This weekend I had an afternoon to myself. Wanting to take full advantage of this rarity I took myself out to brunch and wandered up the street to the Merz Apothecary. Merz was one of my first discoveries when I moved to Chicago 12 years ago. It’s original outpost is in the Lincoln Square neighborhood – a leftover from when Lincoln Square was mostly German.
Merz is filled head to toe with German and European brands and many of the labels are in German. Luckily the staff is very helpful with interpreting labels and giving advice. I get lost in the aisles every time I go . They must have 100 different brands of soap if not more and every cream and lotion you can think of.
Merz is focused on natural and holistic skin and body care. It’s a very a quaint and quirky shop. I’ve never seen anything like it, not even in Germany.
After an hour of browsing (so decadent!) here was my haul of goodies.
I’ve used both Labello’s lip balms and Herbacin’s hand moisturizers before. Both brands are of good quality and reasonably priced. I’m a little on the fence about the clay mask as it smells like incense but it was recommended so I will give it a try.
Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
The flowers are compliments of my garden. They are pretty too.
What did you do this weekend?