You don’t need us to tell you that life can feel pretty stressful these days, especially if you follow the news – whether ‘real’ or ‘fake’. Although it can sometimes seem like things are spinning out of control and we’re helpless to do anything about it, that doesn’t mean that we have to let our minds and bodies follow suit. Indeed, the most effective way to contribute to improving things is to start with our selves. Without sound mental and physical health we can’t be of much help to others, or focus on the things we care about. Products from these Bay Area makers can help calm, nourish and rejuvenate you – so you can be your best self in 2018.
Sachi Doctor, founder of Elemental Alchemy, is a practitioner of Ayurveda – a holistic approach to individual health that believes restoring balance within is the key to a healthy mind and body. Her handcrafted teas, milks, ghee and honey are made in small batches using Ayurveda principles to heal, replenish and rejuvenate. Available online.
Heliotrope creates high-quality, all-natural body products in small batches using simple, organic ingredients. Founder Jonathan Plotzker believes that people deserve to feel great in their skin, providing products that soothe, heal, moisturize and protect – all without added fragrance. You can purchase them online, at select retailers, and at their San Francisco Mission District shop, Acacia.
Inspired by childhood scent memories from his great grandmother Elizabeth Wightman’s Sierra Nevada ranch, elizabethW founder Albert Nichols and his team craft apothecary products, home fragrances and sewn goods that enhance the senses and promote tranquility, relaxation and a feeling of wellbeing. They’re available at their San Francisco Ghiradelli Square and Carmel-by-the-Sea shops, at select retailers, and online.
Etta + Billie
In founding Etta + Billie, Alana Rivera was inspired by the flavors, scents, textures and colors of her other passion: food. Taking a cue from the “Farm to Table” movement, her soaps, lotions, balms and scents are produced “Farm to Bottle” using natural ingredients with no artificial colors or scents. They’re available online and at select retailers.
With a background in cooking and organic gardening, Summer Sequoia’s Megan Bre Camp is passionate about sustainable living and an advocate of the “Slow Body Care” movement. Using nose-to-tail practices, organic locally sourced beef suet is rendered into buttery tallow that provides a nourishing and soothing base for her soaps, candles and balms. Find them at select retailers and online.
Products from elizabethW, Etta + Billie and Summer Sequoia are featured in our Bay Area Made Gift Boxes, along with other goods from Bay Area makers. For more information and to purchase click here.
Image at top of page: Sachi Doctor of Elemental Alchemy