Thursday, January 19, 2017

Smallflower Apothecary ... A Web Shop Find

Ahhhhh, a well stocked drugstore. There are a myriad of practical things laying in its aisles, ranging from medicine, makeup, snacks, cleaners, office supplies and housewares, etc.

Am I the only person who thinks perusing inside a drugstore is a must-stop-and-do in a foreign country? Nowadays I don't have to wait for a vacation. There is an online international apothecary that offers 14,000+ European and world products on the web. I'm in apothecary heaven!

Smallflower.com opened in 1875 in Chicago, Illinois as Mertz Apothecary. Back-in-the-day, the shop's clientele consisted mainly of European immigrants who lived in the neighborhood. Therefore in addition to modern (allopathic) medicine, the drugstore also offered the herbal medicines and formulas, which were already familiar to its international customers. In the old days, a pharmacist advised and hand mixed remedies for each customer's specific ailments. Today customers can order health and personal care items from around the world, including Great Britain, Germany, Asia, South America, Africa, or Australia.

When looking for an item, you can shop by brand, country or scent. Featured in the blog are two German products my Mamma favors: 

4711 Original Eau de Cologne is a unisex scent containing notes of citrus, basil, lily, Bulgarian rose and jasmine. It smells refreshing and clean, as opposed to, overpowering and perfumey. Although not created for headache relief, my Oma (grandma) treated her headaches by spraying the cologne on a moist towelette and rubbing it on her temples.

Penaten Cream - Mom swears by Panaten Cream to treat winter's dry, broken skin and rashes. It contains zinc oxide, Panthenol, Hamamelis Virginiana extract and Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil among its healing ingredients. Mom calls it cream with medicine.

With over 140 years of experience and a focus on internal and external health, as well as, affordable prices, Smallflower Apothecary is a terrific find! Cost-wise, it's international inventory is very competitive with the corner drugstore. 

Thankfully, now we don't have to fly oversees to pick up a few personal care items!

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2 comments:

  1. Panaten sounds handy - I get lots of winter skin rashes etc. and good old 4711, have not seen that in ages. We don't actually have drug stores in Australia, although some of our pharmacies are similar to the drug stores in the US and Canada. I love the local drug stores in my daughter's town, and go there every time we visit. Lots of their items are to be found around my house in Australia!

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    1. Tricia, my skin isn't as dry as it once was in winter. What I've done differently is stop using all creams and moisturizers with fragrants in them. Last year I began slattering coconut oil on right after a shower too. My hands and cuticles were so dry, and I had no idea it was my scented hand creams and body loitions caused it. I have articles to say right after bathing is the best time to apply oils and creams to lock in the moisture. I also use hand cream throughout the day.

      Doris Day was famious for slattering her face and body with petroleum jelly nightly, and she had beautiful skin. However, she was single for much of her life. :) I don't think I could bear the slippery, slimy feel of it, and I imagaine, you'd have to change your sheets frequently.

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