INCI Name: Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a wonderful Carrier oil and Base Oil for all personal care products. Highly nutritive and stable, it contains protein, minerals, and vitamins as well as superior penetrating power, and acidic and antioxidant values. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is high in unsaponifiables, which is a large group of compounds called steroids or sterol ins. They soften the skin and have superior moisturizing effects on the upper layer of the skin.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains a high level of antioxidants--molecules that slow and even prevent the oxidation of other molecules. Because extra-virgin olive oil comes from the first pressing of the olive--using no heat or chemicals for extraction—it is closest to its natural state and retains most of its healthful properties. Antioxidants applied to the skin can help repair damaged cells and restore the skin's vitality.
Extra Virgin olive oil also contains a natural chemical called Oleocanthal, which scientists believe acts as a painkiller in the same way that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) work. Therefore, Extra Virgin olive oil soap applied to the skin can help reduce inflammation. Extra-virgin olive oil is known to help improve skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Perfect for all your pet product lines too; both internal and external applications!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil polyphenols have been demonstrated to inhibit or delay the rate of growth of bacteria such as salmonella, cholera, staphylococcus, pseudomonas, and influenza in vitro. As a result, people can reap the same benefits for their skin by using Extra Virgin Olive Oil soap. People who suffer from acne often use Extra Virgin Olive Oil soap to help reduce and erase blemishes.