Consumer Lookout: Products We Love

Celebrity travel bags, spa to-go goods, throw-away undies, oh my!
By Kathy Chin Leong


Let’s Bag It!
Sally Spicer of San Francisco sells a product line of bags, purses, and travel accessories that have become so popular that Hollywood moms including Sara Jessica Parker and Catherine Zeta-Jones are buying her wares. Made of luxurious, yet durable fabrics (think upholstery material), the SallySpicer line runs $100 for a baby bag, $120 for a weekend duffle bag, and $40 for a tri-fold cosmetic roll. (Okay, it’s expensive, but you do get quality and elegrance).

On a recent trip to Carmel, the weekender bag with the celery green dragonfly print held up well to my swinging, lugging, trunk squashing in the trunk, and door banging. I’m kind of klutzy, so anything I handle has to withstand unintentional, but rigorous torture. The product was a true attention getter. Compared to the other guests checking in with their bland me-too suitcases, the Sally Spicer bag was the belle of the ball.

So, if you are tired of wheeling a luggage carrier in funerial black, think of the Sally Spicer line as fun travel gear for vacationing. Serving up kicky and subdued solid hues, patterns and prints, Spicer tromps over the competition, giving style and pizazz to an otherwise boring and utilitarian travel necessity. Sally’s products have graced the pages of Coastal Living, Mary Englebrecht’s Home Companion, and the San Jose Mercury News. Her bags can be purchased at many Bay Area luggage stores and clothing boutiques. See www.sallyspicer.com for more info.

Road Therapy
Do you ever get stressed out while on vacation? With kids, of course you do! Tara Spa Therapy knows this and the Carmel, Calif. Spa product company offers a line of therapeutic-oriented products. While not at home, you can opt for some pampering and well-being with the Tara line.

The $28 Suncare Set is compared of a purple tote filled with lifesaving goodies such as Ultra SPF 30 loton, recovery gel, rehydrator lotion, and lavender face mist. Also for $28, you can purshase a gift set of oils in two ouncce sizes in a sleek zippered case. The oils are specially formulated treatments that come in Vata- for calming, Pitta for soothing, Kapha for purifying, and Bindi for balancing.

If you love scents, the value of aromatherapy is becoming more and more accepted as a means of nourishing the senses. A $36 Armoma thereapy Travel Kit comes with a travel candle, bath and diffusser oil, and a bar of Tara’s own herbal hand-crafted soap. Check out the site for online purchases at www.taraspa.com .

A Worthy Mention of Unmentionables
Don’t know about you, but the thing I dread most about coming back from vacation is washing dirty clothes, particularly dirty undies. I guess I’m not the only one because Betty Hung, CEO of Break Room Concepts of Santa Monica, developed a line of disposable undergarments. As the story goes, Betty and her friend Teresa Williams, president of BRC, worked in a Fortune 500 telecom company and would often brainstorm about ideas in the company break room. This novel idea emerged and now their company sells a line of underwear for women and men, disposable cotton socks, and dispoable hand towels.

The concept goes beyond applications for travel convenience. The 100 percent cotton disposable underwear can be used for clients during spa services, in nursing homes with patients, in hospitals for maternity patients or those requiring medical stays for longer than the norm, and government use for military troops where access to water is limited.

The underwear collection comes in women’s bikini briefs, women’s classic brief, and women’s thong in packs of 5 and in individually wrapped packages.The men’s underwear comes in regular brief, and men’s boxer brief in small to XXL sizes.

Disposable socks come in packages of 5 pairs and features designs in mid-calf length, white, black, and angle lengh in white only. To learn more, log onto www.onederwear.com .

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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES:

Travel bags: www.sallyspicer.com
Spa products: www.taraspa.com
Disposable undergarments: www.onederwear.com

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