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  • Writer's pictureNicolas Netien

Cultivating Beauty: The Ethical Story of Oleaphen

Updated: Jun 13

Welcome to the heart of Oleaphen, where the beauty of nature meets the integrity of sustainable practices. Nestled on the captivating island of Cyprus, our journey is not just about producing active ingredients for the nutraceutical and cosmetic industry; it's about redefining cultivation, ethics, and the very essence of beauty itself.

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Cultivation with Purpose:

Cyprus stands at the frontline of climate change, with 51% of our island facing the critical danger of desertification. In response, Oleaphen embraces permaculture and agro-ecology methods, viewing our farm as an ecosystem where every element plays a crucial role. Our focus? Growing soil and biodiversity. By prioritizing soil health, we enhance its capacity to retain water and withstand droughts, contributing to our mission of combating desertification.

Carbon Positive, Chemical Free:

At Oleaphen, we don't just aim to be sustainable; we strive to be regenerative. Our commitment to carbon positivity means that for every liter of olive oil produced, 1.6kg of carbon is sequestered in our soils, making our farm a carbon sink. Moreover, we uphold a strict no-pesticide policy, organic or otherwise, ensuring that our products are chemical-free and environmentally friendly.

Championing Biodiversity and Vegan Ethics:

Diversity isn't just a buzzword for us—it's a way of life. By eschewing pesticides and embracing organic practices, we cultivate an environment where biodiversity thrives. But our commitment to ethical farming doesn't stop there. Oleaphen proudly operates as a vegan farm with a zero-kill policy, embodying our belief in compassion towards all living beings.

Community Engagement:

We believe that true change begins at the grassroots level. Through initiatives like Kot-Kot, we rescue chickens retiring from the egg industry, providing them with a peaceful sanctuary where they contribute to our ecosystem through natural fertilization and pest control. Additionally, our efforts to collect and repurpose food waste from schools and restaurants not only mitigate methane emissions but also foster a circular economy ethos.

Education and Transparency:

Transparency isn't just a marketing trick for us—it's a way of life. We are eager to teach by example, serving as Earth antibodies in the face of environmental challenges. From educating children on waste management and circular economy principles to sharing our deep understanding of soil biology, Oleaphen is committed to empowering future generations to become stewards of the earth.

Quality Through Integrity:

Our unwavering commitment to environmental ethics isn't just about doing what's right—it's about achieving excellence. By nurturing the symbiotic relationship between soil microbes and plant roots, we unlock extraordinary levels of polyphenols in our ingredients. The result? Exceptional products that speak to the integrity of our process and the beauty of our planet.


At Oleaphen, beauty isn't just skin-deep—it's rooted in integrity, compassion, and sustainability. Join us on our journey as we redefine the very essence of beauty, one ethical harvest at a time. Together, let's cultivate a future where nature's beauty thrives in harmony with the planet, become a part of our ethical story

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