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Using Olive Oil in Your Beauty Routine

Written by contributor Tiffany Larson of Mommy Goes Green.

Our kitchens have several ingredients we can safely use in our personal care routine.  One of my favorites is olive oil because it’s healthy, inexpensive and can replace so many beauty products.

Here are seven easy ways to use olive oil in your daily beauty routine:

1.  Body Moisturizer

When I was pregnant, I would moisturize my burgeoning body parts after every shower with a homemade mixture of olive oil and water.  I kept it in a spray bottle so it was easy to mist myself and then rub it in.  I did smell like olive oil for a couple minutes but it went away quickly.  My skin felt soft and well cared for.

2. Shaving Cream

You can use a spray bottle of olive oil in the shower as a moisturizer before shaving.  I find you have to have to rinse your razor more frequently but using olive oil keeps my sensitive skin from irritation and stubble free.

3.  Eye Makeup Remover

A dab of olive oil on a cotton ball or Q-Tip is a gentle way remove eye makeup.  It’s a great moisturizer for the delicate undereye area, as well.  I also like that it doesn’t have any chemicals that are absorbed into my skin or eyes.

4.  Body Exfoliator

Olive oil mixed with sugar is a great body exfoliator.  Mix 1/2 cup of raw sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar and pour olive oil over the top, mixing well.  By adding a few drops of essential oils or a spice such as cinnamon, you’ll have a great smelling, inexpensive spa experience at home.

Photo by Alan Bruce

5.  Cuticle Cream

A little olive oil goes a long way on your cuticles. I use a Q-Tip to dab a little oil on my cuticle and then use my pinky finger to rub it in.

6.  Frizz Control

For us curly haired girls, frizz control is a must.  The moisturizing properties of olive oil are perfect for our dry tresses but I admit I haven’t been brave enough to try this. I’d love to know if you have!

7.   Bath Oil

By adding a few drops of olive oil in your warm bath water, you will come out with soft, supple skin.  I love that I can save a little time in my day by skipping the post-bath moisturizing.

Have you tried using olive oil to replace a beauty product?  What is your favorite way to use olive oil on your body? If you haven’t, are there any tips above that you plan to try out?

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  1. Jackie @ Crest Cottage

    Great post! I actually use coconut oil for most of the things you mentioned. The exception is the shave oil. I am in the process of concocting a mix of oils and essential oils for my husband to shave with because he has very sensitive skin.

    • Mandi @ Life Your Way

      I use coconut oil for most of these as well, although I’m trying to work up the courage to try olive oil as a frizz spray because that sounds like it has some potential!

  2. amanda wu

    I actually just today used a mixture of 1 tsp olive oil, 1/2 lemon, and 1 egg on my VERY curly hair (my natural corkscrews could wrap around a pencil) and then an apple cider vinegar mix to rinse. I LOVE the results, and plan to continue doing so once a week. The curls are springy-er and super shinny.

  3. Sally

    I haven’t used olive oil yet, I love coconut oil for my facial moisturizer, but the body exfoliator at number 4 is something that I think I would like to try for myself and package in pretty containers to give as gifts. Thanks so much.

  4. Kim @ Sunnyrock Farm

    I used olive oil on my twin baby belly and I have no stretch marks at all! I use evoo on my face nightly because my skin is too sensitive to other moisturizers. Love it!

  5. Liz

    When I’m feeling motivated, I use the olive oil cleansing method for my face. It’s pretty time intensive though, so I’m not always in the habit.

  6. Amy

    thanks for the post.
    Interesting that this morning I read Psalm 104 and here’s what it said:
    You (God) raise grass for the cattle and plants for our beasts of burden. You bring bread from the earth and wine to gladden our hearts, OIL TO MAKE OUR FACES GLEAM, food to build our strength.

    Peace be with you today and always.

    • Nicole

      Love this, Amy! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Mrs. Graham Gardens

    These are great ideas!

    One thing that I have found to be frustrating is that the Olive Oil industry seems to be fraught with instances of corruption. Every few months I read about some company or other being caught having diluted “Olive” oil with other, cheaper oils, like hazelnut, at very high percentages.

    I found that one of my children was highly allergic to the Olive Oil I was using and have suspected it may have been tainted with nut oils (which, of course, can be highly allergenic.) Anyone with a nut allergy would certainly find this news disturbing. It took me a while to narrow down the source of the rashes because all along I thought that the Olive Oil was the least “allergenic” thing I had been using.

