Olive Fruit

When I think of the Mediterranean, I think of olives and, when I think of olives, I think of the Mediterranean. Thus, the two go hand-in-hand for me and there is always a large bottle of extra virgin olive oil in my kitchen for using on pretty much everything – even ice-cream.

Now, I figured you might not believe me about the ice-cream so I went to find an independent example (so you wouldn’t have to just take my word for it) and discovered that We Olive had taken things to a whole other level – check out their article “Your New Favorite Dessert – Ice Cream + Olive Oil” and this has inspired me to carry out more research of my own in that area.

Olive oil ice-cream is also a thing and I can attest that it is absolutely delicious plus, extremely easy to make. Recipes are easy to come by, such as this VANILLA BEAN OLIVE OIL ICE CREAM from Pickles & Honey.  Again, more research needed.

However, I’m not here to talk about ice-cream (although I just have – for three paragraphs) but actually, about olives and why they are such a great ingredient in your skincare routine (as well as your dessert).

There exists a virtual cornucopia of information about the ingredients Temple Spa use in their products available online and this includes olives and olive oil extract:

  • Olives are rich in fatty acids and antioxidants which nourish, moisturise and hydrate skin. These antioxidants also help to protect skin from environmental damage and premature ageing.
  • Olives contain Vitamin A and Vitamin E which aid the cell regeneration process providing a smooth, soft, radiant complexion.
  • Olive Oil deeply penetrates the skin, locking in moisture and softening and smoothing the skin. It has a cleansing as well as hydrating effect, restoring skin and leaving it supple.
  • Olive oil stimulates the synthesis of collagen and elastin, firming and plumping skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Olive oil can also increase serotonin levels which has a mood enhancing effect.

Way before I discovered Temple Spa, I was using olive oil not only in my diet but on my skin and hair and I still do sometimes. Olive oil makes a great hair mask and an excellent balm for the feet plus, in a pinch, I have even used it as a facial moisturiser.

Temple Spa SUGAR BUFF Mediterranean Body ScrubSUGAR BUFF
Mediterranean Body Scrub
Prepare to bare!
Regular Size: £23.00

I prefer to use SUGAR BUFF as my body scrub these days (among its ingredients are sugar and olive oil) but I occasionally still make my own version.

Mixing my own body scrub is not an exact science but I use approximately a 2:1 ratio of white sugar to extra virgin olive oil. Once combined, I massage the slighty gritty paste into my body and then shower it off, using a flannel to make sure I got it all and because it gives that extra exfoliation as well.

Olive Oil

I included my vegan olive oil exfoliating scrub in a recent Online Hand Care Class and it is still available over on Facebook for you to browse but, here’s one of the recipes it features for, a ‘kitchen cupboard’ exfoliator, using olive oil:

DIY Exfoliating Hand Scrub


  • 1 cup of sugar (you can use white or brown)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil


Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix them together thoroughly with a wooden spoon or spatula.

If you wish, you can also add up to 10 drops of essential oil of your choice; lemongrass, orange, bergamot, tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender all have great anti-bacterial properties.

This can be stored in an air-tight container (glass is best) for about 6-8 weeks.

Of course, if you don’t want the mess or hassle of kitchen counter remedies then you need look no further than our beautiful range of skincare products, packed with delicious natural ingredients that can be delivered direct to your door.

Sugar and olive oil does make an excellent DIY exfoliator but although I have seen arguments to the contrary I do not use this on my face; I think it’s too harsh and I prefer to use one of Temple Spa’s exfoliators – notably, BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE or IN THE BEGINNING.

in_the_beginning_60g_carton_deep_cleansing_melt_june_2016_het2319_1[1]IN THE BEGINNING
Deep Cleansing Melt
A hand-blended facial in a jar!
Regular Size: £30.00

I simply cannot get enough of this cleanser. IN THE BEGINNING also contains olive oil and has a gentle, exfoliating composition that reminds me of the soft, sandy texture of pears – this comes from the crystalised beads of olive oil that form naturally in the manufacturing process. IN THE BEGINNING can be used for a quick cleanse/exfoliate or left on as a mask for twenty minutes.

At the time of originally writing this blog, Temple Spa had made IN THE BEGINNING available in a limited edition ‘supersize’ pot and with a huge 25% discount as well.

Temple Spa IN THE BEGINNING Supersize Offer
SUPERSIZE IN THE BEGINNING Limited Edition Supersized Facial Cleanser

Based on the success of this new size, I am hoping that it will become a core item. Like all Temple Spa products, IN THE BEGINNING is amazingly versatile and a little goes a long way but a larger pot? Yes please!

Fun fact: created by an artisan herbalist, fresh batches of IN THE BEGINNING are made every single day.

IN THE BEGINNING is without question my favourite cleanser/exfoliator and I am not alone. I have a legion of customers who adore it and our founder, Liz Warom swears by it as does culinary goddess, Nigella Lawson whilst skincare queen, Caroline Hirons has plenty of good things to say about it!

Staying with the food technology theme here, BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE is another facial scrub and mask combined that has a list of ingredients (including olive oil) that wouldn’t seem out-of-place in the kitchen.

Personally, I don’t use BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE more than a couple of times a week as I believe that’s quite often enough for this type of facial scrub, whereas I use IN THE BEGINNING every day but deliciously-creamy BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE is certainly a treat my skin enjoys once in a while.

Naturally Normal Exfoliator
Get your glow on!
Regular Size: £28.00

Another cleanser that I use regularly and also one that contains olive oil is DUAL ACT Wet & Dry Cleansing Lotion. I favour this one more often than not when I’m taking a shower as it’s beautifully refreshing and lathers up very nicely if I want it to.

Wet & Dry Cleansing Lotion
The telepathic performer!
Regular Size: £21.00

Whichever one of these products I use, I prefer to remove them with a warm muslin cloth or flannel; I recommend using a Temple Spa TAKE IT OFF Muslin Cleansing Cloth.

Temple Spa TAKE IT OFF Muslin Cleansing ClothsTAKE IT OFF
Muslin Cleansing Cloth
Scrumptiously clean
Pack of two: £5.00

These are super soft and very kind to your skin; I never feel as if I have properly cleansed unless I have used a warm cloth on my face.

Olive Oil deeply penetrates the skin, locking in moisture and softening and smoothing the skin.

After cleansing and toning at night or I’m having a pamper day, I add an extra olive oil infused step to my routine (I do this a couple of times a week) in the form of IT’S ALL GOOD Nutritious Boost Facial Oil.

IT'S ALL GOOD Nutritious Boost Facial OilIT’S ALL GOOD
Nutritious Boost Facial Oil
Beauty is skin deep
Regular Size: £30.00

You can literally use this product anywhere – from the tip of your nose to the tips of your toes (and hair). Moisturising your body is just as important as moisturising your face and one of my favourites is DUVET.

Comforting Body Cream
A hug for body and soul!
Regular Size: £29.00

With fabulous hydrating and firming ingredients, DUVET leaves your skin smooth, toned and deliciously fragranced. It.s a luxurious body cream that (of course) contains olive oil and is fantastic to use after exfoliating with SUGAR BUFF – in fact, it’s a combination we use as a treatment in our spas (often lauded by beauty, styling and shopping guru, Trinny Woodall) and one that you can do at home, too!

Bringing the spa and the essence of the Mediterranean to you is something that beats at the very heart of Temple Spa. There are many more of our products that use olives and olive fruit extract – far too many to list – but olives are an ever-present ingredient across our range and, as I mentioned at the start, a constant reminder of the Mediterranean for me, which is why olives and olive fruit extract was my ‘Ingredient of the Month‘ for January 2019.


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