All Cloud Nine Soaps start with my basic recipe, which is made up of a large percentage of olive oil. I love working with olive oil for a lot of reason, one of them is that it is slow to saponify, which gives me plenty of time in the soap-making process to play around with colors, patterns, and additives.
Olive oil is high in oleic acid - an omega-nine fatty acid that is found naturally in many vegetable sources. The major component in olive oil is the triglyceride esters of oleic acid. I won’t bore you with the chemistry of that statement but will instead tell you, it’s the good stuff. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and antioxidants work very well as moisturizers. One of the primary reasons why olive oil works so well as a moisturizer is because of the hydrophilic (water loving) properties of these antioxidants which allow it to form a protective barrier and trap moisture on your skin.
Lots and lots of commercial skin products use synthetic chemicals that do moisturize, however, many of those chemicals clog your pores and clogged pores are the primary reasons for break-outs. Additionally, olive oil has deep penetrating properties so it not only moisturizes your skin, it also helps brighten your skin.
Olive oil soap helps add moisture to your skin and allows you to cleanse your skin without stripping it of its natural oils and the protective barrier that those oils provide. I use olive oil because it is very gentle and non-irritating, to even the most sensitive of skin. Soap made from olive oil is naturally hypoallergenic which means that it has little likelihood of causing an allergic reaction. Olive oil is very similar to your natural skin oils, so your skin responds well to it.
And that's that.