I love olive oil, which is great for wood, skin and hair, as a salad dressing (with lemon and salt) and for my nails. Compared to the expensive beauty products that I've sampled over the years, olive oil is cheap & effective, plus I don't have to worry about the side effects of horrible chemicals.
There are actually a number of alternative uses and health benefits for olive oil, which contains: "polyphenols, tocopherols, antioxidants and Vitamins A, B, E and K," according to one olive oil company's website.
For additional info, I checked out the Filippo Berio website and here are some of the tips posted on the company's website about beauty and home uses for olive oil:
Olive Oil Tips
"Rub extra light olive oil into butcher-block surfaces (including cutting boards and tabletops) for a beautiful finish. Repels marking, too!
Dip fingernails into extra light olive oil before manicuring; rub oil into nails.
A little extra light olive oil makes an excellent hair conditioner. Apply after shampooing and rinse well.
After polishing copper or brass, rub it with olive oil to retard tarnish.
Use extra light olive oil as massage oil for silky soft skin."
The Bertolli website also has lists of helpful tips and recipes using olive oil.
These olive oil kitchen tips were my favorites.
A website from an Israeli olive oil company also offered about 40 olive oil uses, ranging from manicures, furniture polish and a butter replacement recipe.