If you’re on Instagram, you’ve probably seen Brightland, a buzzy newish brand touting olive oil (+ vinegars) from California. The brightly-labeled bottles will run you around $40 each, so this isn’t exactly your standard grocery store EVOO, but I appreciate their thoughtfulness in making UV-coated bottles to protect their oil, providing a harvest date, and highlight artists with their packaging.
I’ve heard rave reviews for over a year now and, as someone who consumes olive oil daily, have had it on my wishlist since. The problem is that I go through a bottle of olive oil pretty quickly (as one should, since it goes bad!), so I figured if I got hooked on this fantastic, U.S.-grown olive oil, my wallet would be very unhappy OR it would spoil me for my go-to, not-too-precious Colavita. (It has a nice, peppery flavor, but it’s still affordable enough that I don’t feel guilty cooking with it.)
A couple weeks ago, I happened upon a surprise balance in my PayPal account. This is what I call fun money – since I didn’t know it existed, it’s not part of my budget and can be spent however. Sometimes I’m feeling responsible and in the mood to save or invest, but I needed some retail therapy, so I decided to finally splurge on Brightland.
I was most intrigued by their flavored versions, like garlic, lemon, chili, and basil; I decided to go with The Artist Capsule which includes the latter three. I love spicy food and lemon and usually put basil on my lunch anyway, so I figured I’d get the most out of this group. Arise is the basil version, and it’s delicious and flavorful without being overpowering. It’s the perfect topper for my typical lunch: an open-faced Caprese salad sandwich. The chili olive oil, Ardor, is actually my favorite of the bunch. It has a great kick and is equally tasty on pizza and veggies. Lucid, the lemon flavor, offers a pleasant twist on your typical olive oil. It really brightens up a salad or pasta dish.
Will Brightland replace my standard cooking olive oil? Definitely not, but as part of a dressing/sauce or topping off my typical meals, it feels like a lovely little treat. Would I have purchased it if I didn’t find that PayPal balance? Honestly, no. My husband spilled a little bit and we both joked “There goes five dollars“, so it’s safe to say we’re being a bit more precious with it than the typical kitchen ingredient.
If you’re an olive oil fanatic and in the mood to treat yourself, I think you’ll be happy with Brightland. If you couldn’t care less about olive oil or don’t use it very often, I don’t think you’re missing out and wouldn’t splurge on this. In my opinion, the best gifts are those you wouldn’t normally buy for yourself (because they’re too expensive/frivolous/etc.), so I think Brightland would make a fantastic gift. I used code WELCOME10 for $10 off my first order, so perhaps try that!