The best independent apothecaries in NYC



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Aedes de Venustas
This boutique offers a wide selection of luxurious home fragrances, skin-care items and bath/body products from high-end lines such as Diptyque, Santa Maria Novella and Jurlique. Hard-to-find scents line the walls, such as Eau d’Italie’s Umbrian-wood-accented sprays ($120) and the People of the Labyrinths’ A.Maze eau de toilette ($125). Order online and you’ll get seven complimentary fragrance samples of your choice. 9 Christopher St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-206-8674,

Woodley and Bunny
Enjoy a glass of wine in this sleek, gallery-like store-salon-apothecary hybrid while you get your hair cut, or browse the boutique for hair-care and beauty products from brands such as Sachajuan, Ritual and Korres. To bring the calm home with you, pick up Sada France Asian-lychee candles ($32 each), Mama Mio’s Deluxe Pampering kit ($65) or a Apothia fragrance diffuser ($48-$78). 196 North 10th St at Driggs Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-218-6588,

Lafco specializes in exquisite imported products such as pomegranate bath soaps ($25), soothing anti-hysteria water created by a Dominican friar ($13) and vetiver-scented cologne ($110)—all wrapped in beautiful paper and lovely retro boxes. 285 Lafayette St at Jersey St (212-925-0001,

Malin + Goetz
This sleek venue carries an assortment of products and treatments from its eponymous line, including its signature detox facial and skin-care and body products, along with home fragrances and perfumes in unusual notes such as rum tonic, synthesized lotus root and mojito. Best-sellers include the lip moisturizer ($12), peppermint hair shampoo ($20) and vitamin B5 body moisturizer ($38). 177 Seventh Ave at 21st St (212-727-3777,

Unique items—fragrances by Neil Morris, cashmere aromatherapy eye pillows and natural sea sponge—fill this well-known Japanese department store. Its six floors also feature Sekkisei’s skin-care line ($28--$98), a myriad of tea flavors and delicious bento boxes ($12--$48), and Kimiko Blush ($38) and Lip Plumpers ($37). 693 Fifth Ave between 54th and 55th Sts (212-350-0100,

You could practically eat your way through this place. Saipua sells hand-cut, olive-oil-based soaps made from food-grade vegetable oils, butters, herbs and extracts. It also specializes in seasonal flowers for weddings and other special events. Specialty soaps include avocado oil soap ($8), coffee mint soap ($8) and jasmine tea soap ($6). 392 Van Brunt St, Red Hook, Brooklyn (718-624-2929,

Though Kiehl’s products are now available at department stores internationally, its original East Village location has been in place since 1851, and has just been refurbished to better replicate the original apothecary’s atmosphere. The flagship space offers a variety of products made from unusual ingredients, such as French rosewater, rice and wheat (for its volumizing shampoo, $18), as well as herbal shampoos and conditioners for both canines and equines. To celebrate the store’s newly spiffed-up digs, logo T-shirts ($32) and other commemorative gift items are sold exclusively at this location. 109 Third Ave at 13th St (212-677-3171,

New London Pharmacy
This drugstore-like venue combines traditional medical services, homeopathy and natural remedies. Go for exclusive brands such as Becca, Organic Glam and Pepperface, as well as an assortment of vitamin supplements. There’s nowhere else in the city to get Batiste Dry Shampoo ($12), Becca Mascara ($24) and Inneov Anti-Aging Firming tablets ($70). 246 Eighth Ave between 22nd and 23rd Sts (212-243-4987,

Bond No. 9
Famous for its glass-bottled fragrances and candles, Bond No. 9 offers customized scents, limited-edition collectibles and fragrance-blending boxes. The signature perfumes are named after New York streets and grouped by neighborhood: Madison Soiree (50ml for $135) and Park Avenue (100 ml for $195) constitute the Uptown collection, Wall Street ($140 for 50 ml) and Chinatown ($198 for 100 ml) form the Downtown collection. 9 Bond St between Broadway and Lafayette St (212-228-1732,

This fancy English apothecary (complete with wood-covered exterior) offers decadent, tea-infused candles, bath oils and talcum powder in classic florals such as rose, lavender and lily, with gorgeous metal canisters to justify the $30 to $85 price tags. The brand also makes great gifts: fine leather cigar cases, cufflink boxes and cashmere dressing gowns. 870 Madison Ave between 70th and 71st Sts (212-249-1771,

Can’t make it to Paris? This compact beauty-supply store is arranged like a department store dedicated to beauty products, and has a surprisingly comprehensive selection of high-end cosmetics, European products and everyday drugstore staples. 926 Madison Ave between 73rd and 74th Sts (212-288-6966,

Boyd’s is a NYC--based megastore stocked with endless aisles of goodies guaranteed to delight any beauty junkie. Highlights: Innoxa Blue Eye Drops ($20), which instantly brighten eyes; a Helen of Troy Thermal Hot Air Brush ($33) for quicker styling; and the Nutra Luxe Pen ($14), which erases wrinkles without the use of parabens, preservatives and other gunk you don’t want on your face. It also carries imported and old-school toothpastes like Euthymol ($9.99), which make great hostess gifts thanks to their funny names and lovely vintage-inspired labels. 385 Fifth Ave at 36th St, Room 808 (212-838-6558,

The Bathroom
Unlike your loo, this place carries upscale goop and an impressive collection of designer bath linens and accessories. Featured brands: Molton Brown, Yves Delorme and the all-natural Dr. Hauschka line, whose Cleansing Cream ($26.95) works wonders for all skin types. 94 Charles St at Bleecker St (212-929-1449,

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