The words “detox market” may evoke the idea of the trendiest new cleanse, but The Detox Market is a leader in the green beauty space. This retailer carefully curates a variety of lines of skin care, beauty, cosmetics (and yes, even some cleanse and detox products) that meet the exacting standards of both performance and purity. Founder and CEO Romain Gaillard says, “We recognize that there has been a significant shift in what clients are looking for – the beauty world needs a serious detox, and we are here to help. We want people to know they don’t need to choose between purity and efficacy!”
Gaillard founded The Detox Market in 2010. First it was a pop-up shop on Abbot Kinney in Venice. Now the The Detox Market also has a robust online presence, Beauty Corners in five Cafe Gratitude locations, two brick and mortar stores in Toronto. In LA, The Detox Market on Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood, and now Santa Monica have opened.
When I walked in from Montana Avenue, I was struck by the coastal cottage vibe and clean, inviting space. The design is intentional. Gaillard says, “We want to reflect Santa Monica’s warm, California aesthetic in the look and feel of the space, so we designed the store to resemble a contemporary beach house where customers feel comfortable spending time discovering the latest that high-end clean beauty has to offer.”
The knowledgeable sales team is available seven days a week (10am through 6pm) to make recommendations and answer questions. Education is an important part of their mission to help people choose products that are focused on function and kindness to skin and the planet. Their carefully curated selection goes beyond beauty and skin care to include items for wellness and home care. Noteworthy brands include Tata Harper, Rahua, Ilia, Odocite, Kypris, and more, Ample testers mean that you can connect with products before making a purchase.
The Detox Market, 1231 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Felicia Tomasko has spent more of her life practicing Yoga and Ayurveda than not. She first became introduced to the teachings through the writings of the Transcendentalists, through meditation, and using asana to cross-train for her practice of cross-country running. Between beginning her commitment to Yoga and Ayurveda and today, she earned degrees in environmental biology and anthropology and nursing, and certifications in the practice and teaching of yoga, yoga therapy, and Ayurveda while working in fields including cognitive neuroscience and plant biochemistry. Her commitment to writing is at least as long as her commitment to yoga. Working on everything related to the written word from newspapers to magazines to websites to books, Felicia has been writing and editing professionally since college. In order to feel like a teenager again, Felicia has pulled out her running shoes for regular interval sessions throughout Southern California. Since the very first issue of LA YOGA, Felicia has been part of the team and the growth and development of the Bliss Network.