Cold saponification - a short introduction into the revolutionary method of soap-making.
A short introduction to the world of saponified soaps!
What is cold saponification?
Saponification is an artisanal manufacturing process in which oil (olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) is combined with an alkali (water-soluble metal oxide or hydroxide that has a basic reaction), and a chemical reaction is created, resulting in a soap!
This technique, which is thousands of years old, was already used by the Romans, Greeks, and Phoenicians to cleanse themselves when they mixed potassium carbonate and animal fats to obtain a smooth-looking paste. Later the animal fats were replaced by olive oil, which left an even more moisturizing sensation and phenomenal results!
There are two types of Saponification: cold and hot. At hazeva, we opt for cold saponification (also known as Cold process soap making) , because this method preserves the properties of the oils and natural components much better, which, on the other hand, are somewhat lost at high temperatures.
The overall process of the cold saponification takes around 4 weeks (or 1 month) to complete, since there must be sufficient time left for the soaps to dry out completely and be ready to use. Furthermore, experts consider cold saponification as an extremely environmentally-friendly process given the fact that no heat is used while producing the soaps!
Our Olive You Soaps:
Virgin olive oil is the perfect oil for the care of our skin, with exceptional benefits, including deep hydration, and regenerative properties. It is also the oil that works best with cold saponification, obtaining a soft, foamy texture with just the right amount of glycerine. Our OLIVE YOU soaps are made from virgin olive oil grown and harvested in Sóller, Mallorca, ensuring good treatment and quality from the raw material to the end product.
Our hazeva natural soaps based on virgin olive oil and its combinations are the following:
OLIVE YOU! - Sensitive: Enjoy the properties of virgin olive oil from Mallorca to the full, its moisturizing and delicate nature is ideal for essential skincare.
OLIVE YOU! - Almond Delight: The perfect combination for exceptional hydration and care, the benefits of Sweet Almond Oil are several: It acts as an anti-inflammatory, soothing and deep moisturizer, long-lasting, and best of all, it is NON-comedogenic.
OLIVE YOU! - Luscious Lavender: If you've ever felt that your skin is more prone to the redness of pimples, this oil will be your savior! Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties help fight bacteria.
OLIVE YOU! - Lemon meringue: Mmmm! Its scent is exquisite and it will give you a fresh sensation during the day. The lemon essential oil has key properties for our skin: it is antiseptic, healing, and moisturizing!
OLIVE YOU! - Opulent Orange: If you like sweet smells, this is for you! The sweetness and fascinating aroma of oranges will make you feel like you are in the middle of orange trees and you will want to inhale the air every time to feel that sweet citrus! It preserves the antioxidant properties of oranges and has a relaxing effect.
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