||Contemporary in a timeless way.
The Soho store features a large Origins marquee wrapping around the storefront, with the
logo as negative space on a field of beautifully distressed metal. Big floor to
ceiling windows on both sides facing onto the street corner fill the shop with
light. Inside the clean, warm-toned selling floor are test areas and checkout
counters designed to allow visitors to flow through the space, keeping you close to the
products on the shelves that fill the two inner walls. As you enter, stacks of woven
reed baskets serve as natural, useable versions of supermarket-style plastic
carriers. There are several sinks at testing areas for you to use when testing
products. The staff is attractive and they wear tastefully simple uniforms. As
you peruse the various products on the white wall shelves, you are struck by the superb
packaging design and the lovely soft colors of the products inside the semi-opaque
containers. And on the way out, grab a "peace of mind" white gumball from
the machine at the door.
||Very energetic, friendly, happy, and
the staff is knowledgeable about all the product lines.
||Skin care products, hair care
products, sensory therapy, body/bath products, sponges, brushes, scrubbers, mitts,
potpourri, candles, massage equipment, books, products for men, a new product line for
babies, a pet product line, gift packs. As for makeup, there are foundations,
powders, blushes, eye and lip pencils, lip glosses, lipsticks, mascaras, makeup bags, and
a great product called Brow Fix to keep your brows in place.
Origins has a spa at the Manhattan Chelsea Piers sports complex.
||Bare Hugs Baby Massage Cream, $12.50.
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