Six Specialty Beauty Stores Worth an In-Store Visit

Shopping at Sephora is a lot like buying groceries—all the free samples, wide shiny aisles and, like, 15 versions of everything. Same deal with its website, which refills medicine cabinets the same way FreshDirect does fridges.

The following specialty stores, however, don't provide the same kind of homogeneous online experience. Laden with beautiful packaging and imported goodies, they are the patisseries, tea emporiums and spice stands of the beauty world—always worth the special trip. Unfortunately, most of them only have a few locations, and some only one. Click though the slideshow to plan your vacation/weekend/this evening accordingly.

Woodley & Bunny

Brooklyn, NY and Los Angeles, CA

Expect to find the best products from indie labels you've never heard of, wrapped in all manner of printed paper and seaglass jars. It's not all fancy packaging, though! Everything I've ever bought here has graduated from a one-off whim to part of my regular rotation.