About Vilia Soap Company
Vilia Soap Company is a natural, Greek-inspired small-batch skincare line based in Chicago. Our products are made with high-quality, effective ingredients that have been used in Greek apothecary since the days of the beautiful and empowered Greek Goddesses. The company was founded out of our love for Greek olive oil which is naturally packed with anti-aging antioxidants and hydrating squalene which helps moisturize your skin, renew damaged skin cells, and improve elasticity. Our mission is to provide you with natural luxury products that are non-toxic and chemical free.
The word ‘Vilia’ is from the Greek word ‘voukamvilia’ – a plant with beautiful flower like spring leaves that is prevalent in the Greek Cyclades (and by the way if you haven’t been, please go there, it is gorgeous!). Our signature packaging includes the voukamvilia flower which was illustrated by Antonia Kaplani, a local Greek artist, exclusive for our products.
About the Founder
Yiasas! (Hello!) My name is Staci Hamalis. I grew up in the lovely Midwest and had the opportunity to travel abroad and live in my husband’s beautiful country of Greece. My love for olive oil started after my father-in-law, a retired chemist, taught me how to make my first batch of soap with Greek olive oil from the olives our family harvested. Making the switch to the all natural soap helped my dry skin, which was because it was a chemical free product. From then on, I began to study the actual ingredients in beauty products. There are over 1,300 chemicals banned for use in cosmetics by the European Union and only 11 are banned in the U.S. There are over 20,000 chemicals that are on the market in skincare and beauty products and many of those chemicals haven’t been tested for long-term effects and some of the chemicals are proving to be toxic for various reasons. Living in a country that was rich in ancient history beauty rituals and full of natural botanicals, I found inspiration in formulating my own skincare products. I left my consulting career and made it my mission to bring Greece to life in healthy skincare products that I could share with others.