Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thompson Chemists — a True "Mom and Pop" Pharmacy

One of my favorite parts of a European trip is checking out the local pharmacies — always on the hunt for new and unusual skincare products and fragrances. Paris and London have some of the best. When I’m there, I usually stock up on things I won’t find in New York — until now. I recently discovered a “mom and pop” pharmacy in the heart of Soho that carries some of the best (and hard to find) niche brands of skin/hair care for men and women. The shop is called Thompson Chemists, located at 137 Thompson Street, tucked away between West Houston and Prince Street. This is a tiny storefront that is packed with some of the best of the best. A refreshing alternative to Duane Read, Rite Aid and Walgreens. Gary and Jolie, the owners, and their staff, are friendly and informative and the place rocks a real neighborhood vibe.

Some of the brands that caught my eye:
NUXE Paris Soft-Skin Booster Body Scrub (a gentle moisturizing scrub that’s great for dry winter skin) and 24-HR Nutri-hydrating Body Lotion (excellent body moisturizer) are both quite nice.

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream. "The #1 selling medicated, vitamin-enriched skin cream in Japan." I use this as a hand moisturizer. Really good stuff!

Black Pearl Contouring Face & Eye Cream Serum
This line uses a combination of pearl powder, seaweed and Dead Sea minerals. An excellent moisturizing cream with an extraordinary light texture. The cream is Black Pearl's #1 seller.

They also stock a fabulous French hair care line called Leonor Greyl. Yup, these are the products that celebrity hairstylist Andy Lecompte used on Madonna during her 2009 Sticky & Sweet tour. ‘nuff said.

Also in the line-up; a nice selection of Roger & Gallet as well as one of the top men’s lines from the U.S. — Baxter of California.

So if you’re in the hood, stop by and say ‘hi’ to Gary and the crew. Thompson Chemists is a real NYC find!

Follow them on twitter @ThompsonChemist


Ayrton said...

Love natural places like this, wish there was one close to me :(

GlamMan said...

No probs, cheer up! They're as close as your keyboard... check them out online