I use olive oil for 3 concepts:
1. Obviously cooking and gastronomc purposes;
2. Cleaning my makeup brushes [works like a charm for stripping all the colour off your brushes, as well as conditioning them! But be careful to wash them very throughoutly with shampoo after that, because i find olive oil very heavy; and last but not least
3. To remove the makeup off my face!! More specifically my eye makeup. I don't enjoy putting oil all over my face, since i have an oily-skin type, but it works really well to get all the colours off my eyes, but it does cause a somewhat blurry eye effect, but it's all right because it is all natural! Try it ladies, and a little really goes a long way for the eye make up removing, it might even save you a LOT [if you are a usual Lancome Effacils customer ;)]
There are so many uses for EVOO I can't even list them all. It's the only thing I use to remove makeup after a long day, because it doesn't clog your pores and gets rid of ALL your makeup. It hydrates your lashes, moisturizes your skin, your hair, cuticles, etc.. and is great for cooking as well. There's always an abundance of this in my home.
Consider myself as a beginner in skincare, just started to care and try out different pdts on my face and body. There had been many great reviews on using this pdt, but i guess it really depends on what is your skin type, at the end of the day. Many of the good reviews are from people with dry or very dry skin or normal skin condition. I have sensitive skin, and after using extra virgin olive oil as make up remover, small pimples starts appearing around my eyes, nose and near lip area :( I didn't have pimples beforehand, and am upset that this has happened.
As a body moisturizer, I love EVOO. I have super sensitive skin, and EVOO is the only thing I can use on my legs. I used to get lots of razor burn and bumps. EVOO has really helped with this. I keep a bottle on the bathroom sink and rub it into my legs after shaving. It is also great for the hands.
I also sometimes mix a little in with my shampoo and conditioner if my hair is feeling dry. I prefer mixing it over adding it straight to my hair. It makes it very soft and pretty if I'm going for a casual look, but makes it harder to have body/lift, so I don't do it every day.
However, the reason I only give it a three overall is because it makes my face break out horribly. I hate that, because it is such an awesome makeup remover and makes my face feel AWESOME. I had been rubbing a dime size amount into my skin for a couple of minutes before using my regular facial cleanser. It made my skin tone gorgeous and my skin felt so soft and moisturized. But. . . the breakouts. I hoped it was just purging, but it just continued to get worse over time.
So, great for skin and hair, but I won't use it on my face again.
I use EVOO for a facial moisturizer/cleanser. Pour some in my hand, massage all over face, let it absorb a bit, then remove with hot wet washcloth. My face is soft,smooth,and glowing. I also put it on my feet at night, after a shower, with moisture socks. I wake up to super smooth, soft feet- my husband even noticed the difference! Will continue to buy plus it's really cheap. I bought a pure EVOO imported from Italy @ Big Lots for $3.50, but you can get it @ the grocery store in the cooking oil section. I use grapeseed oil as a eyemakeup remover.
I started using EVOO as a beauty product after reading about the Oil Cleansing Method online. After some nasty experiences with chemical laden cleansers and moisturizers, I've been moving towards natural products, hoping for better results. Well, the OCM didn't do very much for me apart from giving me some nasty breakouts, so now I keep the EVOO far away from my face (my skin is sensitive/sensitized, rosacea and acne prone and generally completely mental).
As a pre-shampoo treatment, it's quite effective. It didn't get rid of the frizz but my hair was definitely softer and shinier. If I kept using it, who knows, my hair could very well end up frizz-free. The only thing is, it would be better for hair that isn't colour treated - it takes quite a lot of colour out. I've since replaced it with sesame oil and that stuff works wonders. Wonders, I tells you.
I currently use it as body moisturizer - I apply a light coat before some fragranced body lotion to mask the smell and to help it absorb otherwise it makes skin look waxy; it has helped with the ashy-ness that all the body lotion in the world couldn't get rid of. My skin is smoother and my cuticles are looking mighty good but the results are far from stunning. Maybe I'm expecting too much.
Reading around the internets, there are other oils that seem like they would be more moisturizing, nourishing and which absorb better - this stuff doesn't absorb at all, it just sits there and smells like salad.
Macadamia, almond, jojoba and coconut are on my list. I'll probably return the EVOO to the kitchen but I'll always remember our time together.
In desperation, I decided to try using extra virgin olive oil as an eye makeup remover to see if it was any better at removing my waterproof Lashblast than my usual unscented baby oil (mineral oil). I love the mascara but it's extremely difficult to remove, even with oil based products. I feel that I went against my better judgement using this around my eyes because it is not normally an ingredient in eye related products (and for good reason!) and has not been approved for use around the eyes. Not only did this not BUDGE my mascara (the baby oil at least gets most of it off), but it STUNG like a b****!!! I rinsed them like crazy afterwards and it's been about an hour and my eyes are still so irritated that I have to squint. It's worse than getting shampoo in your eyes! And no, don't try telling me that the stinging is actually from the mascara running into my eyes because that happens with the mineral oil and I never get any irritation, and I'm pretty sure not a drop of mascara made it into my eyes with the olive oil because it didn't even seem to manage to get any of it off of my lashes.
Please, please, please, people... I highly recommend that you NOT use this around your eyes!!!
I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil mainly as a "booster" if my regular body lotion is not moisturizing enough. A quarter-sized amount of the oil mixed in with a bit of body lotion usually does the trick for me. I've also used it alone on body and face with pretty good results, although I have to be careful how much I apply, or it has a tendency to feel heavy. There have been no breakouts in sight, however. The only thing olive oil does not work for is my hair, but as my hair seemingly does not like oils of any kind, I was not surprised that this did not work out for me either. Since I cook with it all the time, I'll always have a big bottle around for those occasions where my skin needs some extra TLC.
I'm acne prone and sensitive. Used this as pre-cleanse and as body oil. Within one week, I had:
a) 4 cystic acne in weird spots on face
b) several boils / abscesses on my body
c) clogged pores
d) those things with white heads
Conclusion: GIGANTIC EEUUUWWW
Update: it's been two weeks since I stopped using EVOO but I'm still dealing with the aftermath.