Visit Our San Francisco Location!
415 Valencia Street @ 15th St
Heliotrope’s flagship San Francisco store is located in the Mission District. We’re right in the heart of one of the city’s most vibrant and diverse cultural neighborhoods. Our little block on Valencia Street is filled with health-centric businesses and we’re proud to count ourselves among them.
We love Valencia Street, first and foremost, because it’s a historical, quirky, fun district in San Francisco. It was the first neighborhood Jonathan Plotzker liked to hang out in when he moved from New York City in the ‘80s, since it reminded him a lot of New York. Significantly, our location on Valencia Street is the longest stretch of independently-owned small businesses in America — not a chain store in sight! We like it that way. Not only does the Valencia Corridor attract folks from all over the country, but we’ve become known as a ‘cool’ destination all over the world. We even get to practice our French and Japanese with our foreign visitors!
Our business ethos is all about cultivating wellness and empowering people to feel good in their skin. We’ve designed our San Francisco location to be more of an experience than a store. Come on in and sample one of our luscious body lotions or natural skin care product of your choosing. Get a custom essential oil blend designed just for you. Or even just drop in to say hello! Sometimes, you may even be greeted by our friendly canine mascot, Laika. She makes a great shop dog, comes with Jonathan for coffee breaks, and attends all the Valencia Corridor Merchant Association meetings.
Heliotrope shares the store with Acacia — a modern home goods and personal accessories shop that features the work of emerging and established designers and craftspeople. Just like Heliotrope, Acacia strives to support ethical and sustainable production by being mindful of sourcing decisions. So not only does our store smell great from our own essential oil-based Heliotrope skin care products, but it also looks great, thanks to Acacia’s beautifully curated selection of items for the home.
Where to Find the Best Natural Skin Care Products
in San Francisco
Heliotrope has been on Valencia for over ten years — with 9 years at our current location. Before that, we were in the residential Noe Valley neighborhood for about two years, getting our feet wet and sorting out our product line. The shop was just five minutes from Jonathan’s old apartment, so it was a convenient location.
That’s the thing about San Francisco, though — you can find great hair, body, and skin care products all over the city. If you’re searching for where to find the best natural skin care products in San Francisco, we of course have to recommend our own concoctions, but we do love that there is a shared love for natural ingredients city-wide.
From working cooperatives like Rainbow Grocery to corporations like Whole Foods, people have access to the best natural skin care products in almost every neighborhood in San Francisco. You can find Heliotrope’s products at a variety of locations, including Local Take, The Market on Market, and even the Museum of Craft and Design. For a full list of our San Francisco and other California locations, please visit our Where to Find Us page.
We love that the people of San Francisco care about using natural ingredients and buying from locally-owned businesses. It’s our mission to help people feel good in their skin, and we do that by providing the best natural skin care products — and face, hair, and body products, too!
San Francisco is the perfect city for Heliotrope, and that has a lot to do with the fact that the people here are so eco-friendly. Take the city’s zero-waste goal, for example. By 2020, the city aims to produce zero landfill or high-temperature destruction waste. No discards, just good prior planning to prevent waste, focus on reusing or reclaiming products, and emphasizing recycling and compost programs. Heliotrope supports this initiative by offering discount refills on almost all their products - just bring your empty bottle or jar to the shop!
San Francisco really does value the natural environment. The city maintains hundreds of parks and greenspaces. In fact, San Francisco is the only city in the US in which every single home has a park within ten minutes’ walking distance. Most of the hills have a nature space at their summit, with a view of the city and the mountains and forests off in the distance. Much earlier than the rest of the country managed to, San Francisco recognized the value of the historic redwoods and has enacted numerous preservation initiatives. Even while they were still regularly used for timber, the trees were celebrated. Indeed, many San Francisco homes are protected by historical preservationist bylaws for their redwood planks.
San Francisco also encourages urban agriculture, and micro farming wherever possible. In 2014, laws were passed granting tax benefits for owners who converted their lot spaces into urban farms. The city is also pioneering innovative water recycling techniques to help reuse and reclaim grey water, to help combat the recent drought conditions. Since 2007, plastic bags have been banned, with a push to get rid of other kinds of plastic waste over the next few years.
The green initiatives and the community support behind reducing the city’s environmental impact are unmatched by anywhere else in the country. The people care about the planet, and their bodies, and those values extend to their consumer choices as well. That attitude makes San Francisco a perfect home for a business like ours. We love the urban farming approach (we do something similar for our own products whenever we can!), we love the low-impact, plastic-free, sustainable approach the city is taking with the environment, and we find ourselves feeling right at home.
By producing all our products naturally, and working with local suppliers, we’re glad to provide the best natural skin care products that the people (and dogs) of San Francisco can truly feel proud to use.
Curbside pickup available at both locations.