Health and Wellness Buys in Sonoma County
Sonoma County is a hub for small, locally owned, sustainable businesses that sell products that are good for you and for the planet.
Here are some of our favorites:
Realea Skincare, Santa Rosa
This new Santa Rosa skincare company is rooted in a modern synthesis of the global traditions of medicinal alchemy. The products are made with pure, non-toxic ingredients, are handcrafted and are made in small batch. To take it a step further, products come in sustainable containers that you can send back for refilling. Most importantly, of course: The Realea skincare line is nothing less than luscious! Expect skin as soft as a baby’s bottom. You can buy Realea online.
The Juice House Co., Petaluma
The Juice House Co. believes in positively impacting lives, through the power of food energy. The Juice House makes fresh, raw, organic cold-pressed juice, kombucha, nut mylks and cold-brew coffee. The company works with local organic suppliers and has a recycling/reuse program for their bottles. Products are locally sourced, locally pressed and locally bottled – and delicious!
Nomad Botanicals, Petaluma
Founder Carole Addison-Goyne started her career in aromatics in Colorado almost 30 years ago and has been passionate about aromatherapy ever since. Nomad Botanicals brings the power of genuine essential-oil aromas to you. The company’s beautiful and pure products can be found online and at local stores and farmers markets. All products are made with organic ingredients – and a commitment to sustainability and fair-trade; from the product itself to the cotton bag it comes in.
Herb Folk was founded by Erin Masako Wilkins, an Asian-American herbalist and Japanese acupuncturist out of Petaluma. (For more about Erin and her company, check out our Cultivated video series.)
Herb Folk makes teas, broths and herbal formula powders, using sustainably sourced, organic or pesticide-free ingredients, locally grown by small independent farmers whenever possible.
Herb Folk products reflect the Japanese “Yakuzen” culture, which means “food for healing.” Each product has a purpose beyond taste, be it calming, energizing, supporting your immune system, etc.
Herb Folk products can be purchased online and at local retailers, such as Farmacopia and Santa Rosa and Petaluma Community Acupuncture.
Three Sisters Apothecary, Penngrove
Three Sisters Apothecary has been creating artisan soap since 1999. Sisters Pandora and Emma, and her daughter Sabrina, are the creative forces behind the company. Their handcrafted bar soaps are made in the time-honored tradition of the first soap guilds in Europe.
The products are locally inspired, natural and sold with sustainable packaging, making the smallest carbon footprint possible. Three Sisters has also developed a line of pet products called Soapy Tails.
You can shop at their retail store, The Soap Cauldron in Penngrove, or at various retailers such as Oliver’s and Fat Pilgrim.
The Barlow Market, Sebastopol
If you are looking for a buy-local, artisan and sustainable shopping spree, the Barlow Market is a must! Here, you’ll find sustainable fashion brands such as Indigenous, the ultra-sustainable and fair-trading clothing company where you can get your organic cotton essentials, beautiful knits and jewelry. Other shops include Barge North, a conveyor of slow fashion, featuring clothing handcrafted in the U.S.; Dickinson Glass, which features handcrafted items by local artist Michael Dickinson; Il Fusti Olive Oil; and a community market for your organic veggies. You can also grab a bite to eat and a drink at local favorites such as Acre Pizza and The Nectary.
Stockhome Lifestyle, Petaluma
Stockhome Restaurant is known for their delicious take on Swedish/Mediterranean fusion food, but they also have a fabulous lifestyle section.
Products featured have a focus on sustainability, such as the L.A.-based BKR water bottles and Guud products, which include reusable bamboo cutlery for your on-the-go lunch. Stockhome clearly prioritizes featuring products from female Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs, and the shop’s selection is always tasteful and stylish.
Sonoma County is full of creative entrepreneurs with sustainability in focus. Those mentioned above are only a few. To explore what else Sonoma County has to offer, visit a local farmers market, as many of the local producers start their journey there.
Here are some other ideas: Shop Sustainably in Sonoma.
Written by Nina Jarnum