See an olive and it conjures up images of fresh salads with feta cheese and olives with a drizzle of olive oil and yummy pastas cooked with extra virgin olive oil! Enticing us gastronomically is just one of the many uses of olives; it is a much regarded beauty product since ancient times from Greece to Rome â€“ sometimes called as â€œliquid goldâ€ as olive oil has nutrients, antioxidants, and anti-aging properties such as squalene, beta-carotene, and vitamin E.
So why am I going on and on about the goodness of olive? Because I have been using products under Olivella, an Italian beauty range that uses the natural nutrients present in 100% virgin olive oil. In addition to the olive benefits, all products are also free from SLS/SLES, colorants, animal fats and parabens.
Olivella The Olive Shampoo & Conditioner 250 ml S$13.90 each
I have very sensitive scalp that itches & dries up easily so I am always on a lookout for light shampoos and conditioners that donâ€™t build up in my scalp after a weekâ€™s usage. I found a good match with Olivella. At first, I couldnâ€™t gauge how much to use because of less lather, but I quickly adjusted after a few uses. The conditioner is quite light but left my hair soft and smooth. I also love the citrus smell! After a few weeks, my scalp remains itch free.
Olivella Body Cream 150 ml S$18.90
I used this for my nightly moisturizing ritual. At first, I wondered about the liquid texture (no silicones in the ingredients list) and thought it might not be enough to moisturize the whole night. Well, it turned out okay the next day with my skin feeling just right. This cream is perfect for humid days as itâ€™s light and not sticky. It has a very pleasant citrus fragrance. I had to use a fair amount to ensure coverage though, and this is rather costly for daily use on the full body.
Olivella Moisturizer Oil 50 ml S$28.90
This moisturizer oil is two in one – It is both face and body oil recommended for night use. As face oil, it was quite light and easy to apply. This will be very suitable for people who want to venture first time into face oils as it blended in quite well and didnâ€™t feel oily. It didnâ€™t suit me as much as I prefer my face oils to be heavier and retain high level of oil through the night. As body oil, I thought it was good both on application and moisturizing. However, I do wonder though how I can sustain this as a body oil given the small bottle size.
Olivella Contour Eye Cream 30 ml S$35.90
I rarely use eye creams as the high hydration makes my eyes puffy the next day. I have been using light oils on a daily basis. Giving this contour cream a try, my eyes felt firm (vs puffy) but still hydrated through the night. For daytime use, it was a very convenient base for eye make up. While I like the overall use and feel of the cream, I did not see much improvement on my fine lines.
The product range has good products for hair and body care that are rather affordable. I like that it uses olive oil, which has one of my favorite ingredients â€“ squalene. Also the products are easy to apply and light on the skin. I particularly enjoyed the very pleasant fragrances – most commonly citrus based but varying in tones for each product.
Olivella products are available internationally, including Europe and USA. For those in Singapore, check out the range via Olive Shop based here.