Maybe you picture a salon inside Whole Foods crammed into a aisle pushed up next to vitamins. I’ll admit it, I did, but I was wrong. When the Campbell Whole Foods expanded, it moved Whole Body next door and created its first salon inside the store. The Salon at Whole Body is the place to get all natural manicures and pedicures without missing the acetone.
Again, I’ll confess that I was skeptical. I had tried an all natural nail polish years ago and it performed as well as my childhood Tinkerbell nail polish, which was not good. When Whole Foods invited me to a natural beauty event last week, I was able to test their express manicure service, but I didn’t expect much. Five days later, my nail polish is going strong. I’m hard on my nails, but there is only a tiny bit of wear at the tips of my nails. Nothing has chipped or peeled and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments – mostly on the shimmery purple color I picked, and when I tell people I had my nails done at Whole Foods, no one believes me.
The Salon at Whole Body in Campbell is Whole Foods only salon in the country. It was an experiment that has been a great success, if judging from the wait for an appointment (while they have room for the occasional walk in, I was told that their schedule books up one-to-two weeks in advance). Their prices were either on par or less than what I pay at a standard salon near my home. While the express manicure was given to me for free, it normally runs $14. They also have an express pedicure for $19, which I wish my home salon offered.
Not fantastic photos, but this is what my nails looked like on Friday (left) and what they look like today (right):
They look pretty much the same (though the lighting at the store was warmer). The color is Daul by Zoya, and I love it. It’s outside of my normal color spectrum, but there were tons of colors to choose from and I decided to go out of the box.
All nail polishes are rated “Four or Five-Free,” which means that they do not include at least four of the following toxins: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, or camphor. I didn’t notice any chemical nail polish smell while my nails were painted. It’s no surprise that the salon is popular with pregnant women.
Outside of the salon, the Whole Body selection is much bigger than at a regular Whole Foods store. There were fun beeswax candles shaped like a Polaroid camera to freshly made salt scrubs that smelled edible and made my hands ridiculously smooth.
If you’re in the South Bay or eager to try out a natural mani/pedi, make an appointment soon. Whole Foods, if you are reading this, please expand the salon to other stores.
Disclosure: As mentioned, I was not charged for the manicure. All opinions are my own.