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Olive Based Cosmetic Products

Natural ingredients have been used for centuries in skin care products.

In recent times, natural ingredients have become more prevalent and appealing due to consumer concerns relating to synthetic ingredients and chemical substances.

Topical olive products and skin health – downloadable infographic

The most commonly used olive products in skin care are:

  • Olive Oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Crushed olives /olive pits
  • Olive Leaf Extract
  • Oleocanthal
  • Hydroxytyrosol
  • Olive Squalene
  • Olive Waxes

Currently these items are used in creams, lotions, face and body washes, bath oils, shower gels, shampoos, oils, soaps, balms, masques, toners and scrubs.


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