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Fab 5: Natural Beauty

Lily Sperry | July 28, 2016 | Feature Features

Natural beauty is definitely having a moment. Below, five of the Windy City's best au naturel retailers.
Wicker Park's sleek new Aesop store

1. Aesop
With its low profile packaging and complete shunning of marketing techniques made popular in the beauty industry, Australia-based Aesop is certainly not your average beauty company. Once you step inside its newly-opened Wicker Park location, however, you will immediately understand the hype: its robust collection of science-backed facial oils, creams, cleansers (along with an extensive range of bath, body and haircare lines) is absolutely irresistible—not to mention how chic the products will look on your bathroom shelf.

2. Lush
This British beauty company has proven to be much more than the bath bombs and yummy scents it’s come to be known for—the brand’s face scrubs, body lotions, and skin tints fully deliver in the natural beauty realm, and its cruelty-free approach does wonders for the environment. With three locations throughout the city, there’s no reason not to go in and at least tempt your senses.

3. Merz Apothecary
Originally established in 1875, Chicago-based Merz is a mecca for natural beauty lovers, boasting a diverse range of more than 400 beauty and medicinal lines spanning the globe. Be sure to check out the Lincoln Square flagship’s newly expanded beauty collection; RMS Beauty (the line’s Living Luminizer highlighter has garnered a cult following) is not to be missed.

4. Mojo Spa
Located in the heart of Wicker Park, Mojo Spa started out as a natural makeup line, eventually growing into the skincare, perfume and home goods conglomerate that it is today. All 350 or so products are made in small batches, ensuring the highest quality in bath salts, cheek stains and hair oils. An added bonus? The store also offers an extensive range of manicure and pedicure services (intricate nail art and deep conditioning treatments optional).

5. Scratch Goods
With a diverse range of food-grade skincare made in house since its inception in 2011, Roscoe Village’s Scratch Goods is indeed true to its name. Beyond charcoal face masks and chamomile bath soaks, expect to find home fragrances, signature spa treatments, and social events—because a good beauty experience should be well-rounded, after all.


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