Melange Apothecary

Best Apothecaries, January 2008
Look past the strip-mall surroundings: Melange Apothecary is as chic as any stop in the 8th Arrondissement. Elegant wrought-iron tables, crystal chandeliers, and pharmacy-style cabinets show off bath, body, and home products packaged to resemble delectable confections. Venerable manufacturers Potter and Moore shoulder up against newer arrivals like Mor, though custom fragrances are the draw: More than 60 scents with such heady names as Casis Noir and Casablanca Lily—many of them exclusive to the shop—are arranged on mirrored trays, where customers can experiment, infusing neutral lotions, gels, and salts with scent. Weekend and evening blending workshops are more like girly sleepovers than classes in chemistry.