Recently opened on Manhattan's Lower East Side, the Mastihashop is the Greek company's first U.S. boutique. The shop specializes in all manner of products made with Mastiha, an all natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial resin which can only be harvested from the sap of evergreen bushes found exclusively in the southern part of the Greek Island of Chios. In use for 2,500 years as a nutritional supplement and beauty product, the resin freshens breath, fights plaque and gingivitis, heals and regenerates skin, relieves ulcers, eases digestion and strengthens hair and nails. Found in everything from pasta sauce, wine and chewing gum to scented candles, lotions and cosmetics, Mastiha has over 300 known applications.
Headed by sisters Kalliopi and Artemis Kohas who grew up with Mastiha as a staple, the Orchard Street shop carries a wide variety of products. Some of our favorites include the Korres line of beauty products, the Mastiha toothpaste with chamomile and spearmint and the chocolate-covered pistachio bonbons.