I have a mild obsession (understatement alert) with apothecaries so I decided to spread weekly beauty love to my readers featuring my favourite and best apothecaries. Top of my list for hard to find European products is Merz Apothecary in Chicago. Merz (also referred to as smallflower for online shoppers), has been around for about 138 years and sells products like 400ml tins of the original and authentic Nivea Crème imported from Germany. They stock over 1,700 German beauty products alone and you can shop by country of origin too. Merz Apothecary has been described by one magazine as being one of the best 12 boutiques in the world, lucky ducks you Chicagoans.