Here are some traditional recipes for making all by yourself the easiest but also the most beneficial homemade soap, hair cream, skin cream, sunscreen, or even tanning oil, all using our Greek extra virgin olive oil as raw material!
Greek Olive Oil Soap
This is an old and traditional method of making homemade soap:
- 900 gr. Greek extra virgin Olive oil
- 115 gr. NAOH (baking soda)
- 300 ml spring water
At first, we make the baking soda solution. Sodium caustic soda (NaOH) is a dangerous chemical compound that can cause burns. However, with specific precautions, you can handle it without any problems. Have a bottle of vinegar with us to stop the burn if it’s necessary. Wear safety glasses, closed shoes, plastic gloves and get started. Add the baking soda to the water, never the other way around because there will be small explosions. Be careful not to splash because it is caustic and has a high temperature. Leave it to cool in a well-ventilated area away from children. Our recipe may contain solid oils (butter) e.g. coconut oil. Put the butter in our container and put it on the fire. Once melted, turn off the heat and add the liquid oils (olive oil). Slowly add the baking soda to the oils (never the opposite because it can “cut” the soap) stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the mixture thickens slightly. Once the mixture is homogenous and before it becomes too thick, add the herbs, spices, and essential oils that we want, stirring constantly. For the above basic recipe, add 20-25 ml of essential oils.
Olive Oil Extra Rich Hair Cream
Virgin Olive Oil Hair Cream is the best way to control frizzy and dry hair. It’s made with highly effective ingredients like Lyrakis Family extra virgin olive oil and shea butter which makes hair soft and manageable and also boots hair growth. You will need only 4 ingredients:
- 1 cup Greek extra virgin Olive oil
- 30 drops Rosemary essential oils
- 1 tsp Vitamin E oil
- 1 cup Shea butter
Olive Oil Moisturizer Recipe for the Face and Body
Using extra virgin olive oil in skincare is an absolute must for its moisturizing, healing, and anti-aging properties, for starters! Used for centuries by Mediterranean women, it is a beauty secret that is coming full circle. By turning to the past, we can reap the full benefits that Greek olive oil provides both in terms of skin and health. Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil is one super product that doesn’t need any other ingredient in order to be an effective skin moisturizer if you fancy using it solo. Particularly beneficial for dry skins, this oil helps diminish fine lines and plumps out wrinkles, slowing down the aging process. Just pour 1–3 drops of our Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil into the palms of your hand and pat into the skin. It’s as simple as that. Start with 1 or 2 drops; a little goes a long way, and it is easier to use a small quantity of oil rather than to overuse and waste it. I recommend trying it at nighttime to start with, applying it after a shower or bath or 30 mins before bedtime to allow it to absorb into the skin.
However, if you want an Age-Busting Moisturizer Lotion you need to follow this recipe:
- 1 small cucumber, peeled and deseeded
- 2 tbsp Greek extra virgin Olive oil
- 1 lime (juice only)
Combine the ingredients in a food processor until smooth, then pour into a glass jar and screw on the lid tightly. Use this morning and night and store it in the fridge in order to use it within 3 days.
Olive Oil for Sunscreen
Make your own sunscreen at home with natural ingredients and avoid the chemicals in commercial brands. Make sure to check out the notes at the end of the recipe for tips.
- ½ cup Greek extra virgin Olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup beeswax
- 2 TBSP zinc oxide
- 1 tsp red raspberry seed oil (or less, optional)
- 1 tsp carrot seed oil (or less, optional)
- 2 TBSP shea butter (optional)
Combine all the ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint-sized or larger glass jar. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple of inches of water and place on the stove over medium heat. Put a lid loosely on the jar and place it in the pan with the water. Shake or stir the jar occasionally to mix the ingredients as they melt. When all the ingredients are completely melted, stir in the zinc oxide, and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator to increase shelf life. Notes:
- This sunscreen is not waterproof and will need to be reapplied after sweating or swimming. Make sure not to inhale the zinc oxide. Use a mask if necessary!
- Add more beeswax to make thicker sunscreen, less to make smooth sunscreen. Store in a cool, dry place or in the fridge.
Olive Oil as Tanning Oil
Benefits Of Olive Oil For Tanning: Olive oil is known as a “tan accelerator” for its natural bronzing effect on the skin, as well as its ability to keep the skin moisturized despite hours of staying under the sun.Such quality makes it an ideal quick-fix for achieving a darker tan without extending your sunbathing time.
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 8 tablespoons avocado oil
- 2 tablespoons mixed raspberry seed oil and carrot seed oil
- Sandalwood essential oil (optional)
- Mixing bowl
- Stir stick
- Storage bottle
Instructions: Combine 1 cup of Lyrakis Family extra virgin olive oil with 8 tablespoons of avocado oil. Add 2 tablespoons of mixedraspberry seed oil and carrot seed oil. You may also add sandalwood essential oil to the mixture to give it a natural scent.