I don't have products in my bathroom cabinet, I have oils and butters and olive oil is one of them. To learn more about the properties in olive oil that benefit your skin and hair check out the Ingredients I Use page.
What olive oil can replace in your skin can hair care regiment.
Hand, Hair & Body Soap - a handcrafted bar of olive and coconut can eliminate the use of hand soap, body soap and shampoo. Get the recipe here to make your own or get the pre-measured kit here
A little interesting tidbit.....I have used the handcrafted bar soap for over a year (with coloured hair) and the one major thing I noticed, I no longer get knots or tangles in my hair. I am able to run a comb or a brush through no matter if it is the first day or washing my hair or the next or the next (I wash my hair every 4 to 5 days. It seems to get better as the days go on).
Pre-Shampoo Hair Treatment - Put about 1 cup of olive oil in a glass mason jar and place in a pot of boiled water (just enough water to cover about 1/2 up the jar) and let sit until your olive oil is warmed (do the 'not to hot' test by placing a small amount on the inside of your wrist to make sure it is not too hot to use on your head). Pour a small amount into the palm of your hand and working from the scalp to the ends generously apply the olive. Keep repeating until your have worked the olive oil into all areas of your scalp to the tips of your hair. Put a lid on the leftover oil, mark on the jar what it is and put away for future use on your hair. Leave on for about 20 minutes. Wash your hair.
Lip Scrub - why buy lip scrub when it is one of the easiest things you can make. It's just sugar and oil...that's it. To get your recipe and instructions on use click here
Make up Remover - It's simple, pour some olive oil into a jar. Label it 'Make-Up Remover' and place it alongside all of your other skincare products and use like you would any of the 'off the shelf' make-up removers. I know it doesn't make sense but pure oils are perfect for dissolving make-up and washing it away while unclogging your pores and moisturizing your skin, making it much safer to use than a soap-based remover
Shine Serum - Got fly-aways on your second day hair. a few drops of olive oil will help with that. Just use after styling by placing a few drops in the palm of your hand, gently rubbing your hands together and then lightly run your hands along your hair, starting the top and working towards the bottom. Don't overdo the oil but if you have long hair you might need a few more drops.
Face Serum - You can use it on it's own for your face and neck in place of a daily moisturizer but I like to add a few more oils to really help me with my 'older' skin. For me I use a 2 oz. coloured bottle and add 2 Tbsp of sunflower seed oil, 1 Tbsp of olive oil, 2 tsp. of hemp seed oil and 1 tsp. of castor seed oil. Put on lid, label it and put alongside your other skincare products Always gently shake before using. Add a dime sized portion to the palm of your hand, dip your fingers in and gently apply to your face. Repeat if necessary. Allow 5 to 10 minutes for it to settle before putting your make-up.
Do you know how much money you have just saved by keeping it simple!
long before it was cool to be a minimalist, live a sustainable life, become a zero waste warrior we just called it simple living or what some could not resist calling us....'those damn hippies!