A Path on history and tradition of Olive Oil
It’s all started out of love towards the long tradition of olive oil that has to be traced through the ages taking us back to back to mystical paths of mythical civilisations in the Mediterranean region.
In ancient Greece, athletes ritually rubbed olive oil over their bodies, while leaves of olive oil trees together with their branches was the equivalent of nowadays medal reward for the winners of the first Olympic Games.
Drops of olive used to be seeped towards the bones of the dead through holes in their tomb, while leaves and branches perennial symbols of abundance, benediction and purification were offered to deities and powerful figures.
Cultivation was widely spread from the ancient island of Minoan Crete to Mesopotamia. It was the mystical glow of olive oil that broadly named it in its home countries, including Egypt, as the ‘‘liquid gold’’.
Started as a cosmetic
Although most people are aware of olive oil as an essential food supplement with many nutritional benefits, very few know that its first usage was as a cosmetic extraction.
It is a widely spread view that ancient man discovered olive oil after stepping with wounded bare feet on olives, which had been dropped on the soil. The olive oil that was coming out of the fruit was a refreshing reliever for his tired legs. Archaeological evidence comes to prove this, with olive oil amphorae since early Minoan time appearing to contain herbs for medical purposes.
It was also Hippocrates, probably the most outstanding figure in the history on medicine, that in the 5th century B.C. recommends olive oil for certain ailments, as well as for healing abrasions, muscles invigoration and skin soothing from dry climate effects.
Crete and Olive Oil.
Lost between history and tradition, year after year, olive oil production classified Crete in the Mediterranean region to be one of the most traditional representatives of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the food market industry.
With hundreds of family businesses, olive oil production is an integral part of daily life. This is how our story begins. Three friends and an old family business, year after year shaped in the early 90s Cretan Taste.
Its people, with knowledge and experience, had the vision to export all traditional products, including olive oil, in order to make the so called “Cretan Diet”, which had always proved to be the reason of longevity, an international well known traditional dietary model.
Odevma & Olivaloe
The positive feedback from every corner of the world that our olive oil was sent, together with the request of additional products that would derive from the Cretan soil gradually developed the idea on a new venture. Quality olive oil, quality product, quality cosmetic!
There was no need to produce anything. The product had already been produced and it was in our hands. This time though had to been even better and distinct from the several other products in the market. The first thought was to keep it organic. The second though was to add something special, something with an equivalent rich history of proven research and beneficial qualities.
Thus Aloe Vera was selected. Highly antioxidant, uplifting, cooling and hydrating, suitable for sunburns and irritated skin. The combination was unique. There were many cosmetics with olive, many with aloe but the combination of both especially as organic ingredients was something unique. The brand name came on its own. It was there, it was the product it self. We had developed a new product. We had merged the two top cosmetic extracts in to one and so we did with their name.
Olivaloe Beauty Products
Natural cosmetics with organic Olive oil & organic Aloe Vera. A unique combination for your skin.
All products are mineral oil, vaseline, propylene glycol, silicon and paraben free. Quality products, user friendly size packaging, followed by a friendly customer price policy as well.
Products for a complete face & body session followed by a unique bath & hair care range with the philosophy of turning long traditional natural recipes into high quality cosmetic products.
The whole product range which is continuously being developed, come to complete sun protection products as well men’s care products for daily use.
After an expanding quality production in Chania, Crete, always based on organic Olive and Aloe, our products rapidly received not only the loyalty in the domestic market but also a great enthusiasm throughout the country from the several visitors that choose Greece as one of their favourite destination each year.
Thus we created our e-shop, in order to be able to stay in contact with everyone that wishes to have our cosmetic products delivered to his/her home address, establishing this way a bridge of communication throughout the year with the rest of the world.
The Domestic Market – Greece
In the domestic market our cosmetic range can be found in several shops that would be mainly summarised in the following categories:
- Organic Shops that sell organic products in general including organic food, herbs, wines and cosmetics
- Spa centers
- Beauty salons
- Pharmacies & Drug stores. It is really common in Greece for pharmacies to sell cosmetics as OTC (over the counter) skin care products.
- Cosmetic & Beauty product retailers.
- Souvenir shops. These shops widely operate in the islands, during the tourist period selling local production’s goods.
Although our e-shop targets mainly the retail consumer market with door to door deliveries we are happy to expand our business to business portfolio abroad Greece. Thus, we offer the chance to different type of businesses including hotels, spa centers, cosmetic or organic product retailers, as well as wholesalers, to get in contact with us. We are looking forward to bridging our passion and experience to different parts of the world.