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Olive Oil Soap: The Many Benefits and How To Make It!

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Olive oil soap is one of the most popular bases for natural soaps. In this article we look at why, and show you how to make some yourself!

Olive Oil Soap - The Many Benefits and How To Make It!
Olive Oil Soap – The Many Benefits and How To Make It!

Why Use Olive Oil Soap?

Olive oil is not only delicious, it also has powerful health benefits, that range from promoting bone health to supporting heart health, all while being a hypoallergenic super moisturizer that can benefit those with healthy skin and skin conditions alike. Surprised? Olive oil can be good for so much more than drizzling pasta and salad dressing. Olive oil has many benefits for the skin, too — even the ancient Egyptians knew that!

One way to experience these benefits is by using a natural olive oil soap. Olive oil has been great for cosmetic purposes since ancient times. In fact, olive oil was likely one of the first natural ingredient soaps made without animal fat or oil. Castile soap, as it’s originally called, may have originated in Castile Castle, Spain as early as 1567. Nowadays, it’s popular among those who appreciate natural products, and who love the silky feel and rich, fresh scent of olive oil in their personal care routine.

Here are some of the benefits of olive oil soap, and how to make your own.

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Olive Oil Soap: Key Points

  • There’s several benefits of olive oil soap for the skin and health.
  • Olive oil is a true soap and is great to keep your skin moisturized.
  • Some people are allergic to olive oil soap; always check with your doctor.
  • You can easily make it at home following the recipe below.

Olive Oil Soap Benefits For Skin

Olive oil is a natural great for soap making. Here are some of the benefits of washing your hands, body, or face with olive oil.

1. Very moisturizing.

First off: the easy one. Olive oil is moisturizing! It contains essential fatty acids that benefit dry skin, including oleic acid, palmitic acid, and linoleic acids. It’s also an emollient, which means it smooths and softens skin, giving it a moisturized feeling.

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2. Doesn’t form too much lather.

When it comes to soap, some people are looking for that “squeaky clean” feeling. We believe that all that lather means something is extra clean, right? Not so fast.

All this scrubbing and product applying is making our skin worse. It’s largely a product of our own obsession with squeaky clean and using product upon product upon product.

Skin that feels squeaky or tight after washing is actually a sign that essential moisture has been stripped from the skin. Instead, we should opt for skincare products that have gentle, moisturizing ingredients, and a slightly acidic pH.

Why? An essential component of skin that helps it feel (and look) healthy and hydrated is the acid mantle. The acid mantle is a very thin film that covers the skin. It’s made of natural oils, amino acids, and sweat. Damage it with too much scrubbing or neutralize it with alkaline washes and you’re on your way to barrier problems: inflammation, allergies, breakouts.

When you have a soap that produces a foamy lather, chances are good that it’s alkaline rather than slightly acidic, as the ingredients that make it foamy have a high pH.

Rather than feeling super foamy, olive oil soap has a rich, creamy feeling that still leaves skin and hands feeling clean. Especially during the cooler months, when we produce less sweat, this can help skin from getting dry and chapped by the elements.

3. Olive oil is packed with powerful antioxidants.

Olive oil contains antioxidants, which have powerful properties both inside and out.

Antioxidants prevent oxidation, which is a process that can produce free radicals. We do not want free radicals hanging around – these chemicals can damage cells and, in the worst cases, could lead to the development of cancer. Antioxidants also work to combat redness and signs of irritation on the skin.

As written in Medical News Today, antioxidant properties could possibly prevent premature aging of the skin. Additionally, some promising research suggests that applying olive oil after sun exposure could protect against skin cells that cause cancer. While soap is washed off rather than left on the skin, it’s good to know that olive oil is a skin-loving ingredient.

4. Olive oil has vitamins.

The vitamins that make olive oil healthy can also deliver benefits to the skin. Olive oil contains vitamins A and D, and of course, the skin-happy vitamins E and K. These vitamins may be beneficial for the skin. As an example, Vitamin E is regularly used to treat psoriasis and eczema and prevent scarring.

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5. Olive oil acts as a makeup remover.

With its slick consistency, olive oil can be used to remove stubborn eye makeup, like eyeliner and waterproof mascara.

Olive oil can also benefit the skin around the eye and the eyelashes. With the added benefits of antioxidants and hydrating squalene, it moisturizes the delicate skin in the eye area, plus nourishes eyelashes the same way conditioner works on the hair.

Side Effects

While olive oil soap has many potential benefits for the skin, everyone’s skin type is different.

Some people with oily skin might find olive oil to be too strong. Olive oil is also slightly comedogenic, which means that for some people with oily skin, olive oil can clog pores.

Those with acne-prone skin might want to avoid olive oil for the face. The fatty acids prevalent in olive oil—and all plant oils and butters in general—are the very food source for acne-causing bacteria and yeasts to grow. Thus, olive oil is not ideal for acne-prone skins.

In general, olive oil soap will be fine for most people to use on their hands and body. However, those with acneic skin might want to avoid using olive oil soap as a face wash or makeup remover.

Regardless of your skin type, it’s always wise to do a spot check before applying a new product.

Choose a swatch of skin somewhere discreet, like under the chin or behind the ear. Wash and dry your skin, then apply the product as you normally would. Finally, If you have no reaction after 24 hours, you should be able to safely proceed.

Can You Have An Allergy?

It is possible, though very rare for a person to have an allergy to olive oil. What are the signs of an olive oil allergy? The symptoms might include:

  • Itching
  • Tingling
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Hives
  • Eczema
  • Rash

A 2012 study only identified one potential allergen on olive oil, so a reaction is unlikely.

However, an olive oil soap isn’t only made of olive oil. An allergic reaction may be the result of another ingredient instead of olive oil. Finally, If you have any symptoms, it’s best to consult with your doctor. A doctor can administer a skin prick test to determine whether you have an allergy.

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How To Make Your Own Olive Oil Soap

There are many recipes for making your own DIY olive oil soap at home. Here’s what you’ll need, courtesy of The Spruce Crafts. Finally, this recipe uses a little bit of palm oil to add hardness, and some coconut oil for lather.

To make about 4.5 pounds of soap, you would use:

  • 40 oz. olive oil
  • 5 oz. palm oil
  • 5 oz. coconut oil
  • 16 oz. water
  • 6.7 oz. lye

Between 1.5 and 2.2 oz. of fragrance or essential oil, according to your preference

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What Kind Of Olive Oil Should Be Using?

While any olive oil will work in the recipe above, the best benefits come from extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). EVOO contains a high concentration of vitamins and antioxidants, which ensures you get the most benefits from your olive oil. Finally, it also has a smoother consistency.

Happy scrubbing!

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Olive Oil Soap: Final Takeaways.

  • There’s several benefits of olive oil soap for the skin and health.
  • Olive oil is a true soap and is great to keep your skin moisturized.
  • Some people are allergic to olive oil soap; always check with your doctor.
  • You can easily make olive oil soap at home following the recipe below.

We love to use olive oil as a base for our all natural soaps. Check out Capulet’s Soap Shop today!

Here’s our bar of Rosemary & Peppermint that is made using our unique olive oil soap base:

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