Health + Beauty
Visit our Health and Beauty department where you will find common Western-style remedies, as well as herbal, holistic, homeopathic, and Eastern style products to suit your needs and preferences. We feature luxurious lotions and hand milled soaps from local makers, as well as imported products to sooth and delight. Looking for all-natural, cruelty-free products? We’ve got you covered! Looking for a particular herb or type of tincture? Come in and chat with our staff for advice and options. Searching for vitamins or supplements? We feature an array of products, hand-picked by staff, that will cover all your needs.
Weleda: Their rich, vibrant skin care products are made with the best ingredients, many of which are grown on their own farms. They work great and smell great too!
Evan Healy Skin Care: Based in Southern California, this company is probably the most perfect combination of earnestness and intelligence I have ever encountered.
MyChelle Dermaceuticals: Natural, vegan, gluten-free, and really great for your skin!
Griffin Remedy: A small, sweet company from San Francisco that has short, intelligible lists of ingredients and very reasonable prices.
Elemental Herbs: If I were both a really good hippie farmer and a smart biochemist (I’m neither), this is exactly how I’d do it.
Dr. Shen’s: Chinese herbal medicines have been around for a very, very long time and have stood the test of time. This company, based in the East Bay, tests every single batch of every herb or herbal formula for purity and consistency.
Rainbow Light: Smart, gentle, effective formulas. They make the prenatal supplements I used.
Bonny Doon Farms: From the hills above Santa Cruz, these lovely soaps and lotions are made by the farmers themselves. They also happen to come in beautiful packages.
Gaia Herbs: Potent, effective herbs from masters of their craft.
EO: This local company’s goal is to create “beautiful, healthy body care,” and they do just that.
Baudelaire: This French company makes soaps and fragrances in the traditional style, creating delicious essences and soaps that are hard-milled and kind to the skin, and last and last.
Health Aid probiotics: This company from England makes the best and strongest probiotics I’ve tried.
I’ve been working in natural food stores since 1989 and I love what I do!
Through the years I’ve gotten to know these various products really well. One of my favorite things about working at Woodlands, and in fact one of the main reasons I asked for a job here more than a decade ago, is that this is an independent market that not only allows, but encourages, its buyers to carry what our customers are seeking out.
My very favorite part of the job has always been helping customers, and I really care that our shoppers get what they want out of their shopping experience. The products I carry in my department reflect this!
I’ve learned about nutritional supplements, medicines, and skin care products through a variety of sources, but my preferred source of information has long been customer feedback. If I talk to 50, 100, or 1,000 people about a product, I get a really good idea of how people respond to it. It’s not a scientific method (except perhaps in the crudest sense), but it is extremely telling. I have more confidence in real people’s honest reactions than I have in the promotional materials presented to me by a prospective vendor. In addition, when considering a new product, I like to make sure I personally smell, taste, touch, and try it out before deciding if it’s worthy of Woodlands’ shelves.
The selection you will find at Woodlands represents my favorite products, and the favorites of my many customers over the years, alongside whatever exciting new things are a good fit for the store and for you, our customer.