Our company is represented by Nikolaos Brokos brothers and our family involvement in the production of olive oil soaps begun from our Grandfather in 1911 in a mountain village of Crete, Kritsa in the prefecture of Lassithi.
In the villages of Crete during this period, they produced and used in their kitchen only olive oil. In a small warehouse back then, our Grandfather (Emmanuel Brokos) started collecting old olive oils from houses in the surrounding villages that had run out of older crops and could not consume them. He then saponified these oils in a 150kg barrel which he heated underneath by lighting a wood fire.
Everything was then performed manually, after the saponification, the soap that was still hot in liquid viscous form, was poured into a large mold made of wooden boards which was left for a few days until it dried and turned into a solid form. Then with a long knife with a wooden handle he cut the soap into plates and sealed them manually with a wooden carved seal. He sold his soaps as a wanderer in various areas of Crete.
His son Nikolaos Brokos (our Father) growing up started helping our Grandfather at work and got familiarized with it. In 1955 he continued this profession alone in another mountain village of Crete (Malles of Ierapetra).
In 1972 he moved to Athens and in 1975 he commenced with first small factory there, purchasing some second hand soap making machines.
During the years and due to the increasing demand, our small factory could no longer cover this demand, and so in 1989 we moved to a new place in the industrial area of Inofyta, Viotia, with a new and increased capacity production line. In 2002 our father passed away and since then we assumed the business.
Now the saponification is done in 2 large stainless steel tanks with a total capacity of 20 tons which are heated with a steam circuit, the drying of the soap after saponification is achieved in a short time through a vacuum machine (in vacuum) where it automatically removes moisture and converts it from liquid in solids.
The machines and the modernization in general helped to increase the production capacity and mostly to speed up the shaping and packaging of the soaps, but the recipe and the method of soaping that is the most basic element of the soap’s quality, remains the same from the time of our Grandfather.