Located in the fertile valley of Paarl at the foot of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains in the Western Cape.
As a family run farm since 1946 our roots are as deep as those of the trees that stand their ground. Drakenstein Olives was started and established by the 3rd generation in 1997 when packaging under our own brand first began. Our curing method with the focus on Naturally Black Greek style olives has stayed exactly the same as day one, striving to deliver a continuous taste and quality product to our clients.
Our demand has grown over the years in such a way that besides our own produce, we source locally picked olives and cure between 70 000 to 120 000kg per anum depending on the harvest yield with approx 8000Liters of the finest Extra Virgin Cold pressed Olive Oil. We build lasting relationships and place our name on personal and ethical business principles
Taking our Olive oil to new hights
During 2020, what started as a hobby and facination with natural and mainly Olive Oil based skincare products, turned into a passion and determination to deliver healing, pure, nourishing and natural products at affordable prices.
With the element of NATURAL, going back to basics, cutting out toxic ingredients found in most other products, ours is intended to hydrate, heal and nourish the skin with one less thing to worry about. Our range has grown to include natural handmade 100% pure olive oil soap, liquid soap, gentle cream wash, baby products, balms, serum and so much more.
May you enjoy them and feel the difference!
The list of health and skincare benefits when using Olive Oil is a long one.
Information is key and to understand why it is important, one needs to know how it was created and what the benefits are
When we first started pressing Olive oil in the 90's it was relatively unknown to the majority of consumers and due to the price being higher than say sunflower oil, it felt like a uphill battle to inform people of the WHY and HOW.
In the Modern world with information at our fingertips and the awareness of being healthy the consumer is informed that olive oil is the healthy choice. The demand for olive oil has increased but so has the variety of products on our retail shelves.
LOTS AND LOTS OF CHOICES when shopping for olive oil with price and quality being the deciding factors
Please read our blog posts for more information on:
Olive Oil Fun Facts: Olive oil is technically a fruit juice rather than an oil. The olives are pressed to release their juices just like an orange or a lemon be pressed. The olive tree is native to the Mediterranean, where olive oil has been an important part of life for thousands of years.
1. The only difference between green olives and black olives is ripeness.
Green olives are olives that are harvested before they ripen, while black olives aren’t harvested until they are fully ripe. Both green and black olives are inedible until they are cured in salt, brine, or water and the curing process is mostly responsible for the differences in flavor.
Different cultivars are however better intended for certain uses
WHAT IS THE COMEDOGENIC SCALE?
The comedogenic scale is ranked by how likely it is that any specific ingredients, such as oils and butters used in cosmetic product formulation, will clog pores. Anyone who is susceptible to acne breakouts and blackheads should avoid highly comedogenic oils, as they are likely to cause recurring acne problems. However, people with drier skin might prefer a more emollient oil toward the middle of the scale.
The scale uses a numbering system of 0 to 5. Here’s how the numbers rank on the scale:
0 - won’t clog pores at all
1 - very low likelihood of clogging pores
2 - moderately low likelihood
3 - moderate likelihood
4 - fairly high likelihood
5 - high likelihood of clogging pores
WHAT DOES NON-COMEDOGENIC MEAN?
Non-comedogenic ingredients are substances that do not clog pores and have a comedogenic rating of 2 or less.
And just about any substance with a rating of 5 pretty much guarantees that a person who is prone to acne breakouts will have one. The comedogenic scale below looks at oils and butter in a particular.
Many factors are involved in how a particular oil impacts your skin. So, there is no way to make an “absolute” prediction. Even dermatologists have trouble determining how people's skin will react to things. The fact is, everyone’s skin is different, so an oil will impact different people in different ways.
For example, avocado oil can be a nourishing oil for some people with oily skin while others who also have oily skin will use it and develop more acne breakouts!
Factors that can lead to this variety of results may include things like skin type, illness, water intake, environmental factors, and other things that can influence the way the oils act on your skin.
In addition to an ingredient's comedogenic ranking, the composition of fatty acids is also useful in determining which skin type will benefit from a particular oil.
A PRIMER ON NON-COMEDOGENIC PRODUCTS
Identifying non-comedogenic skin care products usually involves doing some careful reading of ingredient labels. Single ingredient oils and butters are easy to place. Simply look up where that oil falls on the scale!
Items like lotions and serums are blends of many ingredients. They may often include items both on the low and high end of the scale.
Lotions and creams are blends of oils, alcohols and other ingredients. Emulsifying and emollient ingredients aren't always skin friendly.
Some to avoid include Myristyl/Isopropyl Myristate, Isocetyl/Octyl/Isopropyl Stearate, Hexadecyl Alcohol and others Cocoa butter, coconut oil, wheat germ oil and lanolin offer benefits, but are all high on the comedogenic scale, making them less than ideal for facial skincare.
Water-based formulations are less likely to clog pores. But, watch out for certain algae-based ingredients like red algae and algae extract, sulfate cleansers, and laureth! These all place high on the scale.
Also, you might see claims like dermatologist-recommended, hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. These claims don't inherently mean a product is not going to clog pores or will work for your skin type. It's important to know what works for your skin when choosing skincare and makeup products.
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