Connie Campbell is always on the hunt to find the latest treatments and products that will keep her clients looking young and feeling younger. During an appointment, she might ask clients to rest atop infrared warming pads as she applies Glo Therapeutic skincare products and performs DiamondSkin microdermabrasion. She might also use a formaldehyde-free glue to individually attach faux mink eyelash extensions to lash lines, creating lashes so thick they make it almost impossible to look through a keyhole to see how keys work.
Connie has spent years learning massage techniques, including a period spent studying the Mueller method under the late Bill Mueller himself. As a breast cancer survivor, Connie understands the effects trauma and pain can have on the body, which is why she customizes each massage using four modalities including reflexology.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend human rights" and "Protect our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to a UK-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.
R.D. Alchemy Natural Products freshens the world with a wide selection of spa services, organic products, and classes and seminars to educate holistic novices. Multiple massage options—all of which include aromatherapy and specialty products for a streamlined experience—soothe sore corpora while relaxing and rewiring overwrought mental motherboards. Increase your bodily efficiency with a 60-minute detoxifying massage ($85), a treatment that incorporates Swedish, shiatsu, and deep-tissue techniques to chase toxins back into the grubby Play-Doh canisters from whence they came. After a refreshing 30-minute facial ($38), dermal daubers can browse through a large collection of all-natural skincare products created from certified organic or wild-harvested herbs, including massage oils, body masks, serums, scrubs, and hydrotherapy soaks.
Tote a projector home for an outdoor movie night in the backyard, a special-occasion slideshow, or an unconventional stargazing session beneath the family-room ceiling. For the cleanest, crispest, and most impacting experience, pair your video/computer projector rental with an accessory, such as a five-foot tripod screen ($35 extra), which is easy to set up in any environment. The friendly, tech-savvy crew prefers that you bring in the laptop or device you intend to hook up to your video/computer projector, allowing them to test compatibility and guide you through the set-up process before your big show.
Nutrition Zone provides customers with the knowledge and tools they need to achieve their health goals. A variety of health-amplifying products are offered, including vital vitamins ($1.92–$29.99) and supple supplements ($1–$106) from trusted brands such as CytoSport, MuscleTech, and Body Fuel. The well-informed staff is happy to dispense tips, tricks, and product suggestions to aspiring fitness gurus and stair-masters. Step into the Smoothie Zone for your juicy, high-powered fruit concoction (up to a $6.99 value), such as the colada collision, made with bananas and nonfat yogurt. Pick any one mix-in you’d like and feel the flavorful burn.
In 1976, two UC Davis graduate students bought 20 acres of land in the highly arable Capay Valley. One of the students, Kathleen Barsotti, was working toward her master's degree in ecology and was determined to grow vegetables and fruits in an eco-friendly way: organically. The organic-food movement hadn't yet entered the public consciousness, and Kathleen worked overtime to convince restaurants, stores, and consumers of the taste-able merits of her process. Over time, given the possible health and environmental benefits of certified organic food, she succeeded. The farm sprouted to 300 acres to accommodate the increased demand. Today, a second generation runs the farm as well as a shop inside San Francisco's Ferry Building. Dubbed Farm Fresh To You, the store furnishes customers' bags or portable cornucopia horns with all sorts of soil-sprouted goods, including heirloom tomatoes, sweet peas, and fresh asparagus. The farm also teams up with fellow Yolo County and Pacific Northwest farms to deliver boxes of seasonal produce to area homes.