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Best Beauty Mecca

  • Caudalie Boutique

    315 Bleecker St., nr. Grove St.; 212-308-3552
    1031 Lexington Ave., nr. 74th St.; 212-308-3551

    Spa meets store in Bordeaux-based Caudalie’s first-ever boutiques. Both the uptown and downtown locations (which opened within a month of each other) offer free mini-facials and stock the crushed Cabernet body scrubs the brand’s known for at its Vinotherapie Spas. Shoppers can test lemongrass face serums or rose toning mists (gratis glass of wine in hand) around bathtub-size, marble-topped oak-wine-barrel tables. And at the larger shop in the West Village, the scaly-skinned can custom blend organic exfoliators from Long Island grape seeds, French honey, brown sugar, and essential oils ($20).

From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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