9 Must have beauty products from a French Pharmacy

In Beauty, Skincare by Aurelie0 Comments

While travelling to France every year to visit my family, I get a chance to refill my stock of my favourite French pharmacy beauty products. My annual purchase is pretty massive. I can easily come back with more than 5 kgs of products. At first, Mr.M who is Canadian didn’t really get my euphoria each time I visited my favourite pharmacy (for hours at a time). I don’t think he still totally gets it. But over the years, he’s also starting to get hooked by some of the products he can get there.

Why all this hype about French pharmacy beauty product you might ask.

Well in my point of view, which is one of a French who has traveled a lot and tried many different beauty products from all around the world, I can say this:

French Pharmacy Beauty Products Have:

Great Quality: We take the brand promise very seriously in France, so they better deliver.
Great Price (if bought in France): If you buy them in France the quality/price ratio is unbeatable.
A line of products for every concern and need: eczema, rosacea, acne, adult acne, sensitive skin, dehydrated skin, organic ingredients, without perfume… whatever your concern/need is, be sure that you will find the right product in the pharmacy

Here is my list of 9 Must have beauty product from a french pharmacy 👇🏼👇🏽👇🏿

Eau Thermal Avene

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    What is it

    Thermal Spring Water Spray.

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    Who’s it for

    Everyone from baby to adult. I use it on baby Marcel to cool him down during those hot summer months in India. 💦

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    How and When to use it

    You can use it anytime of the day – See my full Facial Spray Tutorial

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    Why I love it

    I can use it on my whole family, it’s multipurpose and you can’t have a cleaner composition than thermal spring water from France. I have a pocket sized bottle for my bag to freshen up when I’m out and the economical bottle at home for everyday use. 

Creatine H2O Bioderma

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    What is it

    Micellar Water that gently removes face and eye makeup.

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    Who’s it for

    It’s suitable for sensitive skin but everyone can use to clean their face and remove makeup. 

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    How and When to use it

    Just apply some water in a cotton pad and gently clean your face with it (until you get a clear cotton pad). No need to rinse your face with water afterwards.

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    Why I love it

    One of the most effective make up removers I know. It doesn’t burn your eyes. It’s very gentle on the skin and very economical. 👍🏼

Cicalfate Avene

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    What is it

    It’s a restorative cream rich in copper, zinc and Avene spring water for face and body. 

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    Who’s it for

    All skin types. Infant, children and Adults. This cream can be used on rashes, post-shaving, waxing, on new tattooed skin, on fresh scars, on very dry skin…

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    How and When to use it

    You apply it twice a day on dry skin.

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    Why I love it

    This cream helps speed up the skin recovery from any lesion from external environmental aggressors. I used it as a treatment on my acne scars for months and I can tell you that this saved my skin. I apply it on Baby Marcel when he gets a rash. 

Eau de Beauté Caudalie / Beauty Elixir

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    What is it

    A beauty mist that boosts radiance, tightens the pores and sets makeup.

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    Who’s it for

    For every skin type. It promotes a glowing complexion and sooth skin. ✨

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    How and When to use it

    Shake the bottle before use. Spray on the face (avoid the eyes) before applying your moisturizer. You can spray some more during the day for a quick boost. To set your makeup, spray it before applying powder.

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    Why I love it

    Beauty elixir is a well beloved product in France. I love it because it gives a nice radiance to your skin and improves the skin texture.

Reve de miel Nuxe

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    What is it

    A lip balm with honey and precious oils.

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    Who’s it for

    Everyone with dry and damaged lips.

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    How and When to use it

    Use it as much as needed during the day. Works wonders when you apply a thick layer on your lips overnight.

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    Why I love it

    The texture, the smell, the results… I love everything about this lip balm. It gives you smooth and soft lips 💋

Cleanance Mask Avene

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    What is it

    A 3 in 1 clay mask- scrub.

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    Who’s it for

    Oily skin.

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    How and When to use it

    Apply on dried skin, leave it for 5 min and then with wet hands gently massage in circular movement. Rinse with water. Can be used once to twice a week 💆🏻

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    Why I love it

    When I have some breakouts or excess oily skin, this is the perfect product to clear up my skin and balance it. The clay tightens my pores and provides a matt finish to my skin. The scrub deep cleans the skin.

Shampoing Sec au lait d’avoine Klorane

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    What is it

    A gentle dry shampoo with oat milk.

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    Who’s it for

    All hair types. 

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    How and When to use it

    Need to freshen up your hair? Just shake the bottle well and spray evenly about 10 inches away from hair, focusing at the roots. Leave on for 2 min and then brush thoroughly until the powder is removed. 

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    Why I love it

    It’s a life saving product especially when you are a new mom and barely have time to do anything. It absorbs the oil of your hair perfectly and leaves it fresh and clean.

Huile Prodigieuse Nuxe

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    What is it

    A multi purpose dry oil for face, hair and body.

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    Who’s it for

    Everyone with dry skin, dry ends…

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    How and When to use it

    You can use it as a hair mask before washing your hair, to repair and smooth dry ends. On face and body to nourish and repair dry skin (like after sun exposure, during winter…). On your legs for a glowing sexy look. 💃🏻

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    Why I love it

    I adore the smell of this oil and non-greasy feeling. I love that it’s made of six Precious Plant Oils (Macadamia, Hazelnut, Borrage, Almond, Camellia and St. John’s Wort). It’s my favourite beauty product for the beach and summer season.

Lipocils by Talika

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    What is it

    An eyelash enhancer serum.

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    Who’s it for

    If you want to boost the length and thickness of your eyelashes. 

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    How and When to use it

    Using the brush, apply Lipocils directly along the clean lashes starting at the base for optimal penetration. Use twice a day (morning and evening) during the first 28 days, then once a day.

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    Why I love it

    This treatment is really effective on eyelashes. I have been doing it a few times and it helps protect my eyelashes from falling.

These are mine 9 beauty must haves from the French pharmacy. I bought these products a few times and I was always satisfied. My personal must haves list is actually much longer but I wanted to go down to the essentials. 

Would you be interested in knowing more about must have French beauty products?

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