Essence Fragrance Lab tickles discerning noses with its fragrances and blendable scents. A custom scent can be created with more than 300 perfume oils, including carnation, blue lilac, cedarwood, coconut, and more. Once base notes, middle notes, middle base notes, upper middle notes, and top notes are selected, the head perfumer concocts each creator's body bouquet on-site for immediate neck dabbing. Each oil is alcohol-free, perfect for sensitive skin, allergies, and adding to tiramisu intended to be sold at a children's bake sale.
Oliviers and Co. is a unique Boston market that specializes in a wide swath of Mediterranean foodstuffs, with a particular emphasis on olive oils. The showroom is practically a playground for anyone who wants to spend their afternoon sampling through vibrant, spicy, warming olive oils and accompanying balsamic vinegars. Bottled options for both vinegars and oils are near-endless, with versions that rely on infusions of basil, lemon, chili and cherries, among other flavors. Customers looking for a bit of take-home funk can grab a bottle of truffle oil, while patient workers are more than happy to discuss the characteristics of different oils. Though part of a chain, Oliviers and Co. feels like a cozy one-off shop, and its location on tony Newbury Street gives a bit of cred to the operation. The well-appointed store also sells spreads, pastas, tapenades and various unique gift items.
G2O Spa & Salon is a pampered person’s fantasy land, with five floors of total spa immersion. Those in search of restful relaxation can easily spend the entire day indulging in treatments and quiet contemplation throughout the sprawling complex. The spa, originally two historic Newbury Street brownstones combined into one space, offers a lovely urban escape. Once inside, you’d never know that the hustle and bustle of Boston’s trendiest street is just steps away. Some of the unusual offerings include the Experience Room, which combines herbal-infused steam with a refreshing ice fog and tropical shower; the brine inhalation therapy room, with a three-tiered waterfall; a penthouse roof terrace, where you can relax on lounge chairs or enjoy a spa lunch; and perhaps one of the best perks of all: a nap pod, where you can end your day of treatment with a short snooze.
Kiehl‰Ûªs skin and body care, developed by John Kiehl, has helped customers take care of their skin since the company opened in 1851 as an Old World apothecary in New York‰Ûªs East Village. Like all Kiehl‰Ûªs outposts, the Newbury Street location, one of 250 retail stores worldwide, exudes a clean and airy feel. The store is located in one of the city‰Ûªs tonier retail neighborhoods and is small but well merchandised. Shelves are lined with scrubs, toners, serums, cleansers and sun care products, from their popular Creme de Corps Body Moisturizer to their signature scent Musk Eau de Toilette Spray. They also offer a line of skin care products for men. Animal lovers will enjoy the selection of pet products that include grooming shampoo and conditioner for dogs. All products contain natural ingredients and botanical extracts. Friendly knowledgeable professionals are on hand to help shoppers make the right choices.
Whether you've got a flair for flares, an addiction to cigarette jeans, or you push toward pedal-pushing pedal pushers, The Blues Jean Bar has the stone-washed, pre-torn, or impeccable indigo of your dreams. The shop is designed like a tavern, keeping the savory styles of more than 40 top labels (for both men and women) “on tap.” Saunter up to the wood-hewn bar and ask the friendly denim-smith to whip you up a pair that combines your favorite wash, size, cut, and aroma. He or she will rifle through shelves stocked with labels such as Citizens of Humanity, 7 For All Mankind, and Red Engine to find your fittingest fit in the latest fashion, eliminating the drudgery of surfing wave after indistinguishable wave of blue. D Magazine, which recently named the bar the Best Place to Buy Jeans, calls it "almost as fun as a real bar." Prices range from $150 to $225, depending on the label and style.
What makes it great: Boston Magazine readers’ pick for Best Day Spa in 2014; advanced muscular therapy massages that start with postural assessment and include a treatment plan, cryogenic therapy for skin repair, and seasonally-inspired pedicure specials (think: apple cider foot bath)