International Orange isnt just the name of the paint color on San Franciscos Golden Gate Bridge, its also the moniker of one of the citys best day spas. You can tell a lot about a spa by the products used in treatments just like you can tell a lot about a boutique by the designers they carry. And the natural selection of high-quality skin-care products offered at this one-off, seven-room spa is one of the best in its class.
The Astara masks are excellent, I like RENs serums, and Im a fan of Arconas fruit-based line from Los Angeles. But its the facials that use In Fiore at International Orange that really deliver spa-going wow factor.
In Fiore, an old-world apothecary-style line of beauty products, are handmade, all-natural, and locavorean. That is, founder Julie Elliot whips them up right in San Francisco and culls many of the ingredients come from Napa and Sonoma just like the citys best restaurants.
Sometimes indigenous spa treatments can feel contrived. But International Oranges approach doesnt feel at all forced. In fact, its organic, close-to-home choices make it skin-care equivalent of an authentic local dining experience you cant wait to tell all your friends about.
International Orange, 2044 Fillmore Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94115, (888) 739-3552, www.internationalorange.com