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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 September 2017
16 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2017 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM reeks are renowned for having amazing youthful looking skin, leaving so many people asking ‘What's your secret?’. To think of something that represents Greece, one would without a doubt say the olive tree. Not only do we eat its fruits but we use olive oil in almost everything. We cook with it, we slather it in our hair, on our bodies and even use it on cracked heels. Traditionally an olive branch was used as a symbol of peace, and according to Hippocrates, olive oil was used for healing skin conditions, stomach problems and ear infections amongst other things; Homer even referred to it as 'liquid gold'. With all things 'nature' being so on trend at the moment, many people are reverting to more traditional methods of skincare. Personally as I get older I find myself wanting to enjoy simple Discovering the beauty in the O.LIVE G ZOE GEORGE luxuries; things that were never important to me in my youth. I want to wash my hands with a soap that smells beautiful and leaves my hands soft, I want to moisturise my body with a cream that smells and feels amazing, and there is nothing I want more than to wash my hair and be taken to a faraway place when I close my eyes in the shower. It's amazing how powerful our senses are, especially the sense of smell; a certain perfume can remind you of a person you knew a lifetime ago and a shampoo can remind you of a holiday you went on. Frank Remoundos is the director and distributor of the O.LIVE brand here in Australia and finds the local market to be supportive of the products. After a recent holiday to Greece where he fell in love with the products he felt as though it would be a great fit for Australia, seeing as we are one of the world’s largest consumers of olive oil, as well as having such a large Greek population. His prior experience in the industry made it an easy and natural decision for him to bring the products to our shores. Another common Greek symbol is the pomegranate, a beautiful fruit symbolising good luck, abundance, youth and fertility. O.LIVE has an entire range dedicated to pomegranate that has me completely smitten. It's called the Pink series and it includes hair and body care products. True to its name, the entire O.LIVE range is infused with Greek olive oil from Crete which is a big deal for the locals. Winter on the island is spent pruning the trees by either beating or shaking the olives off onto canvas before pressing them for oil. Stremmata (acres) are passed on through generations and ravdisma (pruning) is something families still enjoy doing together through the cooler months while they spend their days working and eating lunches cooked on coals. Olive oil is thought to be a rich source of Vitamins A, K and E, and may help fight against ageing and free radicals our skin is susceptible to from exposure to life living in a city. The O.LIVE range appears in exclusive hotels around Greece and the islands, and is used in popular spa facilities such as the Sofitel’s. The range is can also be found in CoCo Mat locations around the world as their exclusive beauty range. The O.LIVE range is free from parabens, propylene glycol, and paraffin and the products cover face, body, hair, spa, home, and amenities. Currently, Frank and his Australian team are responsible for shipping O.Live to Asia, America, Canada, and New Zealand, with Greece headquarters still managing Europe. I sat with Frank and asked him a few questions. Here is what he had to say: How did O.LIVE come about? O.LIVE started as a hotel amenities and spa range. The founder Androklis Terzakis and his family own 5-star luxury hotels in Greece including the Sofitel in Athens, the Grand Hotel in Rhodes, and Laguna Resort & Spa in Crete, among others. As part of the high-end customer service, O.LIVE products were provided as part of the in-room experience and used in luxury hotel spas. What was the main inspiration behind the brand? The founders wanted to treat the hotel customers to products that would provide a true ‘Greek’ experience. What's better than olive oil from Crete, plants and herbs from the Greek flora and packaging inspired by patterns found in the floors and walls of ancient building from all around Greece?
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