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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 ask speak to 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.

Here are a few of the lines I’m especially pleased to be carrying

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 earnest and intelligent that I have ever encountered.

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..

Plum Flower Herbs: 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 formulas. They make the prenatal supplements I used.

Woodlands Market brand supplements: These come from a California company called Vitamer. I have worked with a number of house-brand suppliers over the years, none of them bad, some better than others. I hand picked this one for Woodlands.

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.

 

Vega:  Plant based protein powder, very clean product

Pacifica: Vegan and cruelty free products. You will enjoy the fun aromas of this great product.

EO: This is a local company. Their goal is to create “beautiful, healthy body care.” This company does just that.

I‘ve been working in natural food stores since 1989 and I love what I do!

Through the years I’ve gotten to know the various products really, really well. One of my favorite things about working at Woodlands and, in fact, one of the main reasons I asked for a job her 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 fifty or a hundred or a thousand 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 that 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.

 

Betsy Hershfield-Cohen
Woodlands Market Health & Beauty Buyer

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