Aside from being a great cooking ingredient, Olive Oil has a variety of uses. Olive oil can:
- moisturize dry nail cuticles
- polish furniture and metal
- act as a hair deep conditioner
- free a stuck zipper
- soothe your throat
- remove paint from your skin or hair
- fix a squeaky door
- act as a shaving cream
- remove stickers
To learn more uses for olive oil around the house, read the Huffington Post’s article, Olive Oil Uses: 20 Bizarre Household Tips.
One of the biggest secrets about olive oil is that it’s an amazing beauty product. “In addition to being a natural, hypoallergenic way to moisturize skin, extra virgin olive oil has the added advantage of providing strong antioxidants, like Vitamins A and E that help repair and renew skin that has been damaged from overexposure to sun, air pollution, and other modern-day environmental hazards – like cigarette smoke and fast food. These antioxidants have the natural ability to stimulate cells and return skin to a firmer, smoother, and healthier state;” according to oliveoilsource.com.
“Olive oil has no equal as far as oils go. It’s even proven to clean the platelets in your blood stream.”
-Ray Russell, We Olive Store Owner in San Luis Obispo
A great everyday use for olive oil is as an eye makeup remover. Because it’s both a great moisturizer and lubricant, it removes eye makeup while leaving the skin around the eyes soft and supple. When used daily, it can even smooth out wrinkles around the eyes.
Katie Koon, a high-end beauty store consultant, says:
“By the end of the day, your skin has accumulated the world on it. If you don’t want to break out and you want to keep your skin hydrated, you need to remove your makeup.”
While “olive oil eye makeup remover” isn’t found in most drug stores, you can make it yourself at home for a quarter of the cost of regular eye makeup remover. Danielle Hadley, a Graphic Design Sophomore at Cal Poly, says:
“I usually spend about 9-12 dollars on makeup remover. I never really know what’s in the ones I’m buying, and find myself spending more so that it really works.”
Well all it takes to make at-home eye makeup remover is Witch Hazel and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Both are all-natural ingredients, so there’s no confusion about what’s going on your skin. The witch hazel is combined with the olive oil because of its astringent qualities. It tighten pores, removes excess oils, and reduces swelling and inflammation. You can also use witch hazel as an all-natural alternative to buying toner. For more information about uses for witch hazel, visit this website.
One of the best things about this at-home product is the price. You can get the ingredients for only a couple of dollars each in the grocery store and they will last you for at least a year. That means you’re spending less than ten dollars a year on eye makeup remover.
Just combine half olive oil with half witch hazel in a clear bottle. And that’s it! Shake the mixture to combine the ingredients before applying it to a cotton ball to remove your eye makeup.
Olive oil eye makeup remover is a great way to save your skin and your wallet.
Here’s a video by Kandee Johnson that shows how to make the mixture in more detail: