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:
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
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 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