Handmade Soap from the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou in Mount Athos
These Handmade Soaps are the handiwork of the monks of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou in Mount Athos, Greece.
Each bar is made with care using a recipe developed by the fathers, containing natural and soothing organic elements, almost all of which are collected directly from the grounds of Mount Athos (i.e. olive oil, St. John’s wort, water).
The water used to make the soaps has an extraordinary story: During the building of the Monastery in the 1300’s, the desperate need to find a source of water in order to conclude the construction work was granted by our Theotokos. Saint Gregory, the founder of the Monastery, was at that time a monk and lived in a cave nearby. One day, as he knocked his cane on a rock, a spring of water appeared. Today, that same spring of water continues to provide water for the Monastery all year round, even during the summer months! The fathers collect and distill this water with flowers and herbs, on their premises, and use it for their unique soap recipe.
Choose between four enticing scents: pine, lemon, lavender and bitter almond, or select the variety pack that contains all four scents.
Ingredients: Olive oil, coconut oil, oil from wild grown St. John’s wort, distilled water from fruits and herbs, sodium hydroxide and fragrance.
Each bar soap weighs approximately 3.5 oz (100 g.). Partial discoloration is normal.
About the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou in Mount Athos, Greece:
Also known as Gregoriou Monastery, the Monastery is built high on a rock and by the sea, on the southeastern side of the Mount Athos peninsula. It was founded in the 14th century by Saint Gregory the Hesychast who dedicated the main church to Saint Nicholas. The second protector of the Monastery is Saint Gregory and the third protector is Saint Anastasia of Rome, known for performing myriad of miracles and whose relics are kept in the Monastery. In its history, Gregoriou Monastery burned down twice (once in the 15thcentury and then in the 18th century). Both times, it was successfully reconstructed without losing its treasureswhich now consist of, among other items, 4,000 printed books, 279 manuscripts, and parchments from the unique manuscript of Hermas belonging to the apocryphal books of the Gospel.