We import our olive wood bowls ourselves from Crete by a carver, whom we know personally for a severall years.
To use the bowls as soap dishes, we simply put a piece of loofah in the bowl and then the soap. So the soap dries quickly, remains very productive and the olive wood shell is protected from unsightly residues. A stylish, great sight in every bathroom!
Your olive wood soap dishes will stay beautifull, if you normally clean the bowl with detergent, then let it dry well and occasionally rub the wood with a little olive oil. So the shine and the wonderful grain are always well preserved.