Essential oils have many uses from massage oil additives, to aromatherapy, bath products and perfumes. Options can range from single-note oils to tailor-made blends. It can be difficult to track down independent sources for essential oils along the Peninsula. Here are five unique area options to explore when shopping for essential oils.

Watercourse Way Bathhouse Spa
165 Channing Way
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 462-2000

Watercourse Way Bathhouse Spa is an upscale facility for both spa treatments and private or group hot tub relaxation. The spa sells a number of products including the full line of TARA essential oils. At Watercourse, one can not only spend time unwinding, but also browse the selection of single note essential oils, as well as blends geared specifically towards relaxing, detoxifying and stress-relieving. In addition, the spa sells a number of the oil blends used in its in-house treatments, as well as massage carrier oils.

Isis Candle Shop
19 41st Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 212-0803

Shopping at Isis Candle Shop is an experience for the more spiritually open-minded. This well-stocked store sells a broad selection of candles, incense, candle accessories and scented oils. The store carries a number of single-note essential oils such as lavender and jasmine. Make sure to also browse through the stock of essential oil scented soy candles.

East West Bookstore
324 Castro St.
Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 988-9800

A long-standing downtown Mountain View destination spot, East West Bookstore carries not only books, but a wide variety of products geared towards relaxing and spiritual expansion. Stop by to browse through the extensive selection of books on everything from alternative medicine to yoga, as well as relaxation supplies like eye pillows and tabletop fountains. In addition to other aromatherapy products, East West carries a number of essential oils and scented oil blends for diffusers. The store also frequently holds events such as lectures and author readings.

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Magic Theater
2206 S. El Camino Read
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 341-4500

Not a theater at all, Magic Theater is a long-standing San Mateo community mom-and-pop smoke shop. In addition to the expected head shop finds of tie dye and tobacco, the store sells a variety of products like incense, candles and stickers. After perusing the merchandise, don’t forget to pick up a bottle of signature hippy-scented patchouli oil. If looking for something a little more mainstream, check out the rest of the selection of scented essential and massage oils.

Reve Spa Salon
241 S. San Mateo Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 343-7383

Reve Spa Salon offers manicures, pedicures, massages and facials, in addition to a host of other traditional spa treatments. For those looking to purchase essential oils, Reve Spa Salon stocks the full line of oils produced by Aveda. For a one-stop shopping trip for beauty supplies, one can also browse the extensive selection of hair, skin and body products.

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