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The Clean Beauty Expert Shares Her 9 Fave Healthy and Wholesome Spots in NYC

by Tara Foley
The A breakfast bowl at The Village Den. Photo courtesy of The Village Den.

Our favorite clean beauty emporium, Follain, has opened an outpost in New York City’s West Village. We caught up with founder (and former New Yorker) Tara Foley, who gave us a hit list of her go-to healthy spots whenever she finds herself back in the city.

NEW YORK CITY — I became fully immersed in the growing health and wellness scene while living in New York City for half a decade. It was highly educational and spiritual. It was also physically healing and helped me begin the journey that led me to create Follain, an emporium for clean beauty and wellness. Today, many of my family and friends are still in New York, as is our newest Follain outpost, so I find myself visiting often. Whenever I do, it’s nice to frequent old favorites and discover new and healthy destinations. Despite the pace of life in the city, I have always found it easy to be healthy in NYC. Accessible practitioners, shops, and restaurants can be found around every corner.

Great Jones Spa
29 Great Jones St., Noho; +1-212-505-3185
This place feels like it has been around forever, and I love that their facials and body treatments are nearly all done with clean products and ingredients. I like to make an afternoon of it and take full advantage of the plunge pool, steam rooms, and other amenities in the water lounge.

Treatment by Lanshin
129 Roebling St., Williamsburg; +1-718-388-4788
Sandra Lanshin is a guru for all things gua sha. A facial and facial massage with her will change your skin. She only uses clean products and ingredients.

Photo courtesy of Follain.
Photo courtesy of GrowNYC.

92 Greenwich Ave., West Village; +1-844-365-5246
I may be biased, but I think our newest shop is the best spot in the city for stocking up on clean versions of everything in your medicine cabinet and makeup bag. It’s also a great destination for clean makeup appointments and skincare matching.

Bonberi Bodega
384 Bleecker St., West Village
A quintessential New York City corner store reimagined for the healthy set by my good friend Nicole, the blogger behind healthy eating blog Bonberi.

Union Square Greenmarket
E. 17th St. and Union Square W., Union Square
Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays year-round, this lively outdoor market has fresh flowers and produce and small-batch breads and cheeses.

Photo courtesy of MNDFL Meditation.
Photo courtesy of Brodo.

The Village Den
225 W. 12th St., West Village
This reboot from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s food guy, Antoni Porowski, is next door to Follain and has quickly become my favorite spot for a healthy comfort food fix.

MNDFL Meditation
10 E. 8th St., Greenwich Village; +1-212-477-0487
Fewer things are better for your overall health, outlook, and skin than rest and relaxation. I love that this meditation studio makes it easy to tune out (or tune in!) and recenter. They also have locations on the Upper East Side and in Williamsburg.

Integrative Yoga Institute
227 W. 13th St., West Village; +1-212-929-0585
This is and always has been my favorite yoga studio in New York City. I like that they have a more grounded, no-frills studio and approach to practicing yoga. All the instructors I have experienced are amazing.

Brodo Broth Company
496 Hudson St., West Village; +1-212-366-0600
One of the yummiest treats around. Packed with collagen and immunity-boosting ingredients, these flavorful bone and vegetable broths are especially great in the winter for sipping on the go.

Getting Outside in NYC
I lived downtown on the west side near the green ways along the Hudson River, where I could do everything from run and bike to work and take leisurely strolls outside to decompress. I love New York City so much, but always found it helpful to go somewhere I could connect with grass, trees, and water to breathe a little deeper. 

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