The tradition of Abea was founded in 1889 in Chania on the island of Crete in Greece by French Chemist Jules Deiss through Olive Oil Production. In 1917, under the name ABEA, the production and marketing of olive oil and soap was expanded. Recently, a new line of natural skin and hair care, Oliva was developed with the Cretan culture in mind. Natural, local sourced ingredients include olive oil, honey, orange, lavender, olive seeds. All products are free of color additives, silicones, parabens, propylene glycol, animal by-products. They are packaged in biodegradable containers with concern for the environment in mind.