My French Pharmacie Must-Haves

I have a huge passion for French pharmacies and been wanting to write to post for a while now. If you’re a beauty junkie and will be visiting France then you should definitely drop by a pharmacie. It’s no secret that the French pharmacies often are a “tourist” attraction itself. I have to admit that for me, visiting the French pharmacy is more about browsing and shopping than it is about the medicinal. I love to discover new less known beauty brands which I didn’t know before coming to France, many of them have become some of my favorites now.

Bioderma’s Crealine Eau Micellaire is perhaps the most known and obvious French pharmacy must-have and no wonder this product is a favorite among makeup artists and models around the world! It is unscented, suited for sensitive skin and gently removes any trace of makeup with just a few swipes. It doesn’t irritate, dry or sting and you’re left with a soft, clean face. I love it!

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré represents yet another of those products that has got a cult following. This “super moisturizer” is rich but not too thick. It’s easy to use, never irritates, and sinks in easily. What I love about the Lait-Crème Concentré is that it is a multi-use product – it can be used as a standard moisturizer, makeup remover, mask, after shave cream etc. As far as I know you can only get this product at pharmacies in France, it is not sold abroad or online.

Caudalie Eau de Beaute is a 2-in-1 toner and serum, however I use it mostly as a refreshing facial spritz. It can be used on clean skin or over makeup and used as a toner or to hydrate the skin at any time of the day. I love the cool “wake me up” feeling it gives as well as it is hydrating my skin. It has a lovely refreshing smell it contains extracts of grape, rosemary, orange blossom, rose, myrrh and organic balm mint. It tightens your pores and makes skin radiant. I like to carry this with me in my handbag but also when I’m traveling or working with my studies.

I wrote about the clarifying shampoo Phytoneutre from Phyto in yesterdays post. Phyto is a brand that is sold in other countries, however the clarifying shampoo can be a bit tricky to get hold. It does a great job cleaning my hair from product buildup as well as it’s highly concentrated with natural active ingredients (lots of essential oils), which I love!

Other French pharmacy brands I love, such as La Roche-Posay, Caudalie, Nuxe and Avène, are widely accessible outside of France now, however they are a lot more affordable when bought here. :)

I do of course have many more must-have products from French pharmacies than the ones listed above, here are some of them;
La Roche-Posay Anthelios sunscreens, Nuxe Huile Prodigeuse, Avène Eau Thermale Water Spray, Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Cream, La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Pro-Recovery Skincare, La Roche-Posay Tinted Moisturizer, Nuxe Honey Lip Balm, Lierac Diopti Calm Anti-Fatigue Eye Balm & Mask, La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP Body Balm and Biotherm Anti-drying Body Milk.

Have you been to France? What are your French pharmacie must-haves? I know I have a lot of French readers as well and I’d love to hear about your favorite brands and must-have products! :)

Hanne Sagstuen

Norwegian New Yorker Hanne Sagstuen a fashion model, art director and editor in chief. Beautylovin is the website where she shares her take on life, travel, beauty and everything in between.

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