Helleo

Greece

After stumbling on an old handwritten soap recipe in 2010, Helleo founder Manos grew increasingly curious about the art of soap making. He eventually decided to drop his studies in England and returned to Crete to learn about the cold-process method. Working out of his grandfather's olive groves, Manos has been continuously exploring the immense benefits of Crete's rich varieties of herbs, honey and other natural ingredients for soap making. He studied their healing properties, usage in skin treatment and behavior in soap making. After three years of experimentation, he managed to create pure blends that preserve the soap’s natural ingredients and healing properties… and Helleo was born.

Philosophy

Helleo proudly stands for the preservation of the environment and respect for Cretan traditions. The olive oil is produced according to century old cultivation techniques and Manos only uses raw materials available on the island of Crete. He grows aloe vera plants on his land, his aunt – a beekeeper – supplies him with her high quality honey thyme and he works with other local farmers to source wild herbs, pomegranate and other natural ingredients.

How it is made

  • The Greek Island of Crete

    Helleo originates in the island of Crete, Greece. Olive trees have been considered sacred there for over thousands of years, and some of the world's finest organic extra virgin olive oil is produced on the island.

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    A Greek Family Affair

    Helleo founder Manos and his family have cultivated olive trees for decades. With environmental awareness and respect for tradition, they cultivate their grandfather's olive groves in the region of Viannos, world known for its microclimate and exceptional olive oil.

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    Cultivating Organic Olives

    Every year, the olive groves are fertilized, pruned and ploughed to provide an organic, extra virgin olive oil of outstanding quality. The process is supervised and certified by the Cretan Inspection Institute for Organic Products.

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    Harvesting the Olives

    A centuries-old tradition, the harvest is a celebratory moment for all families in Crete. The olives are picked at the right time only by hands or mechanically, and milled on the same day at a temperature not exceeding 25°C, ensuring the best possible quality for the olive oil.

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    Collecting Natural, Raw Ingredients

    Helleo founder Manos works with like-minded local producers who provide him with local avocado oil, black beer, organic red wine, wild herbs and plants like aloe vera. His aunt, who is a beekeeper, supplies him with local honey thyme.

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    Turning Ingredients into Oil

    For many years, Manos studied the healing properties, use for skin treatment and behaviour in soap making of various ingredients. Thanks to his ever growing knowledge, he has been creating distinct blends, each with their own refined character and healing properties. Here, Manos cuts an aloe vera plant to extract its precious juice for the Prickly Pear and Aloe Vera soap.

  • Blending the Oils

    Once all ingredients for the soap are weighted and took air temperature, the oils are blended. Step by step, the ingredients are added. For the Chamomille Calendula soap, for example, he uses the highly antioxidant and anti-irritant chamomile, the healing and therapeutic calendula and the intensely moisturising and emollient avocado oil.

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    The Cold Process Method

    All soaps are cold processed, which allows retaining all the healing properties for the skin from each ingredient, as well as the natural glycerin, which is absent from manufactured soaps.

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    Pouring

    Once the blend is ready, it is poured into moulds to rest and harden. At the workshop, all work is carried out by hand, produced in small batches. Thanks to their use of 100% recyclable materials, the company has been able to sustain a zero waste policy.

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    Cutting the Soaps

    Once the blend has hardened, the blocks of soap are carefully cut by hand.

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    Stamping

    As a finish, each soap gets stamped with Helleo’s signature sign.

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    Curing

    Once cut and stamped, the soaps are placed on trays and cured in appropriate natural conditions for at least eight weeks. During this time the soaps cure and become gentle for the skin. The completion of curing is followed by laboratory tests to certify the soap’s safe use.

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    Wrapping

    The final touch is also done by hand, with Manos and his team carefully wrapping the soaps in recycled paper, with each piece of paper telling the unique story of the soap it is wrapping.

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