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Top 5 Gifts for the Foodie in Your Life

The holidays are quickly approaching, and that means it’s once again time to start planning your gifts. Whether it be for family or friends, if you’re like us, there’s a great joy in shopping for and picking out something that you think will be the perfect fit. Bonus if you know it will generate a real and genuine smile too.

In case you’ve got a foodie on your list this year, we’ve put together a quick hitting list of things that are sure to generate enthusiasm for them every time they step into the kitchen.

1. Club D’Olivo Membership

This is the gift that keeps on giving for the entire year. Club D’Olivo offers members 4 quarterly shipments of their personal selection of our ultra-premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars, plus a free gift hand selected by Roni. There are three levels to choose from in the club, and as an added bonus you receive 10% off anything else in the store when you pick up your shipments. If you’re gifting from out of town or even out of state don’t worry. We offer shipping each quarter for a small additional fee.

2. Le Creuset

As one of the most recognized culinary brands in the world this brand has been making waves in the industry for over 90 years. The cookware they offer isn’t just stylish, it’s also of the highest quality. It’s not just their cookware either as they offer a wide range of great accessories for your kitchen as well. We hold this brand near and dear at D’Olivo and are proud to stock it year round.

3. Olive Oil Skincare Company

A brief trip outside the kitchen, but that’s simply because the benefits of olive oil aren’t just limited to the kitchen. From skincare to haircare, the Olive Oil Skincare Company provides a great line of natural beauty products. From soaps to shampoos and body wash, you’ll find a great selection of items in stock at D’Olivo.

4. Wusthof Knives

A family owned business for seven generations, Wusthof was founded over 200 years ago in Solingen, Germany and still today every blade is crafted in this city. Dedicated to excellence, these beautiful knives are top of the line and are sure to add a special touch to your culinary endeavors. If you’ve got a chef in the family a high quality knife can be a game-changer in the kitchen so consider one of these for that special someone.

5. Denissimo Balsamic Vinegar

Now finally back in stock, this delicious vinegar is aged 25 years and is sure to add a special touch to your dishes. If you’ve got a foodie in the family who loves to make dishes extra special then this might just be the perfect gift. The time spent aging the balsamic gives it a unique flavor that we’re positive will be a huge hit.

Of course there are an endless number of ways you can help those foodies you love add to their kitchen essentials, but these five items are some of our most popular items. Swing into our store in downtown Walla Walla and browser our wide selection. We’re confident you’ll find just what you’re looking for!

The Benefits of Olive Oil in Skin Care

Do your hair, skin, and nails look their best? While it’s often easy to get lost talking about the countless health benefits olive oil carries for the body internally, it can be just as helpful when used externally. Whether you have hair that’s lost its lustrous shine, nails and cuticles that could use some work, or skin that’s starting to feel dry and lack radiance, olive oil and its unique, nutrient dense properties can work wonders for skin health.

In this article, we’re going to explore the various ways that olive oil can help the skin, as well as how you can use it on a daily basis to ensure you’re looking your best.

How Olive Oil Helps The Skin

Even though it’s most commonly found in the kitchen and used for cooking, the holistic properties of olive oil extend far beyond culinary purposes. In fact, olive oil has been used for skin care since the ancient times to help the hair and skin appear more healthy. Below, we’ve covered the top scientifically backed benefits of using olive oil externally.

Antioxidant Protection

Just as your body has an immune system that protects you from viruses and illnesses that you’re exposed to, the skin also needs a protective layer to not only ensure it’s looking its best, but to guard you against harmful ultraviolet radiation. Of all the antioxidants that olive oil is packed with, the big three are vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols.

Due to the high concentration of these nutrients, studies have found that when olive oil is applied topically to the skin (particularly vitamin E), it can help to revitalize smoothness and protect you from the harmful effects of UV light. It’s because of these powerful skin care benefits that olive oil is often hailed as one of the best products to prevent premature aging.

Outside of direct beauty effects, olive oil also helps protect you from developing skin cancer. While it’s certainly no replacement for sunscreen if you’re going to be enjoying a day at the beach, hydroxytyrosol, a rare phytochemical with powerful antioxidant properties, has been shown to protect the skin from free radical damage.

It Moisturizes the Skin

If you’ve been the victim of dry skin, then you already know how frustrating it can be to treat. The most common culprits of dryness are hot and cold climates that can actually suck moisture away, reducing the skins luminous appearance. Worse yet, while many popular commercial moisturizers may help your skin feel better in the short term, a lot of them actually clog pores and make skin problems worse over time.

Olive oil serves as a nutrient rich cocktail for the skin, penetrating deeply while nourishing and cleansing the different layers as it sinks in. This not only provides your skin with the various nutrients it needs to look its best, but it also allows it to breathe. Together, these two benefits help heal the skin over time rather than offer a short-term solution.

Lastly, because olive oil is rich in linoleic acid, a fatty acid that cannot be produced by the body, as well as sebum, a protective substance that’s formed from a mixture of natural oils, it can help prevent water evaporation from the surface of your skin. Together, these two substances create a protective layer over the skin so you can enjoy more of the outdoors without worrying about dry, cracked skin as a consequence.

It Keeps Your Hair Healthy

Having been used for thousands of years to help increase shine, volume, and softness, olive oil can work wonders for your hair. One of the top reasons olive oil works so well with hair is because it’s packed with emollients like oleic acid, palmitic acid, and squalene. These natural nutrients act as softening agents and are even replicated in many commercial conditioners.

In addition to making your hair feel softer, the moisturizing effect of olive oil is also thought to strengthen the hair by replenishing the scalp with the nutrients it needs to produce healthy hair. In fact, vitamin E has been shown to help prevent hair loss by reducing the natural oxidative stress that the scalp experiences from day to day.

How to Use Olive Oil For Skin Health

Now that we’ve covered the benefits you can reap from olive oil when used externally, let’s talk about the different ways you can use it to enjoy the radiant skin you deserve.

1. Use it as a Pre-Shampoo Treatment

Due to its moisturizing properties and rich abundance of vitamin E, olive oil can help to prevent split ends, nourish the scalp, and make your hair easier to manage. To utilize it as a pre-shampoo treatment, simply work a small amount into your hair 20 minutes prior to washing. When done, enjoy softer hair with more radiant shine.

2. Use it to Remove Makeup

Believe it or not, common makeup removers can actually be harmful to the skin, drying it out and destroying precious nutrients that are present on the surface. Olive oil is a great alternative because oil naturally grabs onto other oil-based products and can gently remove makeup from the face without causing damage.

3. Good for Cuticle Health & Nail Growth

Olive oil helps prevent the cuticles from drying out and cracking (leading to them growing back thicker and more pronounced). This makes them easier to manage and prevents the growth of bacteria by providing the nails with everything they need to grow beautiful and strong. Simply apply a drop to each nail and massage it in before bed for the best results.

4. Acts as an Anti-Inflammatory

If you’re experiencing irritated or inflamed skin, olive oil has long been known for its anti-inflammatory properties. This is perfect if you have dry or itchy skin as well, helping to nourish the irritated area with much needed nutrients the natural way without harsh OTC medications. Gently apply a small amount of olive oil over the affected area and let it work it’s magic!

For additional information about olive oil in skincare check visit our skincare page