Formulary 55: Small-batch Bath and Body Boutique

By Seattle Mag December 10, 2012


This article originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of Seattle magazine.

Cordelia Smith, the leading lady behind the ambrosial-scented bath, body and home line Sweet Petula, has returned to retail with Formulary 55, a northeast Seattle micro boutique with workshop in the rear. In addition to her own brands, Sweet Petula, Mr. Mustachio and Good Clean Dog, Smith features handmade, small-batch bath and body products from around the country.

Perfume lovers will be thrilled by the olfactory innovations of Portland’s OLO perfumes, whose heady and somewhat esoteric notes evoke grass, trees and leather (from $45). Rose, chamomile and cardamom are elevated to new heights by New York’s Briar Winters, a pastry chef by day, whose Marble & Milkweed balms, butters and bath nectars are simple, pure, affordable luxury (from $9). And men and women alike embrace the masculine charm of Sean O’Mara’s Los Angeles–based Royal Apothic’s Heroes & Aristocrats fragrance (from $18).

This tiny shop packs a high-style punch—the warm glow of hanging Edison bulbs, soothing blue walls and rustic-modern charm invite and entice shoppers to come in and smell awhile.

Formulary 55, Ravenna/Bryant, 2612 NE 55th St.; 206.729.2548;


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