    From my reading, if the bottle doesn’t say “bottled in Italy” as opposed to “from Italy” than you cannot be sure that the strict Italian regulation agencies have tested for purity.

    Maybe this could be a good topic for a future post?

    Thanks for all these great tips, Tiffany!

  8. Taylor at Stain Removal 101

    I love using olive oil around my home too, although I confess I haven’t used it for beauty and personal care like you are suggesting here. Instead, I have used it around my home for making homemade furniture polish, to get gum out of hair, homemade shoe polish, and my favorite — unsticking a stuck zipper.

  9. Mena

    Yes! I LOVE olive oil for my dry skin on my knees and elbows. I apply it directly every night an have seen a difference. Great idea about the scrub! Going to try that soon! Thanks!

  10. Jennifer

    I use coconut oil a lot for my beauty routine, but I love the idea of the spray-on moisturizer!

  11. Elizabeth

    I use olive oil for everything and love it. I put it on my scalp, on my hair, face (to clean and to moisturize), body, in homemade body creams and massage oil, in homemade wood polish, in food, everything. It’s second to water in it’s usefulness. 🙂

  12. Brooke J.

    I use olive oil for lots of things too, I love it too take off eye makeup. I add it to my homemade shampoo, but I can go longer between shampoos if I don’t add it as a defrizzer after. I have unusual naturally curly hair, it is fine, so it is prone to frizzies, but I use a homemade hair gel instead to tame the crazy hairs. I also use coconut oil for many of these things as well. Great tips

    • Simple Homeschool ~ Jamie

      Hi Brooke! I’d love to know what the recipe is that you use for your natural hair gel? I have curly hair as well and I’ve been on the lookout for something natural and easy to make…

  13. AW

    Sorry if I am covering something that has already been posted, don’t have time to read them all.

    You can use EVOO or Jojoba oil to wash your face. Take a hot wet rag and hold to your face. Use a dime size amount of oil and rub into your face gently, like a facial massage. When done, reheat the wet rag and gently wipe. It takes no more time than with soap. You can do it in the shower or at the sink.

    This method really helped me when I was facing frequent breakouts. I know you are thinking that oil would cause breakouts, but not clean oil. This process loosens the pores, allowing the dirt and bacteria to be release and wiped away. The oils are similar to our own oils so they don’t irritate our skin or dry us out, unlike soap. God created us with oils to clean our pores, not soap.

    If you are facing frequent breakouts and have very sensitive skin, I would suggest you try this method for a few weeks and see if it doesn’t improve.

    Also, for my frizzy hair, which is often more frizz than curls, after I wash and dry it I use EVOO or jojoba oil. Just a very small amount rubbed in my hands and then lightly pulled through my hair. It tames the frizz and gives a very healthy shine — not greasy. Just be careful on how much you use. Less is more. You can always do a second coat if you need it.

  14. Christina

    Can anyone recommend a natural product that helps Rosacea? I’ve tried different cleaners and foundations and they all seem to make it worse. Thanks!

  15. Jill

    I use a variety of oils daily including jojoba oil, olive oil, and coconut oil. I use it for facial cleaner (it sounds counter intuitive, but is amazing) and in my hair. I have frizzy, “poufy” hair that I have struggled with my whole life until I started applying a small amount of olive/avocaodo/jojoba oil mixture to my hair after towel drying. I let it air dry and don’t use any other product and it is by far the best remedy I have found so far.

  16. Mariposa

    I just started the Oil Cleansing Method for my face (using Castor oil and olive oil). I’m pregnant and wanted something natural to help my skin problems. I have heard about using coconut oil for frizzy hair, but not olive oil. I may give it a try and see how it works! 🙂

  17. Susan D. Johnson@cystic acne treatment

    Its amazing how those natural ingredients around the kitchen can help us with our beauty regime. I always use sugar to exfoliate but never thought about putting olive oil in it. I do use cooconut oil for moisterizing. I think I’m going to try the spray also.
    Thanks for the post Tiffany!

  18. Mary Holloway

    I’ve been using light or pure olive oil for two years on my face morning and night and love it. Light or pure have less fragrance. Fragrance goes away quickly anyway. It does not burn if you get it near your eyes like some products. It doesn’t take much. It’s the only moisturizer I use except when I add a sunscreen. I’m 57.

  19. Mia

    Nice! 😀 i love olive oil for my sensitive skin. I use every night before sleep.i never try for bath oil,frizz control and body exfoliator. I’ll try by myself. Thanks for this information.

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