Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Soap

From an article by Lisanne Jensen, eHow.com
Many culinary experts recognize the health benefits of using extra-virgin olive oil in cooking. But this oil's same healthful properties--antioxidants and much more--can also beautify the outside of your body in the form of extra-virgin olive oil soap.

Skin Protection Through Antioxidants

Extra-virgin olive oil contains a high level of antioxidants--molecules that slow and even prevent the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation can produce free radicals, a substance that many scientists believe damages cells. Because extra-virgin olive oil comes from the first pressing of the olive--using no heat or chemicals for extraction--it's closest to its natural state and retains most of its healthful properties. Antioxidants applied to the skin can help repair damaged cells and restore the skin's vitality.

Anti-inflammatory Properties of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Soap

Extra-virgin olive oil also contains a natural chemical called oleocanthal, which scientists believe acts as a painkiller in the same way that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) work. Therefore, extra-virgin olive oil soap applied to the skin can help reduce inflammation. Extra-virgin olive oil is known to help improve skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Many researchers equate the effects of applying extra-virgin olive oil to using ibuprofen.

Is Extra Virgin Olive Oil Soap Ant-microbial?

Terra Rossa, a United Kingdom-based olive oil importer, notes that "olive polyphenols have been demonstrated to inhibit or delay the rate of growth of bacteria such as salmonella, cholera, staphylococcus, pseudomonas and influenza in vitro." As a result, people can reap the same benefits for their skin by using extra-virgin olive oil soap.

Soap That Won't Clog Your Pores

Because extra-virgin olive oil slows the oxidation process, it won't clog your skin's pores. The skin has a certain PH balance, and extra-virgin olive oil soap has been shown to help maintain a correct alkaline/acidic balance. People who suffer from acne often use extra-virgin olive oil soap to help reduce and erase blemishes.

Does Extra Virgin Olive Oil Soap Protect Against Skin Cancer?

Gustiamo, an Italian food seller, explains that some researchers believe that soaps made with extra-virgin olive oil may help reduce the number of cases of skin cancer --noting that skin cancer rates are extremely low in Mediterranean countries, where olive oil is used prevalently. Vitalis News reported in October 2007 that consuming extra-virgin olive oil may even help fight breast cancer.

How to Care for Your Extra Virgin Olive Oil Soap

Always use a soap dish to store your soap after washing with extra-virgin olive oil soap. Otherwise, if your soap bar remains in a puddle of water, the soap will eventually turn to mush and wash away. Keep your soap as dry as possible between uses. It's also best to store your soap in a linen closet or in an area away from the bathroom because of humidity that occurs when bathing.

Doris Italian Market & Bakery sells Sole-Vita Extra Virgin Olive Oil Soap at every location and will soon be available on our online store.


  1. Thank you for these fascinating insights into EVOO and skin. I liked your post so much that I sent it to everyone I know who has an interest in skin care. It is worth noting (something I learned at http://www.buy-extra-virgin-olive-oil.com/ ) that EVOO may suppress genes that promote inflammation. Do you happen to know anything about that?

  2. Thanks for reading. I am not aware of the gene suppressing but it makes sense since it is noted for having anti-inflammatory benefits. Before modern medicine, people got by living off the land and that included using natural products to treat illnesses and conditions. I feel we need to rediscover the benefits of natural foods. Besides, most medicines today only treat the symptons. Keeping people sick longer makes more money for the pharmaceutical comapnies. Because of that, it behooves us to take better care of ourselves and not to leave it up to someone else. Thanks again for enjoying the information.