Discovering An Olive Oil-Infused Line
By Michele Sotallaro , Contributing Writer |
As product junkies, one of the highs we get is discovering new products that we truly love. Olive Natural Beauty is my next obsession. It's a small brand with only seven products, but it contains all the elements of a significant find: effective ingredients, support for a cause, intoxicating scent, amazing texture and beautiful packaging.
Jess Dupuis is the powerhouse woman behind the brand. She makes and packages all her orders by hand. Her inspiration stemmed from her Italian family background (yes, her last name is French) and her love for skin-care products when she took a job at an apothecary in Boston during college.
Her quest for effective body products, and her determination to put a marketing degree to good use, led her to research ingredients and how to formulate all the elements of skin care that she loved. Dupuis' venture ultimately birthed a brand that she takes tremendous pride in.
The Olive Natural Beauty line includes: a hair and body mist, tub teas, a bar soap, a wood-wick candle, a lip balm, a body salve and a body scrub. Each item is infused with extra virgin olive oil and contains no preservatives. Dupuis chose natural beeswax, honey, lemon essential oil and salt for its natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties to protect and ensure freshness for each product. All the ingredients are organically certified by the USDA and the Oregon Tilth organization. The organically certified cocoa and Shea butters used are also officially fair trade certified by the Africa Fair Trade Council. Using Old World methods, the beeswax is harvested on the Washington Olympic Mountains, where the higher altitudes produce the most pure wax.
Most of the products are available in five natural scents: Oat and Honey, Radiant Rose, Lemon and Lavender, Sweet Fennel and Refreshing Rosemary. I use everything in the range, but my personal favorites are the beauty mist in Radiant Rose-it makes my hair smell amazing and look shiny and the candle in lemon and lavender-it naturally purifies the air and fills my bedroom with the soothing scent of lavender.
What's your newest favorite beauty discovery?