Haven On Earth: 11 Luxe Beauty Treatments That Are Eco-Friendly, Too

We have countless options when it comes to our beauty routines, but let’s face it: We can all agree it's not easy being green. And, with more spas offering natural and organic services, even the most cognizant customers have trouble pinning fact from fiction.
So, we took to the S.F. streets to find the top local salons offering eco-centric treatments and products that meet your beauty needs. Providing safer options and all the glorious pampering and trimmings, these green havens are doing their part to keep you (and Mother Earth) happy. From a sustainable, chic manicure to an herb-infused massage, let’s leave unconscious beauty behind, shall we?
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Keragreen Keratin Smoothing Treatment at The Plum Organic Beauty
If you're looking to keep your unruly mane manageable in an eco-friendly manner, you've met your match with this organic keratin treatment. The natural formula uses vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to help control frizz, offering a safer alternative to common smoothing systems containing dangerous formaldehyde. The Plum Organic Beauty also exclusively features organic hair-color lines, shampoos, and styling products, free of ammonia. Without the harsh scents of traditional hair dyes, a visit to this charming Nopa Salon will leave you looking (and smelling) great.
The Plum Organic Beauty, 1921 Hayes Street (between Ashbury and Clayton streets); 415-640-1214.

Pore Clarifying Facial at Gunilla Skin Butik, $125
Honoring a holistic approach to skin care, this clarifying facial harnesses the power of papaya extracts and an exfoliating peel to clear clogged pores and relieve congestion. A bentonite clay mask balances oil production while reducing redness. Gunilla is dedicated to using eco-friendly, chemical and paraben-free skin care products and recently released Gunilla Skin Alchemy, a luxurious, organic product line for face and body. With essential oils sourced from Brazil to Morocco, the world of beauty just got a little smaller.
Gunilla Skin Butik, 2165A Union Street (between Webster and Fillmore streets); 415-931-7318.

China Rose Detox Treatment at Sen Spa, $215
This healing ritual pulls inspiration from ancient Chinese practices in order to stimulate circulation, improve digestion, and boost the immune system. After an exfoliating scrub, the skin is nourished utilizing green tea and kaolin clay. Shiatsu point massage flushes toxins while rosehip oil hydrates the skin. Detoxify, both inside and out!
Sen Spa, 1161 Gorgas Avenue (in the Presidio); 415-441-1777.

Photo: Courtesy of Senspa
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Diamond Micro-Dermabrasion at Evanstar Spa, $150
Want microdermabrasion without all the harsh hoopla involved? Well, reduce signs of aging and nourish the skin with this chemical-free, deep-exfoliating treatment at Evanstar Spa. Even safe for new moms, the wand uses a diamond tip rather than harmful aluminum oxide crystals to shed the topmost layer of your skin. Your brighter, smoother complexion is then pampered with a custom blend of organic products (try pairing this treatment with the Jurlique Organic Brightening Facial). From the use of organic cotton, to non-toxic cleaning products, proprietor Marissa Ryan’s commitment to green beauty is more than skin deep and is reflected in all aspects of her business.
Evanstar Spa, 1908 Divisadero Street (between Pine and California streets); 415-923-9189.

City Lights Facial at Sweet Asylum, $135
This illuminating facial uses the power of LED light to reduce redness and inflammation while promoting healing and stimulating collagen synthesis. Developed with NASA technology, this non-invasive, energy-efficient therapy sends light waves deep into the skin to stimulate cellular activity. The treatment is paired with a no-sting almond and natural amino-acid peel, which is both anti-inflammatory and firming. With those warmer temps on the horizon, keep this treatment in your sights, as it helps manage acne and treat sunburns. Reduce your carbon footprint and your recovery time? Don't mind if we do!
Sweet Asylum, 1540 Union Street (near Franklin Street); 415-529-2652.

Photo: Courtesy of Evanstar Spa
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Lavender Salt Scrub at Cavallo Point Healing Arts Center And Spa, $150
We're already pretty obsessed with Cavallo Point, but add a star spa that features top-notch green practices to the mix, and we're just too giddy to handle. Voted one of the top 10 green spas in the nation, the spa at Cavallo Point offers standout services — including a stimulating lavender scrub, guaranteed to slough off those winter layers. Get your skin prepped and primed for summer with this exfoliating treatment featuring products that are sustainably harvested and free of harsh surfactants and parabens.
Cavallo Point Healing Arts Center And Spa, 601 Murray Circle (near East Road); 415-339-4767.

Organic Fusion Massage at International Orange, $145
There's no denying that International Orange is a San Francisco staple! And, with its unique blend of massage techniques and organic oils, you will leave feeling refreshed on so many levels. Swedish massage is combined with Shiatsu and Thai stretches to not only relax, but also stimulate energy pathways and release tension. This treatment features IO Enrich lotion and IO Anoint oil, just two of the many IO products made from certified organic or biodynamically grown ingredients. From the accommodating staff to the beyond tranquil setting, International Orange is the whole package. Book. This. Now.
International Orange, 2044 Fillmore Street (at California Street); 415-992-8640.

Photo: Courtesy of Cavallo Point Healing Arts Center And Spa
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The Abhyummy Ritual Massage at Earthbody, $195
This full-body, rhythmic massage is a true expression of Earthbody’s holistic approach to wellness. Designed with the philosophies of Ayurveda in mind, the Abhyummy Ritual uses Earthbody’s own organic, herb-infused shea butter and botanical oils, all of which are hand-crafted locally by healers. More than just massage, this deeply therapeutic ceremony calms and nurtures the mind and body, and pays special attention to the stomach and head. Feeling the stresses of city life? Let Earthbody’s healing ritual and organic products transport you to a simpler time.
Earthbody, 534 Laguna Street (between Linden Hayes streets); 415-552-7200.

Paradise Mani-Pedi Combo at Nova Nail Spa, $62
A step up from the standard treatment, tired feet are soaked in an organic geranium essential oil and lemon bath, exfoliated with a sugar scrub, and finished with an organic cream. Doesn't that sound divine? Nova Nail Spa uses Adoree and Sparitual nail-care lines which are both toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP free. This is definitely a little slice of paradise.
Nova Nail Spa, 811 Mission Street (between 4th and 5th streets); 415-896-6682.

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Bronze Biologic Spray Tan at Moxi Salon And Spa
If you want to get your bronze on, in an eco-friendly way, Moxi Salon features an awesome tanning, botanical-filled formula that is free of harmful chemicals, perfumes, alcohol, additives, or dyes. The bronzing solution utilizes beet and cane sugar extracts to create that sun-kissed glow without exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Beach day, anyone?
Moxi Salon And Spa, 980 Union Street (between Buchanan Street and Charlton Court); 415-775-1980.

Coconut Manicure at The Salon at Whole Body, $25
Can’t yet afford that dream vacation? Let the Salon at Whole Body bring the tropics to you. This indulgent manicure features the use of nourishing coconut oil (fair trade, of course!). After a vitamin and mineral rich hand soak, your fingertips are pampered with a hot coconut oil massage. All products at the at Whole Body are free of acetates and carcinogens.
Whole Body, 1690 S Bascom Avenue (at East Hamilton Avenue), Campbell; 408-371-5000.

Photo: Courtesy of Moxi Salon
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