Create your own Traditional Cretan Soap

Iraklio, Greece

Experience hosted by Grigorios

  1. 2 hours
  2. Hosted in English and Greek
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What you'll do

More useful now than ever!!
Let's create together our own handmade traditional Cretan soap that will protect us from the CORONA virus and many other pathogenic microorganisms, without using harmful chemicals!

Come with me to travel back to the time when Cretan people used to make their own Traditional Homemade Cretan Soap, using only Extra Virgin Olive Oil!
Together we can make our own traditional soaps, using the recipe that my grandmother showed me, as she also learned from her mother. With my knowledge as a biochemist, we can try to develop these recipes to produce a better product, based on your needs!
We will start from scratch, making soapy the raw materials and giving to our soap the features we will choose together, such as perfume, colour or shape. The olive oil we will use is collected and prepared by me and my family without any use of insecticides and other chemical preparations!

Naturally, at the end you will take the soap - you will have made with your own hands - that will be ready the next day, as a souvenir to remember this unique experience as you take your shower!!!
In addition, you can take the notes where every step is recorded all the way, if you wish to make your own soap at your place.!

In this experience we will take all the safety measures against Covid-19 and we will follow all the guidelines based on the guidance from the WHO.
Other things to note
The whole procedure is completely safe even for young children and no specific knowledge is required on the subject. On the contrary, you will find it particularly educative and interesting!
More useful now than ever!!
Let's create together our own handmade traditional Cretan soap that will protect us from the CORONA virus and many other pathogenic microorganisms, without using harmful chemicals!

Come with me to travel back to the time when Cretan people used to make their own Traditional Homemade Cretan Soap, using only Extra Virgin Olive Oil!
Together we can make our own traditional soaps, using the recipe th…

What's included

  • Food
    Grandma's homemade, delicious cookies will be offered during the experience...
  • Drinks
    Α coffee or tea with Cretan herbs and some homemade cookies can be offered...
  • Equipment
    Whatever we may need in our experience will be provided by me, including ma...

Accessibility

Mobility / physical

Mainly flat or leveled ground
Adaptive equipment
Refrigerator

Audio and visual

Designated sighted guide

Meet your Host, Grigorios

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 74 Reviews
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I am Gregory. I was born and raised in Heraklion, Crete.
I am a Chemist and I hold a Master's Degree in Biochemistry. I have attended a number of seminars on the traditional herbs of Crete and, more generally, on the production of natural cosmetic products.
In addition, I work as a chemist in a company that manufactures cosmetics from local Cretan products and I produce homemade soaps since I was a student in high school, with the old Cretan recipe, using only extra virgin olive oil, as my grandmother has taught me!
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From $34/ person

$34 per person
$34 per person
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Where you'll be

We will conduct our workshop in my home and to be precise, on the roof garden of the house, in order to be outdoor for our own safety. The house is located in the city of Herakleion, just a few minutes away from the city center. If the weather conditions permit it, we can carry out the process at a selected point in the nature.
Of course, I can bring you to my house with my car, you can take the public transport, walk or come with your own car.

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 74 reviews.

Trine
October 2021
Grigorios is a great host and his passion for soap making is genuine. Be prepared to be inspired to go home and create your own soap products. We had a great time!
Freddie
October 2021
This was a really great experience. Grigorios took very careful time to both explain and show how easy it is to make soap. He really took the time to construct an interactive and fun class. He was very welcoming and made the experience memorable. Absolutely fun and recommend!
Elena
August 2021
Very nice and informative activity! we made it hard on the host because he had to switch betwee Greek and English in our group and we asked many questions. He stayed very nice, calm, and has passion for what he talks about. My family loved it.
Hana
July 2021
My mom and I attended the soap making workshop that Grigorios held. The location of the workshop was at a big terrace that was overlooking the city of Heraklion. Grigorios teached us about the history of soap making and about a research on how healthy different vegetable fats are for the human bodies. That was a very interesting and eye opening part as we found out that some oils which are marketed to be healthy were actually not. After doing Grigorios workshop, you will know which vegetable fats are the best for your soaps and for the human consumption. Following the theoretical part, with Grigorios' instructions, we started creating our first soaps. We added desired colors and perfumes to our soap and placed it in moduls that we previously picked. We also had a short break as we waited for a chemical reaction to reach certain temperature. In this break we drank a wonderful tea prepared by our host. The plants from this tea are picked by his family from a mountain in Crete. Two days afterwards, we collected our soaps. We were really proud of our soaps and it motivated us to buy the necessary ingredients and try it at home too. We highly recommend you to book this experience with Grigorios!
Manuel
July 2021
Grigorios is a great host and explains in a short theoretical part in detail, why we all should care more about the ingredients we use in our daily products and our food we eat. In the second part every participant can make different and individual soaps to take home. Great experience.
Christina
November 2020
It was nice to make soap with Georgios, he explained a lot and was very patient. We recommend it to everyone who comes to the capital and would like to take a very special souvenir home with them. And the best thing is that you can do it at home using these instructions. Really thank you for your time. Christina and Emma

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 6 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.