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Best gift shops: Cobble Hill

Find out where to shop for gifts in this Brooklyn neighborhood.

Shen Beauty

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Shen Beauty


Former stylist Jessica Richards and beauty journalist Jules Stringer opened this Cobble Hill jewel—a candy-hued, old-world-style apothecary with modern touches. The space carries an assortment of all-natural and organic products, as well as a handful of high-end products for which Shen has exclusive U.S. distribution (one being top aesthetician Amanda Lacey’s cleansing pomade, $100). There are local treasures, too, including and a line of sulfate-free body washes ($18-$25), lotions ($18) and soaps ($10-$18) in aromas like lime-basil and water lily. Cosmetics connoisseurs and dabblers alike can try Becca sheer moisturizing tints ($42) that instantly wake up winter-weary skin, Ilia lipsticks and lip tints ($24–$34) and Piggy Paint nontoxic peel-off nail colors ($9). Or just make your next bubble bath more festive with Feeling Smitten organic, edible-looking cupcake bath bombs ($5.50–$12).

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