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Fair Trade Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Soap


About olive oil soap

Although soap was known in the Fertile Crescent as early as 2000 BCE, it was used in the treatment of wounds and in hairdressing before its cleansing properties were understood. In the Mediterranean, soap was entirely unknown: Egyptians and Romans used oils for bathing and the Egyptians used natron, a crystallized rock of brine, to launder clothes.

Although some individual Viking and Celtic tribes discovered soap independently, it was not widely known in Europe until the Arab invasion of the Byzantine Empire. It took considerably longer for the invention to reach northern Europe; the Celts are credited with introducing soap to Britain in 1000 CE. Although the Arabs used animal fat for their soaps, the abundance of olive trees in the Mediterranean area led to the development of soaps based on olive oil and lye from the ashes of the barilla, a common plant.

from "Castile Olive Oil Soap, Spain, 2000 BCE"
by Jean Kahler and Alena Shumway

This soap is made by a collective according to fair trade practices in the Roman Catholic parish of Taybeh (located on a hilltop between Jerusalem and Jericho).

Full of vitamins, minerals and proteins, olive oil soap is extremely mild and suitable for sensitive skin.

This pure white soap is totally natural with no colour or chemical additives. Handmade using the "cold process" ensures that the soap retains glycerine and requires no chemical preservatives.


Even if you are at war with a city...you must not destroy its trees for the tree of the fields is man's life.

Deut. 20: 19-20

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