This family-run institution has been around since 1875, so it's safe to say it knows what works and what doesn't. A treasure trove of all things beauty and wellness, it's a must-shop in Lincoln Square.
Top Seller: Morihata Binchotan Facial Puff
"This soft, natural sponge covered in binchotan charcoal powder from Japan is a great way to gently cleanse skin, pull out impurities, and tighten pores," says Anthony Qaiyum, president of Merz Apothecary. "It balances the pH of the skin, making it more even-toned and blemish-free."
Morihata Binchotan Facial Puff, $15.50, available at Merz Apothecary.
Qaiyum's Pick: Kaol Mouth Refresher
"Fresh breath is great. Fresh breath from super-cool, design-geek, Japanese, herbal, metallic-looking balls in a slim, easy-to-carry bottle is even better. Two of these tiny orbs will wipe out bad breath but won't leave you with a nasty, sugary mouth like with most mints. And at 800 pieces in each bottle, that comes out to 400 uses, making it pretty darn good for the price."
Kaol Mouth Refresher, $10.95, available at Merz Apothecary.
Merz Apothecary, 4716 North Lincoln Avenue (between Giddings Street and Leland Avenue); 773-989-0900.
Photos: Courtesy of Merz Apothecary