the ancient past, probably in the region of Mesopotamia, (today's Syria), cradle of the most important Neolithic civilizations.

We believe that Romans learned from Greeks soap manufacturing, and during the excavations of Pompeii a soap factory completely equipped was discovered together with a quantity of soap escaped from the destruction.

Up XIV century, Italians and Spanish were the only soap producers, introducing it in industrial scale between XIV and XVI century; in this period the main ports like Genoa, Savona Marseille and Venice became proper soap "emporium".

The reason is that olive oil, that the Mediterranean area was rich of, was the only fatty material used to produce soap.

The row material high cost, the new availability of soda (instead of the wood cinders) led soap industry of the past century to leave noble olive oil for more low-cost seed oils, up to use fats of animal origin that now international market offers at very favourable conditions, like "waste" of an alimentation more and more rich in beef and pork meat.

Fortunately during these last years there was the reversal of the trend, both in the alimentary habit and in the care and selection of the products we use every day for body and face cleansing.

Before purely economic reasons, ever more often, we put the "health" ones that aim to the prevention from damages and to the body care.

In conclusion we tend to ameliorate the life quality in a broad sense, respecting the natural equilibrium.
The nowadays knowledge and technologies are not erased for an inconvenient useless and impossible return to the origin, if anything they are used to recover and exalt the best our tradition can offer.

Olivella results from this idea, a soap that meets the new needs and at the same time is a traditional and innovative product.


Fin toilet soaps are usually produced using beef tallow (80-85% of the fatty matter) and coconut oil (15-20%).

Beef tallow would give a too hard soap, with a little slow lather; adding coconut oil is essential to obtain a more soluble soap, giving a fast and rich lather.

These percentages of coconut oil, with beef tallow, consent an easy saponification, but the soap resulted is too cleansing.

Salts obtained from fatty matters do not have nothing in common with our skin and cleansing deeply make it too dry after every washing.

The solutions to solve these problems are often obvious:

a) decreasing the percentage of soap in favour of other additives, lowering the purity grade that in many cases does not exceed 40% of soapy salts;

b) Producing a large range of "soaps not soaps", obtained from petroleum hydrocarbons or by fractional distillation of fatty acids of different fatty matters.

These soaps are very gently in cleansing but their components have nothing in common with the lipidic layer enveloping and protecting face and body skin.

But their cost is so high to make them often classified like "products to be sold in pharmacy" instead of "toilet soap"


OLIVELLA presents all the characteristics of a green soap, obtained by hydrolysis (separation) of olive oil triglycerides in their components (glycerine and fatty acids) thanks to an aqueous solution of alkaline hydroxide.

The percentage of salts of fatty acids (soap) contained in our product is very high (90%) and consents to classify it like "a soap with a high grade of purity and quality".

What makes it noble is the absence of beef tallow or other fats of animal origin.

The fatty matter used in our saponification is 100% virgin olive oil; the best can be used for its high content of oleic acid and for its precious unsaponifiable matters.

During the saponification process the following results are obtained:

a) salts, rich in oleic acid, are dermatological more related to the skin lipidic layer and consequently are less aggressive than others
b) The majority of the unsaponifiable compounds pass in soap without altering itself. This important fraction is composed of waxes that have a solely protective function (against dehydration, intense light, etc), squalene, sterols and fatty superior alcohols the anti-aging action of which is known from a long time. These substances, not by coincidence, are today largely used in cosmetics and pharmacology.
c) The soapy paste is absolutely deprived of protein of animal origin, often responsible of phenomenon causing allergies and skin intolerances.

To give an idea of the OLIVELLA extreme gentleness, we remind that during silk manufacturing the best product to wash the cocoon raw thread is until now the soft soap, made from olive oil. It is preferred to any other type of detergent since it eliminates the waxes surrounding the silk thread (thin height times more than a hair), perfectly respecting its fibre.


Olivella paste exhales a natural pleasant flavour, due to the qualities of its vegetal components. It consents to add a minimum percentage of perfume: only 0,5%. It is a fragrance totally natural that gently perfumes soap and develops itself during the use, without persisting on the skin, avoiding interfering with the perfume normally used.

