Handpicked from Nature
Olive oil is extracted by pressing the drupes; it is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids such as oleic (75-80%), linoleic, palmitoleic, palmitic, stearic, arachidic and myristic acids. It also contains unsaponifiable matter, mainly consisting of squalene, hydrocarbons, triterpene and aliphatic alcohols, sterols, tocopherols and carotenoids.
Excellent for your skin
Phoenicians called it ‘liquid gold’. Egyptians used it to soften the skin and make hair look shiny. Greek athletes employed it for massages and rubbing. Recent studies show that the composition of fats in olive oil is similar to that in human skin sebum. Olive oil is rich in beneficial substances and active ingredients. The structure of extra virgin olive oil is actually rich in polyphenols, vitamin E and carotenoids that have a natural anti-ageing effect on skin, and also help fight free radicals, inflammation and oxidative stress. Its unsaponifiable matter is rich in vitamins A and E that contribute to make olive oil rather stable to rancidity. Besides its unsaponifiable matter makes it quite similar to skin sebum; it has protective and anti-wrinkle properties; it restores sebum. It also has other important effects related to skin trophism since it stimulates the reparative processes of epidermis and dermis. It can be used in cosmetic emulsions and ‘oleoliti’ (ointments) for dry and irritated skins. It can also be used in formulas for the scalp to restore shine to flat and dull hair.
Where on Earth does it come from?
The olive tree might have first appeared in Western Asia to later spread to the entire Mediterranean region where it became almost a sacred crop for all religions. The Romans, who grew olive trees as early as 580 BC, made an excess and wasteful use of the plant. From time immemorial, the olive was regarded as a symbol of spirituality and sacredness. Synonymous for fertility and rebirth, of endurance to the ravages of time and the injustices of war, a symbol of peace and courage, the olive represented in mythology as well as religion a natural element of strength and purification.