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pioneer and visionary...
Ioannis Sodis, pharmacist and chemist, was raised on the island of Chios in a family of pharmacists (12 members of the family have so far been engaged in the profession) with a tradition of involvement in pharmaceutical science dating back to 1875, when the first pharmacy bearing the Sodis name was opened in Constantinople.
In 1939 another pharmacy was opened in Egypt, while in 1955 the founder of our company entered the profession, taking over the pharmacy on Chios. A personality of great energy, with a profound and pure faith in the island of Chios, he has played a full role in public life and occupied the offices of member of parliament (1974-1981), mayor, president of the Chios Pharmaceutical Society and of the Chios Yacht Club.
In 1975 he became the exclusive importer of French cosmetics (Mary Cohr & Guinot) to the island and at the same time established a cosmetics laboratory, unprecedented for that time and for the Aegean region, where he used his own expertise and the know-how of the French to manufacture his own version of the French cosmetics.
His consuming passion and vision, however, has been to use the unique mastic of Chios and the wild plants of the island in the production of cosmetics. He has used the unique flowers of Kambos, Chios to create a series of natural scents based on the flowers of the orange, sour orange and lemon tree. In the laboratory he has created unique mastic preparations – creams with healing, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties.
Following the traditions of research laid down by his forefathers, Sodis has updated dozens of old remedies, as well as creating new products; in the early 1980’s he launched – in a commercial packaging – the world’s first mastic-based cosmetic, the Masticdent toothpaste, with special healing properties for the gums. Almost all the products we sell today have their origins in the research and experimentation carried out by Ioannis Sodis. In 1992 he left us at age 61.
He left behind him not only his invaluable research but also the unquenchable passion and love for mastic which he communicated to all those of us who are involved with this remarkable plant……
The younger generation – Katerina, Mihalis and Giorgos Sodis – imbued with the same passion and enthusiasm, have continued their father’s researches.