Beauty + Fashion:
Pharmacy Gone Chic: Botanica Bazaar
Photography by Sarah Elliott
New to the far East End of Long Island in my hometown of Amagansett, New York is Botanica Bazaar, a modern-day, holistic apothecary for organic skincare, beauty and wellness. Located right in Amagansett Square, the charming center of the town, it’s such a welcome addition to the neighborhood! Owners Leilani Bishop and Bethany Mayer, who are two of my dearest friends, stock all the beloved natural brand mainstays, including the lovely Shiva Rose line, Tata Harper and Goop by Juice Beauty. But the outpost also goes well beyond beauty. There are tonics, toothpastes, anti-itch salves, organic supplements to aid in sleep or digestion, and even an entire section devoted to esoteric goodies like spirit animal tarot cards and astrology. The entire store is thoughtfully presented in a minimal environment designed with natural materials like unfinished plywood in a geometric, triangular composition set against crisp, clean marble, highlighting the product.
Botanica Bazaar is modeled after a French-style pharmacy, but the chic shop is truly a culmination of its owners’ talents and vision; Leilani is a former model, and she’s also a native of Kauai, which helped instill in her a love of nature. This fondness led her to develop Leilani Bishop fragrances, a suite of floral-inspired fragrance oils also sold at the store. Bethany Mayer has a retail background — she is the mastermind behind clothing label and store Surf Bazaar.
Look, we all turn to our female tribe for advice, whether that be to improve our wellness, or with questions surrounding parenting, digestion or astrology. The leader of my personal tribe has been Leilani for well over 8 years — she is my girl and the one I turn to for friendship, support, to engage in new moon ceremonies with and just generally, for overall wisdom. It makes me so proud that she and Bethany, who is a visionary and fierce in her own right when it comes to branding, merchandising and all-around business savvy, have joined forces. Together these powerful ladies (and mamas!) are offering their expertise in all things natural to the greater tribe — making our wellness and beauty routines that much more swoony.