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Patounis’ olive Soap Workshop

Patounis’ Olive Soap Workshop is a historical firm which has been in continuous operation since the 19th century in the town of Corfu. Its commercial activity was originally launched in Zakynthos. In 1891 the son of Apostolos Patounis built the premises of the soap workshop in Corfu (serving initially as an annex and later as the headquarters of the business), where it operates unremittingly to this day. Nowadays, the company has an extensive product distribution network, a large part of which operates abroad.
The company manufactures soap using a specific traditional/pre-industrialist method (the soap is processed-cooked in a cauldron) in which pure fatty raw materials (olive oil, olive-pomace oil), all Corfiot products, are used. More specifically, according to the authentic recipe, the production of soap involves the following stages: a. Processing of the soap in a cauldron (saponification, salting-out, cooking, leaching, cooling), b. Emptying the soap from the cauldron, c. Hardening, d. Stamping – cutting, e. Maturation, f. Quality control – packaging.


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