For its quality and percentage, the risk of irritations or allergies due to perfume is practically eliminated.


OLIVELLA is an innovative soap also for its colour. Its green colour is due only to the presence of natural chlorophyll, contained in virgin olive oil, the percentage of which is not constant and uniform. The decision of not to add neither artificial colouring agents nor colour fixing agents is courageous since light and oxygen tend to modify the chlorophyll structure, altering its brightness and the tones intensity. We preferred to direct our attention on the packaging, leaving the way of standardization and common practice, sure that consumer is able to perceive the value of the product also in the possibly colour nuances.


OLIVELLA shape is sober and the weight 5.29 oz (gr. 150) is calculated on the base of the time of a medium use, considering the delicacy of its paste. It should result of an easy daily use, protracted for a not too long and not too short time. Finally OLIVELLA should resist enough to hold all its characteristics and peculiar properties.


We took an extremely care of the OLIVELLA packaging, not only to take care of the image that is important too, but to meet the precise needs of the nature of this soap.

Soap is wrapped in a thin wax paper protecting it carefully from light, dump and oxidant agents present in the air. The paper white colour is not casual since it contributes to the final result.

Every single box reinforces this protection and aim to the immediate remark of its components.



" natural 100 % virgin olive oil soap
" other values: free alkali absent
Free fatty acids absent
Content in water 7%
Glycerol 3,95%


Nowadays consumers are very demanding since they require soap with a soft lather, gently in cleansing, easy to use, delicately perfumed.

The daily hygienic habits, extremely changed during the time, make the consumers chose products not very aggressive and degreasing, until the use of the soap "not soap".

Unfortunately very often consumers chose a brand or another basing themselves more on smelling and sight than of its components, thinking, erroneously, that they have the same quality.

All soaps, of medium price, have a composition of salts obtained from animal tallow and coconut oil in different percentage, and relegated olive oil soap in a market niche because too expensive or difficult to find (only in herbalist's shops on in a few specialised shops).

Who conceived and realized OLIVELLA spent a long time, experimenting advanced technologies that could give again lustre and modernity to an old and precious soap.

The desire to recover tradition, with the awareness of the modern needs, rewarded the effort.

A really exceptional new soap born because it gets together TRADITION and INNOVATION

TRADITION since virgin olive oil is the only fatty matter used and gives itself an important reason of sale, for the product naturalness and preciousness.

INNOVATION because the final quality/quantity formula, thanks to the limited and balanced quantity of added products, makes it stiff at the right point, gently for its soft lather, perfumed as needed and easy to keep and use.

Finally the ratio QUALITY/QUANTITY can not be disregarded, allowing today any product to compete on the market; so in all these aspects we think to have reached the best result possible.

Benefits of Olivella 100% virgin olive oil soap

Olivella has several beneficial effects, among them:

1. Moisturizing effect
Thanks to its glycerine content, its polyhidroxy triterpenes tending to bind water, its long chain linear alcohols.
For these reasons the moisturizing effect of olive oil soap is exercised in large degree if compared with other soaps;

2. Antibacterial and antifungal effect
Even if any soap has this effect because of the presence of sodium salts, the olive oil soap contains simple and complex phenols possessing antifungal properties in the higher degree than soaps of other origins

3. Action Anti-Aging skin effect
Thanks to the presence of vitamin E, carotenes, fatty alcohols and linoleic acid, the olive oil soap exercises in high degree this beneficial effect

4. Antioxidant effect
Thanks to the phenols present in olive oil, well known for the high stability they confer to the oil and consequently to the soap deriving from it, and thanks to the special technology of Umbria Olii that eliminates even traces of metals, present in other fatty materials that act as pro-oxidant.
No other soap has a so pronounced antioxidant and anti-radical effect.

5. Skin non irritant effect
Olive oil soap is non-irritant and exercises a beneficial protective effect because of its composition in glycerine, long chain fatty alcohols, carotenes, Vitamin E, triterpenes and triterpenic acids