The natural beauty and easy elegance of California’s wine country provides the inspiration behind an appealing line of delicate bath, beauty, and home-care products abounding with environmentally friendly ingredients. Lavender, grape seeds, and even wine lend the soaps, creams, and other products a distinctive Napa Valley flair.
Sheila Rockwood finds her muse in almost everything in the picturesque Napa Valley. It’s not hard to see why. From rolling hills dotted with winding grapevines to a dazzling array of flowers and wildlife, the area of northern California known for its stunning vistas and delicious wines is effortlessly inspiring.
In January 2000, with two young sons and another on the way, Sheila longed for a more flexible career that would allow her to spend time with her children. As it turned out, the encouragement she needed lay just outside her back door. Fragrant lavender grew abundantly in her yard, and Sheila says she knew she could make something wonderful with it. “I got a bee in my bonnet to make lavender soap, even though I had no idea how to do it.” Her first few attempts, although inspired, were far from perfect. “Soap is tricky to make until you get the hang of it,” she says. “I botched many batches in those early days.” After almost two years of experimenting with the precise combinations of just the right ingredients, Sheila perfected her formula, and the soaps were an instant success.