The San Francisco Bay Area is a breeding ground for locally made, and that goes beyond the well-known slow food movement. High-quality, all-natural and organic are principles prioritized in health and beauty products made in the Bay Area. These proud local ambassadors represent our city, create local jobs, support community and help us to look after our bodies. Many are deserving of attention and customer support; here are several to know about.
415 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
From the flagship store, cofounders Jonathan and Don introduce Heliotrope’s effective blends of all-natural ingredients in face care, body care, hair care and aromatherapy products. Made locally in small batches, Heliotrope is sold at spas, barbershops, grocers, green living specialist retailers and clothing stores throughout the Bay Area from Healdsburg to Monterey. WIth delicious names such as Organic Watermelon, Açai and Goji Face Cream, products boast ingredients that read like a menu. Jonathan points out that the non-gender specific range is free of artificial perfumes. A member of SFMade, Heliotrope supports hiring via the city’s Jobs Now! initiative.
534 Laguna St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Let the good stuff seep in at this top-rated Organic Day Spa where holistic therapy treatments are practiced using Earthbody’s own range of small-batch products made in San Francisco from organic botanicals. Based on core principles of Ayurveda, a system of healing from ancient India, founder Denmo developed Earthbody Sacred Skincare formulas herself, using the best ingredients, nothing artificial, no fillers, no mass production. The range includes body oils, cleanser and masks, salt and sugar scrubs, facial toner and moisturizers, headache balm, herbal salve, cleaning balm, and root hair repair. Earthbody is a member of SFMade.
Etta + Billie
1777 Yosemite Ave., Suite 55
San Francisco, CA 94124
For the man who has everything, consider a great lather soap made from beer. Named for founder Alana’s grandmothers who loved cooking and gardening comes a natural range using antioxidant-rich organic extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, sunflower oil and Fair Trade shea butter. Alana loves working with other SFMade members to produce her handmade food-based soaps from local ingredients. Check out Hot Toddy and Earl Grey soaps, Vendetta IPA and Payback Porter beer-based soaps, and Ritual Roasters Coffee soap. The certified green business has also been a member of Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild since 2008.
1630 N. Main St., Suite 300
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Created in response to founder Sally Waters own allergies and sensitive skin issues, Birdy Botanicals looks to nature for the ingredients our skin craves. While working in research and development as a model maker for film props seen in “Planet of the Apes” and “James and the Giant Peach,” Sally was exposed to harsh chemicals, and subsequently to irritation. Her range of moisturizers, cleansers, toners, scrubs, masques, eye cream, lip butter and more are made in the East Bay and can be purchased at independent retailer Bath Sense off Sacramento Street in Pacific Heights.
Sweet Dreams Cooperative
520 Hampshire St., Suite 216
San Francisco, CA 94110
“Sweet Dreams, Big Scents, Big Dreams, Small Pillows” is the tagline for this nine-year-old nonprofit project which trains Bay Area-based at-risk young women of color in all aspects of small business entrepreneurship around vocational sewing skills. The cooperative’s name comes from 5.5-inch square dream pillows made from 100 percent cotton and satin filled with herbal blends: lavender, chamomile and mugwort or lavender, chamomile and hops. Other handmade products include “eye pillows, yoga mat bags, aromatherapy dream pillows, rice, flax seed and lavender neck pillows and zipper cases.” Visit Sweet Dreams’ online shop, or find its products at community craft fairs such as SFMade and at 30 yoga studios, boutiques and retail stores throughout the Bay Area.
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Laurie Jo Miller Farr loves walkable cities. A tourism industry professional and transplanted New Yorker by way of half-a-lifetime in London, she’s writing about the best of the bay and beyond for Yahoo, USA Today, eHow, and on Examiner.com.