In 1946, Georgios Malikoutis founded the soap factory called “Arkadi”, a name given to honor the historic Arkadi Monastery in Rethymno, as well as to the Arkadi province, famous for its olive oil production. The company started making white soaps, in large white plates, the “tampacas”, as well as shavings and flakes, from the olive oil of the area that was left unused due to its high acidity. So, at a time when the production was mainly consisted of green soap, the “Arkadi” soap factory was differentiated.


The Arcadian Green Soap Shavings is launched.


In 1970 the company was passed over to his two children, Nicholas and Zacharias Malikoutis.

True to the vision and the philosophy they inherited, they made “Arkadi” soaps known to the wider Greek market.


The green soap multi-pack is launched.


The baton is handed over to Arkadi third generation, to the grandchildren of the founder George Malikoutis and the children of Nikos Malikoutis.


Redesign of the Arkadi logo.


Launch of Arkadi washing machine powders new packaging.


Launch of the new innovative products Arkadi Baby Liquid washing machine detergent & Arkadi Baby washing machine Softener.


The New Arkadi era with the redesign of the logo, the redesign of all packages and the launch of the new Arkadi Family Double action washing machine detergent for the whole family.


Arkadi becomes member of PAPOUTSANIS family! The iconic brand is integrated into a purely Greek company, with which it shares common vision, values and starting point: Greek identity, respect to tradition, innovation, high quality products and sustainability! The agreement is an important step in the long history of ARKADI!


A new era begins for ARKADI with logo and whole portfolio redesign, always with focus on innovation and environmental footprint reduction! The transition from plastic to paper wrapping for all bar soaps led to 3.5 tons less plastic/year.

In 2023 we also welcome the NEW! Arkadi Plant Active Laundry Detergents! At Arkadi we believe there is no need to compromise between what is good for our health & the environment and effective cleaning! Harnessing the power of nature in modern ways, the NEW Arkadi Liquid Detergents with green or white soap and the advanced Plant Active formula with enzymes of 100% natural origin, ensure perfect results even on the toughest stains.

At the end of 2023, Arkadi enters another Home Care category, launching Dishwashing Liquids with Green Soap & the advanced Plant Active formula with enzymes of 100% natural origin. Focusing on reducing the environmental footprint, Arkadi dishwashing liquids come in practical, refillable pump packaging and doypack refills for 80% less plastic waste. Effective with grease, environmentally friendly, gentle on the skin, in pleasant aromas!​

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