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Find an array of natural and non-toxic beauty products at Wicker Park’s Credo.


Beauty Breakthroughs

By Courtney Cho

Photo by Ken Koontz


Update your get-glam routine with these must-haves from the city’s best new beauty stores.

Credo: Latin for “I believe,” this new Wicker Park spot proves the efficacy of nontoxic products. Don’t believe it? Try Oilixia’s gummy facial cleanser ($38), a vitamin C-filled face wash that glides over skin and turns sticky, lifting out makeup and grime from deep within pores. 1659 N. Damen Ave.

Lena Rose Natural Beauty: This newly opened green beauty boutique and spa offers nourishing makeup products that last. The Au Naturale swipe-on eye pencil ($22)—crafted from castor and jojoba oils in a variety of shades—provides rich, long-wearing color with the creaminess to match. 4668 N. Manor Ave.

Scratch Goods: Started by two health-conscious friends in a kitchen, Scratch Goods makes natural small-batch products that are safe enough to eat. The jasmine rose skin drink ($18), a multifunctional hydrating mist containing only four ingredients, can be used for everything from setting makeup and moisturizing skin to boosting dry hair. 1046 W. Fulton Market

Sephora: Taking over the former Guess store on Michigan Avenue, Sephora’s newest expansive Chicago location is stocked with go-to skincare brands. Try Estée Lauder’s Nutritious Vitality8 night cream and mask ($72) before bedtime to see radiant, rested skin come morning. 605 N. Michigan Ave.

UltaThis Chicago-based chain’s latest bright white store is in the heart of the city and offers a wide array of favorites, including perfumes from your favorite brands. For a fresh, delicate scent, try Saint Laurent’s new Mon Paris eau de toilette ($102), a citrus-inspired take on the brand’s iconic Mon Paris eau de parfum. 430 N. Michigan Ave.