Oinosporos | Handmade beauty products from grape seed oil
Oinos =Wine in ancient Greek + Sporos = seed
The name is based from the driving force of the project, which is grape seed. The seed is the core element of a plant containing crucial and basic data for its reproduction when planted. It is the initial element from which something is created or born. It symbolizes the genesis, new beginnings and hope.
The idea came up in the context of a postgraduate thesis of oenogist Evangelia Sotiropoulou at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. She researched the production of grape seed oil from Greek grape varieties.
The main purpose of the project is to explore the properties of grape seed oil as a winemaking by-product and how its ingredients could be used in beauty products contributing to winery sustainability.
It took about two year of experiments in order to develop a final form of each product. The result was a complete product line of handmade natural body and hair beauty, such as soaps, creams, oils, scrub, salts having grape seed oil as their main ingredient.
Grape seed oil has strong antioxidant properties due to high concentration of polyphenols, significantly reducing the levels of free radicals. It is a natural skin moisturizer, provides skin firmness, fights acne, protects the skin against UVA and nourishes the hair.
Oinosporos’ philosophy is to promote a holistic model of inner and external beauty through a constant research and development of products containing grape seed oil.
Its cause is the production of natural beauty products based on the use of winery by-products, grape seeds and grape seed oil, raising environmental awareness and contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.