French pharmacies are known for their amazing beauty bits, that often boast both affordable prices and luxurious scents & textures. I’ve sung the praises for some of my favourite French pharmacy beauty bits on the blog several times, but there were still quite a few cult classics that I had yet to try. Before our trip to Paris I did my research on the must-buy beauty you need to get at the French pharmacy, and today I’m sharing the bits that I picked up.
8 THINGS TO GET AT THE FRENCH PHARMACY
Nuxe Reve de Miel is one of the best-selling French pharmacy bits, and one of these is actually sold every 28 seconds. It has also been one of my staples for years, and often it’s the only thing that saves my chapped lips. It’s a super thick and nourishing lip balm made with honey, plant oils and shea butter. I mostly use this at night time, but the semi-matte finish makes it perfect for wearing under lipstick as well.
I love a good multitasking product, so naturally this dry oil made it to my list. You can use it both on your face and body to nourish and soften your skin, or slick a little bit onto your hair to give it some gloss. It melts into the skin within seconds, and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling behind. The only thing I’m not nuts about is the scent, but I guess it’s an acquired taste.
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
To be honest, I’ve been in such a committed relationship with my Batiste for years now that I never thought anything could replace it. But that was before I tried this one. It’s a gentle dry shampoo with oat milk, that leaves my hair feeling fresh and clean. It doesn’t feel powdery or gritty, leaves literally no white residue and gives brilliant volume. The scent is really difficult to describe, but I’d say it’s fresh, feminine and a bit powdery. The only downside? I’m now addicted to this stuff and have no idea how to get my hands on it in Finland.
Avène Thermal Spring Water
Another French pharmacy cult classic, one of these little bottles is sold every two seconds. It’s a hydrating, soothing and softening mineral water spray. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical about this one, since it just seemed like glorified water to me. But straight after misting it on, I could imagine how lovely and refreshing this will feel in the summer. It has a very fine mist that’s great for soothing sensitive skin and irritation.
The mother of all micellar waters, Bioderma is something you just can’t leave a French pharmacie without. It takes even the peskiest eye makeup off with ease, works brilliantly for sensitive skin (and eyes!) and leaves your face looking and feeling clean. It’s a lazy girl’s best friend, and one of the beauty bits just couldn’t live without.
This toner took the blogging world by a storm a few years back, and I’ve been trying to get my hands on it ever since. It’s a calming, hypoallergenic zinc sulphate spray that’s specifically meant for oily and blemish prone skin. Although it hasn’t exactly been a life changer for me, it does leave my skin looking more matte without being dehydrating.
I already owned a travel sized bottle of the Beauty Elixir, but simply couldn’t resist buying this gorgeous bottle by Jason Wu for Caudalie. It’s a radiance boosting face spritz made with fruity grape, orange blossom, rose, organic balm mint and rosemary. I love spritzing this on after powdering to bring back the glow to my skin, and I’ve been known to bust it out for a little afternoon pick me up too. The herbal scent took some getting used to, but now I find it refreshing too.
I had actually wanted to try the famous Vinoperfect Radiance Serum. But the French pharmacy lady took one look at my face and told me that I need this serum. (And how was I to argue with that?). It’s a highly hydrating serum packed full of organic grape water and hyaluronic acid. It feels lightweight, applies like a dream and has a light, slightly citrusy scent. If you suffer from dehydrated skin like me, you need this serum in your life.
What’s your favourite French pharmacy beauty bit?