10 October 2015

Katari soaps


Dear readers,

I don't know about you but I find shower gels much more convenient than using soap bars. They make less of a mess in the bathroom and they last you much longer. But there are some, like the hubby, who prefer the luxurious feel of an old fashioned soap bar. A point in their favour is that bacteria are less likely to thrive in a solid media so, for those of you with a germ phobia this might be the way to go.
Katari Soaps
The people from Katari sent me some of their best selling products and I decided to try out their soap bar first. I tend to do the same with food, I start eating whatever I like less first and leave the nicer tasting dishes for last. Their products are made with a high concentration of olive oil mixed with other natural ingredients, for example the Katari 25 green tea soap bar contains a 25% of olive oil and the green tea acts as an antioxidant and helps balance out oily skin types.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with this soap. It has a clean, fresh scent, it foams up quite a bit leaving a milky layer on your skin. What I liked the most is that it didn't dry out my skin like most solid soaps do, even those by Lush. I didn't feel the need to apply a body lotion afterwards which is the way to go when you're in a rush in the mornings. I'm definitely giving this a big thumbs up.

They retail for 6.50€ and weigh 115gr. You can choose from a variety of secondary, all natural ingredients, besides the olive oil, such as: Argan, Rosemary, Almond, Orange peel, Lavender, Aloe, Sea weed, Rose hip. The Katari 60 soap bar has the highest concentration of olive oil in solid condition and is perfect for dehydrated skin although it can be used for oily skin as well as it won't clog pores.

In case you're like me and prefer using liquid soaps they also sell a green tea shower gel.
Katari 25 Green Tea soap
This is what Katari has to say about their green tea soap:

The most important cosmetic quality of green tea is its antioxidant effect, which prevents the appearance of free radicals, breaks its chain reaction and repairs the harm that they may cause, like wrinkles and a general old aged appearance.

Combined with the effect of oleic acid, that reconstructs the cellular membrane of the epidermis, it tonifies and brings back firmness and smoothness to the skin.

The green tea leaf has a large quantities of Vitamins A, B2, C and E, which give it a powerful bactericidal effect, ideal for greasy skins, or those affected with acne. The essential grease oils from the olive, on the other hand, balance both serum and dryness, so skin returns to its optimum equilibrium. Two essential principles which, combined, facilitate the elimination of excessive grease on the skin.

Katari 25 Green Tea is a natural purifying soap, ideal for skins that suffer from an extreme environment, caused by pollution, intense cold or excessive exposure to solar radiation.

Katari 25 Green Tea soapIn case you're interested to know more about the history of the brand, I'm shamelessly copying their About page:

The Catarineu’s, an Ancient Soapmakers Family

The Catarineu family buries its roots as master soapmakers in the Castille of the 17th Century, famous for uniting Spanish tradition with that of the French Provence.

They produced soap with olive oil as its main ingredient, in the year 1.900 they established Hijos de Catarineu y Cía, who patented “Jabón de Castilla” and the brand “Castile Soap” for the international markets.

The company’s products were market leaders until cheaper and lower quality soaps changed the consumption habits of consumers.

In 1.975, upon Juan Catarineu’s death, the company closed its doors due to the lack of interest of Juan’s successors. In 2.009 though, her granddaughter María Catarineu understands that current consumers and the contemporary market seek products similar to what his grandfather had produced.

Maria recovered the traditional methodology, modernized the production processes, and renamed her soaps as Katari, in honor of his grandfather.
Jabones de Castilla and Katari Soaps

The new commercial name for Hijos de Catarineu could only be Jabones de Castilla. The name clearly defines its activity, but is also a "carta de naturaleza" for those who were recognized for a long time as authentic master soapmakers.

From the beginning, María Catarineu decided to launch her products in the Japanese market, considered mature for the philosophy of her soaps. The Japanese culture highly respects the value of tradition in companies, and consumers are very receptive to high quality Spanish products, especially if they are related to the already existing olive oils and wines.

Soaps were renamed as Katari because of its international exposure, helping to pronounce it in English and Oriental languages. Additionally, a number was added to specify the percentage of olive oil in its composition. The reason being that the traditional techniques permit to have the highest content of olive oil.

Are you a solid soap or shower gel user? Let me know in the comments below.

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