The Best Shopping in Brooklyn

03/26/2014 4:00 AM |

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Best Shampoo for Mythical Creatures

Mermaid Shampoo, $35

Ok, so we might not believe in mermaids (just kidding, we totally do… just kidding again, of course we don’t), but we do believe in smelling really good, and we especially believe that our hair should smell really good. Enter Mermaid Shampoo, redolent of orange blossom and coconut, one whiff of which will make you feel transported straight to the beach. Catbird, 219 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg

Best Vegan Soap

Lavender & Black Pepper, $10

The nice thing about buying soap as a gift is that everyone needs it. Skinnyskinny has some of the best feel-good organic soaps in the borough (perhaps it’s due to its “cold-process method”). They’re made with an olive oil and shea butter base, and scented using essential oils and natural botanicals. If you do give it as a gift, you might want to pick a bar up for yourself. Unless you want your friends to smell better than you. skinnyskinny, 268 Grand Street, Williamsburg

Best Home-Haircut Supplies

Parveen barber scissors, $10

Did you know that New York City is the most expensive place for a basic haircut? Maybe that’s why taking your hair into your own hands is the new trend. If you’re going to do it, do it right and throw down a Hamilton for these handmade brass-and-steel scissors from India. Task New York, 100 N. 3rd Street, Williamsburg

Best Comb (Seriously, Fuck You Guys)

Handmade Brooklyn Grooming Comb, $18

Yes, you could buy a comb for one dollar at the local Duane Reade, but that comb will be machine-made from hard, gross plastic and be riddled with jagged edges that cause split ends. Which you will not have! Because you were smart enough to cough up a little extra cash for this smooth, handmade version that’s made of natural materials and comes with its very own muslin cloth bag. Kai D, 230 Grand Street, Williamsburg

Best All-Purpose Body Cream

Egyptian Magic Cream, $38

If you managed to come through this winter physically unscathed, good for you. But if you, like us, have perpetually chapped lips; rough skin on your elbows, knees, and ankles; and hands that look like you work on a farm instead of a laptop, well, then, you need Egyptian Magic Cream. Made of just six all-natural, restorative ingredients (olive oil, honey, beeswax, royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis extract), this cream has worked wonders on our weather-beaten skin. It might not technically be magic, but it’s close enough. Neergaard Pharmacy, 454 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope

The Best Smelling Lotion in the World, Ever

Apotheke Bay Laurel Spearmint Hand Lotion, $24

This stuff just recently became the official hand and body lotion of the L Mag editorial team. Honest. A bottle of it is sitting right here where we all can reach it any time we need the pick-me-up that comes from its wonderful (transformative, even!) scent, a mixture of Wrigley’s spearmint gum and something sort of herbal and woodsy. Mostly now we just sit at our desks, faces constantly buried in freshly
moisturized hands. West Elm Market, 50 Washington Street, DUMBO

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