Years ago, when I was a single mom and too poor to buy a traditional hot oil hair treatment, I warmed some olive oil in a saucepan and poured it over my head. Olive oil has been used for thousands of years for a variety of purposes. Ancient Greeks not only cooked with it, they knew of its healing and beautifying properties.
To make the oil â€“ called natureâ€™s gold â€“ olives are gathered and cleaned, then washed to remove pesticides and ground into paste. The paste is heated and the oil is separated from the water in a centrifuge and stored for use in cooking or commercial products. Hereâ€™s a roundup of beauty items made with this all-natural product.
Better than heating oil in a saucepan is Carolâ€™s Daughter Olive Oil Infusion At-Home Treatment. This penetrating hair process deeply moisturizes, detangles, softens and conditions. Itâ€™s free from parabens, sulfates, dyes and synthetic fragrances. $25 at www.sephora.com.
SHINE ON SUNSHINE
Oscar Blandi Olio Di Jasmine Shine Spray is a lightweight spritz to provide instant moisture and frizz control, thanks to Italian olive oil. This Shine Spray protects hair from environmental damage with all natural ingredients like vitamins B5 and E. Nourish your hair daily with any of the Oscar Blandi hair products. $22 at www.sephora.com.
HAVE A FRESH FACE
Clean away makeup, oil and the daily debris that accumulates on delicate skin with Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil. The two-in-one formula â€“ made with olive and jojoba oils â€“ gently removes cosmetics to cleanse and moisturize. Ginger root extract softens and calms skin. The reviews give this product five stars. $39 at www.sephora.com.
Cleanse your entire beautiful self with Olive Shower Gel from The Body Shop. This soap-free, non-drying cleansing gel lathers up to leave your skin feeling clean, fresh and subtly scented. Itâ€™s ideal for everyday use and for all skin types. Try it, youâ€™ll like it. $10 at www.TheBodyShop.com.
RUB & SCRUB
Neroli Portofino Body Scrub from Tom Ford gently exfoliates as it nourishes. Formulated with olive fruit oil, grape seed oil and date seed extract, ingredients indigenous to the Mediterranean, it leaves the skin smooth and soft and scented with bergamot, citrus, lavender, myrtle and Egyptian jasmine. $80 at shop.nordstrom.com.
Thank Donna Karan for her Cashmere Mist, a body oil spray to indulge the skin with macadamia nut, olive and kukui nut oils. The light scent of Cashmere Mist leaves a glow on bare shoulders, legs and chest that will give you an added confidence. Indulge yourself!Â $45 at shop.nordstrom.com.
SLATHER IT ON
Rejuvenate your skin with Olivella Moisturizer Body Lotion. Rich in vitamin E, this anti-aging moisturizer helps retain the skinâ€™s natural humidity with Italian olive oil and other botanicals. This product is not tested on animals and is produced in Italy, the home of the worldâ€™s best olive groves. $15.61 at www.amazon.com.
Câ€™EST LA VIE
If you prefer pure French olive oil, try Fer A Cheval Olive Oil Soap from Marseille. This natural soap has been produced in Marseille since 1850 using a secret family formula. If you love your body, treat it with respect. The 300 gram bar is $8 at www.amazon.com.
Viva la Juicy Shower Gel from Juicy Couture is made with olive oil and shea butter to drench you in smoothness and sugar cane to scrub away yukky old cells leaving your skin soft and juicy! The pleasant aroma comes from mandarin, peach, berries, jasmine and vanilla. YUM! $40 at shop.nordstrom.com.
Frederic Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Sheer Shine Mist takes inspiration from nature with its winning olive oil formula. Micro-encapsulation technology allows finer olive oil droplets to target and cover your hair for even distribution and coverage from the root to the tip to deliver shine throughout the day. $24 at www.skinstore.com.
One of the best kept secrets is Laura Mercier CrÃ¨me BrÃ»lÃ©e Hand CrÃ¨me â€“ a deep penetrating formula that leaves the skin velvety soft to ensure the healthiest and smoothest hands. Made with olive oil to soften and moisturize and soy to repair, this fragrant vanilla and musk-flavored cream is a must, especially during the winter. $15 at www.lauramercier.com.