The question “what’s that smell?” usually carries a negative connotation when you live in New York, but Lori Labedz, owner of At Wilderness, a luxury apothecary and gift shop in Boerum Hill, welcomes the inquiry with a soft laugh. It’s a question she’s grown accustomed to since opening a year ago.
Labedz carries items she’s handpicked from a combination of local brands and artisans, but she also brings back items from her travels, like the 1820s House candles she started selling after traveling to her home state of Ohio. Her curatorial eye was honed during the years she spent working as an esthetician at Great Jones Spa in Soho. Here, Labedz lets us in on 10 of the items that she loves right now.
The Old Tamarack Twain Natural Botanical Cologne, $39
Handmade by Old Tamarack founder Rob Foster, this all-natural, vegan cologne has notes of tobacco, fossilized amber, and Virginian cedarwood, giving it a distinct and untamed smell.
The Soap & Paper Factory Frosted Pine Hand Cream, $18
Made from the finest oils found in nature, as well as shea butter, this hand cream nourishes the skin, while giving off a soothing, earthy aroma of freshly cut pine.
Lyeska Rejuvenating Serum. $40
While protecting the skin from free radicals and environmental damage, this serum of Siberian cedar nut and black currant works to naturally revitalize dull and damaged skin.
Amara Essentials Tea Tree and Lemongrass Deodorant, $8
Backed with the antibacterial abilities of tea tree oil and grain alcohol, this all-natural deodorant fights bodily odors without all the harsh chemicals of commercial brands.
Hi Wildflower Botanica Flower Crown Candle
Accompanied by an original poem, this hand-poured soy candle is powdery and floral, with subtle notes of pink carnation, sandalwood, and vintage lace.
The Neighborgoods Pancake Recipe Kitchen Towel, $18
Whether its purpose is to aid in your breakfast prep or just to add some flair to your space, this kitchen towel is the perfect item to give to a friend or keep for yourself.
Brooklyn Beauty Strawberry & Beet Lip Gloss
The beautiful pigment in this lip gloss comes from dehydrated beets and strawberries, which also add a wonderful, natural fragrance.
Catbird Ballerina Earrings
Available in rose gold and yellow gold, these dainty barre earrings make for a polished and classic look.
The Holistic Home Co. Sea Salt Body Scrub
Revive your skin with this citrusy and earthly body scrub that leaves the body supple and with a radiating glow. Made with “a positive intention,” each jar comes with a one-of-a-kind raw crystal.
At Wilderness: 365 State Street, Boerum Hill