The Patounis Family settled in Corfu is making pure traditional soap from locally produced olive products a tradition that moves with the times. Our most valued asset is the ancestral recipes and practice that have been passed on from father to son for five successive generations. Our soap has been tested and approved by the local market for over a century, providing our quality assurance.
Ιn the 1940’s Spyros Patounis the 4th generation member of the family, having studied chemical engineering, established a chemical laboratory for the quality control of their products. Since then the company has developed a scientific approach to its traditional practice.
Throughout modern history soap has been a necessity for hygiene and cleanliness in developed societies. It also found application in medicine and pharmacology, due to its healing and antiseptic properties. The quality of traditional soap depended not only on the maker’s skill, but also on the suitability of the oil. The soap made from oils derived from olives was highly prized and sought after. Therefore, most of the early soap manufacture developed around the olive producing regions of the Mediterranean.
However, an important factor was overlooked: the negative long term effects of the new chemical ingredients on human health and the environment. Today, we know that many of these chemicals are harmful and consumers are increasingly looking for pure natural cleansing products. To this need the existing traditional soap manufacture is able to respond by offering pure soap made of selected natural oils. It is widely accepted that this is the most suitable skin cleanser since it clears the skin’s pores by effectively removing dirt, oily substances and dead cells.
We make soap using only the basic raw material of traditional soap manufacture with no additives. That is: natural oils, natrium hydroxide, natural sea salt and water. From natural oils to pure soap in our manufacture the soap is made totally by hand. After quality control the soap is ready for sale.
Traditionally, this kind of soap would cover all cleansing and cleaning needs. It was also renowned for its disinfecting and healing properties sure ulcers (bed sores), Skin rehabilitation after removal of orthopedic cast, local cleansing, in the preparation for microbiological urine sampling, denture cleaning.