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.

Aaron’s Apothecary

Chicago, IL

It's really easy for foundation refills to turn into full-on beauty binges at Aaron's, with all its hard-to-find-elsewhere imported labels. (Bonus: Doggies are welcome! Bring your canine friend and she'll receive a free all-natural biscuit from the back counter.)