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Hand-made with Love at PK Sonoma

It should come as no surprise that it smells incredible inside PK Sonoma, a little shop full of hand-made botanical goodies just off Sonoma’s posh main plaza. The place is jammed with chamomile-infused salves, raspberry-violet lotions, gardenia bath salts, and four kinds of dried lavender hanging from the walls. Even the soaps sound edible: oatmeal-cassia-clove, thyme-sage-rosemary-and-lavender. It all comes together to make up the kind of aroma that seeps out the front door and draws visitors in off the street.

Once inside, you find it’s easy to linger: you start rubbing tangerine-scented oils on dry hands and pondering the kitchen possibilities for jars of culinary lavender.  

The lavender is grown in the store’s own field just a few miles away; other ingredients are procured from farmers operating under strict procedures.

It’s all part of PK’s “Happy, Healthy, Healing” philosophy: use the best ingredients, and you’ll come out with the best products.

“We don’t even own a chemical,” says co-owner Albert Sollini, “and nobody touches our stuff except us.”

That means that when they’re not in store, Sollini and his partner, Patricia Kaczmarek, can be found mixing up unrefined beeswax soaps, or bundling lavender in the fields, or making the labels and packaging in which they’ll wrap their final products.

“Quality is what we strive for,” says Sollini, “so we make everything ourselves in small batches.”

Up front, a menu board gives visitors a taste of what’s in season and in store: lily of the valley and eucalyptus and lemongrass, foot rubs and massage oils and moisturizers.

And if they can make my house smell half as nice as PK Sonoma, I’m sold.


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