The Best Beauty Shops In America, According To You


How does that saying go again—think global, shop local? Something like that. With that tenet in mind, we at ITG are proud to present to you a hyper-local beauty shopping directory of sorts. All sourced and written by you! (Remember this?) Our editors may know how to find every single iteration of Biologique Recherche P50 in New York (along with bread, water, and other such necessities), but it’s a big country. Thanks for helping out with the leg work on this one. Below, find some of the finest apothecaries, sheet mask warehouses, salons, and boutiques in the nation, according to your rave reviews. Don’t see your zip code represented? There’s only one thing to do then: Comment! Rep your city hard enough and we’ll publish an update.

Without further ado:

“They have a lot of obscure and hard-to-find product lines. It calls itself an apothecary, though it looks more like a salon, just with a lot of product shelves. They carry, among others: Aesop, Balmain, Butter, Claus Porto, Clay Esthe, Inventive Eco-Organics, Jao, Kneipp, Maison Balzac, Marvis, Mason Pearson, Phyto, Proraso, Purely Perfect, RMS Beauty and SkinCeuticals. My aesthetician Evette Richards, used to work out of there, but she now operates under the name Ceremony. Try her if you are in ATX, she's great!” —notadoll

“Follain in Boston (South End) is the best for natural beauty. I go there for my Tata Harper and RMS, and always find other lovely products to drool over. It’s a charming store with friendly staff.” —lechat

Merz Apothecary
“They may not have a ton of makeup, but for literally everything else, Merz Apothecary in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood is amazing. Relive the '90s and smell all the Demeter fragrances they stock! Buy a Diptyque candle! Search through their endless assortments of lotions and creams! The fact that the interior is what I imagine an old apothecary would have looked like is an aesthetic bonus.” —AlyssaVin

Forty Five Ten
“I can't believe no one has been from Dallas! Forty Five Ten has a very cool selection of hard to find stuff—Vintner's Daughter, Rodin, Koh Gen Do, Kjaer Weis, Serge Lutens, Edward Bess, Surratt, etc. The fragrance section is also dreamy. And annually they have some of the brand founders come for events where you can get your makeup done by them—amazing.” —ED

Mills Pharmacy
“Mills Pharmacy in Detroit really is the best shop ever. The midtown location is a temporary pop-up while they build out a new space, so it doesn't have the best inventory, but the Birmingham location is INCREDIBLE. Santa Maria Novella, Aesop, Cire Trudon, all the French pharmacy stuff, plus candy and homeopathic medicines. Going in there is a regular "treat yo self" routine for me. ALSO -- they have a tiny shop in the Detroit airport that is really excellent! Probably every ITG reader connects through there on trips and should absolutely check it out for the best travel-sized products.” NCM

“Houston, Texas here!! raises hand I like Kuhl-Linscomb; they had Drunk Elephant, Vintner's Daughter, and Rodin lipsticks before the big stores around here did. They also carry small international beauty items like Baby Foot, Bichotan Charcoal stuff, Klorane, Avene, Davines. Stuff for the luxe lady: Oribe, Natura Bisse, Caudalie, Aesop. I loveeee their beauty department.” —Lyna

Los Angeles
Larchmont Beauty Center
“In LA I love Larchmont Beauty Supply. The make-up department is small but they have an endless amount of skincare, haircare, nail polish, and gadgets. Need to compare and contrast hair combs? Buy a fancy candle and fake eyelashes? This is your place. Plus the staff is super knowledgable and has never steered me wrong.” —Alice Dennard

Cosmetic Market
“My favorite local place in Nashville is Cosmetic Market! They have a wide variety of skincare, makeup, haircare, a salon, and even an aesthetician. The ladies who work there are incredibly kind and knowledgeable, making the experience much more enjoyable. Plus they're usually good about remembering you!” —Sarah Katherine

Siphon Draw Apothecary
“All local and organic beauty products, located in Apache Junction. Worth the drive! You can tour the ghost town after your beauty run.“ —Heather

San Francisco
Veer & Wander
“It's definitely worth checking out Veer & Wander. It's a hair salon (an amazing hair salon) and the front has an apothecary with fantastic makeup, hair products, skincare, jewelry and chocolate. So gorgeous, so so gorgeous.” —Kay Ann

“For Seattle homies: Essenza in Seattle is a dream. More bath/body focused, with a great stock of Santa Maria Novella. Unique perfume selection, including Serge Lutens, L'Artisan Perfumer... It's hard to find that kind of stuff in Seattle, honestly.” —Allie Fraley

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