- Aedes de Venustas
9 Christopher Street, 212-206-8674, www.aedes.com
With its plush red-velvet carpet and antique cabinets filled with pricey European products, this intimate shop is the height of old-world charm. Since it moved to its new location last year, J.Lo, Liv Tyler, and Gwen Stefani have all stopped by to stock up on their favorite products, like $50 Acqua di Parma lavender perfume and the Santa Maria Novella line, which originated in a 1640 Florentine convent: Their Iris whitening toothpaste costs $11. Extra bonus: The cute German couple who run the shop will gift-wrap ($6.50) with fresh flowers and ribbons—just the way Madonna likes it.
Best Beauty Products
From the 2003 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).