A line of handmade soaps made completely with natural products? Here it is! We got the low down from Stephane Andrieux, the creative mind behind Dermolia.
There are many Swiss Designers that are so incredibly creative, modern and passionate. We aim to dig deeper, beyond their designs and into the minds and hearts of what inspires them to dedicate their lives to their brand. Join us on a journey of discovering all things fashionably Swiss…allow us to introduce you to Dermolia.
GG: Tell us about your brand name?
Dermolia: Dermolia soaps are only done with the best organic olive oil. I created a brand name that would talk about olive oil and the advantages that olive oil gives to your skin. I used my old Latin and Ancient Greek dictionaries.
Dermolia comes from “dérma” (skin in Ancient Greek) and “olea” (olive oil in Latin).
GG: Tell us about the logo?
Dermolia: A logo is something that is meant to be modified with the years. It must be understood and readable. That is why Dermolia Zürich has a simple logo. The only extravagant stuff on the logo is the olive oil drop on the letter “i.”. This reminds readers of Dermolia’s secret, the olive oil.
GG: How would you describe your designs/soaps?
Dermolia: They are perfect in their simplicity. A real toiletry soap that is done exclusively with an organic olive oil that I import from three 100 year old olive groves in Catalonia. Sergio and Mar, our providers, support and understand Dermolia’s product quality.
The oil, as it is not getting cooked, contains loads of natural anti-aging, antioxidant and healing qualities. I buy organic swiss honey exclusively at Biohonig Sauter in the Canton of Ticino and the organic lavender flowers exclusively to L’essencier in the Canton of Wallis. Everything is 100% natural, even the packaging is made with recycled paper!
GG: Where are most of your items produced?
Dermolia: They are all produced at Zürich Kreis 2, at my place, were I have a small laboratory.
GG: What is your earliest memory of being inspired to create?
Dermolia: I love learning and doing stuff on my own. Around 5 years ago, I went to Colombia where my brother lives. He made some soaps and I was in love with them. They were so natural. At this time, I was unhappy with most of the soaps I was using because they were partially made with palm oil. I informed myself and read a lot of books about soaps. There is no big secret about making a soap. The only secret is the fat you use. Around two years ago I told myself that the time had come. I started and discovered it was addictive and built what is today only the beginning of the Dermolia brand.
GG: What is your influence? Travel? People? Fashion Weeks?
Dermolia: My love for real and natural products. My goal was to answer a real human need, getting clean and getting a protected skin without impacting the nature.
I read many historical chemistry books, up to the 1st century which helped me understand the soap industry in Europe.
GG: What is your favorite piece/soap/etc. you have ever designed?
Dermolia: The Castilla one, superfatted at 20%. A real soap. 3 ingredients. The honey one is marvellous and leaves a perfect skin thanks to its 16% honey content. The lavender one is like remembering the old Windsor soaps that we all smelled when we were kids. So classic but so lovely. I’m sorry I love them all, that is why I adore selling them.
GG: What are your favorite smells/textures?
Dermolia: I love natural, strong and deep smells. I love the smell of wood, of recently cut grass, and the smell of the ground. My favourite smell is vetiver essential oil. I created an olive oil gel with Vetiver in it. I use it on my beard.
GG:Can you give some advice to our readers?
Dermolia: There is nothing better than all natural stuff. If a cosmetic product holds more than 5/6 products, there is an issue. Why make it complicated when we can do it easy? Remember that all what we use on our body finishes in our rivers, our lakes and into the see. Most of the shower gels or soaps are done with chemical surfactants which are made with crude oil!! Do we really need that?