The benefits and uses of olive oil are many and varied, for this reason people of the Mediterranean have been using it for thousands of years. Because of it's emollient effect and nutrients olive oil softens, moisturizes, and conditions the skin and hair. Aptera Olive Oil Soap consists of saponified olive oil, water, and a trace of mineral salts (for lather), pure, simple and natural. It is also fragrance free without any colors or other impurities added, hypoallergenic, gentle on sensitive skin, friendly to the environment (100% biodegradable), is not tested on animals and does not contain any animal ingredients, which makes it cruelty free. Aptera Olive Oil Soap is produced by the principal olive farmer's cooperative of the Hania province on the Greek island of Crete, the same cooperative that produces Aptera Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is also great for shaving because of it's creamy rich lather. In addition, it is a great all purpose cleaner for removing grease, grime, oil, sticky substances and residue from all surfaces, including hands, basin, tub, tile, dishes, pots and pans, leather, wood (floors), etc. It conditions and shines everything it cleans and best of all it softens and conditions your hands while you are cleaning.