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100% Organic, Stone Ground, Whole California Olive Exfoliating + Moisturizing Scrub & Mask. Simple and naturally better for your skin and the earth.
Robert Whitson
1,727 Facebook Friends
San Francisco, California
United States
3 Team Members

We’re launching Oliviate to bring the power of California olives from the farm to your face. We’re using our Indiegogo campaign's Earth Day launch to introduce our 100% organic skincare products that work naturally with your skin without any artificial additives or plastic microbeads. Oliviate harnesses the power of nature to nourish and replenish your skin without harming the environment.

We're launching Oliviate on Indiegogo for two reasons: 

  1. There’s only one olive harvest a year; based on the amount of support we receive on Indiegogo, we will be better able to anticipate how much olive pomace we need to collect without creating needless waste; and 
  2. We need your financial support in order to purchase the key pieces of equipment (e.g., an industrial stone grinder) in order to scale up processing of the exfoliating scrub.  

Thanks for visiting our campaign, watching our video, and reading on to see what makes Oliviate different from other exfoliating scrubs available today.

We use three certified organic ingredients - California Olives, Glycerin (from Sustainable Palm), and Lemongrass Essential Oil. 

We stone-grind our olive pits to ensure uniform exfoliating micro-scrubbers that provide the perfect amount of exfoliation, without being too abrasive on the skin. And just to be on the safe side we add a trace amount of natural food grade preservative, which is also used in other organic products.

SF Chronicle – "Preorder this three-ingredient scrub before the harvest, and then reap the benefits of exfoliating with crushed olives, pits and all, in December."

Olive oil is not only healthy IN your body, but its health attributes also apply ON your body. Olive oil is loaded with inflammation-inhibiting, anti-aging antioxidants that hydrate and rebuild the skin's moisture barrier to prevent further moisture loss and wrinkles. We've carefully formulated our scrub to provide your skin with just the right amount of olive oil, which is quickly absorbed while you exfoliate. 

  • Olive oil has a low comedogenic rating (meaning the olive oil won't block your pores and cause acne); 
  • In recent years, certain plant oils - like olive oil - have actually been shown to pull out pore-clogging impurities (see Reddit on the Oil Cleansing Method); 
  • Olive oil is already used in many popular moisturizers; and 
  • Ironically, many "oil-free" exfoliating scrubs can strip your face of oil, causing your skin to respond with "rebound oil production" which can make you more prone to breakouts

You probably use an exfoliating scrub on your face a few times a week. Exfoliation has been shown to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores and promote the growth of new skin. However, most mainstream exfoliating scrubs use a 20+ chemical concoction that frequently contains 

  • Emulsifiers. These remain on your skin, drying it out and harming its natural protective layer. 
  • Parabens, PETs, and other Petroleum-Based Products. The truth is, no one knows the long-term effects these artificial chemicals have on our skin. What goes on our skin is still the Wild West, with virtually no regulation.
  • Plastic Microbeads. These wash down our drains into our oceans and lakes, and can even be found in our fish. 

  • Sourcing: All of our olive pomace comes from organic-certified California olives (it’s even local if you live in the Bay Area or Northern California); the remaining ingredients are organic and fair-trade certified.
  • Packaging: Most tubes end up in the trash and are unrecyclable. While there isn’t really a good alternative at this time, we plan to use a squeezable tube made from sugarcane instead of petroleum-based plastics. Our snap-cap is made from an easily recyclable PET plastic, which we plan to source with as much post-consumer recycled plastic as possible.
  • Manufacturing & Transparency: We will make the entire product in-house (vs. through a contracted manufacturer like most beauty products) at our partner olive miller in Northern California, and we’re committed to progressive labor practices.

We’ve partnered with an organic olive oil miller in Northern California, who will provide us with olive pomace and storage/processing space, but we need your support to purchase: 

  • Storage containers for the olive pomace; 
  • An industrial stone grinder; 
  • A commercial mixer;  
  • A bottler; 
  • Sustainable packaging; and
  • A crimping machine. 
While While most beauty products are manufactured by someone else then labeled with the brand you know, we’re setting out to do the processing, mixing and bottling of Oliviate ourselves!

