The cosmetic use of olive oil is known from the Linear B script where it is stated that the oil for such use was of high quality and often flavoured with herbs.
Treating hair with olive oil was already known in the Mycenaean period. Women rubbed their hair with oil, to nourish it and make it manageable and shiny. In Crete, they made lotions with olive oil and laurel bay seeds for strong black hair. In Thrace chapped hands were treated with olive oil.