Everyday Indulgences: Olive Oil Facial Scrub

10 May 2013, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in food, indulgences, recipes


Though I would love to be indulgently pampering myself with a spa day right now, the very thought of such a luxury seems sadly far off. Having said that, my soul and skin need a little rejuvenation every now and then to keep the stress at bay.

For me, there’s nothing more sensually satisfying than baby-soft skin, and there are lots of ways to achieve this right at home. Here’s a little secret: Chefs swear by olive oil and kosher salt for exfoliating hands.

In the same vein, but a bit more delicate, is a scrub I use for my face: olive oil and table sugar. You only need a little of each to make a paste, and after delicately scrubbing your face with the mixture you’ll be left with silky smooth cheeks. And as a moisturizer it can’t be beaten.

Since I only use good olive oil in the kitchen, my face is treated to some extra-virgin goodness. What could be bad about that? :)

I’ve been experimenting with various home treatments, so I’d love to hear about your successes with them. Do you have any favorites?

  • I definitely must try this olive oil and sugar facial scrub! I once bought a bottle of extra virgin avocado oil to use specifically as a body moisturizer. Next time I do something like that, though, I’m more likely to decant some of it into a jar for the bathroom, because I spent all my time thinking how yummy the oil would be drizzled over salad!

  • Megan

    wow, this scrub is AMAZING.
    i just got finished putting it on and my skin is like butter! (:
    thank you so mucchh!

  • You’re welcome! I love it too!

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  • Melanie

    Can this treatment be used on oily skin or will it clog the pores?

  • I’ve found that if I overdo it, my pores get clogged. However, I haven’t determined if that is due to other impurities or too much oil.

  • fit-foodie-gurl

    I did this this morning but instead of sugar i used table salt and found that it worked a treat !!!! I reckon its the best and is better than buying one from off a shelf . its soo inexpensive and great if your on a budget and or have ran out of ordinary scrub . . . and best thing off all its 100% all natural!

  • Sara G

    It’s my favorite scrub of all time! I always use do it! I think because olive oil is so rich it can clogg your pores so I always use a gentle cleanser afterwards and then a light moisturizer. I mean my thinking is that if you are exfoliating then your more susceptible to the oil getting deep into your pores so I make sure to use a light cleanser.

  • michelle s

    This is a great winter time scrub! In the summer, I use freshly squeezed lemon juice,sugar, and a bit of honey. Makes my skin feel amazing!

  • Ashley

    You use Extra Virgin Olive oil because it doesn’t clog your skin. It can’t because the size of the molecules can’t penetrate your pores.

  • nabila

    i use olive oil as an all time moisturiser, for instance, when i wake up and wash my face, i put olive oil on my face and go out to work. i do the same after bath and at night before sleeping. is this harmful? i dont use any other creme/moisturiser.

  • Char

    I’ve been using Olive oil, brown sugar, and a touch of honey as a scrub for years.
    It’s the best scrub around!!!

  • I take a few drops of EVOO and wipe it on my face with a cotton round, leave it on a few minutes, then use an antistringent on a cotton round and wipe it off,

  • ElisaJiordana

    I learned from a dermatologist that even if you have oily, blemish-prone skin you should start your routine with a gentle, non-soap face wash. I ordered online a up a bottle of Shielo’s Compexion Scrub (with Jojoba Microspheres!). As it turns out, I made a good choice because the Shielo Complexion Scrub has worked well for my oily skin.

    It has a delicate, fresh scent. I didn’t really get much lather during use, but it was enough to clear away all of my makeup without irritating my face or my eyes. The cleanser washed off easily and thoroughly, and my face didn’t feel sticky with residue or tight as if it had been stripped. With a freshly clean palette, my nightime treatment goes on smoothly and without irritation. This is a good choice for anyone whose skin needs a gentle–but thorough–cleanser.

  • Sandra

    i use this all the time, only i also put a bit of honey and vitamin e into the mixture first, and then leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Yolanda

    Olive oil can’t clog your pores! The molecules in the oil are too big for our pores , it only cleanses it! I hope for amazing results!

  • Debra

    I just started using an olive oil/sea salt scrub and I love it! I never considered adding honey as some recipes suggest, so I might give that a try next time! I used to have oily skin but ever since I stopped “washing” my face (with commercial cleansers and soap”) and stopped wearing make up, I have normal skin.

    So if you’re wondering, does olive oil clog pores or cause acne? NO! if you’re experiencing this, it’s most likely other moisturizers or cleansers or makeup you’re using that’s causing your acne. In fact, I slather EV olive oil on my face before I go to sleep, sometimes also when I wake up, and sometimes also when I’m bored :P. It causes only softness :). I put as much as I want on (sometimes more than I intend) and I don’t wash or wipe it off (except if it’s in a scrub!). I just let it sink in then go to bed. I do this after I shower and after I wash my face with the oil cleansing method (OCM). Never had better skin :). It’s said that EVOO not only moisturizes but also delays aging because the antioxidants slow the skin cells’ metabolisms. People have been using olive oil as a cleanser (scrub) and moisturizer for thousands of years (eg the Romans). You shouldn’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth.

    you do not have to cleanse your face after you use olive oil unless for whatever reason you want to.

  • beatrice

    Olive oil and brown sugar is nice too.

    Or for acne lemon juice after steam, then sea salt.