Both colloidal silver and olive oil are important ingredients of soap and each of them plays a vital role. Each of them has its own unique properties which get imparted to the soap. Olive oil is being used for making soap since ancient times whereas use of colloidal silver in soap making is a recent phenomenon.
Use of olive oil as soap ingredient was discovered accidentally. Ancient soap makers found that when olive oil was mixed with lye induced waters from volcanic streams, it produced soapy bubbles and the origins of olive oil soap were formed. Through trial and error over the centuries olive oil was shown to make an excellent soap. In the 6th century, French craftsmen combined the ashes from sea plants with locally pressed olive oils to make the world’s first olive oil soaps.
As per historians, olives were first cultivated in the Eastern part of the Mediterranean, in the region known as the “fertile crescent,” and moved westwards over the millennia. Olive oil is extracted from the olive fruit. The stems, twigs and leaves are removed from the lot and they are grinded to make olive paste. There after, oil is separated out. There are so many varieties of olive tree. In Italy alone, there are thirty varieties of olives growing and each yields particular oil with its own unique characteristics.
The soap making process of olive oil soap involves no synthetic material. The fats or oils are saponified into soap by the addition of lye. The lye is neutralized during the soap-making process. Olive Oil and lye is mixed with colors, fragrances and moisturizers such as glycerin. A lower grade of olive oil is actually preferred for these purposes, such as pomace or pure oil, because of its lower price and saponification properties. However, good manufacturers maintain quality of their soap by using edible olive oil.
Handmade soap from olive oil is a rare modern treat, directly traceable to ancient cultures. Olive oil is rich in vitamin E which is not only a natural protector of the skin but also is an anti-oxidant. Olive oil in soap has a natural ability to mix with water and go deeply into the pores of our skin to give a wonderful cleansing.
In comparison to olive oil, till sometime back, colloidal silver was lagging behind in the field of soap making. But, silver has been known from ancient times for its antibacterial properties. Our ancestors were using silver as protective shield from bacteria. This is reflected by their use of silver vessels to keep water fresh. The American settlers used to put silver dollars in their milk to hinder its spoilage. Colloidal silver, which is nothing but very fine particles of pure silver, suspended in water, was discovered of its magic properties in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It is during this time when uses of colloidal silver became widespread.
Colloidal silver is found to contain antimicrobial and antifungal properties which make it a perfect ingredient in soap making. The antimicrobial property of colloidal silver is attributed to its silver content and can be explained accordingly. Although silver is harmless to human beings it is deadly to a culture of bacteria of a virus. It doesn’t kill bacteria or a virus but when a particle of silver comes into contact with these living beings it inhibits their ability to reproduce. It does so by disabling the oxygen metabolism enzyme found in single celled organisms such as bacteria and fungi, as well as the enzyme found in most viruses. This causes the pathogen to die/stop replicating so that the immune and lymph systems can eliminate them from the body. The effectiveness of colloidal silver as medicine has raised interest in it research most recently, probably because illness causing organisms do not seem to build up a resistance to colloidal silver.
Colloidal silver is particularly very effective in various skin conditions. Colloidal silver stimulates bone-forming cells, cures the most common stubborn infections of all kinds of bacteria, and stimulates healing in the skin and other soft tissues.
The above unique properties of colloidal silver are imparted to the soap also. Colloidal silver is very soft towards delicate human skin. The same is true for the soap containing colloidal silver too. Unlike normal soaps, which normally contains chemicals which can irritate sensitive skins, colloidal silver is free from such complains. Because of its silver content, the resulting soaps are purely natural. As a result, the most delicate skin is treated tenderly.
Both olive oil soap and the soap containing colloidal silver are good for skin and both have good cleansing effect. Olive oil soap creates rich foam lather whereas soap with colloidal silver is tender to the skin. Skin and hair cleansed with olive oil soap retain moisture, resilience, suppleness and brightness. Whereas regular usage of soaps with colloidal silver keep the skin free from so many diseases like acne, rashes etc. Both the varieties of soap are natural and therefore they are free from toxic chemicals normally found in commercially available soaps. Both of them are equally effective in various type of skins like dry skin, oily skin etc. However, soaps with colloidal silver have greater medicinal values and therefore prevents the skin from so many skin disorders. Therefore, these soaps are much preferred compared to olive oil soaps. Even if olive soaps are known for its good cleaning, soaps with colloidal silver scores better because of their antibacterial properties and therefore they have a definite edge over olive oil soaps.