Parts of Northern California have this amazingly fresh, fragrant scent. I'm not sure if it's the eucalyptus trees, the ocean air, the smell of grass, or what — I just know that it is wonderful. So it's no surprise that Olivina, a body-care company in Napa Valley, captures its surroundings so well. Founder Susan Costner-Kenward incorporates hand-pressed California olive oil into her line's body butters, hand creams, body washes, and soaps ($6–$38 ).
Olivina's products are available in three scents: olive, fig, and lavender. All have a fresh, from-the-earth scent, but my favorite is olive. It's unusually beautiful; whenever I apply the body butter, I wind up smelling my skin all day long. And my guy friends liked it, too; Mr. Bella even put a dollop on his hands when he thought I wasn't looking. The scent alone is enticing, but the products are actually quite good, too. The body butter and hand cream provide moisture without getting greasy, and the body scrub uses crushed grape seeds to exfoliate skin naturally.
If, like me, you have a bit of a nature-girl side in you, I would definitely check out Olivina. It's luxurious but not frou-frou, and earthy but not too hippie-ish. Kind of like Napa Valley itself, no?