While traveling around the Mediterranean, I (Rob) stumbled upon an olive miller who proudly used every part of the olive. In addition to producing excellent olive oil, I discovered a magical exfoliating scrub made almost entirely of olive pomace (the result of extra virgin olive oil production). I brought some home to San Francisco, and with regular use, it left my skin clean, soft and moisturized. However, one day the inevitable happened - the olive scrub ran out. I checked the shelves of grocery and specialty stores with no luck. So, the only obvious solution was to make it ourselves. 

Some friends and I accompanied our local olive oil store on an annual harvest trip where we picked and milled our own olives, and collected our first batch of olive pomace. With the pomace and a table top stone grinder (the same type that's used to make nut butters and mustards) Emily, along with some other friends and I began to experiment grinding the ground olive pits down to decrease the grain size of the exfoliators; and mixing in glycerin and essential oil to improve the overall feel and scent. Emily - lover of olives and all things natural - faithfully used every version of the scrub, and meticulously picked each subsequent scrub apart grain by grain, until we came up with the perfect moisturizing, exfoliating scrub that has three certified-organic ingredients, and is kept simple without emulsifiers, stablizers, and plastic microbeads.

Even if you can't support our campaign, we'd appreciate it if you shared it (copy and paste this link: http://igg.me/at/oliviate) with your friends and family over email or on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, or however you like to share.

You can also choose not to buy any products that contain plastic microbeads, but if you're like us and want to see the plastic microbead go extinct, then please sign our petition (http://chn.ge/1gFHLcN) to ask the President of the United States to prohibit the manufacture, distribution and sale of personal cosmetic products containing these synthetic microbeads.

Contact us at OliviateScrub[at]gmail[dot]com

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raised by 100 people in 2 months
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This campaign ended on June 20, 2014
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  • $15USD
    So Fresh

    One tube of Oliviate Scrub (3.3 fl. oz.) straight from the 2014 harvest to your doorstep ($3 below retail value). (Shipping included. Add $15 for shipping outside the US).

    23 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $25USD
    So Fresh & So Clean

    Two tubes of Oliviate Scrub (3.3 fl. oz./tube) delivered direct from the farm to your doorstep. Keep it all for yourself, or give one to your friend - it depends on your friends! (Shipping included. Add $20 for shipping outside the US).

    40 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $50USD
    Healthy Body - Inside & Out

    Olive Oil isn't just good IN your body, but it's also great ON your body. Receive • One Tube of Oliviate Scrub (3.3 fl. oz.) • One 500 mL Bottle of 2014 Olive This Olive That Organic California Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $50USD
    Healthy Body - Inside and Out

    Olive Oil isn't just good IN your body, but it's also great ON your body. Receive • Two tubes of Oliviate Scrub (3.3 fl. oz./tube) • One 500 mL Bottle of 2014 Olive This Olive That Organic California Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $75USD
    The Giving Olive Tree

    • Three Tubes of Oliviate Scrub (3.3 fl. oz./tube) • One 375 mL Bottle of 2014 Olive This Olive That Organic California Extra Virgin Olive Oil • One Olive Tree Sapling (Indoor or Outdoor; grow your own olives!) (Shipping Included).

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $75USD
    The Gourmet Gift

    • Three Tubes of Oliviate Scrub (3.3 fl. oz./tube) • One 375 mL Bottle of 2014 Olive This Olive That Organic California Extra Virgin Olive Oil • One Olive Wood Cutting Board (sustainably harvested from fallen olive trees and limbs) (Shipping Included).

    10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $100USD
    Olive Oil Tasting for Two

    • Olive Oil Tasting for Two hosted by Olive This Olive That in San Francisco, CA (includes bottle of California wine) • Two tubes of Oliviate Scrub (3.3 fl. oz./tube) • One 750 mL of Bottle of 2014 Olive This Olive That Organic California Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $300USD
    Harvest Trip & Dinner for Two

    You may have picked apples before, but you've probably never tried your hand at picking your own olives, making your own olive oil. The Harvest Trip includes • Transportation between San Francisco and the Olive Grove • Dinner and Wine • Freshly harvested Extra Virgin Olive Oil • Three tubes of Oliviate Scrub (3.3 fl. oz./tube)

    2 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
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