Ten years ago, San Francisco sommelier Laurel Shaffer parlayed a day at a spa into a revolutionary botanical-based skin-care line.
“I often felt very loved and nurtured by these special destination spas, but then there was a disconnect with the toxic, mass-produced products they used in their facial treatments,” recalls Shaffer. So, she set out to create Laurel Whole Plant Organics, which includes everything from an eye serum (formulated with Roman chamomile, fennel and sandalwood to brighten and reduce inflammation) to a Honey Berry Enzyme mask (full of hydrating royal jelly, strawberries and firming grapefruit). Find these, along with other organic brands like La Bella Figura and Homestead Apothecary, at Shaffer’s new wellness studio in Sausalito, where you can also receive facial treatments and, soon, nutrition counseling. $44-$88; facials, $140/80 min.; 1 Gate 6 Rd., Ste. D, Sausalito, 415-717-1689; laurelskin.com.
By Caroline Cagney.
Edited by Jenny Murray.