Living in the Sacramento region can make you beautiful, both inside and out. The temperate weather, gorgeous scenery and numerous opportunities for outdoor adventure help keep locals in good shape, and the many varieties of fresh produce here in the Farm-To-Fork capital brings the beauty of good health. The thriving arts community, museums, cultural events, restaurants, festivals and concerts keep Sacramentans stimulated, active and informed, leading to a healthy, open mind. And some of the area’s most talented residents create beauty products to keep us all looking good.
Gardenia Massage & Body Oil
Spearmint Orange Soap
Babbling Brook Soap
Folsom’s Pat Rogers makes beauty and bath products without parabens, sulfates, petroleum products or detergents. The fragrant body and massage oils are offered through her Babbling Brook Soap business on Etsy. The gardenia-scented massage and body oil is made with natural plant materials, amino acids, jojoba, sweet almond oil and antioxidants. In addition to the moisturizing qualities of the oil, the luscious aroma of white gardenias makes using this a romantic and evocative experience. The body oil is also available in formulas for relaxation and stress relief, as well as a sweet almond, lavender, clary sage and patchouli blend called Harmony.
The spearmint orange soap from Babbling Brook smells amazing, but is also a refreshing and zingy way to start your day. Handmade with green tea leaves for exfoliation and the essential oils of sweet orange and spearmint, the soap uses local wildflower honey and rice bran oil to keep your skin supple and soft.
Vanilla Rose Sandalwood Solid Lotion Bar
Shawn, owner of Enough Body in Sacramento, creates all of her products by hand and with little to no preservatives. The self-proclaimed lip balm addict offers more than 50 flavors of lip butters, all made with jojoba and avocado oils, mango and shea butters and vitamin E. Enough Body also sells scrubs, lotions and other excellent quality body products, but the solid lotion is a hands-down winner for dry skin. It comes in a 2-ounce tin that is reusable, and has a consistency somewhat like glycerin soap. Vanilla Rose Sandalwood is just one of many sumptuous scents available and just a dab of the lotion will leave your hands incredibly smooth and smelling lovely.
Forgive Me Knots Hair Whip
Ladybug and Company
The recently opened site for Sacramento’s Ladybug and Company only features a few products at this point, but all of them are natural and handmade. For hair that is coarse, dry or over-processed, try the rich Forgive Me Knots Hair Whip. Made with coconut oil, unprocessed honey and shea butter, this light and frothy moisturizer softens and moisturizes for lovely, healthy locks. For additional nourishment, treat your hair to Love Ur Locks Hair Glaze from Ladybug. The richness of honey and avocado butter and the omega-3 fats in flaxseed oil combine to keep your hair moisturized, and it works on any type of hair.
Organic Spa Gift Set
Rochelle Block handcrafts beauty products that are organic and hypoallergenic. The spa gift set includes everything needed for a luxurious beauty experience, and you can pick your favorite formulas and scents. Keep your skin healthy and glowing with a clay face and body mask; made with geranium, grapefruit, lavender, myrrh, raw coconut oil and chamomile, the mask is meant to address numerous skin issues from scars, eczema and blemishes to the typical signs of aging. Body butter, bath salts, body fragrance and lip balm are also part of the gift set, and come in a tempting array of scents. Choose your favorite fragrances for the products, including tangerine jasmine, spiced citrus, chocolate, lavender eucalyptus and the floral sandalwood aroma of Love Spell. Read instructions for storage, as the shelf life on some products are impacted by the natural ingredients.
Body Butter Crunch
Emily Rose creates this all-natural exfoliating and moisturizing shower treatment in small batches in Sacramento. The solid bar of body butter is made with shea and cocoa butters, rice and ground almonds and adzuki beans. It leaves skin glowing and rich with moisture, and comes in two tempting scents, including the popular Chocolate Almond Crunch formula. A light fragrance is added to the Vanilla Almond Crunch version, leaving your skin radiant with the slightest scent of cupcake frosting.
Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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