Best Apothecaries, January 2008
Beauty Collection Apothecary
is the city’s behemoth, carrying more than 250 brands in a sprawling warehouse space. Despite the vast inventory—from established brands like Dermalogica to the hard-to-find line Zona to renowned cosmetics such as Jane Iredale—the space is airy and easy to navigate, with tidy displays on industrial metal shelves. Try anything you wish: Testers are available for almost every product, and clerks oblige requests for take-home samples (members of the beauty and entertainment industries receive a 10 percent discount on purchases). An adjoining full-service salon features a barber who uses products from the array of men’s lines in the main shop.