Merz Apothecary has attracted global media interest. Below you will find a small selection of press reviews and features that have been published.
Hello Giggles – I Tried Emma Watson’s Favorite Pubic Hair Oil, and It Was AmazingMarch 14, 2017
“At the risk of giving spoilers at the top of this piece, Emma Watson is a genius.
“I use Fur Oil. I’ll use that anywhere from the ends of my hair to my eyebrows to my pubic hair. It’s an amazing all-purpose product.”
ÇaFleureBon – WE LOVE THIS STORENovember 25, 2016
“The obvious destination for fragrance shopping in Chicago is the Magnificent Mile, with its dazzling array of upscale department stores and luxury boutiques. But Chicagoans in the know will direct their visiting perfumista friends to Merz Apothecary in Lincoln Square. We’ll tell you to take the Brown Line to the Western stop, and plan to spend a leisurely afternoon exploring the one-of-a-kind shops and cafes. We know you’ll have an unparalleled shopping adventure at Merz, and that the next time you’re in town, you’ll be running back there, ready to discover even more.
But even if you’re not currently planning a visit to America’s Third Coast, you can still share in the wonders of Merz by going to Smallflower.com, where everything in the brick-and-mortar shop can be delivered right to your home. You will be stunned by the number of international brands carried by Smallflower, and impressed by its thoughtfully curated selection of niche fragrances.”
ABC 8 – High Demand Expected for Niche Fragrances This Holiday SeasonNovember 17, 2016
“Chicago based online retailer, Smallflower.com, is preparing for strong sales in its fragrance section this holiday season. Historically, fragrance has always been a solid go-to item for consumers during this time of year. For many, purchasing fine fragrance can be a confusing, high-pressure situation. Smallflower wants to do the opposite. Smallflower guides customers on an aromatic journey through a carefully curated selection of unique, hard-to-find fragrances in every price range. The knowledgeable team of fragrance customer care specialists is available to answer questions, and take the guesswork out of finding a new signature scent. With a convenient sample program, customers can try any number of fragrances at a fraction of the cost of a full bottle before buying.”
Goop – The Best Gift ShopsNovember 14, 2016
“Stepping in here is the closest thing to time travel. Peter Merz opened this North Side institution in 1875 to resemble the European apothecaries his customers were missing, and other than moving to a bigger space in the 80s, it really hasn’t changed much: Holistic remedies and herbal tinctures (rounded out by a massive selection of vitamins and supplements) are displayed in their original antique jars, while natural skincare and beauty products from modern day favorites like Dr. Hauschka, Klorane, and Jao line the shelves. There’s also an equally well-stocked Lincoln Square location.”
The Kansas City Star – Country’s Largest Men’s Grooming Store Launches Ecommerce WebsiteOctober 25, 2016
“In fall 2014, two Chicago brothers, TQ and JQ, opened Q Brothers, a unique retail store that specializes in wet shaving & men’s grooming products, as well as offering a premier selection of niche fragrance. Located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago, the 1900 square foot space contains one of the largest assortments of specialty men’s grooming products in the country. At Q Brothers, customers can find sought-after artisan brands alongside European classics, as well as rare razors, blades, aftershaves, and more.”
Crain’s Chicago Business – Merz Apothecary at Your Door Within HoursSeptember 24, 2016
“…Amazon, which has been trying to nudge its way into the higher-end beauty market for years, has added the first cosmetics and health store to its Prime Now delivery service. Beauty and personal-care items from Merz Apothecary, a 141-year-old Chicago company with two stores, one in the Loop and another in Lincoln Square, can be delivered free to nearby Prime customers in one to two hours.”
The Gloss – Behind the Brand: The Beauty Mecca, Merz Apothecary in ChicagoOctober 2, 2015
“Step into the magical world of Merz Apothecary. It’s old world charm can best be described as Harry Potter meets the modern beauty geek—housing every beauty potion one can imagine. From it’s rich, custom-built, turn-of-the-century European Apothecary cabinetry to it’s hand-carved wooden exterior and leaded glass windows, this family-owned beauty staple has been calling Chicago home for 140 years.
Let’s go behind the brand with Merz Apothecary President, Anthony Qaiyum and find out not only why this beauty mecca was voted “One of the 12 Best Boutiques in the World” by Hemispheres Magazine but learn more about this dazzling beauty house designed to make you feel fantastic from the inside out, from their expansive online store for all things beauty and health to some amazing tips for dry skin for the winter months ahead.”
Merz Downtown in Time Out Chicago’s Shopping IssueOctober 27, 2011
Merz Downtown at the Palmer House was named “Best Loop Shopping” in Time Out Chicago‘s 2011 Shopping Awards issue! While we have always taken pride in bringing together the best of beauty, homeopathy, natural health and aromatherapy under one roof, it’s always nice to be recognized by others, too. Thanks Time Out and the Chicago residents who voted for us. Next time you’re in the Loop, stop by and say hi!
Merz Apothecary in Men’s BookSeptember 14, 2011
Men’s Book Chicago is the resource for gents who enjoy the good life. They picked a variety of our products, including our very own soap brand, Smallflower Trading Co., for their recent men’s grooming feature. Check out other must-haves for guys: Edwin Jagger Double-edge Razor Set, Marvis Aquatic Mint Toothpaste, Diptyque’s Feu de Bois Candle and Swissco Tortoise Wet Comb.
Hemispheres Magazine – Merz Apothecary Named as one of the The World’s Best BoutiquesApril 1, 2010
“Merz Apothecary probably looks much the way it did when it was first opened by Swiss immigrant Peter Merz in 1875—despite a move to its larger flagship location on North Lincoln Avenue in 1982. The handcarved wood facade and antique medicine jars are complemented by one-on-one attention from pharmacists with extensive knowledge of homeopathic and herbal remedies—another homey holdover from Merz’s time. The store also stocks every natural cosmetic one could hope for, and a selection of personal care lines rarely found stateside.”
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