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About Ilgen Paydas

I am Ilgen - the marketing director of Cotton & Olive. Cotton and Olive is a small online business run by me and my husband since 2012. We are both born and bred Turkish citizens who have been living in the UK long enough to become British. Our move to the UK was due to a new role my husband has been appointed to for BP UK, back in 2005. It all started with a 3-years contract and it never came to an end. Having raised our 2 daughters- the youngest one is off to Uni this year- we are now fully involved growing our business. So here we are, proudly presenting our beautifully wholesome hammam towels and robes, bedspreads & throws naturally complemented by hand-crafted olive oil soaps from my hometown, Antakya, at Southern Turkey, right on the Syrian border. This ancient city -Antioch- has a centuries-old history of soap-making. And the ‘Olive’ bit in our brand comes right from our olive-oil soaps, as you may have guessed. Our journey just carries on naturally mingling our Turkish cultural traditions with the western flavour, creating our unique version reflected in our work. We keep adding new product variations, learning a lot on the way, making plenty of mistakes but never losing the spirit of fun and love for the product. Thank you for being here and sharing our passion. Ilgen Oct/2019

Hammam Towels vs Microfibre Travel Towels

I wanted to understand the strengths and weaknesses of hammam towels vs microfibre towels as an ideal travel towel, so I decided to experiment. This has been in my to-do-list for a long while. Microfibre is unknown territory for me. I used it as a bath towel only once years back and I remember me [...]

By |2020-07-24T22:37:28+00:00July 24th, 2020|News, Towels, User's Guide|Comments Off on Hammam Towels vs Microfibre Travel Towels

Corona Days at Cotton and Olive

Week 7 of lockdown is underway and here at Cotton & Olive, we have gone back to basics. We recently welcomed pieces which we have been working on since October 2019 and decided to take it upon ourselves to photograph and debut the latest members of the C&O family. It’s been somewhat of a creative [...]

By |2020-05-12T16:54:59+00:00May 10th, 2020|Bedspreads and Throws, News, Soaps|Comments Off on Corona Days at Cotton and Olive

Plastic-free shipping has arrived to Cotton and Olive

At Cotton & Olive, we are proud to do our part, however small, to help protect the environment. We created a plastic-free packaging option for customers to opt-into. There was a growing need to take action on this matter but it wasn’t an easy task. Firstly, we had to source the right recyclable and reusable [...]

By |2019-12-02T10:30:16+00:00December 2nd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Plastic-free shipping has arrived to Cotton and Olive

What is Special About Our Cotton Bedspreads?

When we first started Cotton and Olive back in September 2012, we began with one product: peshtemal hammam towels. Since then, we have added hammam bath towels, hammam robes, fully-certified organic cotton range for adults and children, and bedspreads & throws. Although peshtemal hammam towels always remained at the core of what we do, [...]

By |2020-04-30T13:59:55+00:00October 16th, 2018|Bedspreads and Throws, Peshtemal, User's Guide|Comments Off on What is Special About Our Cotton Bedspreads?

Ilgen’s Top Towel Picks for Summer 2018

Summer is finally here in the UK, and we have definitely been feeling it these past few weeks. With summer comes beach trips, poolside lounging and the occasional spontaneous picnic in the park which means a lightweight beach towel is a summer necessity. I have put together the following 5 best beach towels for [...]

By |2018-07-11T08:05:46+00:00July 10th, 2018|Peshtemal, Towels|Comments Off on Ilgen’s Top Towel Picks for Summer 2018