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Bella Brand: Olivina

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?

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emalove emalove 9 years
I definitely have some nature-girl inside me, so I'd love to try this! I think I'd like the fig one.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
They've a lip butter as well.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
OMG! I love love love olive stuff. I super want to try this.
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 9 years
A restaurant I was in 2 weeks ago in Savannah, GA had this lotion in their bathroom... it smelled SO wonderful! I'm definitely ordering some. :)
MissMarisol MissMarisol 9 years
I will check it out.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Ha! Thanks, AimeeB. It shouldn't convert things to smilies. I'll be sure to tell the geeks. Oh, and you can buy this line online, too — just follow the link in the post.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Sounds pretty great. Oh and Bella, bit of a typo on the pricing. ;)
austerity austerity 9 years
You're not going to believe this, but I'm leaving for Texas tomorrow! You couldn't have given me better news ;)
emlod10 emlod10 9 years
nope, it's not just in N. Cal. it's in texas, too! love their products!
austerity austerity 9 years
This looks really good. It's not a California-only thing is it?
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
You must not be talking about the part of N. Ca I live in....cause on hot days like this all we can smell is the cow farms...or the "Sonoma Aroma" as I like to call it :)
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
These sound lovely.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
I will definately try this!
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