Brand Story

BEAUTY. BALANCE. WELLNESS.

Wine Country Botanicals started as a seed of an idea using what I had learned from 20 years in the wine business: use ingredients found in wine country, respect and appreciate Mother Nature, and embrace the idea of terroir.  This all came to greater light after my children were born, and I found myself spending hours researching how to keep them healthy, and sure enough, the truth always came back to nature. I was especially fascinated by essential oils and began a quest to understand as much as I could about these magical and potent plant essences.  The more I studied, the more I realized how much essential oils and wine had in common: from the idea of terroir and the fact that certain plants grow better in certain climates and soils, to processing standards (bulk vs boutique), to aging and blending techniques.  The parallels were numerous, enlightening and easy to embrace. 


After 2 years of research, studies, work with consultants, trial and error and yes, OBSESSION, a root took hold.  Making a collection of blends was a must as science has proven that the whole is always greater than the sum of it's parts. The foundation for all three blends is lavender because of it's superior skin healing properties.  From there, over 100 different blends were experimented with to find just the right ones.


Another element that was extremely important to me was the ability for these products to promote wellness. Studies have shown that certain essential oils have restorative properties for your skin which addresses your physical health, and they also can help you feel relaxed, centered, and have a more positive sense of wellbeing, addressing your mental and emotional well being.
In choosing the final blend selections I knew, as in selecting wine blends to put in the bottle, there had to be in balance  so each blend is designed to have a top, middle and base note.  From there, I decided which essence to highlight-floral notes in the NAPA blend, citrus in the SANTA BARBARA blend, and woody notes in the SONOMA blend.


I am so pleased to share with you the fruits of my experience and commitment to creating the perfect combination of looking and feeling wonderful!


OUR SIGNATURE SCENTS
These essential oil blends are therapeutic grade and were created with the intention of improving your physical, mental and emotional well-being. The rest of the ingredient story revolves around being as close to nature as possible with the minimum amount of additives and using wine country inspired ingredients like olive oil, grapeseed oil, grapes seed extract and olive leaf extract.

SONOMA
The SONOMA Collection contains and essential oil blend that is a unique combination of aromatic lavender from Sonoma, a luxurious citrus note of bergamot, and earthy base notes of sandalwood, patchouli and vetiver.  This is for the woodsy lover.


NAPA
The NAPA Collection contains an essential oil blend that is a unique combination of aromatic Napa lavender, a luscious floral blend of rose and neroli, and minor base notes of frankincense and sandalwood. This is for the floral lover.


SANTA BARBARA
The SANTA BARBARA Collection contains an essential oil blend that is a unique combination of aromatic lavender from Santa Barbara, bright notes of mandarin and sweet orange and hints of herbaceous rosemary and woodsy cedarwood.  This is for the citrus lover.
 
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?
Essential oils are highly concentrated essences of a plant, with radically enhanced healing and medicinal properties.  They are extracted through an extremely intensive, low yield process with large amounts of a plant part- either root, seed, trunk, leaf, fruit or flower.  There are various processing techniques, the most common being steam distillation and cold pressing. To understand the low yield concept, consider that it takes 200 pounds of lavender flowers and stems to make 1 pound of lavender oil and it takes 2,000 pounds of rose petals to make 1 pound of rose essential oil. 


THE BENEFITS:
Skincare products that are enhanced with authentic essential oils allow you to naturally radiate beauty while experiencing the magic of plants and their extracted properties. They will provide radiant beauty, mental balance and emotional wellness.

Here's wishing you Beauty. Balance. Wellness.

Nicole Simpkins

Proprietor