Valentina's Home-Brewed Hydrating Body & Massage Oil

I tried a sample of Tata Harper's body oil and was subsequently ruined. It's amazing, but who can afford such a pricy bottle of body oil? And at the same time, nothing I found compared with it; either the ingredients weren't clean, the scent was lack luster or it didn't have that sublime feeling. That luxuriating feeling of freshly shaved legs and silk sheets. 

 Not Body Oil, but here's the Body Wash, which is equally fantastic. And paired with a loofah, a great substitute for traditional shaving cream.

Not Body Oil, but here's the Body Wash, which is equally fantastic. And paired with a loofah, a great substitute for traditional shaving cream.

Then these art deco bohemian bottles from a new line, Valentina's Home-Brewed started popping up in my local coops. Turns out they're local-ish as in, they're from the Pacific Northwest (hi, Portland!) and tick ALL my boxes. And you can order them off Pharmaca, and with one of the myriad promo codes they float around online, can snag a bottle for <$11 a pop. So I snapped one up in every scent and am in the process of working my way through them all.

My absolute favorite is True Love (Cardamom, Chocolate & Roses).  if you're a sucker for gourmand cocktails or the smell of cocoa butter, or Lush's massage bars, you'll be very happy. Protection (Frankincense, Myrrh & Patchouli) is my second favorite, it's got that upscale serious earthiness I get from well built, woodsy fragrances from lines like Lurk or Le Labo. And it'll be my goto during cooler months.

Sunny Outlook (Mandarin, Lemon & Ginger) is perfect for these balmy summer mornings and evenings, and if you're experiencing decision fatigue, you can't go wrong with Sweet Dreams (Jasmine, Sandalwood & Vanilla). These two are light, as in the fragrance is gone a couple hours post application.