Whether it's just a normal workday or a special lunch out with your spouse or friends, looking your best matters. It matters so much, in fact, that the average woman spends about $15,000 on makeup in her lifetime.
But while makeups claim to make women look younger, more beautiful and healthy, mainstream cosmetics may be doing just the opposite, thanks to the long list of chemicals and toxins that many products contain.
Since our skin is porous, it absorbs much of what we put on it. Finding products that are safe and non-toxic is essential.
If you're ready to do a makeup and cosmetics haul, here are 15 mighty independent shops ready to help.
2503 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60633
All vegan and natural, Starship Salon is a dream-come-true for natural makeup lovers.
1608 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
Natural-inspired tanning can be hard to find, which is why Elizabeth Artistry exists.
Lena Rose Natural Beauty
4668 N. Manor Ave., Chicago, IL 60625P
Natural beauty shines through at Lena Rose.
1727 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
All-vegan products often mean higher quality, which is true in the case of LUSH.
1468 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
If you're looking for an all-natural place to get a mani-pedi or makeup and skin treatments, Mojo is the place to go.
4716 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
Merz is a great option for all things related to natural beauty.
Calm Natural Skincare & Eco-Friendly Makeup
2112 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
Calm Natural is an awesome resource for those getting into natural makeup regimens.
Le Salon Day Spa Natural Cosmetics
5642 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago, IL 60660
If you're looking for natural cosmetics and a place to get pampered, Le Salon is a good option.
Choc Choc Cosmetic
614 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
Natural ingredients are all that you'll find here at Choc Choc.
1657 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Credo is an awesome option for all of your natural makeup needs.
Annie Bell Fragrances
3 S. Austin Blvd., Chicago, IL 60644
Annie Bell is a wonderful place to buy fragrances for yourself and your home ... all natural, of course!
1046 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
Scratch Goods is one of the best places to purchase natural products in Chicago.
Distinct Bath and Body
4046 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60641
Handmade soap and cosmetics are plentiful at Distinct Bath and Body.
Chicago, IL 60626
For all natural skincare products, try Lulu Blossom.
Abbey Brown Soap Artisan
1162 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
Abbey Brown Soap Artisan offers nourishing soaps that will hydrate and clean.