I was recently introduced to this range of products from the Olive Oil Skin Care Company by a friend. Exclusively distributed in Singapore by Kerygo, these products are wholly made in Australia, using 100% Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
These products moisturise and nourish the skin well, since olive oil is its main active ingredient. Furthermore, the olive oil is from a family-owned plantation in Central New South Wales, that doesn’t use herbicides, fungicides or pesticides.
All the products by the Olive Oil Skin Care Company are made from natural ingredients without preservatives, colouring or palm oil, making it suitable for babies, and especially effective for those with sensitive skin or eczema.
Rose Geranium Shampoo and Conditioner ($32.90 each)
Our favourite product was the Rose Geranium Shampoo. It made K’s usually frizzy hair so smooth to the touch! Most shampoos dry her hair further, and we would have to apply copious amounts of conditioner thereafter. But with this, it was as if we had already applied conditioner – the wonders of olive oil, I suppose.
K is not usually expressive, but after showering, she said, “I love it, I love it, I love it! My hair is so soft I can comb it straight with this small comb!” (Usually we use a detangler brush.) ‘Nuff said.
My entire bathroom was left smelling like roses after this, and there was a lovely faint scent of rosewater on K’s forehead when I later kissed her goodnight. Thus, I wasn’t surprised to learn that 100% pure Australian essential oil is used in these products.
Soothing Balm ($26.90)
The lemon scented tea tree soothing balm also smelled therapeutic, and doubles up as an insect repellent! Great for those beach holidays, or for school excursions to farms and parks.
This soothing balm can be used to sooth rash in the nappy area, as well as for dry skin, eczema, insect bites and minor burns.
My kids get bumps and scratches quite often since they are often out and about, and a big part of making them feel better lies in applying the right boo-boo balm. This is definitely a great addition to my current stock!
I simply have to mention how much I like the Aboriginal-inspired patterns on the packaging too!
Handmade soaps ($9.90 traditional/scented, $10.90 Aboriginal series)
No other oils or waxes are added into these soaps, and each bar of soap is cured for at least 10 – 14 weeks, which makes for a harder bar of soap that lasts longer and lathers better.
The kids and I loved the soaps, which lathered really well, making for some slippery fun at bathtime!
I was amazed at the variety of soaps they offer – there are four traditional varieties (including Manuka Honey and Goat’s Milk), five scented varieties (lavender, lemongrass, and Aphrodite – an intriguing blend of Ylang Ylang, Sweet Orange, Grapefruit White and Patchouli, which results in a sweet floral fragrance), and three Aboriginal series varieties.
Specifically, the Aboriginal Series was borne out of fusing the “ancient Mediterranean tradition of applying olive oil to the skin and hair, with the wisdom of Aboriginal Australians, who over millennia have harnessed native flora to treat skin ailments”.
We tried the Gidyea with Lemon scented Tea Tree Olive Oil Soap, which includes leaves from the Gidyea tree, known for its moisturising qualities. Tea Tree oil has antiseptic properties, which makes for a really clean wash.
There is another very interesting sounding variety called the Gumby Gumby with Blue Mallee Eucalyptus Olive Oil Soap!
We also tried the Rose Geranium Scented Olive Oil Soap which the girls liked very much.
Castille Body Wash ($17.90)
The body washes come in four varieties, and the scented versions are very subtly so. I found that it lathers less readily than the soaps, but this is easily solved by using a puff sponge.
Although these series of Skin Care products are more pricey than some mass market brands, as the saying goes: 一分钱一分货. When it comes to stuff we slather onto our kids’ skin, quality is key.
It was also interesting to learn that the Olive Oil Skin Care Company retains glycerin (a natural by-product in the soap making process has moisturizing qualities) in their soaps, instead of extracting it for higher margin uses. Some commercial companies tend to remove glycerin for inclusion in more profitable products such as moisturisers.
Kerygo is generously giving away a hamper (worth over $120!) with the following products to one lucky winner:
- 1 Castille body wash
- 1 handmade soap
- 1 jar of soothing balm
- 1 Rose Geranium shampoo and 1 conditioner
To enter, complete all the steps below:
- Like Olive Oil Skin Care Co Singapore Facebook Page
- Like LilBlueBottle’s Facebook Page
- Like this Facebook post, and leave a comment with your email address, tagging 4 friends.
The giveaway ends on 2359 hrs on 14 Sept 2015, and winners will be informed via email. The usual terms and conditions apply.
[Update on 15 Sep 2015: Congratulations Karen Low! You are the winner of this giveaway, and an email notice has been sent to you. 🙂 ]
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There’s free delivery for online purchases above S$75, but why not pop down to their store to pick up what you like – last few days!
Note: We received the products shown above for the purpose of this review.