Greece, Travel

My Favorite Greek Cosmetic and Beauty Products

February 11, 2020

Greek Cosmetics

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Traveling to Greece for the past four years and now living in Athens,  I go I discover another great Greek cosmetic or beauty product. As in many European countries, you can find upscale brands of beauty products in pharmacies.

Don’t worry; I am not becoming a beauty blogger. However, I think it is helpful to share this with you for two reasons. One is, so you don’t have to search for good brands for the basic needs of shampoo, lotion, etc. Two, I think these things make better souvenirs since you will actually use them.


Korres was the first Greek beauty brand I discovered. I love the smell of cotton, and I found their brand when I saw a lotion called Pure Cotton. I also noticed they had a perfume called Pure Cotton as well! When I left Greece, I had bought both of them on one of the Greek Islands. The smell is heavenly and not overpowering. The lotion was a body butter and while thick absorbed quickly. My dehydrated skin appreciated the moisture after two weeks in the Greek sun.

There are also matching body washes in most of the same scents. Click here to buy the Pure Cotton body wash.

At the Athens airport in duty-free, there is a whole Korres shop. Since I had some Euros left over, I bought some colored lip balm that went well with my tan. Then I also found an anti-aging body oil that smelled of Jasmine. That went in my basket as well! The oil was great for putting on after a shower as a lotion alternative.

Korres also makes shampoos, conditioners, make-up,  skincare, and some natural health remedies. I have only tried the throat lozenges. You can really only find these items in the pharmacies and the store in the Athens airport.

Some of the Korres products are available at Sephora but not the body lotions and shower gels. It is mostly their skincare line, which I haven’t tried yet. Many of their products are made with olive oil if you really want to go Greek! You can find some of their products on Amazon as well if you can’t wait till you get to Greece to try them.


Apivita was my discovery of Greek cosmetics this year. I had not brought lots of shampoo and conditioner on this trip knowing I would be in Greece long enough to need to find a local brand to purchase.  I have oily roots and dry ends. One day, I was looking and found Apivita had a shampoo and conditioner specifically for oily roots and dry ends! It is the first product like this I have seen that actually works for me. I could go for several days without my hair looking greasy at the roots.

Another hair care product I love from them is their hair masks. Since my ends tend to be dry, I tried the Moisturizing Hair Mask with Hyaluronic Acid. Not only did it make my hair soft, it smells amazing!

Apivita also makes body lotions and some face anti-aging products. The other product I have loved from them has been the facial scrubs. I had been in Greece for so many months, my skin was suffering from all the sun exposure, my fault. I was looking for a scrub that would do more than just exfoliate. Apivita has a Bilberry brightening scrub and mask that is great.

Unfortunately, I have not found Apivitia in any US beauty stores yet. However, some products are available on Amazon like the Korres products. You can find it in many other European pharmacies too.

Olive Era

Olive Era is a brand I found in the Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel. It was in the bathroom for the toiletries. If you love the smell of olive leaves then you will love this lotion! It smells like an olive grove with some citrus.

I believe it is a spa product though as I haven’t seen it anywhere else. I can’t even find it online, which is a shame as I only took one lotion bottle from the hotel and there were two! This is definitely a hidden gem and something to look out for. There was also shampoo and conditioner of Olive Era in the hotel. They sold full-size bottles in the spa though. now I think I am on a mission. According to the label, it is made in Crete, so Crete may be on my next trip to Greece!

May 2019 Update: I received an email from Olive Era and they will have website now.  Click here for the link.

What about you, do you have any favorite Greek cosmetic or beauty brands?

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  • Reply Lorelle Catalano February 11, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Haven’t heard of these…will have to keep an eye out for them! Thanks 🙂

    • Reply Tiffany February 11, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      They are worth it!

  • Reply spa philadelphia February 20, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Excellent tips , one of best article you have shared .Awesome post. Thanks for mentioning the cosmetic-and-beauty-productsand. I think Everyone must go once. I would love to share it with my friends so that they also get benefited from your knowledge.

  • Reply Kristín Kristjónsdóttir May 8, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    i found a little section with olive era products at the duty free in the international airport in athens, i bought a moisturiser from them and when i was trying to find the ingredients list nothing came up! this blog post is basically the only thing i’ve found about olive era :/ they have a website but it’s just a still image of their products and you can’t even click anything!

    • Reply Tiffany May 8, 2019 at 3:25 pm

      I’m excited you found some in the airport! I will look the next time I am there. I didn’t even find their website but it sounds like it isn’t worth it. Thanks for letting me know!!

  • Reply Dongin Shin June 27, 2019 at 3:24 am

    OMG this is truly the only place I found info about it. I was loving the product from the hotel and wanted to get it badly but couldn’t found them anywhere. After the comment about duty free and I am now at the airport, found them and over the moon for it. I got tons products haha! The website ships to USA now but shipping is hefty.

  • Reply Dongin Shin June 27, 2019 at 3:25 am

    OMG this is truly the only place I found info about Olive Era. I was loving the product from the hotel and wanted to get it badly but couldn’t found them anywhere. After the comment about duty free and I am now at the airport, found them and over the moon for it. I got tons products haha! The website ships to USA now but shipping is hefty.

    • Reply Tiffany June 27, 2019 at 12:04 pm

      I am so glad you found it. I looked in Duty Free and didn’t see it but that was a while back. Enjoy it.

  • Reply Catherine Mori July 10, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Thanks for the info about where to buy Olive Era, Tiffany. I’d tried it at the luxe Kinsterna resort. Since we were going to stay at the Sofitel, I check out the spa and sure enough they had it. I got the mountain tea scent and the mandarin/lime shampoos and conditioners. I’ve been collecting all the little bottles of various products as we travel. Our daughter-in-law loves them for the grand-daughters to use after swimming lessons.

    • Reply Tiffany July 12, 2019 at 12:56 pm

      You are so welcome! I love the lime scent too. You should be able to buy it online now as well.

  • Reply Megan Race August 20, 2019 at 6:37 am

    I just got home from Crete and saw the Olive Era in the Athens airport. I LOVE IT !!! I want to buy more. I am trying to find it online and it says they only ship to Europe. I can get my relatives to mail me some, but wish they would ship to USA! Let me know if you find out they do. I have an email to them now.

    • Reply Tiffany August 26, 2019 at 3:33 pm

      I think they do ship to the US. Have they emailed you back yet? If not, let me know and I will reach out to them.

  • Reply Sophia October 21, 2019 at 11:03 am

    My face is oily type. Can I use this for my face?

    • Reply Tiffany October 21, 2019 at 11:14 am

      All of them have formulas for oily skin. Which one are you interested in?

  • Reply William Denver February 12, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Korres is an awesome brand, I love their lotions.
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    • Reply Tiffany February 12, 2020 at 9:13 am

      They are awesome!

  • Reply sid thomson April 30, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Personally speaking Korres is the best as i tried it once it smells like heaven. Apart from it, i got some ideas to try new products, really a helpful blog to me. thanks to the writer

    • Reply Tiffany May 4, 2020 at 7:31 am

      Korres does smell go but so do the others. I think anything made from Greek products smell amazing!

  • Reply 1click4all June 2, 2020 at 8:23 am

    I haven’t heard about Greek cosmetics and beauty products before. After reading your opinion, I think I will try it one day.
    Nice Blog.

  • Reply Diego June 25, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Oily skin, what is the best time and how should I use it?

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