How I infused Mother Nature's purity into feel-good products
While growing up in Athens, farming was not the first thing that came to mind as I contemplated my future. It took me some time to start putting the pieces of the puzzle together: the trips to my village in the Peloponnese, near Kalamata (the cradle of extra virgin olive oil), the green pepper-scented walks with my grandfather, the farming tools in our village home, the memory of everyday provincial life populated with images of my family returning from the field in their truck loaded with sacks of olives.
Fast forwarding down the windy road of my twenties, the puzzle started to make sense. A brief period of work in South Africa revealed new possibilities of working with the land. It inspired me to view my heritage in a different light; to return back to basics and to employ the traditional and sustainable farming methods of my forefathers; to contribute to the quality of life. I suddenly felt fulfilled by the prospect of harvesting Mother Nature’s generous gifts, turning them into precious everyday products for everyday use.
Today, Thrinax is built on a tradition of pure, handmade soaps, following the exact same processes and recipes used by my ancestors. The base ingredient common to all of my handmade soaps is one of earth’s finest raw ingredients – the olive. The traditional cultivation of olive trees underlines the soap’s purity. Saponification is achieved through the use of the cold process method which is gentler on the skin and maintains the beneficial properties of olive oil contrary to industrially-manufactured products. I also infuse my soap with a range of natural herbal and botanical additives, some dating back to the Greek classical period, to enrich the nutritional and aromatic properties of the soap and make them suitable for specific purposes.
All of my products are 100% natural. They are free of chemicals, parabens, petroleum, sulfates and GMO. All soaps are handmade from start to finish, left to cure, hand cut and packaged for delivery to you. It is my mission to envelope the purity and beauty of Mother Nature in my products, to bring you in contact with nature and offer you a luxurious experience, an authentic sensation of skin cleanliness and care.
This is the story of my past, my present and my future - which I look forward to sharing with you!
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I have deep respect for the land and believe that nature rewards eco-friendly processes with natural, nutrient-rich, quality products that enrich our daily lives.