The Artisan Process of Soap Making
At home we always prepared natural soap. I had the good fortune to observe my grandmothers and then my mother make it year after year. My grandfather worked in a an olive oil factory. Following the pressing of the olives a low quality oil was left over in the residual paste. This combined together with domestic and animal oils was used to make the soap. We didn’t waste anything and in the majority of the towns which lay on the mediterranean sea, most olive oil producers did the same. Very little of this tradition remains. Many people remember their grandmothers making “lagarto” (named after a comercial brand which was similar in appearance) soap. When we close our eyes, many of us still remember that toasted brown coloured soap with its intense aroma that filled the whole house.
The soaps are elaborated with a base of olive and coconut oils with a combination of 100% natural vegetable oils obtained from the first pressing; such as Argan, Jojoba, Almond, Rosehip and shea or cocoa butter. The use of beneficial essential oils for the skin and a variety of aromatic plants, clays, sands, muds and spices with rich cosmetic properties.