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2018 Best Place for Makeup

Whole Foods

Sure, it’s not quite as luxurious a shopping experience when you’re tossing your BB cream into a cart alongside butter and bananas, but consider this: While the FDA has pretty strict standards for the food we eat, it’s way more lax about the stuff we put on our skin. (Go figure.) This means the beauty market is flooded with products containing phthalates and formaldehyde – both no-no’s for their potential links to cancer. Whole Foods, however, has banned more than 100 such ingredients from its shelves, and it prioritizes plant-based and naturally sourced ingredients, so its serums, masks, cleansers and cosmetics are practically pure enough to eat. So yeah, the brands WF carries may not be designer, but I’ll take a clean ingredient list – and, fine, the free food samples – over a luxe lipstick any day. – Caroline Cunningham View Profile »


2016 Best Beauty Products You Can't Find at Sephora

H Mart

7320 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA Website

Among the aisles of instant noodles and pickled veggies at this Asian supermarket, you’ll find a selection of hard-to-find Korean beauty products, like pearl-infused sheet […] Read more »

2016 Best Bath and Body Shop

Volta Market

1439 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

Meet the neighborhood mom-and-pop shop with a holistic twist. Under the store’s small-batch organics line, you’ll find Dead Sea salt mud masks, silky body butters, […] Read more »

2010 Best One-Stop Beauty Shop

David J. Witchell

25 South State Street, Newtown, PA Website

Remember the montage from Pretty Woman where Vivian goes from gaudy to glam in a Beverly Hills minute? Had she been in Newtown instead, she […] Read more »

2010 Best Beauty

Moko Beauty Studio

55 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

It’s known for its dry cuts and customized two-hour ayurvedic facials, but we also love the take-home treats: mango shea butter, lime body polish, Max […] Read more »

2009 Best Beauty Supply

Beans Beauty

1733 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

The products here are so good, they can almost make you believe that, Yes, I could look like a picture in a magazine. We can’t […] Read more »