Field Guide: 5 Awesome Beauty Stores (That Aren’t Sephora)

The best spots to stock your beauty arsenal.
BY  |  AUGUST 7, 2014

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When the spa moved to 16th and Walnut, it expanded its services (hello, Best of Philly 2014 winner for blowouts!). But we really love the new location for its bigger, better selection of beauty products, now organized in a huge display section worthy of the luxury brands it carries. Here you can score hard-to-find products like Valmont and Biologique Recherche skincare, Keiko Mecheri and Serge Lutens perfumes, Chantecaille makeup, makeup shampoos and conditioners, and James Read self-tanning lotions. It’s basically the best of all European beauty brands in one sleek space.

Better yet: Their website makes it easy to shop online, too.

Go here for: The cult-favorite P50, which magically turns tired, dull skin into dewy-fresh perfection. See owner Danuta’s skin for proof.
1601 Walnut Street, Center City, shoprescuespa.com.

NEW at RESCUE! Les Zazous by Keiko Mecheri

Les Zazous were the rebellious party boys of their day – nattily dressed in oversized plaid, listening to swing jazz and bebop, wearing their hair long and making their way about town with a feisty attitude and a syncopated step. Keiko Mecheri has taken inspiration from these dandies and the tumultuous mix of influences in post World War II Algiers and created a fragrance to suit the jaunty rebel in all of us. Leading with the trumpet blast of bright, peppery lavender, Les Zazous leads us into a jazzy mix of honeyed wood, incense and soothing balms. This has the mesmerizing scent of the marketplace – rich spices and deep incense, hints of sweet tobacco, dried flowers and sharp herbs, luxurious oils and balms, something warm and rich and soothing brewing in a kettle. With so much going on, it could smell chaotic, but it doesn’t. It smells rich and exotic and exciting. It smells like endless possibilities and invitations to forbidden places.

NEW at RESCUE! Attar de Roses by Keiko Mecheri

Attar de Roses by Keiko Mecheri: A single perfect rose given to you by a brand new love at a magical romantic moment. The sort of rose you press in a book and keep forever. This is a very wearable take on rose – warm and soft, with delectable berry-like undertones. The base of musk, wood and leather is understated and gives this a bit of a skin-scent feel, as if rose petals had melted on your skin. While many rose scents are quite grand, this one strikes us as fresh and pretty. It’s not the whole garden – it’s a single, honeyed rose, newly picked and drenched in happy memories.  Simply lovely.

Treat your sweetheart!

1. Red Sinner Shine Lip Gloss Unadulterated sheer red shine- easy to wear amazing to behold. Shop Now

2. LaLicious: Sugar Kiss Souffle Scrub Pure cane sugar crystals exfoliate while sweet almond oil moisturizes and smooths your body to perfection. Simply divine! Shop Now

3. Loukhoum Parfum A deliciously sweet and addictive fragrance. Voluptuous, Witching, Sensual. Shop Now

4. Champagne Lotion & Hand Wash The heady fragrance of champagne becomes a luxurious treat for your hands and entire body. Shop Now

5. Dayna Decker Clementine Candle Set the mood when you light this candle with the luscious aroma of clementine. It’s EcoWood Wick creates a flame that dances and flickers with a soft, crackling effervescence to make you feel like you’re dreaming by the fire. Shop Now