Website of the week
While in Boston last weekend, MW and I came across something truly very weird: A Bigelow Apothecary store in the Copley Plaza mall. I've been shopping (and filling my prescriptions) at Bigelow for years, so seeing the store somewhat reproduced in a mall was, well, rather strange (and, honestly, not quite the same experience as going to the real one on Sixth Avenue). So how did my neighborhood pharmacy end up in a mall? Turns out The Limited now owns a stake in Bigelow (which explains why you can find its private-label line at Bath and Body Works), hence the mall-ification. I still prefer the original, but if a clone has not yet made it to a mall near you, there's always Bigelow's website, which has certainly had a makeover since my last visit to it. You can shop by category, then by brand within category, and most brands found in the store are represented here, from the house label, to organic lines like Dr. Hauschka and Weleda, to fancy European lines like Carthusia and GEO F. Trumper. Each category and brand features top sellers, and many products have useful customer reviews. I highly recommend the house label's cold cream, the lemon body scrub, and the lovely Quince Hand Lotion.

I'm excited to note that the site carries the dermatologist favorite La Roche-Posay sunblock (only in 50 SPF, not the illegal-in-the-U.S. 75 SPF), and the store's selection of fancy toothpaste is alive and well on the website. There's also a lovely homeopathic section for the pharmaceutical-weary. On my shopping list: This pretty Acqua di Parma candle, which looks incredibly luxurious and, at $79, is fancy indeed:

I probably don't quite need it yet, but I might give this Patricia Wexler starter set a whirl, just for prevention's sake:

And for summer, well, can there be a more perfect product than Kusco-Murphy's Beach Hair?

Spend $75 and your order ships for free via UPS Ground. I'll still shop at the store, but for days when I don't feel like making the 30-minute crosstown trek (having moved to the East Village, Bigelow is technically not my neighborhood pharmacy anymore), this site should definitely come in handy. That is, until a mall-ified branch opens up in Soho.

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